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2/1/2007



Rail News: Passenger Rail

New York MTA creates task force to secure LIRR, Metro-North rights of way



Prompted by the recent death of a teenager along MTA Long Island Rail Road’s (LIRR) right of way, New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) has established an Interagency Fencing Task Force charged with improving safety and security along LIRR and MTA Metro-North Railroad tracks.

Task force members will survey rights of way to identify fencing that needs repair; review LIRR, Metro-North and MTA Police Department right-of-way inspection processes and procedures; analyze existing community educational efforts; ensure railroad employees secure all access points along sensitive areas; and work with elected officials to identify new resources that can be used to repair and erect new fencing.

The work is expected to take three to six months. MTA has obtained $500,000 in federal funds to add fencing along tracks.



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