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Customers Can Expect Normal AM Peak Service Monday on Babylon & Montauk Branches

Weekend Shutdown for Testing & Cutover of New Signal System between Amityville & Wantagh Completed On Time

MTA Long Island Rail Road customers should expect normal weekday service Monday on the Babylon and Montauk branches following the successful weekend testing of a new computerized signal and switch system. Normal weekend service was restored at 10 pm Sunday evening.

The testing and final cutover of the new signal operation at two critical switching areas in Amityville and Wantagh required a 42-hour suspension of train service over the weekend between Freeport and Babylon. Shuttle buses transported customers between those stations Saturday and Sunday. The cutover project was successfully completed at 10 PM Sunday evening and regular train service was restored.

The $23 million Amityville-Wantagh Signal Improvement Project replaced old-fashioned relay signal technology with the kind of computer-based system the LIRR has installed at Jamaica Station and other important switching points along its 700 miles of track. The new system is expected to improve service reliability for customers on the Babylon branch, the busiest of the LIRR's 11 branches with an average weekday ridership of 64,390 customers.

During the weekend service suspension, LIRR workers cleaned-up the right-of-way west of Babylon station, removing 62 tons of scrap metal, 500 old railroad ties and 32 cubic yards of other debris.

Photos of the railroad tie and scrap metal track cleanup:

Photos of the railroad tie and scrap metal track cleanup
Photos of the railroad tie and scrap metal track cleanup