LIRR Signal System Due for an Upgrade

The upgrades include improved isolation of computer processors and more surge protection.

Tuesday, Jan 31, 2012  |  Updated 9:48 AM EDT
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The Long Island Rail Road plans $500,000 in upgrades to its signal system at Jamaica station that was seriously damaged by a September lightning strike. 


The upgrades include improved isolation of computer processors and more surge protection, reports Newsday.     

LIRR officials say the Italian company that designed the signal system has agreed to pay for the improvements.     

Ansaldo STS of Genoa also will be giving the LIRR a new warranty for its equipment.     

The lighting strike on Sept. 29 nearly brought the railroad to a halt, stranding thousands of passengers on trains for hours. It also damaged several of the system's computer processors.     

The LIRR did not say when the signal work would be completed.      

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