Warm weather leaves LIRR ahead of the curve in winter preparedness

With winter in its waning days and the chance of snow all but melted away, the Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) is ahead of the

WOODBURY - With winter in its waning days and the chance of snow all but melted away, the Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) is ahead of the curve when it comes to winter preparations.

The LIRR spent $2.7 million buying plows, jet-powered snow blowers and upgraded communications systems.

LIRR officials say they wanted to avoid the issues dealt with during the 2011 winter, including passengers being stuck on trains without heat or toilets for up to eight hours.

"I think it's good for next year or the future," says Neil Willner, of Jericho. "It's always a good investment to amp services for the winter because you could never know what to expect."

For some, however, the investments in winter preps come at the expense of day-to-day service.

"For all the money they put into the switching system over at Jamaica, there's still delays over in that area all the time," says Francisco Serrano, of Greenlawn.

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