MTA, police will be keeping a close eye on LIRR commuters

The Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) announced Tuesday a $212 million security upgrade at all Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) stations as well as tunnels, bridges and subway stations.

The MTA hired Lockheed Martin as the main contractor to install the new hi-tech security system over the next three years. One thousand security cameras and 3,000 motion sensors will be used to detect intruders and unattended packages on platforms. MTA officials say if a package is detected, an alarm system will alert police who are monitoring subway and train platforms. They say the system will also alert the NYPD, MTA police and other law enforcement officials.

The MTA says it has enough money for the security enhancements, but commuters may have to help pay for the system?s maintenance. The upgrade marks the MTA?s largest financial commitment to its counterterrorism program.

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