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LIRR turns conductors into Big Brother for safety

The Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) and state Senator Carl Marcellino (R-Oyster Bay) told commuters at the Syosset train station extra sets of eyes are about to monitor gap safety. Marcellino obtained

News 12 Staff

Mar 2, 2007, 11:47 PM

Updated 6,343 days ago

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The Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) and state Senator Carl Marcellino (R-Oyster Bay) told commuters at the Syosset train station extra sets of eyes are about to monitor gap safety.
Marcellino obtained a $1.3 million grant to install 24 cameras and six television monitors at the Syosset station, so conductors can make sure all passengers boarded a train safely. Wide spaces between LIRR trains and platforms have caused several accidents in recent months, and Syosset's 15-inch gap is among the widest. Although some commuters believe the surveillance won't actually stop people from falling into a gap, Marcellino says the point is to allow conductors to recognize when a dangerous situation does arise.
Acting LIRR President Ray Kenny says the railroad has moved 71,000 feet of track closer to 24 platforms at 16 different stations. Kenny adds platforms have been moved closer to tracks at 11 stations, including Syosset. However, many commuters believe the LIRR's actions aren't moving fast enough. Critics point to Wednesday night, when a 4-year-old boy fell through the gap in Westbury.
To watch full interviews with Sen. Carl Marcellino and acting LIRR President Ray Kenny, go to channel 612 on your iO digital cable box and select iO Extra.
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