LIRR taps Ansaldo STS for signal project

Written by Douglas John Bowen

Ansaldo STS said Friday, Dec. 20, 2013 it has been awarded a $20.5 million signaling contract to provide MTA Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) an upgraded 45-mile segment of right-of-way between Speonk and Montauk, N.Y., the easternmost portion of LIRR's Montauk Branch, located in Suffolk County.

The scope of the contract for Ansaldo STS is to design and furnish a new vital microprocessor based interlocking control system as part of the LIRR project to improve the signaling on this route from dark territory to signaled territory, Ansaldo said.

The upgrade will increase the safety and reliability of the line and support the installation of Positive Train Control (PTC), Ansaldo added.

Ansaldo will supply technology for Automatic Speed Control (ASC) signalization, including a new interlocking at Hampton Bay and Southampton (midpoints on the segment), new control points at Amagansett and Montauk, and 38 grade crossing huts.

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