Harsco Rail reaches an important milestone with MTA Long Island Rail Road

Written by David C. Lester, Managing Editor
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Harsco recently announced the installation of the 250,000th tie to be installed on the Long Island Rail Road.

Harsco Rail announced that earlier this month they hit a major milestone with the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) Long Island Rail Road (LIRR), which is one of the busiest commuter rail roads in the United States. On May 2, 2020, the 250,000th tie was successfully installed on Long Island Rail Road.

“This process has been fine-tuned over the past eight years, resulting in minimal disruption to LIRR customers as we work to improve and modernize our system,” said LIRR President Phillip Eng. “The LIRR is proud of the coordination that exists between our contractors and our workforce that allows us to renew our infrastructure while simultaneously providing safe, reliable, uninterrupted service to the entire region.”

The contract between Harsco Rail and LIRR was first awarded in 2012, after LIRR made the decision to switch from wooden ties to concrete ties. Over the past eight years, an average of 31,250 concrete ties have been installed with the P811S//TLM, which equates to almost 95 miles of ties over this time. This project was led by Mark Pridgen Contracting Supervisor for Harsco Rail and the dedicated P811S Crew.

 “The LIRR is very proud of this major accomplishment that has been achieved by dedicated crews working tirelessly, sometimes under extreme and harsh conditions,” said LIRR Chief Engineer Glenn Greenberg. “Our system has benefited greatly from the installation of concrete ties, which now comprise roughly 30% of our Mainline track miles.”

A Harsco press release.

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