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Lifecycle Maintenance Study and Shop Strategy

Lifecycle maintenance provides the foundation for a long-term strategy to maintain rail shop facilities.
  • An LIRR M7 train pulling into a station– Gannett Fleming

    The LCM study and shop strategy allow the LIRR shops to support maintenance of M7 trains.

  • An aerial view of LIRR’s Hillside Maintenance Facility– Gannett Fleming

    The program analyzed existing maintenance shop conditions, including the Hillside facility in Queens.

Metropolitan Transportation Authority Long Island Rail Road

Queens, New York

Our Role

Construction Cost
$1.3 million
3 years
  • Identified ways to successfully implement LIRR’s lifecycle maintenance program
  • Created a multiphased strategy for the long-term maintenance of railcars
  • Implemented maintenance strategy for M-3, M-7, and diesel fleets.

Serving nearly 350,000 passengers each year, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) is North America’s busiest commuter railroad. The 319-mile route is the only commuter passenger railroad to operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Efficient maintenance of more than 1,000 rail cars is key to the railroad’s operations and service to the public.

LIRR developed a lifecycle program that laid the foundation to maintain the railcars and each shop facility. As a next step, Gannett Fleming was charged to help make this program a reality and establish a strategy to most effectively provide for the long-term maintenance of LIRR’s rolling stock of electric and diesel rail cars. 

What We Did

Taking a comprehensive approach, Gannett Fleming developed a strategic plan for LIRR’s five maintenance facilities. The purpose of the shop strategy was to identify the changes needed at existing LIRR maintenance facilities to effectively support the lifecycle maintenance (LCM) program. 

The shop strategy included an analysis of existing conditions and recommendations to modify or reconfigure LIRR shops using industrial engineering methodologies, human resource assessments, and cost and labor analyses. Both the LCM program and shop strategy allow the LIRR shops to efficiently support maintenance of the M-3 and M-7 electric car fleet, the diesel fleet (including DE/DM locomotives and the C-3 bi-level coaches), as well as any third-party maintenance performed by LIRR.

Key Features

  • Existing condition analysis
  • LIRR shop configuration improvement recommendations
  • Efficiency and productivity improvement strategies
  • Industrial engineering methodologies
  • Human resource assessments
  • Cost and labor analyses
  • Comprehensive shop performance review. 

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