A commuter rail system in the US state of New York, Long Island Rail Road (LIRR), has replaced the Port Washington electrical substation to boost the reliability of railway services.

Located at the intersection of Davis Avenue and Bayles Avenue, the older substation was replaced at a cost of $26.2m. Works began in October 2016.

The new Port Washington electrical substation will serve as a power system for the electrified third rails, which delivers traction power to trains and maintains light and temperature on-board.

Under the $6.6bn LIRR Modernization Program, 14 substations will be replaced or rebuilt to support LIRR operations. The new Port Washington electrical substation is the first such substation to be completed under the programme.

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“Our LIRR Modernization Program is transforming the railroad to enable more reliable and more frequent service.”

Overall, the programme involves 100 projects to replace and refurbish bridges, railroad crossings, stations, expansion works and other infrastructure.

LIRR president Phillip Eng said: “Our LIRR Modernization Program is transforming the railroad to enable more reliable and more frequent service that will underpin the 21st-century economic growth of Long Island.

“Many of the projects in this programme involve critical behind-the-scenes infrastructure that isn’t normally seen by the customer.

“This new electrical substation is one such unsung but critical piece of the railroad infrastructure that will improve our service reliability.”

The Meadowbrook substation is scheduled to be completed in 2020, while Ocean Avenue is due for completion in 2022.

Carle Place, Floral Park, Hicksville, Merillon Avenue, Mineola, New Cassel, New Hyde Park and Westbury substations will also be rehabilitated under the programme.