Monday, May 20, 2013

LIRR begins $40-million station modernization project

The New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority's Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) began a $40 million construction project to modernize the LIRR's Massapequa Station on May 17.

During the next two years, the LIRR will replace the station platform, canopy, staircases, elevator and escalator, as well as the platform waiting room, lighting, public address system and signage. The railroad is also starting work on the installation of a pocket track just east of the station that will improve train service and frequency, as well as on-board seat availability.

The project represents the biggest improvement effort at Massapequa Station since the station was raised from street level in 1953. The LIRR will carry out the work in three phases arranged to ensure that train service continues uninterrupted throughout the project, though some schedule changes may be necessary at times.

"This station rehabilitation project is part of the MTA's ongoing commitment to Long Island and will benefit thousands of customers along the South Shore who depend each day on the LIRR to get them to work," said Thomas Prendergast, MTA interim executive director.

The Massapequa Station Rehabilitation Project is expected to create between 50 to 100 construction-related jobs and be completed in 2015.

The station renovations are part of a multi-phase initiative to improve infrastructure and train service in Massapequa, a station that serves approximately 6,000 customers every weekday

The pocket track is one of several infrastructure improvements the LIRR is making in anticipation of the completion of the East Side Access project, which will enable Long Islanders to travel directly to Grand Central Terminal and the East Side of Manhattan for the first time beginning in 2019.

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