The Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) will begin in Spring 2019 a $17.9 million initiative to upgrade its Lynbrook Station along the Babylon and Long Beach branches to harden LIRR infrastructure and perform upgrades.
LIRR President Philip Eng said after speaking with customers in a variety of forums, including at the LIRR Customer Conversations events held during recent months, Eng and other senior staff held met with elected officials to review the station’s needs and ensure the planned improvements meet the LIRR’s operational needs and those of customers.
“Since joining the LIRR in April, I’ve taken a hard look at our system, operations and capital projects with a focus on making decisions to prioritize necessary initiatives and get them finished sooner rather than later,” Eng said. “Lynbrook Station is in need of these repairs and I look forward to giving customers who use this location an upgraded station that they deserve while hardening our infrastructure for decades to come.”
The $17.9 million project scope, funded through the agency’s current capital program, includes:
- Rehabilitating the Lynbrook Viaduct, originally built in 1936, which consists of a concrete viaduct with two island platforms
- Improving the drainage system
- Replacing both platform canopies
- Installing two new glass platform waiting rooms
- Repairing the two station platforms
- Revamping the platform structure
- Placing new signage throughout the platforms
- Installation of LED lighting, cameras and free customer Wi-Fi
LIRR said the planned work is set to launch in Spring 2019, with an expected completion date by the end of 2020.
Additional funds will also be sought out as part of the upcoming capital program starting in 2020 for a proposed second phase of improvements on the street level that would entail:
- Painting the bridge from Broadway to Atlantic Avenue
- Repairing sidewalks
- Renovating the station building
- Installing new signage
- Renovating the station building interior
- Installing new amenities
- Replacing lighting and benches
- Repairing the station building exterior and columns
- Repairing asphalt and concrete curbs
- Replacing bird deterrent netting