August 21, 2013

Long Island Rail station upgrade enters next phase

The next segment of a $40 million facelift of the Massapequa Station gets underway today, as the Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) continues the work it began in the spring on a two-year rehabilitation project of the station.

The LIRR is replacing the station platform, canopy, staircases, elevator and escalator as well as the platform waiting room, lighting, public address system and signage. The agency 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.

The newest phase (1B) of the Massapequa platform project is expected to continue through early spring 2014.

The LIRR is making every effort to complete this project with the least amount of inconvenience to riders, residents and businesses in the surrounding community.

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  • R Troy[ August 21th, 2013 @ 4:01pm ]

    One has to hope that the new platforms, stairs, etc. will not be made with the same quick to bend or crumble concrete that LIRR stations are so famous for. The platform at my station is made up of concrete slabs that have sunk in the middle, and have had the track side edges crumbling away for years. The steps across the track have holes rusted through the metal, and go about twice as high as they need to. The platform has no canopy at all, and the stairs are not covered, so it becomes a real mess in rain, or worse yet snow. But hey, that's part of the adventure of the daily commute!

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