Fire and rescue vehicles are now stationed at the temporary firehouse on the south side of the Main Line on S. 12th Street in New Hyde Park. With the ongoing elimination of the Covert Avenue Grade Crossing, the LIRR Expansion Project has provided the temporary firehouse to provide easier access to emergency services for residents on the south side of the Main Line, as both of New Hyde Park Fire Department’s current facilities are on the north side.
The Covert Avenue grade crossing has long posed a safety risk to drivers, pedestrians and LIRR customers, contributed to noise and air pollution and caused lengthy commutes for both drivers and LIRR customers: as trains approach the station in New Hyde Park, grade crossing gates are down 32 to 42 percent of the time in the AM and PM peak hour periods.
The elimination of the Covert Avenue grade crossing is part of the LIRR Expansion Project to strengthen the reliability of LIRR infrastructure and to support the growth and development of Long Island and the wider region. For more information and photos of the Covert Avenue Grade Crossing Elimination project, please visit the project page on AModernLI.com – //www.amodernli.com/project/covert-avenue-grade-crossing-elimination/.