On March 28th, LIRR Expansion Project Community Ambassadors Margo Cargill and Seth Sylvan attended Career Community Day at the Park Avenue Elementary School in Westbury. Margo and Seth talked to 26 fifth grade students about the LIRR Expansion Project. Students asked many questions about the project, including the project timeline, what happens to the trains during construction, and the process of constructing a grade crossing. Students also learned about different railroad and construction safety topics and had the opportunity to try on hard hats, vests and safety glasses.
As part of the LIRR Expansion Project from Floral Park to Hicksville, the station will undergo improvements that were developed in consultation with the local community. The station improvements will include: platform replacement to accommodate a new third track; platform canopies; new platform furnishings and accoutrements including benches, shelters and signage; CCTV security cameras to improve safety; an extension of the Westbury Station pedestrian tunnel; ADA-compliant mobility improvements including elevators, ramps and overpasses; Wi-Fi; USB charging stations; digital information displays; and a low-maintenance pocket park near Post Avenue. The interior and exterior of the station building will be renovated. New bike racks and artwork will also be installed. The Westbury Station serves nearly 4,000 riders daily. Two new parking areas in Westbury, the Westbury North Parking Structure and the Westbury South Parking and LIRR Lot Development, are expected to be completed in spring 2021 and summer 2021 respectively.
For more information, please visit the Westbury Station Enhancement project page on AModernLI.com – http://www.amodernli.com/project/westbury-station-enhancement/.