As part of proactive community engagement, the LIRR Expansion Project team met with the Principal, Gloria Dingwall, Assistant Principal and head custodian of the Dryden Street School in New Cassel, and with representatives from St. Joseph’s College Pre-K program to discuss upcoming construction work near the school.
The Westbury Station serves nearly 4,000 riders daily. As part of the LIRR Expansion Project from Floral Park to Hicksville, Westbury Station will undergo improvements developed in consultation with the local community. 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; free public 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, and new bike racks and artwork will be installed.
Other projects in or near Westbury include the elimination of the School Street grade crossing and Urban Avenue grade crossing, the replacement of two substations, New Cassel and Westbury, the construction of a new three-level, 676-space parking structure and the development of a Westbury South Parking and LIRR lot.
In conjunction with the LIRR Expansion Project, upgrading Westbury Station will be important to accommodate a future increase in ridership. Enhancements to Westbury Station are part of a broader LIRR initiative to strengthen the reliability and resiliency of LIRR infrastructure and to support the growth and development of Long Island and the wider region. For more information please visit the LIRR Expansion Project Floral Park to Hicksville project page on AModernLI.com – http://www.amodernli.com/project/thirdtrack/.