Work is progressing on the LIRR’s Mid-Suffolk Train Storage Yard (formerly the Ronkonkoma Yard), with the new employee facility now in service, the old facility demolished and track work begun in its footprint. The DC Substation was installed along with its new dedicated feeder, connecting it to a PSEG substation more than three miles away. A third retaining wall also has been completed.
The expansion of the yard and construction of a new employee facility are necessary to support the planned increase in rail service when MTA Construction & Development’s East Side Access into Grand Central Terminal begins service at the end of 2022. The additional space enables the LIRR to store, maintain, inspect, clean, repair and service 11 additional 12-car electric trains, nearly doubling its capacity and enabling AM peak service to be increased by nearly 50 percent. As we all know, cleaning capacity has become vitally important in our new reality.
Special thanks to Senior PM Steven Schneider and his team, who labor every day under difficult circumstances to move the railroad’s expansion forward.
Watch drone video of the project here.