The MTA today announced that construction of station enhancements at the Long Island Rail Road’s Merillon Avenue in Garden City has begun as part of the LIRR Expansion Project that will make the railroad safer, more reliable and allow for increased capacity and flexibility.
The platforms at the station will be extended to accommodate 12-car trains – the current platforms accommodate only 10-car trains – which will enable customers to more easily board and disembark. In turn, this will help to decrease dwell times at the station and get customers where they need to go more quickly. To help facilitate this work, the western halves of the Merillon Avenue station’s platforms have closed as part of the complete reconstruction of the station.
Two new elevators from the Nassau Boulevard sidewalk will also be installed, making the station fully ADA accessible for the first time. The rebuilt station will include improved pedestrian access, new stairs, ramps, railings and canopies, new digital displays, improved lighting, new platform furnishings including benches, shelters and signage, security cameras for improved safety, and free public Wi-Fi and USB charging stations. The station improvement will also include repaving of the north parking lot, tree planting and landscaping throughout the station area, along with new bike racks and art installations. The new station at Merillon Avenue, which was originally built in 1912, will be completed in 2020. Read the entire press release here: http://www.mta.info/press-release/lirr/mta-announces-construction-new-merillon-avenue-lirr-station
For more information, please visit the Merillon Avenue Station Enhancement project page on AModernLI.com – http://www.amodernli.com/project/merillon-avenue-station-enhancement/.