On January 16th, Third Track Constructors (3TC), the Design-Build contractor for the LIRR Expansion Project, presented a project update to the Garden City Public Schools Board of Education and discussed how the team is managing ongoing coordination with local schools. 3TC also discussed the project’s cutting-edge Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) program, which will be administered in conjunction with project-adjacent schools. STEM is a curriculum based on the idea of educating students in four specific disciplines — science, technology, engineering and mathematics — in an interdisciplinary and applied approach. Rather than teach the four disciplines as separate and discrete subjects, STEM integrates them into a cohesive learning paradigm based on real-world applications.

The LIRR Expansion Project’s STEM and Safety Educational Program is a collaborative effort with schools and other education organizations along the project corridor. The purpose of the STEM and Safety Education Program is to foster relationships with schools and students along the project corridor, as well as to inspire interest in the LIRR Expansion Project. Through this educational outreach program, students are encouraged to apply STEM studies to a real-world, local project.  Students will also be exposed to a wide variety of STEM professionals working on the project.

There are seven LIRR Expansion Project elements within or adjacent to Garden City:

  • Carle Place Station Enhancement and Substation Replacement
  • Cherry Lane Bridge Replacement
  • Glen Cove Bridge Replacement
  • Meadowbrook Parkway Bridge Modification
  • Westbury North Parking Structure
  • Westbury South Parking and LIRR Lot Development
  • Westbury Station Enhancement and Substation Replacement

The construction of a third track from Floral Park to Hicksville will reduce train congestion and delays and enable true bi-directional service during peak hours with a more reliable rail network. This transformative work includes several related projects, including the construction of up to five parking garages, retaining walls, improvements to rail bridges and the removal of seven street-level grade crossings.

For more information, please visit the LIRR Expansion Project page on AModernLI.com – http://www.amodernli.com/project/thirdtrack/.