Track services

LIRR announces upgrade of New Hyde Park station as part of Third Track project

The Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) opened the newly renovated New Hyde Park station, another step towards completing the $2.5 billion third track project.

“The LIRR Third Track project is a prime example of the MTA’s new approach to capital project delivery, with enhanced oversight and streamlined design-build contracts that allow teams to complete projects on time and, in this case, on budget,” the MTA president said. and CEO Janno Lieber. “The Third Track project team worked closely with the community and was able to modernize the station, eliminate three adjacent dangerous and delaying level crossings, and create a public space for all to enjoy.”

Three ramps and a pedestrian overpass were constructed at New Hyde Park Road, two ramps to each platform at the South 12th Street underpass, and seven new ADA parking spaces. Additionally, crews built an accessible pedestrian overpass on New Hyde Park Road to connect the station to Garden City commuters.

“The MTA continues to make progress in ensuring accessibility for all customers and the renovated New Hyde Park station is another example,” said MTA Director of Accessibility Quemuel Arroyo. “New customers and repeat customers will find a resort more accessible and inclusive.”

Making the entire LIRR system accessible to everyone in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a priority and the new station doubles the number of ramps from two to four, creates two access points between the platforms and two sidewalks .

“For the New Hyde Park community and our passengers, this is a major milestone, with larger and more comfortable platforms, improved safety and more seamless integration with the surrounding community adding to a massively improved station,” said the president of MTA Construction and Development. Jamie TorresSpringer. “For Long Island as a whole, this is the final step toward the tremendous service improvements that Third Track will enable, supporting mobility and vitality throughout the region.”

“One of the main ideas of the Third Track project was to create a better customer experience for LIRR riders and this new station is another part of that,” said Catherine Rinaldi, LIRR Acting President and Metro-North President. Railroad. “Riders will be welcomed by larger platforms, comfortable shelters and more room to move around. It will be the perfect salvation for anyone who crosses it daily on the way to work, school and all their other activities. All of this translates into a better customer experience for everyone.

Additional station improvements developed through feedback and support received from the local community include:

  • A new ADA pedestrian-accessible underpass at S. 12th Street.
  • Replacement and expansion of the platform to accommodate 12-car trains.
  • New deck canopies; new platform furniture and equipment, including benches, shelters and signage.
  • CCTV security cameras to improve security.
  • Wi-Fi and USB charging stations.
  • Digital information displays.

In addition to the modernization and renewal of station elements, three level crossings near the station have been eliminated at New Hyde Park Road, South 12th Street and Covert Avenue. Prior to the elimination of these crossings, the gates were in the down position 32-42% of the time during the morning and evening peak periods, respectively, resulting in traffic congestion and adverse environmental effects due to idling vehicles. These are three of the eight that have been eliminated overall as part of the Third Track project, and the need to eliminate these level crossings was illustrated by six fatal collisions at level crossings in the Main Line Corridor LIRR between 2007 and 2017.

About $247 million was spent to modernize the station and its surroundings. The renovated station building includes new bike racks and a plaza with green space on Third Avenue east of Baer Place.

New York native Sandy Litchfield was commissioned by MTA Arts & Design and LIRR to create laminated glass artwork for three of the station’s new platform shelters. ‘Forestation Syncopation’ uncovers how natural and built environments interact, as seen on the train journey through New Hyde Park and its surroundings.