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MTA Long Island Rail Road’s (LIRR) Merillon Avenue station is undergoing construction as part of the railroad’s expansion project.
Station platforms will be extended to accommodate 12-car trains in an effort to improve boarding and decrease dwell time at the station, Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) officials said in a press release. Currently the platforms can only accommodate 10-car trains.
The reconstruction of the Garden City, New York, station will also include installation of two elevators, improved pedestrian access, digital displays and signage, improved lighting, new platform furnishings, new security cameras, WiFi and USB charging stations.
"The LIRR expansion project addresses many customer needs: from more track capacity to accommodate more trains, to increased safety and reliability for better train service, and upgraded stations bringing ADA access and well-thought-out amenities," said MTA Chief Development Officer and President of MTA Capital Construction Janno Lieber.
Western sections of the Merillon platform are currently closed for demolition, which will be followed by rebuilding of the platform in spring. This process will be repeated for the eastern sections of the platform in fall.
The station is scheduled to be fully reopened to the public following installation of elevators by late spring 2020.
The LIRR expansion project is part of a multibillion-dollar modernization. Once the work is complete, LIRR will have increased its capacity by nearly 50 percent, MTA officials said.