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A project to eliminate a grade crossing on MTA Long Island Rail Road's (LIRR) main line in the villages of New Hyde Park and Garden City has been completed two months ahead of schedule, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced yesterday.
The grade separation is the latest step in a broader LIRR expansion project that calls for adding a third track from Floral Park to Hicksville to reduce train congestion and delays. The New Hyde Park crossing is the third of eight crossings along the LIRR main line eliminated as part of the expansion plan.
The New Hyde Park Road crossing had been a "traffic nightmare" for decades, Cuomo said in a press release.
"With one more crossing eliminated, we are looking forward to fewer delays for LIRR and a transit network that can support a 21st century economy for Long Island and New York," he said.
The newly opened New Hyde Park Road features a four-lane underpass with pedestrian sidewalks on the east and west sides of the underpass.
"The elimination of the New Hyde Park Road grade crossing has enhanced safety and reliability for all those that use New Hyde Park Road. This project improves our operations, reduces traffic congestion and improves the environment through the elimination of these crossing gates," said LIRR President Phillip Eng.