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Yesterday, MTA Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) began the next segment of a two-year, $40 million rehabilitation project at Massapequa Station. Begun in spring, the project involves replacing the station platform, canopy, staircases, elevator and escalator, as well as the platform waiting room, lighting, public-address system and signage. The railroad also is beginning installation of a pocket track east of the station that will improve train service, frequency and onboard seating availability, LIRR officials said in a press release.The newest phase of the platform project is expected to continue through spring 2014. During this phase of the work, an additional section of the platform's western half will be closed for demolition and reconstruction, and the platform will accommodate six cars instead of the current eight cars.Meanwhile, LIRR officials will hold a public hearing Aug. 27 on proposed service changes, including proposals to restore half-hour service on the Port Washington Branch on weekends, and to operate weekend service on the Ronkonkoma Branch between Ronkonkoma and Greenport for 10 additional weekends per year.
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