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4/3/2007



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Long Island Rail Road continues to renovate century-old Flatbush Avenue Terminal


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MTA Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) recently marked the 100th anniversary of the Flatbush Avenue Terminal, part of a major downtown Brooklyn transit hub that's also served by MTA New York City Transit (NYCT) subway lines.

When it opened on April 1, 1907, the terminal was the final piece of an 11-year Atlantic Avenue improvement project that included more than five miles of new tracks between downtown Brooklyn and the then-less populated outskirts of the city.

Now, the terminal — which serves 25,000 LIRR passengers daily — is in the midst of a major renovation project. The first phase, which began in 2002 and is nearly complete, includes a new entry area to NYCT subway lines, as well as a new public-address system, platform lighting, signage and passenger information systems in the LIRR portion of the terminal.

Phase two, which began in 2004 and is still under way, calls for constructing a street-level entry pavilion, new concourse-to-street level stairs, ticket office, customer waiting area, police facility and restrooms; adding a new heating, air conditioning and ventilation system; and improving the station's lighting. LIRR’s portion of project costs total $116 million.


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