Two of the Long Island Rail Road's central hubs are about to get makeovers. Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced on Wedensday that work has begun on a $121 million initiative to rebuild, reimagine and modernize the Hicksville station, the busiest station on Long Island. In addition, the LIRR has awarded a $64.9 million contract to create a new platform and tracks at the Jamaica station, the LIRR’s central hub and main transfer point. Renderings of the Hicksville project are available here and of the Jamaica project here. The capital investments will improve the two key stations on the LIRR's 40-mile spine between Jamaica and Ronkonkoma.
"Revamping these two heavily trafficked transportation hubs will provide better, faster and more reliable train service for Long Island Rail Road riders," Governor Cuomo said. "Time and time again, transportation investment has a ripple effect of progress and economic growth on the surrounding community. These projects are part of this administration’s aggressive and comprehensive plan to revamp the state’s infrastructure and are two more reasons why New York is Built to Lead."
Jamaica Station Enhancements
The new platform and tracks at Jamaica station will allow the LIRR to more easily re-route trains, take tracks out of service and support supplemental train service to and from Atlantic Terminal for customers attending games and events at the Barclays Center. The new platform will also feature glass-enclosed, heated waiting areas, as well as Wi-Fi and USB charging stations allowing customers to stay connected and charge their phones while they wait for the train. In addition, New York-based artist James Little will create brightly colored art glass installations on the station’s westerly bridge, and also on the stairs leading from the new station platform to the AirTrain mezzanine.
MTA Chairman and CEO Thomas F. Prendergast said, "More tracks and platforms mean fewer delays. This award for Phase I of the project, which is funded by the Capital Plan, is great news. It will help speed up what LIRR customers have come to call ‘the Jamaica Crawl,’ introduce new services such as Wi-Fi and USB charging stations, and build on our ongoing commitment to renew, enhance and expand every aspect of the MTA."
The project is one element of the Jamaica Capacity Improvements Project which will modernize Jamaica Station infrastructure, which was built in 1913. The work will streamline track configurations, which have remained largely unchanged since the station was built, and speed service. The project began in 2010 and is being carried out in two phases with a projected investment of $442 million by the end of 2019. Funding for Phase I of the project comes from a combination of the MTA’s 2010-2014 capital plan and the 2015-2019 plan.
The new platform at Jamaica, slated to open in 2019, is one in a series of the LIRR system-wide capacity improvement projects, which also include an uninterrupted second track between Farmingdale and Ronkonkoma, and a third track on the Main Line from Floral Park to Hicksville, as well as the East Side Access project to bring LIRR trains into Grand Central Terminal. Once East Side Access is complete, the new platform at Jamaica station will dramatically enhance service between Atlantic Terminal in Brooklyn and Jamaica Station, enabling shuttle trains to depart every 7½ minutes during rush hour and every 15 minutes during off-peak hours, which will provide a significantly higher level of service than that available under current timetables.
Long Island Rail Road Committee Meeting 9/26/2016
L50304TQ / L50304TR: HICKSVILLE IMPROVEMENTS PROJECT
Project Budget: $121.19M [$50.62M for North Track Siding & $70.57M for Station Improvements]
Milestone: Contract Award
A Construction Services Contract for the Hicksville Improvements Project was awarded to Railroad Construction
Company / Citnalta Construction Corp – Joint Venture [RCC/Citnalta-JV] for $50,911,200. This project includes
the rehabilitation work for Hicksville Station and support work for North Track Siding. The station work includes
demolition and replacement of two 12-car elevated platforms, canopy roof system and drainage, heated platform
waiting rooms, staircases, escalators, lighting, signage, communications, a new CCTV security system, and
construction of two new elevators in the plaza area. The North Track Siding work includes construction of a
retaining wall to support the new extension, traction power ductbank systems, prewired signal hut and case,
and removal of an existing signal bridge. The Hicksville Improvements Project will ensure ADA-compliant
accessibility at this key busy Nassau County station and provide LIRR passengers with an improved station
environment. Extension of the North Track Siding will provide infrastructure improvements that will support
greater operational flexibility with added storage capacity. Hicksville Station is planned for Beneficial Use in
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