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Hicksville and Jamaica Station Improvements Begin

Postby MNCRR9000 » Fri Sep 30, 2016 1:06 pm

http://www.mta.info/news-lirr-long-isla ... initiative

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
April 2018."



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Re: Hicksville and Jamaica Station Improvements Begin

Postby MattAmity90 » Fri Sep 30, 2016 1:17 pm

Speaking of station rehabilitation I wonder how far into the Wantagh rehabilitation we are.
This station is Babylon, this is the train to Penn Station. Stopping at: Lindenhurst, Copiague, Amityville, Massapequa Park, Massapequa, Seaford, Wantagh, Bellmore, Merrick, Freeport, Baldwin, Rockville Centre, Lynbrook, Valley Stream, Jamaica, Kew Gardens, Forest Hills, Woodside, Penn Station.
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Re: Hicksville and Jamaica Station Improvements Begin

Postby adamj023 » Sat Oct 08, 2016 1:31 pm

Hicksville station has multiple lines and should have been done before some other stations based on ridership numbers. They all do need to get done though.

The Jamaica project is old news. They just finalized design plans for the new platform that the tracks were already being built for.
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Re: Hicksville and Jamaica Station Improvements Begin

Postby Teutobergerwald » Tue Jan 10, 2017 1:34 pm

The Atlantic Pipe siding west of Hicksville Station appears to have work underway. A bumper is installed in the vicinity of Engel Street, and east of that to the post office building a Railroad Construction Co. backhoe is parked. The ground was covered with snow, but appears to have been cleaned up, leveled and graded. Anybody know anymore? There was a cut of LIRR hoppers with two MP-15ac's spotted on the siding, too.
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Re: Hicksville and Jamaica Station Improvements Begin

Postby MattAmity90 » Mon Mar 06, 2017 6:59 am

New schedules were just released that go into effect today from March 6th-May 21st.

It said for Ronkonkoma and Port Jefferson/Huntington branches that all trains arriving and stopping at Hicksville on Track 2 will only open their South side doors. Well, this means that the first platform that will taken out is Platform A, and it will be the ENTIRE, not partial.
This station is Babylon, this is the train to Penn Station. Stopping at: Lindenhurst, Copiague, Amityville, Massapequa Park, Massapequa, Seaford, Wantagh, Bellmore, Merrick, Freeport, Baldwin, Rockville Centre, Lynbrook, Valley Stream, Jamaica, Kew Gardens, Forest Hills, Woodside, Penn Station.
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Re: Hicksville and Jamaica Station Improvements Begin

Postby Amtrak7 » Mon Mar 06, 2017 10:46 am

MattAmity90 wrote:New schedules were just released that go into effect today from March 6th-May 21st.

It said for Ronkonkoma and Port Jefferson/Huntington branches that all trains arriving and stopping at Hicksville on Track 2 will only open their South side doors. Well, this means that the first platform that will taken out is Platform A, and it will be the ENTIRE, not partial.


Other way around. Weekend closures of Platform B this spring, Platform A will be closed 24/7 during the summer.
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Re: Hicksville and Jamaica Station Improvements Begin

Postby bellstbarn » Thu Jun 15, 2017 12:02 pm

These photos were taken about 9 a.m., June 15, 2017. All service was from tracks 2 and 3, using platform B.

ImageHicksville LIRR by sphoto33, on Flickr

ImageHicksville LIRR by sphoto33, on Flickr

ImageHIcksville LIRR by sphoto33, on Flickr

ImageHicksville LIRR by sphoto33, on Flickr

The present elevators face the bus stop on southbound Newbridge Road. The above photo taken from the stairs adjacent to the escalator appears to show a new elevator being installed between the waiting room and the escalator. I could be wrong, but a glass-enclosed elevator may replace a less safe elevator.
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Re: Hicksville and Jamaica Station Improvements Begin

Postby Amtrak7 » Thu Jun 15, 2017 8:19 pm

I wonder if they're replacing the canopy's concrete structure. Looks like not.
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Re: Hicksville and Jamaica Station Improvements Begin

Postby MattAmity90 » Thu Jun 15, 2017 8:45 pm

The canopies are really in great shape for a station that opened for service on September 12th, 1964! Remember part of the project is salvaging and integrating older parts into what is being added. They did it at Seaford and Massapequa, and they did it at Daytona International Speedway when they did DAYTONA RISING by adding additional seats to the grandstands and building them within rehabilitated existing grandstands. I'm a NASCAR fan too, so I keep up with major projects since they are my two interests. If they do this to Babylon it should be more easier since the canopies do not cover the entire length of the platforms. Bellstbarn, once again I can't thank you enough for the new photos, they make my day after a rough couple of months.

I saw on Flickr recently that there is work currently going on at Jamaica next to Track 8 where the passing tracks were. They have been ripped out and the ground has been flattened, so I'm guessing that project of adding Platform F and a ninth track will be installed has gotten the green light.
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Re: Hicksville and Jamaica Station Improvements Begin

Postby bellstbarn » Fri Jun 16, 2017 9:31 am

While Hicksville's Platform A is under reconstruction, let's look at Platform B. In some places, the platform appears to have been replaced (new concrete poured or installed). In other places, the fifty-year-old platform has serious defects. A friend asked, "What did they do wrong when they built the platforms fifty years ago? Can't concrete last?" I contrast the Starrucca Viaduct, built by the Erie Railroad and stone masons in 1848 without mortar and still in service.
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ImageHicksville LIRR 6.15.2017. by sphoto33, on Flickr

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Re: Hicksville and Jamaica Station Improvements Begin

Postby onorclose7 » Fri Jun 16, 2017 9:46 am

I wonder what the reaction will be when Brooklyn customers find out that there will be no more direct trains from Atlantic Terminal as part of the new Platform F? The carrier never seems to mention that in their press releases.
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Re: Hicksville and Jamaica Station Improvements Begin

Postby Head-end View » Fri Jun 16, 2017 6:50 pm

I agree. This Brooklyn shuttle is a bad idea and I predict a public relations nightmare when the passengers find out what's happening. :(
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Re: Hicksville and Jamaica Station Improvements Begin

Postby newkirk » Mon Jun 19, 2017 2:26 pm

Just a little diversion of this topic.

Just west of Hicksville station, there are concrete pilings and retaining walls going up on the north side of the ROW.

What's going on here ?

Anything to do with the third track project ?
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Re: Hicksville and Jamaica Station Improvements Begin

Postby adamj023 » Mon Jun 19, 2017 3:39 pm

newkirk wrote:Just a little diversion of this topic.

Just west of Hicksville station, there are concrete pilings and retaining walls going up on the north side of the ROW.

What's going on here ?

Anything to do with the third track project ?


Well, Hicksville is the last station on the main line. As they redo the station which was in horrible shape, they might as well improve the other parts of the main line towards Jamaica. I am impressed they actually started doing work west of Hicksville already. Retaining walls were part of the third rail project but not mutually inclusive. I expect they will do a lot of maintenance work like concrete ties where needed, and other aspects. The finalization of third rail project has not been approved as of yet which will be either approved or denied in the coming weeks.
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Re: Hicksville and Jamaica Station Improvements Begin

Postby Riverduckexpress » Mon Jun 19, 2017 5:14 pm

newkirk wrote:Just a little diversion of this topic.

Just west of Hicksville station, there are concrete pilings and retaining walls going up on the north side of the ROW.

What's going on here ?

Anything to do with the third track project ?


Yep. Part of the Hicksville project includes taking the north track siding located west of the station, and extending it to connect to track 1 at Hicksville station, effectively laying the eastern end of the third track.
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