Flushing LIRR Station

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LIRR Station In Flushing Gets A Facelift

October 18, 2018 - 1:57 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- A Long Island Rail Road station built in 1913 has gotten a much-needed facelift.

Railroad President Phillip Eng in joining elected leaders in cutting a royal blue ribbon at the new Flushing-Main Street station in Queens.

The once dark, graffiti-covered and litter-filled station has undergone a major overhaul. Upgrades include brighter energy efficient lighting, new staircases and railings, as well as security improvements for the 2,000 riders that use the station daily. 

"Perhaps the biggest improvement here is the installation of two new hydraulic elevators, one for each of the station platforms providing ADA access for this station for the first time and we're proud of that," Eng said.

There are also two ticket offices, a new northside station plaza that connects Main Street with the 40th Road passageway, platform shelters, and new station canopies and facades.

The renovation is one of over 100 projects Eng says is bringing the LIRR into a new era of increased reliability, capacity and upgraded infrastructure.

This project took six years to complete and cost nearly $25 million -- three times the original estimate.