LIRR Modernization ProgramLong Island Rail Road
Modernization is Underway
From the previously unthinkable Third Track and Second Track projects to state-of-the-art technology and signal upgrades, the LIRR Modernization Program is daring to imagine better and delivering for the people of New York once again.
LIRR Modernization ProgramEast Side Access
One of the most significant transportation infrastructure projects currently underway in the United States. East Side Access provides new, direct LIRR service into a new concourse below Grand Central Terminal on Manhattan’s East Side, reducing commutes into Manhattan by up to 40 minutes.
Long Island Rail Road
A multibillion dollar transformation of the Long Island Rail Road is underway, the biggest slate of investments the railroad has received in decades. Once all the work is completed, the LIRR will have increased its capacity by 50 percent. The robust undertaking was made possible by a partnership between MTA, state and local officials, and numerous Long Island communities. Together, the upgrades will help modernize transportation across the region and provide a reliable, state-of-the-art rail system for Long Islanders.
”With the complete transformation of the Long Island Rail Road, New York is recapturing the bold ambition that made our infrastructure the envy of the nation and building for the future. The LIRR is the backbone of the region’s economy, and the strength and resiliency of Long Island requires bold, transformative investments to bolster our transportation network.Governor Andrew M. Cuomo
Features and Benefits
Improved access to state-of-the-art transit hubs and all major regional airports
Modernizing signals, switches, tracks, and bridges
Direct LIRR service to Midtown East in Manhattan
Safer, Quieter Crossings
Modifying grade crossings to enhance safety, ease traffic, and reduce noise
Improving the station environment and customer experience
Supporting economic and transit-oriented development
Visit miles of ocean beach, state, parks, vineyards, and more
Enhanced passenger communication systems