Project Overview

The Port Washington substation, located at the intersection of Davis Avenue and Bayles Avenue in Port Washington, has been replaced as part of the LIRR Modernization Program. The new substation, which was built at a cost of $26.2 million, replaces an earlier brick-and-mortar substation that had been in service more than 30 years and was beyond its useful life.

The new substation ensures the continued reliability of Port Washington Branch train service by maintaining a robust power system for the electrified third rails that provide the traction power that moves trains and keeps them lit and temperature controlled. With greater capacity, the new substation enables the anticipated growth in train service that is expected to coincide with the start of LIRR service to Grand Central in 2022.

The Port Washington substation is the first of 14 substations to be replaced or rebuilt through the LIRR Modernization Program, a $6.6 billion program called for by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to rebuild, replace and renew components of the Long Island Rail Road to foster Long Island’s economic growth for generations to come.

MTA Board Approves Contract for Transformative LIRR Modernization

Historic Project Will Improve Railroad Infrastructure, Eliminate Seven Street-Level Railroad Crossings, Improve Railroad Bridges, Add Third Track to Busiest LIRR Corridor The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) Board on Wednesday approved a design-build contract with 3rd Track Constructors (3TC), to complete the

Construction on LIRR substation underway

Construction of a new electrical substation at the Port Washington Long Island Rail Road station has begun. The project, which is part of the LIRR’s work to replace and rebuild substations to ensure the power systems remain in good repair,