Project Overview

The School Street grade crossing, located in the Village of Westbury and the Town of North Hempstead, is one of seven street-level crossings along the LIRR Main Line being eliminated as part of the LIRR Expansion Project from Floral Park to Hicksville. The School Street grade crossing:

  • poses a safety risk to drivers, pedestrians and LIRR customers
  • contributes to noise and air pollution
  • lengthens commutes for both drivers and LIRR customers

As trains approach Westbury Station, grade crossing gates are in the down position 27 to 35 percent of the time during AM and PM peak periods, respectively. The need for grade crossing elimination is further illustrated by the six fatal crashes at grade crossing locations in the LIRR Main Line corridor between 2007 to 2017.

In consultation with the Village of Westbury and the Town of North Hempstead, the School Street grade crossing is being reconstructed into a two-way grade separated underpass with a pedestrian sidewalk on the east side. Railroad Avenue will be reconstructed to maintain access to School Street.

This reconstructed grade crossing was designed in conjunction with the Village of Westbury and the Town of North Hempstead and to enhance safety and provide for a quieter and more livable community along the railroad. The elimination of the School Street grade crossing is part of the LIRR Expansion Project to strengthen the reliability of LIRR infrastructure and ultimately support the growth and development of Long Island.