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.


LIRR Modernization ProgramLt. Governor Kathy Hochul Opens Second Track of
LIRR Ronkonkoma Branch and Rededicates Wyandanch Station

The Ronkonkoma Branch’s Double Track Project adds a continuous second track to the 18-mile stretch between Farmingdale and Ronkonkoma along with a new signal system, electrical substation modifications and new third rail electrical systems. It is the first large-scale component of Governor Cuomo’s LIRR Modernization program to be completed and part of the largest building project in the USA.


Projects and Initiatives

Long Island Rail Road
Modernization Program

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.

Project List

A series of much-needed LIRR capital projects and state-of-good-repair projects.


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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

Transportation Gateways

Improved access to state-of-the-art transit hubs and all major regional airports

Improving Infrastructure

Modernizing signals, switches, tracks, and bridges

Faster Commutes

Direct LIRR service to Midtown East in Manhattan

Safer, Quieter Crossings

Modifying grade crossings to enhance safety, ease traffic, and reduce noise

Enhanced Stations

Improving the station environment and customer experience

Livable Communities

Supporting economic and transit-oriented development

Recreational Destinations

Visit miles of ocean beach, state, parks, vineyards, and more

Improved Communication

Enhanced passenger communication systems