The complete reconstruction of the Merillon Avenue LIRR Station will start the week of March 18th. The station services the Main Line and Port Jefferson Branch and serves nearly 1,882 daily customers. Station improvements will include: platform removal and replacement to accommodate 12-car trains; platform canopies; new platform furnishings and accoutrements including benches, shelters, and signage; CCTV security cameras to improve safety; ADA-compliant mobility improvements including elevators and ramps; free public Wi-Fi; USB charging stations and digital information displays. New bike racks and art will also be installed. Merillon Avenue Station is in Garden City and was originally built in 1912. The new station will be completed in 2020.
By phasing platform work the station will remain open throughout construction. Beginning Monday, March 18, 2019, the western halves of both platforms at Merillon Avenue Station (westbound and eastbound) will be closed as construction activity integral to the LIRR Expansion Project commences. During this time, the Roxbury Road entrance to the eastbound platform will close. All other access points to eastbound and westbound platforms will remain open. From March 18th only the first six (6) cars of each train will permit boarding and exiting.
The LIRR Expansion Project will add a third track along nearly 10 miles of right-of-way between Floral Park and Hicksville, increasing capacity, improving reliability and creating new service opportunities. Work at Merillon Avenue Station, which will later shift to the eastern end of the station platforms, is expected to continue through the second quarter of 2020.
With the LIRR Expansion Project, upgrading Merillon Avenue Station will be an important step to accommodating a future increase in ridership. Enhancements to Merillon Avenue Station are part of a broader LIRR initiative to strengthen the reliability and resiliency of LIRR infrastructure as well as support the growth and development of Long Island.
For more information, please visit the Merillon Avenue Station Enhancement project page on AModernLI.com – http://www.amodernli.com/project/merillon-avenue-station-enhancement/.