MTA Working to Make LIRR more Assessible for ADA 30th Anniversary

With the 30th Anniversary of the Americans with Disability Act this month, the MTA is working to make the milestone a memorable one for mobility impaired LIRR customers. MTA Construction & Development, the LIRR and its contractors continue to work to make stations along the 10-mile long LIRR Expansion Project corridor assessible to all customer.

Customers who use stations from Floral Park to Westbury will benefit from the MTA’s commitment to accessibility improvements including new elevators and ramps. The improvements come after unprecedented outreach and coordination efforts, which included hundreds of meetings with towns, villages and community groups.

Here’s a look at the tremendous progress made so far:

Floral Park 07-23-20The Floral Park station, at the western end of the project corridor, is being made fully ADA accessible by installing one elevator for each of its three elevated platforms.
New Hyde Park Grade Crossing Elimination - 07-11-20As part of the New Hyde Park station enhancement, new ramps are being constructed on both the eastbound and westbound platforms, and a new pedestrian bridge is being installed across busy New Hyde Park Road.
Merillon Avenue 07-23-20At Merillon Avenue, which was designed with thoughtful input from the community, elevators will connect each platform to Nassau Boulevard and new ramps will be installed.
Mineola Pedestrian BridgeMineola Station will receive a new pedestrian overpass at the east end of the station, but unlike the old one, the new structure will include elevators on each platform.
Carle Place 07-23-20Like Mineola, the Carle Place station gets a new pedestrian overpass with elevators.
WestburyThe Westbury station will be outfitted with ADA-compliant mobility improvements, including elevators, ramps and overpasses.

Improvements at the LIRR Expansion Project stations go far beyond ADA requirements. Additional upgrades include new 12-car platforms, canopies and platform furnishings such as benches, shelters and signage. Customers will also benefit from technological improvements, including CCTV security cameras, free public Wi-Fi and charging stations. Additionally, bike racks and artwork at the station will make for a more pleasant customer experience.

ADA upgrades are not limited to stations included in the LIRR Expansion Project. Other stations have recently been outfitted with ADA improvements, including Nostrand Avenue in Brooklyn and Murray Hill in Queens, each of which received new elevators, making them fully ADA compliant.