Residents and visitors to Murray Hill are pleased to see the progress at the Murray Hill LIRR Station as steel elevator frames rise above street level in a visible sign of the accessibility improvements underway. When operational by the end of this year, the new elevators will make travel easier for anyone with impaired mobility, mothers traveling with children, older residents, shoppers and travelers with luggage. Elevator access is being provided to both platforms.
The new elevator steel frames are being painted to match the station’s color scheme, and a myriad of construction activities are taking place to build the elevator machine rooms and upgrade the station power that will be required by the hydraulic elevator pistons to raise and lower the elevator cabs. An 18-foot high retaining wall has been demolished and rebuilt, and a crane is being used on site to assemble the large elevator sections. Parts for the elevators themselves are being delivered and installed. Much of the progress at Murray Hill LIRR Station is thanks to a successful winter concrete pour earlier this year.
Once the elevators are installed, the eastbound and westbound elevator plazas will be paved with new brick, and new trees will be planted in the entrance plaza on the eastbound side of the station, which will also be landscaped.
Murray Hill Station, located on the Port Washington Branch in Queens, is also undergoing renovations. The station is being outfitted with new ADA-compliant tactile warning strips on platform edges, new lighting in the area surrounding the elevators, CCTV security cameras, signage and bird control. Renovations to Murray Hill Station are part of the broader LIRR Modernization Program to support enhanced stations. For more information and construction photos, please visit the Murray Hill Station New Elevators project page on AModernLI.com.