New Hyde Park Grade Crossing Elimination 01-10-20

Beginning February 3, 2020, New Hyde Park LIRR Station customers will access a temporary 10-car platform, which will run along 2nd and 3rd Avenues, between South 12th Street and South 8th Street. The temporary platforms will include 8 ADA-compliant ingress and egress points, with 3 ADA-compliant access ramps. Pedestrian detour routes will be in place to help commuters access the station from the east and west sides of New Hyde Park Road:

New Hyde Park Road Grade Crossing Elimination Project - Pedestrian Detour 01-10-20

When the temporary station opens on February 3, more than 100 temporary commuter parking spots will be available at 124 Covert Avenue and the parking lot of the Church of the Holy Spirit, on 1st Avenue and Covert Avenue. Throughout January, crews will complete construction on the temporary station platforms – 20 commuter parking spaces will be temporarily unavailable for use.

The New Hyde Park Station Enhancement Project will include significant enhancements, developed through input and support received from the local community, including new platforms 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 ramps, free public Wi-Fi, USB charging stations and digital information displays. The interior and exterior of the station building will be renovated. New bike racks will be installed, and a plaza with green space at Third Avenue east of Baer Place will be created. ADA-compliant pedestrian access will be maintained with an underpass at South 12th Street, upon the closure of the at-grade crossing to vehicular traffic. Completion of the pedestrian underpass is expected for the fall of 2021. For more information about the New Hyde Park station renewal and upgrades, please visit the New Hyde Park Station Enhancement project page on AModernLI.com.

A new bridge to span this crossing is scheduled to be moved into place on July 11-12, and the newly built roadway below the bridge is expected to reopen this summer. New Hyde Park Road will reopen in the summer of 2020 with a new five-lane roadway and pedestrian sidewalks beneath the tracks, and the new underpass will improve safety and railroad reliability. This fast pace of work and the use of unique engineering methods will limit the detours to just seven months. Detour routes have been established in cooperation with Nassau County, the Villages of New Hyde Park and Garden City, and other localities. As alternatives, the detours encourage the use Covert Avenue, which reopened last Oct. 12 after the MTA eliminated the grade crossing, and Nassau Blvd., where the MTA last Oct. 5-6 replaced the previous bridge with a low clearance of just 11’6” with a new bridge with a clearance of the bridge to 14’0”. Detour routes will be clearly marked by signage.

The project will alleviate train congestion and improve vehicular traffic. As part of an unprecedentedly robust community outreach program, MTA, LIRR and the designer-builder have held hundreds of meetings in advance of the closure. Most recently, the project team has hosted multiple public information sessions, in addition to targeted stakeholder meetings with residents, school districts, chambers of commerce, civic associations and more.

This railroad crossing is the third of eight such grade-crossing elimination projects being completed under the LIRR Expansion Project, also known as “Third Track,” set for completion in 2022. The grade crossing eliminations will enhance safety, reduce noise and air pollution and reduce traffic back-ups, as vehicles will no longer need to wait at crossings as trains pass, which can be as much as 42 percent of the time during rush hours. Stations along the Main Line between Floral Park and Hicksville are being rebuilt to accommodate a new third track. Once the grade crossing is eliminated, trains will no longer need to blast their horns, and bells from crossing gates will become unnecessary, significantly reducing noise pollution in the surrounding area. Currently, crossing gates during rush hours are in the down position nearly half the time, creating traffic backups and increasing exhaust from vehicles.

Funding for LIRR Expansion Project comes from the MTA’s 2015-19 Capital Program and the historic $51.5 billion 2020-24 Capital Program. The LIRR Expansion Project is part of a multibillion-dollar modernization of the Long Island Rail Road, the largest investment the railroad has received in decades.

The construction of a third track from Floral Park to Hicksville will reduce train congestion and delays and enable true bi-directional service during peak hours with a more reliable rail network. This transformative work includes several related projects, including accessibility improvements, the removal of eight street-level grade crossings, the construction of parking garages, the installation of retaining and sound walls and improvements to rail bridges. As work is completed local communities are seeing immediate benefits, and construction is being managed to minimize the impact on daily routines, with extensive mitigation and public outreach. For more information please visit the LIRR Expansion Project Floral Park to Hicksville project page on AModernLI.com.