Newly-Rebuilt Hicksville Station Underpins Revitalization of Downtown Hicksville

Hicksville Station Northwest Civic Association - 05-31-19

The newly-rebuilt Hicksville Station, the busiest LIRR station on Long Island, continues to provide improved, more reliable train service and an outstanding customer service experience. Since the $132 million project was completed in 2018 as part of the $6.6 billion LIRR Modernization Program, a record number of passengers are using the station.

LIRR crews and contractors rebuilt the Hicksville Station with new platforms, new fully-heated glass-enclosed platform waiting rooms, new lighting, a new translucent canopy roof, new stairways, new elevators and escalators, a new video security system, new audio and digital communications systems and improved signage. The station now has free public Wi-Fi and USB charging stations, as well as a new, grand street-level plaza and waiting room-ticket office entrance.

MTA Arts & Design has enhanced the station with ceramic mosaic murals and laminated art glass designed by Roy Nicholson, a long-time Long Island resident and husband of Newsday art critic Helen Harrison. Nicholson’s “Hempstead Plain, Morning & Evening (2018)”, has been installed at the station. In 2002 Nicholson created glass mosaic artwork for the Hicksville station ticket office and waiting room; when the station underwent its renovation and modernization in 2018, Nicholson was invited back to expand the project to the new waiting rooms on the rebuilt station platform.

Hicksville lies at eastern end of the LIRR Main Line Expansion corridor and not far from the LIRR’s recently completed Double Track Project, which has added a second track to the Ronkonkoma Branch between Farmingdale and Ronkonkoma; both Farmingdale and Ronkonkoma stations have received new amenities and improvements under the LIRR Modernization Program.

In tandem with the $132 million renovation of the Hicksville LIRR Station, the town has received $10 million in Downtown Revitalization Initiative (DRI) awards funds for four transformational projects for its downtown. The projects, nominated by the Downtown Hicksville Revitalization Local Planning Committee, will support increased access to transportation, improve walkability, and attract new housing opportunities.  The centerpiece of these proposals links the train station to Broadway and the rest of downtown to incentivize private development and job creation.  Together, these plans will create new public open space, decrease automobile congestion, improve pedestrian safety and encourage residents and visitors to spend more time in downtown Hicksville supporting local businesses.

“The rebuilt Hicksville station is not just geographically representative of the transformation of the LIRR, it’s also demonstrates how quickly we can bring real service improvements and amenities to LIRR customers,” said Philip Eng, President of the Long Island Rail Road. “The way we rebuilt this station, on budget and ahead of schedule, while continuing to offer service throughout the construction, is emblematic of the way we’re approaching the full-scale transformation of the entire Long Island Rail Road. We’re re-thinking the way we tackle complex challenges, so we can bring the benefits that matter to our customers, on budget and ahead of schedule.”

The modernization of Hicksville Station, the LIRR Double Track Project Farmingdale to Ronkonkoma, the LIRR Expansion Project Floral Park to Hicksville, the modernization of Penn Station and East Side Access, which will bring LIRR trains to Grand Central Station and an increase in the total number of LIRR rail vehicles, the LIRR is making a massive investment in the future of Hicksville as a great place to live and work.

For more information, please visit the Hicksville Station Improvements Project page on AModernLI.com – //www.amodernli.com/project/hicksville-station-improvements-project/.