Substantial work to improve overall communications to users and to upgrade several structures to provide added safety, convenience and aesthetic measures to the Bellmore and Merrick Long Island Rail Road stations has been given a green light to proceed.
According to MTA spokesperson Sarah Armaghan, construction to improve several facets of the Bellmore and Merrick Long Island Rail Road stations will begin this spring as part of New York State Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s $120 million investment to provide state-of-the-art enhancements in communications and building structures that will also include improved system connectivity to MacArthur Airport in Suffolk to help transport Bellmore and Merrick residents to that airport to catch flights.
The improvements are seen as necessary components to strengthen Long Island’s infrastructure to meet the standards of viability as Long Island’s popularity as a destination to live grows – and its economy grows.
Armaghan told Your NewsMag that the work at these two stations will enhance the appearance, functionality and safety at LIRR stations, as well as improve customer communications. With this work, she said, the LIRR will have the infrastructure needed to better serve its existing customers and to better accommodate future customers.
Enhancements for each station will be customized to the needs of a particular station and constructed with minimal disruptions to customers and the community, she said.
For example, work may include renovations to platforms, including repair of concrete slabs, as well as new yellow tactile platform edge warning strips, new railings, new platform shelters, stairs, ramps, overpass modifications, signage, and lighting and communications systems.
Interior station building renovation work may include new flooring, wall and ceiling finishes, new doors and windows, new ADA compliant restrooms, new lighting, communications systems, HVAC systems, signage, benches, and information screens.
Added amenities may include free customer Wi-Fi, USB charging ports, CCTV cameras, totems, art, trash receptacles and digital LED information screens.
Armaghan said the contract award for the Bellmore and Merrick stations was approved by the MTA Board at a recent board meeting, and is progressing in the design phase, as it is a design-build contract.
As of press time, no timetable has been set to determine when construction will begin this spring.