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LIRR Flushing-Main Street Station to Undergo Major Renovations
The MTA Long Island Rail Road is continuing its investment in the future with the Flushing-Main Street Station Improvement Project. Originally built in 1913, the busy Flushing-Main Street Station is in need of modernization. Major renovation work will begin in the summer of 2016 and continue for two years. This project, funded by the MTA LIRR Capital Improvement Program at a cost of $24.6 million, will include the following amenities:

Station improvements will include:

  • Two new elevators
  • New Ticket Office
  • New north side station plaza that connects Main Street with the 40th Road passageway
  • New platform shelters and railings
  • New staircases and canopies
  • Energy-efficient lighting
  • New station entrance canopies and facades
  • Improved signage
  • New public address system
  • Enhanced bird-control measures
  • Upgraded security measures

How will this impact your commute?
The LIRR will maintain normal train service at Flushing-Main Street throughout the project. Customers will need to use alternate staircases while construction is underway.

Platform access during construction:

  • Eastbound customers will access the platform via a temporary
    staircase and platform extension, since the original staircase leading to the eastbound platform will be closed for the entire two-year project.
  • Customers will access the westbound platform as usual via the 40th
    Road entrance and staircase until the opening of the new westbound platform staircase and elevator — at which time the 40th Road staircase and passageway will be closed for replacement and renovation.

Buying tickets during construction:
Buying tickets during construction: The Ticket Office will be closed during construction. Customers buying LIRR tickets have the following options:

  • Buy tickets from the LIRR Ticket Machines at Flushing-Main Street, which are being temporarily relocated to the sidewalk beneath the Main Street overpass/trestle.
  • Buy LIRR tickets through the new MTA eTix® app using a mobile device.
  • Buy tickets at Penn Station ticket windows, which are open 24/7.
  • Monthly tickets can be ordered through Mail&Ride, the LIRR’s ticket-by-mail. subscription service. For more information, visit


Being a Good Neighbor is Important to the LIRR
We want to complete this project with the least amount of inconvenience to riders, residents and businesses in the surrounding community. We are coordinating our efforts with local elected officials and community leaders and will be updating you through our web site, station posters and flyers as the work progresses. We appreciate the patience and understanding of our customers and community residents as we move forward with this important project.

Contact Us!
Questions or concerns? Visit and click on FAQs/Contact Us to send us an e-mail or call us at 511 or 718-217-LIRR (718-217-5477). Say “representative” to speak with an LIRR employee.


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