Wyandanch & Pinelawn Platform Work Underway
The MTA Long Island Rail Road is beginning platform renovations and construction at the Wyandanch and Pinelawn stations as part of the Double Track Project. Construction of an uninterrupted second track between Farmingdale and Ronkonkoma is currently underway.
Wyandanch Station Platform Renovation – West End of Platform Closure
Two new platforms will be constructed during this effort and will include a snow melt system, a new pedestrian overpass with elevators, new canopies, new platform shelter, and amenities such as help points and WiFi. Construction will be divided into several phases to minimize the impact on train service. The new eastern half of the platform opened on June 4. Phase 2 now requires closure of the west end of the platform, so it can be demolished and rebuilt. Customers must board or exit the train as follows:
- Westbound customers must board/exit the first six cars of the train.
- Eastbound customers must board/exit the first six cars of the train.
The western portion of the platform will be closed through Fall 2018. To accommodate the construction activity, a temporary accessibility ramp will be built on the west end of the platform adjacent to Straight Path and additional ADA parking will be located near the ramp. Temporary access routes and detours will be installed to guide pedestrians to the western portion of the platform. In addition, one of two full service ticket machines at the Wyandanch Station has been moved to accommodate the platform renovations. Both ticket machines are now located along the south wall of the Wyandanch Station building.
Pinelawn Station Platform Renovation – New North Platform
Currently, Pinelawn Station has a single platform on the south side of the station. The LIRR is building an additional north side platform. No changes to platform access are required for customers at this time. The existing south platform will remain open and operational.
About the Double Track Project
The Double Track Project will improve service and reliability on the LIRR’s Ronkonkoma Branch, and reduce delays in the event of a service disruption. With only a single track for trains running in both directions along the 18-mile stretch between Ronkonkoma and Farmingdale, service halts when any issue arises, as all east and westbound trains have no way to operate around a disabled train. Over the past 25 years, ridership on the Ronkonkoma Branch has doubled -- growing in popularity since the line was electrified in 1988 – indicating the need for expansion. This initiative will also spur economic activity, and improve LIRR service to Long Island MacArthur Airport.
For More Information
Contact the LIRR’s Customer Service Center by calling 511 or 718-217-LIRR (718-217-5477). Automated schedule information is available 24/7. Agents are available to assist customers daily from 6 AM until 10 PM. To speak with an LIRR employee, say the word “Representative” when the prompts begin.
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