New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has announced a $5.6 billion investment in the transformation of the Long Island Rail Road (LIRR), with all 100 LIRR capital projects moving forward. These will include the Main Line Third Track, Double Track, Jamaica Station Reconstruction, 39 renovated stations and grade crossing eliminations.
The funding is part of New York's $100 billion infrastructure program, with a central component for the Gateway Project, which includes building a new Hudson Tunnel between New York and New Jersey and rehabilitating the existing tubes. It also includes the Penn-Farley Complex, which features the new Moynihan Train Hall, a $1.6 billion, 255,000 square foot facility that has an expected opening date of 2020.
"With the complete transformation of the Long Island Railroad, New York is recapturing the bold ambition that made our infrastructure the envy of the nation and building for the future,” said Governor Cuomo. “The LIRR is the backbone of the region's economy, and the strength and resiliency of Long Island requires bold, transformative investments to bolster our transportation network."
"From the previously unthinkable Third Track and Second Track projects to state-of-the-art technology and signal upgrades, we are daring to imagine better and delivering for the people of New York once again,” he added.
The funding will cover the following improvements:
- Main Line Third Track - The $2 billion LIRR Expansion Project will add a third track to 9.8 miles along the Main Line of the LIRR between Floral Park and Hicksville, and eliminate all seven street-level grade crossings within the project corridor. The state will also replace power infrastructure throughout the system with seven new traction power substations.
- Double Track - The $387.2 million, 12.6 mile double track project will enable the LIRR to provide more frequent off-peak service to the Ronkonkoma Branch in both directions. The double track project will be completed the summer of 2018.
- Mid-Suffolk Train Storage Yard - The state is also building a $128 million Mid-Suffolk Storage Yard in Ronkonkoma, with the Yard providing additional space for train car maintenance, inspections and servicing for the electric fleet. The construction will include 11 additional tracks, each with the capacity for a 12-car train set, and the building of a new, 28,000 square-foot LIRR Command Facility.
- Jamaica Station Signals, Tracks and Infrastructure - The state will reconstruct the Jamaica Station, including a dedicated track to Atlantic Terminal. The project will also lengthen five existing platforms to accommodate full-length, 12-car trains.