Elevators installed at Floral Park LIRR station for easier accessibility for riders
The Floral Park LIRR station may look a little different these days thanks to the installation of elevators to help make it easier and accessible for riders.
The improvement is part of the LIRR expansion project. The three elevators cost $10 million and provide access from the street level to the platform above, making it fully accessible for disabled riders and seniors. The improvement is in line with the Americans With Disabilities Act.
MTA officials say these improvements were brought about based on community feedback they received from Floral Park residents like Nadia Holubnyczyj, who has been advocating for accessibility.
"So I started to really pay attention and follow the process and whenever there was a hearing, I was there. Whenever there was a letter-writing campaign I was writing," says Holubnyczyi.
Holubnyczi took part in the ribbon-cutting ceremony Wednesday. Floral Park officials say the elevators are just one of the many improvements that are part of the third track project.
"New Yorkers and visitors with disabilities and so many others need and benefit from accessibility features like the ones we have seen here today," says Quemuel Arroyo, the MTA's chief accessibility officer.
Out of the 108 LIRR train stations, most have ramp access. There are plans to install additional elevators at other locations. The next station to get elevators is Westbury.