MTA officials unveil newly renovated Carle Place LIRR station
The newly renovated Carle Place Long Island Rail Road station officially opened Friday.
New canopies and new digital monitors are just a couple of the upgrades put in place as part of the expansion project.
Those leading the project said the station certainly needed the overhaul.
"The 1837 Carle Place station was historic, but it was almost as old as the Long Island Rail Road itself," said acting MTA Chair and CEO Janno Lieber.
MTA officials unveiled the newly reconstructed Carle Place train station, marking a major milestone in the LIRR Expansion Project.
Carle Place is the first station to be rebuilt as part of the $2.5 billion project that covers stations from Floral Park to Hicksville.
LIRR President Phil Eng said the station features a new platform, new canopies, improved lighting, new shelter sheds, signage with real-time information and more.
Eng added that when construction is complete, the Carle Place station will be almost fully Americans with Disabilities Act-compliant.
"New York state needs accessible public transportation to power its recovery and carry millions back to work, school, culture centers and entertainment," said MTA Chief Accessibility Officer Quemuel Arroyo.
The project also includes an alternate path for trains in the event of a breakdown. The expectation is that it will result in reduced train congestion and delays and more reliable service.
Eng said their continued focus is on thinking of new ways to incentivize using mass transit again.
"We're monitoring ridership every day. We're monitoring ridership train by train in real time and over 95% of our trains are carrying less than 60% of the ridership, so we have capacity," Eng said.
The entire project is projected to be complete by late next year.