Earlier this morning, the MTA Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) held a press event to showcase the completion of a renovation project at the Montauk Line’s Bay Shore station. Unfortunately I could not make the event due to prior commitments. Here is a press release I received shortly after the event:
Customers using the Bay Shore LIRR Station are enjoying a brighter commute thanks to a completed multi-phased renovation project. The work consisted of replacing the station’s underpass with a modern covered pedestrian overpass between the eastbound and westbound platforms. The station building was then rehabilitated and new platform lighting has been installed.
State Senator Owen Johnson was instrumental in obtaining funds for the work. He said,
“The Bay Shore train station services many daily commuters and is a gateway during the summer months for visitors who take the train from New York City to ride the ferries to and from the Fire Island communities. We can be proud of the new improvements which show LIRR patrons that we care about their comfort and safety.”
LIRR President Helena Williams said, “We appreciate Senator Johnson’s support of this project as well as the involvement of the local Bay Shore community. Their efforts played a key part in making these improvements possible.”
The station building renovations included installation of new windows, doors, two new handicapped accessible restrooms, a new heating, ventilation and air conditioning system, along with the painting of all exterior columns as well as the waiting areas on both platforms. The final stage of the work included replacement of the previous lighting with a new lighting system that included vintage-style light posts on both platforms and new perimeter lighting around the station building.
The cost of the project was $3.6 million with funding provided by a State Senate monetary allocation along with money from the MTA LIRR Capital Improvement Program. Approximately 1,600 customers use the Bay Shore Station daily. The station opened in 1912.
I am sure these renovations are a welcome site to the customers who use this station. My sister used to frequent this station while coming & going from her job. On many occasions, she would wonder if & when the underpass would be renovated or replaced. Most people who use that station could tell you how awful it smelled, especially of urine. During the summer, the smell would sometimes be extremely potent while on the platform. Thankfully that this should no long ber the case.
xoxo Transit Blogger