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State plans to invest billions to help some LIRR stations

As renovations continue at Penn Station, the state announced
Wednesday an improvement plan for dozens of Long Island Rail Road
(LIRR) stations, including two in Queens.

Gov. Andrew
Cuomo said the state is investing $5.6 billion to transform 39 LIRR stations.

“We’ve taken a very bold course. We are daring to imagine a
better New York, and we believe we can do it,” Cuomo said at a
press conference for the announcement. “We’re investing the
largest sum in infrastructure in the United States of America. We have
the most aggressive infrastructure building program in the country,
period, by far.”

He said the much-needed improvements will strengthen transportation
infrastructure and increase rider capacity by 80 percent.

The Jamaica Station will undergo a major face lift, as it will be
upgraded with higher speed switches and new signals.

Aging platforms are expected to be replaced, and some will be
expanded to accommodate full-length, 12-car trains.

The station is also projected to be equipped with heated waiting
areas and Wi-Fi.

Meantime, Flushing Station is expected to undergo general improvements.

The announcement comes amid a rough summer for commuters as Penn
Station is currently undergoing major repairs as part of the
“Summer of Hell” as Cuomo called it a few months ago.

Just last month, Cuomo declared a state of emergency for the MTA.

Penn Station is currently undergoing major repairs as part of the
“Summer of Hell” as Cuomo called it a few months ago.

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