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LIRR to Lengthen Platforms at Forest Hills and Kew Gardens

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The LIRR plans to lengthen the platforms at Forest Hills and Kew Gardens by 50 percent, to accommodate six cars of a train, from the current four.

Both stations have two side platforms north and south of the tracks. The railroad will extend both platforms at Forest Hills and both platforms at Kew Gardens 200 feet westward using steel scaffolding structures supporting fiberglass decking.

“We’re committed to improving conditions for our Queens customers, and this will make boarding and exiting trains less congested, faster, and more pleasant at both stations,” said LIRR President Phillip Eng. “We’re taking a new, expedited approach, making improvements quickly to current needs with lower cost yet sturdy materials, while we evaluate a longer-term, permanent solution.”

“With the high ridership at these stations, we are experiencing train delays as customers must walk from car to car to be able to reach a door at a platform,” Eng continued. “Because these two stations are at a busy section of the railroad, those delays can cause trains behind to be delayed as well. Longer platforms should speed up our main line service for all customers traveling between Penn Station and Jamaica.”

Generally, the first four cars of LIRR trains currently stop at both platforms. This change will allow the first six cars to meet the platform at both stations. LIRR trains can be up to 12 cars long.

Preparation work at both sites is scheduled to begin the week of July 23. All work will be performed by LIRR personnel. Staff are analyzing the project to identify a completion date and cost.

Any temporary construction-related changes at either station will be announced closer to the start of construction work.

Forest Hills and Kew Gardens are the 51st and 56th busiest of the LIRR’s 124 stations, respectively, with average weekday ridership at Forest Hills of 1,967 passengers and 1,778 at Kew Gardens. Forest Hills has become a popular destination in recent years for LIRR customers attending concerts at Forest Hills Stadium.

Source: http://www.mta.info/news/2018/07/27/lirr-lengthen-platforms-forest-hills-and-kew-gardens

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