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MTA LIRR Opens Upgraded LIRR Stations at Farmingdale and Wantagh

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MTA LIRR Opens Upgraded LIRR Stations at Farmingdale and Wantagh

Renovations, Amenities Added to These Stations Bring Variety of Customer-Focused Improvements

Metropolitan Transportation Authority and Long Island Rail Road officials today announced the opening of two newly renovated railroad stations – at Farmingdale and Wantagh – bringing customer-focused improvements to thousands of riders.

The doors to Farmingdale’s upgraded station building were opened today, while recently, the LIRR also finished a $27 million renovation project at Wantagh Station, which included platform replacements and newly installed elevator, among many other added amenities.

These projects are one piece of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s unprecedented $6.6 billion Modernization Program investment into the LIRR, with an achievable goal underway that’s set to bring the railroad into a new era of modernization and unparalleled customer experience.

"Some LIRR stations can be more than 160 years old.  While we always want to celebrate and preserve our history, it’s about time we bring LIRR stations into the 21st century," MTA Chief Development Officer Janno Lieber said. “We're proving that the MTA can deliver projects faster and at lower cost than in the past.”

"The Long Island Rail Road's focus continues to be on how we can improve on the many ways customers experience our system. Along with improving train service and reliability, we want to make sure when they're at our stations, they have the comforts and amenities they're used to having at other world-class transportation outlets," LIRR President Phillip Eng said. “The attention to detail in these station renovations recognizes the important relationship between LIRR stations and the communities that surround them. LIRR stations are an ongoing part of the history and landscape of each community they serve.”

The work at Farmingdale station, which is still ongoing, is part of an $84 million, eight-station renovation package, awarded earlier this year. The work at Wantagh Station was funded through the current MTA Capital Program.

Artwork was commissioned for Wantagh Station that references the surrounding community and enhances the architecture and beauty. Details on the artist and the artwork can be found below.

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