Long Island Rail Road Gets Long Awaited $5.6 Billion Update

July 25, 2017

The $5.6 billion transformation of the Long Island Rail Road is ready to leave the station. The project is part of New York's $100 billion infrastructure progam.

“The LIRR is the backbone of the region's economy, and the strength and resiliency of Long Island requires bold, transformative investments to bolster our transportation network," said Governor Andrew M. Cuomo.

Highlights of the overall project include:

  • The $2 billion LIRR Expansion project will add a 9.8 mile third track to the route's Main Line from Floral Park to Hicksville
  • A $387.2 million, 12.6-mile double track expansion on the Ronkonokoma branch
  • A $128 million Mid-Suffolk storage yard with 11 more tracks and a 28,000 square foot LIRR Command Facility
  • Reconstruction of the 104-year old Jamaica Station with new platforms and a dedicated track to Atlantic Terminal.
  • Fortifying 12 bridges along the LIRR routes
  • Upgrading 13 electric power stations
  • A new Hudson Tunnel between New York and New Jersey, as well as updating existing tunnels
  • Development of the new Penn-Farley complex which will include access to trains without entering Penn Station
  • Upgrading 39 stations across the LIRR system

The governor's office says the huge project will take no residential properties, eliminates seven street-level grade crossings, and widens or increases the height of seven bridges across the line to prevent bridge strikes.

New York State is entering into memoranda of understanding with communities on the Main Line Third Track and will invite input on project design, including aesthetic design of certain project elements such as sound walls, consideration for traffic and parking, utilities, drainage, pest and dust control, transit-oriented development, construction schedule and duration and community safety and quality of life.

The system-wide reconstruction of tracks, power infrastructure, switches, and support facilities is estimated to increase the railroad's capacity more than 80 percent, says the governor's office.

To view renderings of the stations and new train yards, click here: