Oct. 18, 2018 By Laura Hanrahan
The MTA officially unveiled the upgraded Flushing Main Street LIRR station today after nearly two years of construction.
The overhaul, which came at a cost of $24.6 million, included the installation of two new elevators and a set of entryways that connect the platforms directly to Main Street.
The improved station, which is currently used by more than 2,200 people on an average weekday, also features a new street-level ticket office, USB charge ports, an upgraded audio system, and new signage and platform railings.
“We hope our improvements will transform a station that was inaccessible and mostly hidden from public view into an inviting community landmark,” said Phil Eng, MTA Long Island Railroad president, “We are continuously working to make the LIRR accessible to all and this is an important achievement in that campaign.”
Prior to the renovation, the platforms were only accessible by two small, narrow staircases, one of which was in an alleyway.
“For the past fifteen years I have advocated for modernization of the Flushing Main Street LIRR station,” Senator Toby Stavisky said in a statement. “We have urged upgrades for safer railings, ADA accessibility, improved signage and an elevator. Today we can celebrate the completion of this long-awaited project.”