Long Island Railroad promises better maintenance for local stations

July 29, 2013 by  

Residents concerned about the state of the Merrick train station will be relieved to know that the Long Island Railroad (LIRR) is aware of those concerns and has a plan to address them.

Last Monday, July 22, representatives from LIRR and County Legislator Dave Denenberg met at the Merrick Public Library discussing plans for local train stations. Members of the public asked about improvements to the escalators and elevators, security, parking permits and parking lots, lighting, and maintenance.

Although the train stations are the responsibility of the LIRR, residents and local merchants are aware that visitors to Merrick associate the town with the station, and they judge the town accordingly. Banner printing near the station, or flyers handed out there, produce more favorable returns when the state of the station does not unfavorably distract travelers.

According to rail line representatives, work is planned for not only the Merrick station but for Bellmore, Seaford, and Wantagh stations. Local LIRR branch line manager Patrick Gerakaris stated the Wantagh station was being given particular attention. In the next two years, it is to receive an elevator and new platform, as well as have its waiting room renovated.

Gerakaris assured attendees at the meeting that Merrick residents would not have to wait long to see improvements to the train station here. A thorough cleaning of the platforms in the Merrick station, as well as those in Seaford and Bellmore, will take place near the end of summer. The LIRR representatives also said that additional elevator and escalator inspectors were hired and more patrols added to promote station safety.