Port Washington Yard Track Extension Project
Port Washington Yard Track Extension Project Overview
Better Service for Port Washington Customers
Port Washington Track Extension Project will Allow for More AM/PM Trains, including to Grand Central Terminal
MTA Long Island Rail Road is proposing to add space in the existing Port Washington LIRR station rail yard area to store two additional trains in order to provide our Port Washington Branch customers with service benefits today and in the future when the East Side Access Project is completed. The LIRR is scheduled to service Grand Central Terminal beginning in 2019.
The proposed track extension of two tracks will benefit the LIRR’s Port Washington Branch customers especially those using the Manhasset, Plandome and Port Washington Stations.
Benefits include the following:
- Up to nine more trains (3 during the AM Peak, 6 during the PM Peak) will be added to the Port Washington schedule to and from Grand Central Terminal and Penn Station;
- Enhanced express service;
- More available seats and fewer standees; and
- Extra service to/from Citi Field for Mets/U.S. Open and other events.
In order to offer more train service, the LIRR must be able to position trains in Port Washington for the beginning of the morning rush hour. The track extensions allow the LIRR greater operational flexibility and support additional service in the busy single main track area between Great Neck and Port Washington.
The benefits upon completion of the project will be immediate but become especially important upon completion of the LIRR’s East Side Access Project, which will allow Port Washington customers to select a train to either Grand Central
Terminal or Penn Station from their home stations. The LIRR is working with Town of North Hempstead officials and community leaders to minimize the impact of the project on parking at the Port Washington station. Under a preferred proposal (Option A), the LIRR would purchase a piece of property from the Town at fair market value
and also utilize a portion of the LIRR’s Haven Avenue lot, resulting in the loss of approximately 40 parking spaces.
If the LIRR uses only its own property for the track extensions (Option B), the entire LIRR Haven Avenue lot, including approximately 140 parking spaces would be needed for the track extensions. There are approximately 1,000 spaces available for commuters at the Port Washington station.
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