LIRR Completes Nostrand Avenue Station Modernization

LIRR Nostrand Avenue Station
LIRR Nostrand Avenue Station

MTA Long Island Rail Road President Phillip Eng today joined Brooklyn elected officials, advocates and community members to open the newly rebuilt Nostrand Avenue station. The two-track elevated station features two new ADA-accessible elevators, platform canopies, new tactile warning strips on both platforms, and a new art glass installation created by a local artist. Construction on the project began in 2017 and cost $28.1 million. 

The station, which is located on Nostrand and Atlantic avenues in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn, was built in 1977 and serves approximately 1,217 weekday riders. It is part of the City Zone Branch with direct access to Jamaica Station going east and Atlantic Terminal going west.

“The LIRR is laser-focused on making our system fully accessible, and Nostrand Avenue is the latest example of how we’re getting it done,” said LIRR President Phillip Eng. “The two new ADA-accessible elevators will not only help customers with disabilities, but also moms with strollers and others with mobility challenges. The new digital information boards and tactile warning strips are another way we are providing our customers with the amenities they need and deserve."

Out of the Railroad’s 124 stations – 85%, or 106 stations, are accessible, including, Nostrand Avenue. There will soon be two more accessible stations as elevators are currently being installed at Murray Hill and Floral Park Stations.

The new elevators are located each on the eastbound and westbound platforms which also have new, yellow tactile warning stripsThere are also four new staircases, two at each platform. Both platforms are Fiber-Reinforced Polymer (FRP) which is lighter than concrete and more resistant to salt, making it less susceptible to the effects of weathering and degradation in severe environments.

Technological advances at the station include digital information displays which enable LIRR to target messages concerning Nostrand Avenue station and to communicate with passengers about train departures and connections for travel. MTA Help Points will be installed this Spring, putting customers in touch with LIRR personnel via an interactive communications device. 

MTA Arts & Design commissioned multidisciplinary artist Derrick Adams, who has a studio just blocks from the station, to create Around the Way. The laminated glass artwork consists of 85 panels that span the length of the newly rehabilitated platforms and extend on to the four new pedestrian bridges. 

Around the Way emphasizes the symbiotic relationship between neighborhood residents and their built environment. Recognizable street configurations include the train winding through the scene. Trees dot the sidewalks and street corners of this city-scape and, unexpectedly, sprout from the palms of the figures, symbolizing the importance of nature in the city and its cycles of growth, renewal, and sustainability.   

"I am so excited to see this project come to fruition to bring greater service to my constituents. Improving access to public transportation is extremely important in areas of my district like Bedford Stuyvesant that are not serviced by many subway lines. I look forward to continuing to work with the MTA to make sure that we have a public transit system that serves the needs of all New Yorkers," said New York State Senator Velmanette Montgomery.

"Our community is pleased to celebrate the completion of the improvements made by the MTA to the Nostrand Avenue LIRR station. These improvements provide long awaited ADA accessibility and safety features that will increase ridership and support community development.  I would like to extend my gratitude the MTA for their efforts in this process," said New York State Assembly Member, Tremaine Wright.

“As New York continues to make progress in becoming a more inclusive City, we must be investing in making public services more accessible. I commend the MTA, New York State, and all players involved in improving the LIRR Nostrand Avenue Station – something that will greatly benefit my constituents and district” said Council Member Robert E. Cornegy, Jr.

“Ensuring that our transit system is accessible to people with disabilities improves the experience for all," said New York City Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities (MOPD) Commissioner Victor Calise. “We applaud the LIRR for their commitments to accessibility improvements at the Nostrand Avenue station  and throughout the entire system. As part of the ADA Taskforce, MOPD will continue to work with the LIRR to enhance mass transit accessibility for all New Yorkers and visitors with disabilities."

"An investment in stations is an investment in riders, and we're pleased to see these important improvements at Nostrand Avenue. New elevators, canopies, tactile striping and art should make this station more attractive to the more than twelve hundred daily riders - and hopefully attract more. The Long Island Rail Road Commuter Council looks forward to continuing to work with the Rail Road to improve the ride across the system," said Mark Epstein, Chair of the Long Island Rail Road Commuter Council.

“The opening of this newly renovated station is a reason to celebrate in the Bed-Stuy Business Improvement District.  We have long awaited the reopening of this vital mode of transportation into the area.  We see it as a vehicle for making it easier for people outside of Bed-Stuy to become part of this community that everyone wants to be a part of.  I foresee a tremendous increase in foot traffic and shopping  as a direct result,” said Medina Sadiq, Executive Director of the Bed-Stuy Gateway BID.

"As a longtime resident, I was inspired to create this work as a response to the vibrant cultural surroundings and diverse population which I see in motion on a daily basis.  The figures fuse with architecture and nature as a representation of the progressive impact left by generations of growth.  These hybrid structures represent the many important components which reside together to form a thriving community,” said Derrick Adams

The rehabilitated Nostrand Avenue Station is part of a broader effort to modernize LIRR rail stations and contribute to the economic development of the region. More information about the station renewal project is available at AModernLI.com, at this link: http://www.amodernli.com/project/nostrand-ave-station-rehabilitation/

Link to photos of LIRR Nostrand Avenue Station: https://flic.kr/s/aHsmL77JAz