Two New Elevators Coming to Murray Hill LIRR Station

The Long Island Rail Road has been working to bring accessibility to more stations in Queens. To that end, the LIRR has awarded a $8.6 million contract to build two new elevators at the Murray Hill LIRR station.

The elevators will meet Americans with Disabilities Act requirements and will connect customers from street level to the platforms. Several other upgrades are included in the project to improve platforms, and install new security cameras, lighting and signage. Work is expected to begin in March.

Construction crews will furnish and install two new hydraulic elevators, one at each of the two platforms. Elevator shafts will be constructed, along with machine rooms and associated site and platform improvements. Site work will include cutting back and reinstalling portions of the existing retaining walls, and the installation of new yellow warning strips near platform edges.

LoDuca Associates, Inc., of Islandia, Long Island will perform the work at the station, located along the Port Washington Branch in Queens, beneath 150th Street and 41st Avenue, just south of Roosevelt Avenue, which is expected to be complete in spring of 2019. The work will be performed using MTA Capital funds.

Details on the project include:

  • A small portion of the current retaining wall will be demolished to create space for a new elevator shaft structure.
  • New communications and fire alarm systems will be installed to improve customer safety and experience.
  • Elevator signage will be placed at the west and eastbound entrances, where the elevators will be placed.
  • Electrical service upgrades will be performed to support the new elevators.
  • New LED lighting in the vicinity of the new elevators.
  • New security cameras to be installed throughout the station.
  • Existing retaining walls to be repainted.

The Queens Village Station, considered a transportation hub, received ADA-compliant elevators in 2013, and elevators are currently being installed at the heavily trafficked Flushing-Main Street Station.