Construction work to bring elevators to a Flushing train station will commence next month, a local leader announced.
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) has awarded a $8.6 million contract to build two ADA-accessible elevators at each end of the Murray Hill LIRR station, according to Congresswoman Grace Meng. Installation of the new elevators is slated to be completed in the spring of 2019.
The Murray Hill station, located at 150th Street and 41st Avenue, is part of the LIRR’s Port Washington branch. The two new elevators will connect riders at street level to the platforms below and make the station Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant.
The project will also include the installation of new communications and fire alarm systems, electrical service upgrades, new LED lighting by both elevators, repainting and new security cameras — an addition prompted by an anti-Asian graffiti incident in December.
“The planned elevators for the Murray Hill LIRR stop will be a tremendous benefit to those who use this facility,” Meng said. “It will greatly improve the accessibility of the station and finally make it handicap accessible.”
The nearby Flushing-Main Street LIRR station is currently undergoing a significant overhaul. The $24.6 million project, which includes the addition of elevators, is expected to be completed in the first half of this year.
Meng is also among several local lawmakers pushing for the re-construction and re-opening of the shuttered LIRR station in Elmhurst.