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LIRR Reps: Changes Coming at Wantagh, Seaford Train Stations

A new platform and elevator are coming to Wantagh, and that's not all.

Credit: Danielle De Souza.
Credit: Danielle De Souza.
Editor's Note: This article was written by Danielle De Souza.

Legis. David Denenberg, D-Merrick, held a Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) forum at Merrick Public Library on Monday, in which LIRR reps spoke of upcoming projects at Bellmore, Merrick, Seaford and Wantagh train stations.

Residents expressed concerns with the operations of escalators and elevators, cleanliness and maintenance, security, lighting, parking permits and parking lots. 

Robert Brennan, LIRR director of government and community affairs and Patrick Gerakaris, LIRR branch line manager of the South Nassau District spoke of upcoming projects. 

Gerakaris said that the Wantagh train station is being heavily focused on. 

"We are about to start work on cleaning the platforms as well as installing netting for pigeon droppings," he said.

In the next couple of years, a new platform and elevator will be installed and the waiting room will be renovated, according to Brennan.  

Extensive cleaning of platforms will take place at the Bellmore, Merrick and Seaford stations towards the end of the summer, Gerakaris said.

Brennan and Gerakaris also stated that more escalator and elevator inspectors were hired in order to make sure they are always working properly and extra patrols were added at stations for safety. 

Brennan said that great things are coming.

"We are working on small projects to get East Side access," he said. "We will finally get into Grand Central Station. What you will see in the next couple of years will be a tremendous change."
Dawn Davis July 24, 2013 at 11:22 AM
I also would like to add about the garbage that keeps pilling up between the fence and the tracks. By good friend who is handicap was using the escalator and stopped while he was on it. He lost his balance and fell back down and had to be hositalized. I really just hope things get done and it don't take years to get done.
Robert Demarco July 24, 2013 at 11:35 AM
EJB: I meant escalator. Sorry.
jim g. July 24, 2013 at 12:53 PM
Those arent drunks from the bars. They are very wealthy panhandlers that treat the public space at the LIRR station as there own campsites.
Bruno July 24, 2013 at 01:32 PM
Wantagh Station needs to be redone, that's obvious. Seaford did it, and while mildly inconveniences happened, the daily commuters adjusted fine. Massapequa will adjust also, and the end result when they are complete will be well worth it. Unfortunately it is a lengthy process, as it was with Seaford, but it had to be done.
Michael G. July 24, 2013 at 04:48 PM
How do they plan on keeping the new station urine-free? If they can't do that, why bother?

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