The area's long-shuttered Long Island Rail Road stop got the greenlight to reopen under the newly-approved MTA budget, officials said.
The station, which closed in 1985 due to low ridership, is set to reopen in 2019 with new elevators, updated ticket machines, better platforms and more.
MTA officials estimate it'll cost $31 million to reopen the station, along Broadway between Cornish and Whitney avenues. It will serve trains on the Port Washington branch.
Atlas Park could use a LIRR stop too.
With the elevators in the plan, it would appear that they are going for an ADA compliant station.How about retrofitting others ,especially the very busy Main St. station.Where does that fit in the MTA's capital plan?
$31 Million, without cost overruns.
Closed due to low ridership.
So how many years to get the return on our investment?
What a good use of our tax dollars...
dizzy lizzy going to put the Glendale lirr & lite rail stop behind the Glendale homeless shelter so they can get around when the homeless & Syrian refugees look for a job
If they closed 30 yrs ago for low ridership where did the ridership then come from?
Who do they think would use this?
They can spend their money on updating the infrastructure to avoid the almost weekly delays from signal problems.
I wonder who they are placating by doing this?
"Atlas Park could use a LIRR stop too."...Must be someone from Lizzy's staff reading QC.
Isn't this Dromms territory? Pandering for votes perhaps?
Shuttered? They demolished it. It needs to be rebuilt.
The first of many such stations for central Queens to handle the explosive growth of Banlieues planned along all the tracks - where the proles for the Manhattan rich can live just a train ride from Manhattan.
They can start the expansion innocently with a station that once already existed. Interesting diversion of traffic from the 7 Train and western Queens to give room for development. What will the LIRR riders say when a horde of 'those people' are suddenly flooding the commute to work each morning.
As I understood from neighbors in the Area, LIRR shut the station for low ridership, Subway for cheap ear Queens Blvd lines, and the Long Island rich (Gold coast ????) rides did not want to deal with riff raff and stop times from the area, so the stopped and protested the LIRR to remove it the taking the train to Manhattan and went to cars. Also lots of crime, drugs drinking, rapes on the platforms and in the areas around the station. So few train stops No station agents or LIRR cops to patrol the areas.
The only way this will work is if they make the fare from this stop to Penn Station the same as a subway fair.
Did...did someone use the word "banlieues"? Mon dieu! How upscale Le Queens is becoming. Next there will be Les Hotels.
I used to live right around the corner from there. I don't understand the need for this. The subway is a block away with an easy commute into the city. What a waste of $31 mil!!
A zone 1 peak ride ticket costs $8.25. Who's going to pay that?
This is insane. At $31 million build cost plus operating costs, the cost per ride would let the MTA buy each prospective rider a new car.
This is to encourage yuppies to move into the area. They will not have to ride the 7 line with all the great unwashed immigrants.
"I don't understand the need for this"
I think Its more about forcing integration and bringing illegal cheap labor to points east. The government offeres the MTA "use it or lose it" money for these projects especially if they feel an area is "to white"
Just horrible news. Now for around $5.25 the WORST of Queens illegals will be snooping around harassing women in skirts, taking jobs from young people in Manhasset, Plandome and Port Washington.
Those folks have enough problems with Asians snooping around the neighborhood offering elderly people big cash for small homes. Asians don't even go into the homes, first thing they do is count the number of trees, pop the trunk and pull out a wheel measure.
"The first of many such stations for central Queens to handle the explosive growth of Banlieues planned along all the tracks - where the proles for the Manhattan rich can live just a train ride from Manhattan."
Bingo. That is what it's all about.
And the Port Washington local becomes even more local. Hahaha. In this neighborhood. I don't see the point, given the price of LIRR, to be dumped out at Penn vs. just taking the subway.
How many people who live in Elmhurst have management-level jobs in midtown Manhattan offices, that an LIRR commute would serve? Because thats the demographic that takes the LIRR. The guy who works in the deli on 6th ave making your sandwich at lunch? He may live in Elmhurst, but he takes the 7, and he wont be taking the LIRR.
Bring Back Maspeth LIRR, too!
Like so many neighborhoods in the past 15 years, Elmhurst will be purged of its character and history through outlandish glass tower developments. First the station gets approved, then the variances, then the zoning changes, etc. It will be inhibited by white, moneyed, adventure seeking "pioneers" and sold as an "easy commute". The only difference here is that it will be centered around an LIRR stop, versus a subway stop.
The city council consists of the handpicked servants of the Real Estate industry. Our congressional and state reps are beholden to developers as well. Anyone who can't see what is happening must please take a look at New York's very recent history to see what is so painfully obvious to many.
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