Forest Hills Post:
The Long Island Railroad train platforms at the Forest Hills and Kew Gardens stations will be lengthened to accommodate two additional train cars, LIRR President Philip Eng announced yesterday.
The project will lengthen the platforms by 50 percent to allow six cars to meet the platform instead of the current four. LIRR trains can be up to 12 cars long, the railroad said.
The plan is intended to address crowding and reduce delays by helping customers to board and exit trains more easily, the LIRR said.
Both the north and south platforms at each station will be lengthened with fiberglass decking supported by steel scaffolding.
The Forest Hills and Kew Gardens stations have an average weekday ridership of 1,967 and 1,778 passengers, respectively. In recent years, Forest Hills has become a more popular destination for Forest Hills Stadium event attendees.