Massapequa station

Massapequa
Massapequa Station - entrance.jpg
Massapequa station entrance from the parking lot, alongside NY 27 in March 2015.
LocationSunrise Highway & Broadway
Massapequa, New York
Coordinates40°40′37″N 73°28′09″W / 40.676901°N 73.469052°W / 40.676901; -73.469052Coordinates: 40°40′37″N 73°28′09″W / 40.676901°N 73.469052°W / 40.676901; -73.469052
Owned byLong Island Rail Road
Line(s)Montauk Branch
Platforms1 island platform
Tracks2
ConnectionsLocal Transit Nassau Inter-County Express: n54, n55, n80
Construction
ParkingYes
Bicycle facilitiesYes; Bike rack and locker
Disabled accessYes
Other information
Fare zone7
History
OpenedOctober 26, 1867 (SSRRLI)
Rebuilt1891, 1953, 2013–2015
ElectrifiedMay 20, 1925
750 V (DC) third rail
Previous namesSouth Oyster Bay (1867–1889)
Traffic
Passengers (2006)5,919[1]
Services
Preceding station   MTA NYC logo.svg LIRR   Following station
Babylon Branch
toward Babylon

Massapequa is a station on the Babylon Branch of the Long Island Rail Road in Massapequa, New York. It is officially located on Sunrise Highway east of Broadway and NY 107 and parking lots are located far beyond its given location. The station serves the Babylon Branch, which leads to the Montauk Branch.

History[]

Massapequa station is typical of the elevated Babylon Branch stations that were rebuilt during the mid-to-late 20th century. It was originally built by the South Side Railroad of Long Island on October 28, 1867 as South Oyster Bay station, until May 1889. The second relocated depot was built May–June 1891, and razed in January 1953 as part of the grade elimination project of the post-war era. A temporary station was relocated west of the former location on January 12, 1953, and the current elevated structure was in service between December 14–18, 1953.

Massapequa station is near the west side of Massapequa Preserve. During much of the mid-20th century, Robert Moses wanted to extend the Bethpage State Parkway along the west side of the park down to Merrick Road.

Station layout[]

The station has one 12-car-long high-level island platform between the two tracks. It is the only Babylon Branch station that does not sit atop a concrete viaduct; instead it sits on top of a grassy embankment similar to Westbury.

P
Platform level
Track 1 Babylon Branch toward Atlantic Terminal, Hunterspoint Avenue or Penn Station (Seaford)
Montauk Branch does not stop here
Island platform, doors will open on the left Handicapped/disabled access
Track 2 Babylon Branch toward Babylon (Massapequa Park)
Montauk Branch does not stop here →
G Ground level Entrance/exit, parking, buses

Reconstruction[]

The Massapequa station eastern half under construction in March 2015

Platform rehabilitation project[]

In Spring 2013 the LIRR began work on the Massapequa Station Platform Rehabilitation Project, to replace the station's aging platform structure, platform canopy, elevator, escalator, platform waiting room, and the pedestrian bridge over Broadway. The project was estimated to cost the MTA $20 million, and was completed in the Summer of 2015.[2][3]

Pocket track[]

The LIRR is installing a pocket track east of the Massapequa station. The pocket track, which will be used for turning trains that begin or end their trips at Massapequa Station, would be installed east of the station, in the middle of the two Babylon Branch tracks that are platform-width apart at this point.[4]

The pocket track would be 1,700 feet (520 m) long, enough to fit a full 12-car train. The project is expected to cost $19.6 million.[4] Construction of the pocket track began in 2014. As of September 2015, a signal gantry frame was erected at the East end of the newly completed platform, and the tracks and ties for the pocket track along with switches had been installed in the ballast. The project was originally projected to be completed by November 2015,[5] but is currently planned for completion in April 2019.[6]

References[]

  1. ^ Average weekday, 2006 LIRR Origin and Destination Study
  2. ^ MTA Capital Program Dashboard Archived 2011-08-10 at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ "LIRR begins $40-million station modernization project". Railway Track & Structures. May 20, 2013. Retrieved May 21, 2013.
  4. ^ a b Massapequa Pocket Track (The LIRR Today)
  5. ^ "MTA Capital Program Oversight Meeting" (PDF). mta.info. Metropolitan Transportation Authority. January 2013. p. 8. Retrieved May 24, 2018.
  6. ^ "MTA Long Island Rail Road Committee Meeting" (PDF). mta.info. Metropolitan Transportation Authority. November 2017. p. 35. Retrieved May 24, 2018.

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