ELEVATOR INSTALLATION COMPLETE AT NYC-AREA RAIL STATION
NYC's Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) has announced the completion of an US$8.6-million upgrade at the Murray Hill Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) station that includes two new elevators, QNS reported May 4. “Our goal at the LIRR is to make sure every last station that needs to be upgraded to allow for full ADA-compliant accessibility happens as quickly as possible,” LIRR President Phil Eng said. He said that of 124 total stations, Murray Hill is now LIRR’s 107th accessible facility. The elevators serve the eastbound and westbound platforms. Each has a 3,500-lb capacity and is large enough to accommodate a stretcher, should any passenger require EMT assistance on either platform. They feature low-emissivity glass to reduce the accumulation of heat. Other station improvements include restored plaza areas, new benches and tables, new light posts and landscaping.