MTA LIRR New Elevator Opening at Floral Park LIRR Station

The three elevators installed at the Floral Park LIRR Station as part of Third Track Project were recently put into service. The following are the remarks of Village Trustee Archie Cheng at the MTA/LIRR Grand Opening:

“Mr. Lieber and Mr. Arroyo,

On behalf of Mayor Fitzgerald, Deputy Mayor Pombonyo, Trustees Chiara and Stewart, and Village Administrator Bambrick, welcome to the Village of Floral Park.

The Village of Floral Park is pleased to see this much anticipated improvement to the Floral Park LIRR Station come to completion. For over 10 years our Village Mayors, Trustees and residents have advocated for accessibility to the platform level of our station-whether they may be those with physical and other challenges, our seniors, parents and caretakers travelling with children, those carrying luggage or packages, and those who simply have experienced a long hard day and need relief from the dozens of steps to the platform. Our advocacy for this important project has been ongoing and collective as we have attended and given testimony at numerous hearings and discussed same with legislators.

We would like to thank the MTA/LIRR for listening to the Village Board and our residents requests during the Environmental Impact Statement process and for having this important addition included in the Mainline Expansion Project and the Memorandum of Understanding between the Village and the LIRR. We also would like to thank 3TC for their part in this process and for being accessible and being, to the best of their ability, responsive to our concerns.

Improving access to public transportation is extremely important and we look forward to continue working with the LIRR towards enhancing the level of service offered at the Floral Park Station, fulfilling their obligations stated in the Memorandum of Understanding which include, and I quote “improved lighting, benches, railings, signage/wayfinding and the repair/replacement of damaged wheelchair curb cuts on LIRR property” and former LIRR President Nowakowki’s June 2017 commitment to include a modernized Floral Park LIRR Station in the MTA’s 2020-2024 Capital Program.”