LIRR Third Track Update - September 2021

During the month of September, you will see crews performing construction activities in Garden City.

3rd Track Installation

  • Ballast will be installed along the south side of the right-of-way, from New Hyde Park Road to Denton Avenue, during the day to support the future installation of the third track
    • Once the ballast has been installed, crews will prepare to build third track
  • Third track has been installed from Nassau Boulevard to Herricks Road. Crews will continue to install the remaining layer of ballast that will support the third track this month

Wall Construction

  • On the south side of the tracks, support of excavation (SOE) will be installed from Tanners Pond Road to the existing wall along Main Avenue
    • Following the installation of SOE, crews will begin to excavate in advance of sound and retaining wall installation

Merillon Avenue Station Enhancement

  • In late September, the 12-car westbound permanent platform will open
  • Crews are continuing the process of commissioning and testing the new elevators at Merillon Avenue Station to ensure complete functionality and safety requirements are met
    • Elevators will be ADA-compliant and will provide easier access to the platforms on both sides of the station
  • Guardrails and railings are being installed on the stairs and ramps on both the north and south sides of the tracks
  • On the north side of the tracks from 5th Avenue to G15, crews will continue installing foundations for the permanent platform footings
  • EJ Electric is continuing to install signage bands along the platforms
  • Commuters will notice EJ Electric working overnight to install conduit along the right-of-way on the north side of the tracks

Double Track Outages

  • Double track outages have been scheduled for the Main Line for September 11 to 12 and September 18 to 19
    • To reduce the overall project schedule, the project team will use these double-track outages to complete other activities in proximity to the tracks
    • During these weekends, residents will likely notice increased activity along the right-of-way
    • To ensure restoration of rail service by Monday mornings, crews will be working through the overnight hours
  • More information on service changes from Floral Park Station to Hicksville Station

LIRR Work Along The Right-of-Way

  • In addition to 3TC's activities, you may see or hear LIRR forces working along the railroad right-of-way.
  • To avoid LIRR service interruptions during peak commuting hours, LIRR work along the railroad right-of-way may take place overnight and on weekends.
  • For more information, visit the post in the Community News section of

For up-to-date LIRR service changes and/or changes to station access, please visit MTA / LIRR.