Floral Park station to get three new elevators in third track project

A third track running from Hicksville to the Floral Park Long Island Rail Road station (pictured) will be among the projects completed as part of the MTA's proposed 2020 capital plan. (Photo by Rebecca Klar)

The Floral Park Long Island Rail Road station will get three new elevators as part of the third track project renovations.

Michael Guter, a design coordinator with 3rd Track Constructors, the design build firm hired by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to undertake the third track project, unveiled plans at a village special meeting last Wednesday, according to Newsday.

The third track project plans to build a 9.8-mile track on the railroad’s main line, which runs from Floral Park to Hicksville.

The line also passes through the New Hyde Park and Mineola train stations.

Guter said two of the elevators will be placed at either end of the station platform, and a third in the center of the platform, according to Newsday.

As a safety measure, the elevators’ exterior will be made of glass, to make sure nobody in the elevator is subject to being accosted, Guter said, according to Newsday.

Newsday reported that some residents, like Nadia Holubnyczyj-Ortiz, president of Floral Park’s Hillcrest Civic Association, were not pleased with the design.

“I’m just gonna flat out say it, I think this is very utilitarian-looking, not aesthetically pleasing; sorry,” Holubnyczyj-Ortiz said. “It looks like a generic lift, not even an elevator.”

Frank Gunther, the chairman of the architectural review board, said the board liked the design and the idea, according to Newsday.

“In general I think it’s a very good addition to the Floral Park station,” Gunther said. “It’s sound and pragmatic to me and it’s done in an aesthetically pleasing way.”


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