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    Plans for LIRR Station Upgrades Unveiled

    Sen. John J. Flanagan announced upcoming renovations to the Brook Long Island Rail Road station that will cost more than $2.5 million. These upgrades, unveiled at a press conference last month, are meant to enhance comfort, safety and accessibility to railroad passengers.

    These changes were brought about by discussions with the community, according to Robert Caroppoli, a spokesman for the senator.

    “People who use that transit in the area and from the university deserve to have services that make it convenient and safe as possible,” Caroppoli said.

    Flanagan, in collaboration with the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, designed a plan for the station in the hopes of implementing changes that would improve the transit in the Stony Brook and Three Village areas. The senator is a member of the MTA Capital Program Review Board.

    According to President Shirley Strum Kenny, the renovations “will significantly impact the lives of our commuter students.”

    The upgrades include the replacement of platform shelter sheds, improvements to the waiting room such as heating enhancements, installation of new lights, renovation of station restrooms, and the modification of platform railings to conform to American Disability Association standards.

    The goal behind the changes is “to make the station as user friendly as possible, and as up to date as possible,” Caroppoli said.

    The station’s improved lighting and handicapped accessibility are two of the main features stressed in a press release by Flanagan’s office last month.

    One of the goals of the station upgrades is to maintain durability of the improvements. “These changes should stay in place for over a year and shouldn’t need massive renovations,” Caroppoli said.

    The renovations are still in the development stage. No timetable or date of completion is scheduled.

    For now, Long Island Rail Road passengers — including Stony Brook University commuters — won’t face any disruption of service or alterations of the schedule due to construction.

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