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Willets Point LIRR Station to Become Handicap Accessible by 2016, MTA Says

By Katie Honan | September 4, 2014 4:00pm
 The construction will make the station fully ADA accessible, the MTA said.
The construction will make the station fully ADA accessible, the MTA said.
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CORONA — The Mets-Willets Point Long Island Rail Road station — which brings waves of baseball and tennis fans to Mets games and the US Open — will soon be fully handicap accessible as part of an extensive renovation, the MTA announced Thursday.

The station will undergo a $9.7 million revamp that includes a new elevator and new stairs with guardrails and handles that are compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act, according to the MTA.

Construction will also extend the platform to accommodate 12-car trains and new lighting and announcement systems, the MTA said.

The project is currently in the design phase and will be completed in 2016, officials said.


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MTA Chairman and CEO Thomas Prendergast said the agency and the LIRR "are committed to doing our part so LIRR customers with disabilities can attend the U.S. Open, Mets games and other special events that come to Flushing Meadows Park."

Service at the station will not be interrupted during the construction, the MTA said.