Carle Place is the First Station Renovated and Reopened as Part of the LIRR Expansion Project
Station Improvements Include Platform Enhancements and CCTV Security Cameras
MTA Acting Chair and CEO Janno Lieber and leaders from the Long Island Rail Road were joined today by elected officials and community leaders to open the newly renovated Carle Place Long Island Rail Road station. The station enhancement is part of the larger LIRR Expansion Project from Floral Park to Hicksville.
Station improvements, which were developed in coordination with the community, include: platform removal and replacement to accommodate a new third track; platform canopies; new platform furnishings and accouterments including benches, bike racks, shelters and signage; CCTV security cameras to improve safety; ADA-compliant mobility improvements including ramps and elevators; a new pedestrian overpass; free public Wi-Fi; USB charging stations and digital information displays.
“This project continues to be a model for how the MTA can deliver infrastructure projects better, faster and cheaper,” said Janno Lieber, MTA Acting Chair and CEO. “We’re especially proud of the enhancements being made despite the COVID pandemic, which show the MTA’s continued dedication to enhancing the customer experience.”
“Riders returning to the Carle Place station will experience state of the art platform, technology and security enhancements,” said Phil Eng, President of MTA Long Island Rail Road. “The LIRR Expansion Project has already delivered infrastructure improvements providing improved service for our customers while enhancing our neighboring communities. We’re excited for all that’s still to come for the LIRR and Long Island.”
“The renovations at Carle Place ensure customers, new and returning, are seeing a more accessible and inclusive station," said Quemuel Arroyo, MTA Chief Accessibility Officer. “The MTA continues to make progress is ensuring accessibility for all customers.”
Built in 1837 and refurbished in 1990, the station serves more than 900 weekday customers on the LIRR Main Line and Port Jefferson Branch. Upgrading the Carle Place Station, located in the Hamlet of the same name, is crucial to accommodating future increases in ridership on the Main Line. The enhancements to Carle Place Station are part of a broader LIRR initiative to strengthen the reliability and resiliency of its infrastructure and to support the growth and development of Long Island.
On the north side of the station, Stonehinge Lane features Roundabout or “kiss and ride” to facilitate passenger drop-offs and pick-ups.
To recognize Long Island’s place in aviation history, Gail Boyajian’s artwork entitled ‘Aviary’ adorns the Carle Place station. The glass panels at the station depict various machines and creatures of the sky as a tribute to the island’s many contributions to flight and the birds native to the area.
Carle Place Station Facts
- Location: Carle Place, just east of Cherry Lane, one-quarter mile north of Old Country Road
- Year built: 1837, refurbished in 1990
- Number of train cars accommodated: 12
- Fare zone: 7
- Branches served: Main Line, Huntington/Port Jefferson
- Number of customers served: 920
- Buses serving the station: N22 and N22X (NICE - Nassau Inter-County Express)
LIRR Expansion Project from Floral Park to Hicksville
The LIRR Expansion Project will add a third track from Floral Park to Hicksville, reducing train congestion and delays and enabling true bi-directional service during peak hours. This transformative work includes several related projects, including the construction of additional parking garages and improved station access, retaining and sound attenuation walls, improvements to rail bridges and the removal of the eight street-level railroad crossings in the corridor. Construction is being handled in a way to minimize the impact on daily routines, with extensive mitigation and public outreach efforts to local communities.
The LIRR Expansion Project is part of a multibillion-dollar modernization of the Long Island Rail Road, the largest investment the railroad has received in decades. Once the work is complete, the LIRR will have increased its capacity by roughly 50 percent. Together, the upgrades will help transform transportation across the region and provide a reliable, state-of-the-art rail system for Long Islanders.