newkirk wrote: ↑Sat Jul 20, 2019 6:54 pm
BuddR32 wrote: A lot of fanfare for a very drab, rather ugly shoebox of a building.
Is it possible to build a new station building situated across the street where the current platforms are ?
I feel since the platforms were moved west during the electrification process, a new station build really belongs there.
Then the LIRR can demolish that ugly cinder block palace and maybe provide a couple of parking spaces.
BM (and Everyone):
1-There is no room between Railroad Avenue and Platform A for any adequate sized station building.
2-The platforms were moved west of Stewart Avenue in 1986-87 to construct two continuous 12 car high
level platforms - which was not possible between the Stewart Avenue and Broadway grade crossings.
Keeping the 1957 building as the waiting room/ticket office was then seen as the best option.
3-With the ticket office closed and the ticket machines moved to the east ends of both platforms across
Stewart Avenue that ended any thought of a new station building at Bethpage. The chances of the LIRR
reinstating a staffed ticket office at Bethpage is slim to none.
4-Demolishing the 1957 Bethpage Station building would only provide maybe up to 10 more parking spaces.
The LIRR uses this building in some manner - is the waiting room still in use? Demolition is possible only
if the Railroad has no further use for the building and if MTA Real Estate can not find a commercial tenant.
EXPRESS TRAIN TO NEW YORK PENN STATION-NO JAMAICA ON THIS TRAIN-PLEASE STAND CLEAR OF THE CLOSING TRAIN DOORS