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Long Island Rail Road Plans To Spend $200 Million To Upgrade Main Line

Long Island Rail Road station - Hicksville, NY - Feb 28, 2012 (credit: Mike Xirinachs / WCBS 880)

Long Island Rail Road station – Hicksville, NY – Feb 28, 2012 (credit: Mike Xirinachs / WCBS 880)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) - The Long Island Rail Road has scheduled a major facelift for its busiest line.

More than $200 million will be spent to upgrade the Long Island Rail Road’s Main Line, which carries more than 40 percent of its traffic.

WCBS 880’s Monica Miller reports

Officials said that nearly half of the money will be spent to spruce up the rundown Hicksville station, which some community advocates consider an eyesore. They plan to add new tracks, 12-car platforms, canopies, waiting areas and improvements to its signal system. LIRR President Helen Williams said that they want to make the train station a centerpiece of the community.

LIRR officials also said that they will make much-needed improvements to the crumbling bridge in Westbury, one of the worst bridges on Long Island according to the State Transportation Department.

The work is scheduled to begin in 2014 and be completed by 2017.

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