WANTAGH, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — Ground has been broken on a nearly $24 million modernization project at the Long Island Rail Road station in Wantagh.

The station will get a new elevator, escalator, electronic signage, a public address system and more.

“There’s a lot of people that use this station,” railroad president Pat Nowakowski said. “We appreciate their patience and we promise them at the end of the day they will have a much better facility.”

Riders said the facelift is badly needed.

“They definitely need some love,” one man said.

The project is expected to take two years to complete and create about 100 construction jobs.

The station was constructed in 1968.

This will be the first significant upgrade since it was built.