FOR BREAKING NEWS VISIT www.queenscourier.com september 11, 2014 • The Queens Courier 11 LIRR Mets-Willets Point station getting $9.7 million makeover BY ERI C JANKIE WICZ firstname.lastname@example.org @ericjankiewicz The Long Island Rail Road’s Mets-Willets Point station will be getting a $9.7 million renovation that calls for, among other things, an elevator to ease access from the platform to Flushing Meadows Corona Park, the National Tennis Center and Citi Field, according to the MTA. The funds come from the MTA and plans are currently being made for the project to be completed by 2016. The MTA hasn’t made a decision about the designs for the additions. But the plans are being designed to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act by installing tactile warning strips at the edges of the platform and constructing new staircases with guardrails and handrails. An MTA spokesman said that designs will be complete by 2015. “The MTA and the Long Island Rail Road 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,” MTA Chairman and CEO Thomas Prendergast said. The renovations also include the extension of the platform to accommodate 12-car trains, a new canopy fully covering the platform, and new lighting and communication systems. The Mets-Willets Point station, located on the railroad’s Port Washington branch, is strictly a special events station, open only when the Mets are playing or the U.S. Open is underway. The station was opened in 1964 for the 1964- 65 World’s Fair, but it was built without special accommodations for people with mobility impairments. Photo via Wikimedia Commons The Long Island Rail Road’s Mets-Willets Point station will be getting a $9.7 million renovation. YOU THOUGHT THEY REPORTED THE GAS LE AK. THEY THOUGHT YOU DID. “Smell gas. Act fast.” Those are the words we want you to remember. Don’t assume that a neighbor will call 911, 1-800-75-CONED or your local utility. Just leave the area immediately and make the call yourself. If you prefer, you can report a gas-related emergency anonymously. You don’t even need to be there when help arrives. Visit conEd.com for more gas safety information and take safety into your own hands.
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