2017-11-29 / Features

Still No Canopy Over Pedestrian Bridge At Little Neck LIRR Station


Long-time Long Island Rail Road rider Larry Penner points out that something is still missing one year later from installation of a new replacement pedestrian overpass bridge at the Little Neck LIRR station. 
Photo Wendy Penner Long-time Long Island Rail Road rider Larry Penner points out that something is still missing one year later from installation of a new replacement pedestrian overpass bridge at the Little Neck LIRR station. Photo Wendy Penner Something is still missing one year later from installation of a new replacement pedestrian overpass bridge at the Little Neck LIRR station in November 2016. Why didn’t the LIRR coordinate purchase of a simple prefabricated overhead canopy along with procurement of a new prefabricated pedestrian overpass bridge? Both could have been installed during the same past weekend. For a few dollars more, this would have provided hundreds of Little Neck riders with protection from rain, snow, sleet and ice. It would also extend the useful life of both the pedestrian overpass bridge and staircases.

The original pedestrian overpass bridge and stairs were installed in 1989. Since that time, riders, have had to periodically deal with slippery and unsafe conditions when using this passageway to access the eastern end of the westbound platform. Many walk this way to reach the rear five cars of Penn Station bound trains. This positions you, when exiting the train at Penn Station, for the fastest route toward Herald Square, 7th Avenue along with the 1, 2 & 3 subway lines.

Metro-North always includes a canopy with installation of any pedestrian overpass bridge or staircases. Don’t LIRR commuters deserve the same consideration as their Metro North counterparts?— Larry Penner, a transportation historian and advocate who worked 31 years for the U.S. Department Of Transportation Federal Transit Administration Region 2 NY Office.

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