Syosset (LIRR station)

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Syosset
Syosset train station.jpg
Westbound platform at the Syosset Station, showing curve
Station statistics
Address Jackson Avenue & Underhill Boulevard
Syosset, New York
Coordinates 40°49′30″N 73°30′02″W / 40.824892°N 73.500492°W / 40.824892; -73.500492Coordinates: 40°49′30″N 73°30′02″W / 40.824892°N 73.500492°W / 40.824892; -73.500492
Line(s)
Platforms 2 side platforms
Tracks 2
Parking Yes (permit required)
Bicycle facilities Yes
Other information
Opened 1854
Rebuilt 1872, 1877, 1944, 1948
Electrified October 19, 1970
750V (DC) third rail
Accessible Handicapped/disabled access
Owned by MTA
Fare zone 7
Traffic
Passengers (2006) 5,497[1]
Services
Preceding station   MTA NYC logo.svg LIRR   Following station
Port Jefferson Branch
Preceding station   MTA NYC logo.svg LIRR   Following station
Landia station Port Jefferson Branch
(current and former locations)
Woodbury station

Syosset is a station on the Long Island Rail Road's Port Jefferson Branch in Syosset, New York, at Jackson Avenue and Underhill Boulevard, south of New York State Route 25A. Syosset's downtown was built around the station.[2] There are no public transportation connections at the station, but taxi service is available.

Location[edit]

Syosset station is in the hamlet of the same name in the Town of Oyster Bay. About 30.9 mi (50 km) east of New York Penn Station by rail, the station is at the southeast edge of the town center, on the east side of Jackson Avenue near its intersection with Underhill Boulevard.

History[edit]

Syosset Station was originally built by the Hicksville and Syosset Railroad in 1854.[3][4] The station's former building was built in 1872. The building's first location was at Lockwood’s Grove station, on the formerly LIRR-run Rockaway Branch. The LIRR moved the building to Syosset station in 1877, as the Lockwood's Grove Station had since been abandoned. The building was renovated in 1948, then torn down and replaced in 1948.[5][6] In 1970 the station was electrified, along with the rest of the Port Jefferson Branch between Mineola and Huntington Stations.[7]

Transit-oriented development[edit]

The Town of Oyster Bay has designated Syosset station as one of its targets for transit-oriented development. Known as the "Syosset Downtown Redevelopment and Revitalization Plan," the project aims to re-create the hamlet's downtown through mixed-use development and improved, human-scale zoning regulations.[8] The master-plan includes suggestions such as removing the grade crossing at Jackson Avenue, creating a pedestrian plaza by eliminating road traffic on a portion of Cold Spring Road, parking reconfiguration, and the building of a community center as ways of focusing growth in the downtown area and reducing unnecessary trips by car.[8]

Platforms and tracks[edit]

1 Port Jefferson Branch toward New York (Hicksville)
2 Port Jefferson Branch toward Port Jefferson (Cold Spring Harbor)

Syosset has two high-level side platforms, each 12 cars long. The north platform next to Track 1 is generally used by westbound or New York City-bound trains. The south platform next to Track 2 is generally used by eastbound trains. The Port Jefferson Branch has two tracks.

Platform gap[edit]

The station is on a curve, necessitating a wider than normal gap between the platform and train. At places where train doors open, most of the gaps span ten inches or more;[9] some gaps measure 15 inches.[10] Black ice may cause commuters to fall into the gap. On January 30, 1996, in separate incidents, three commuters in a 90-minute period fell into the gap at the station due to icy platform conditions.[11]

Solutions[edit]

To remedy the gap situation, the LIRR has implemented physical and operational solutions. Among the changes: the LIRR has installed platform gap lighting and camera surveillance systems, shifted platforms, platform conductors to monitor train boarding, and is instructing crews to announce the gap at the station and to assist passengers.[9][10] Further improvements, including changing railroad operation standards and the viable use of retractable gap fillers (such as those used in a few New York City Subway stations) are being examined. The railroad has also retained a consultant to review train operations to suggest further changes.[9]

Some Syosset residents and politicians, such as current Nassau County Presiding Officer Judy Jacobs, insist the best solution to eliminate the gap problem is to force the LIRR to close the Syosset station and reopen the Landia station to the southwest. Landia is on straight track. A mall is being proposed near the Landia station site. Michael Pally, an MTA board member representing Suffolk County and who also works for a real estate firm that represents the company proposing construction of the mall, believes the Syosset station should be closed because more parking spaces would be available at Landia. Opponents of the mall believe that opening Landia while closing Syosset will just be a ruse to direct people to the mall. The Town of Oyster Bay, which controls the Landia station site, is still gathering information before it makes a decision to ask the LIRR to conduct a study.[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Average weekday, 2006 LIRR Origin and Destination Study
  2. ^ "Long Island History: Syosset". Newsday. Retrieved 2007-03-10. 
  3. ^ River Bob Emery's LIRR Branch Notes; Wading River (Port Jefferson) Branch (TrainAreFun.com)
  4. ^ *Hicksville & Cold Spring Harbor Branch, including Map from 1855 (Arrt's Arrchives)
  5. ^ LIRR station History (TrainsAreFun.com)
  6. ^ "LIRR Port Jefferson Branch". Station Reporter. Retrieved 21 March 2013. 
  7. ^ Bamberger, Werner (October 20, 1970). "Change at Jamaica Is Only a Memory For 12,000 Riders". The New York Times. p. 88. Retrieved 2009-09-17. 
  8. ^ a b Syosset Downtown Redevelopment and Revitalization Plan Town of Oyster Bay Retrieved 28 June 2010
  9. ^ a b c Kelly, Raymond P. (February 8, 2007). "Addressing the Gap: LIRR President's Raymond P. Kelly's Testimony" (PDF). MTA Long Island Rail Road. Retrieved 2007-03-10. [dead link]
  10. ^ a b Melina, Remy (March 2, 2007). "Surveillance System Installed at Syosset Station". Long Island Press. Retrieved 2007-03-10. 
  11. ^ Lakin, Eden (January 20, 2007). "Three falls in Syosset within 90 minutes". Newsday. Retrieved 2007-03-10. 
  12. ^ Nash, Denise (November 17, 2006). "Jacobs Still Pressuring LIRR to Bridge the Gap in Syosset". Syosset-Jericho Tribune. Retrieved 2007-03-10. 

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