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Thursday, April 4

Massapequa and Wantagh Stations...what a mess!

In December 1953 a brand new Massapequa station opened, replacing its grade-level predecessor.  Around this time, the LIRR embarked on a massive project to elevate all of the stations along the Babylon Branch, and that included Massapequa.  Over ten years later, Wantagh station was completed and opened for service on October 22, 1968.

Since then, these stations have deteriorated into fairly poor condition   The paint is peeling, the concrete's cracked, the overhangs leak like a sieve, and they're not as nice and pretty as the recently rebuilt Seaford station that sits between them.

I recently visited Massapequa station in particular, and here two particular photos from my visit:

In the top photo you can see the paint peeling off the overhang (which is one of the very few in the entire system that spans the entire platform).  The lower photo is more telling.  In this one you can see the steel plates that line the edge of the platform where the concrete beneath it has broken off.  The station platform also shows some water stains where water sneaks through the overhang.

Wantagh looks a lot like the above as well, a bit less worse for wear, though.  

But they are going to fix it, right?
Yes, eventually.  A station platform rehabilitation is upcoming for these lucky two.  The MTA Capital Program initially stated that these reconciliations would start in 2012, but those dates have since been pushedback (like many other dates...).  Currently, the Capital Program dashboard holds the starting dates as August 2013 for Massapequa* and August 2015 for Wantagh.

Here are some photos of what the finished product will look like (current photos of Seaford Station)
(Photo Credit: MTA Capital Construction)
(Photo credit: MTA Capital Construction)
Additionally, Wantagh's rehabilitation also includes the installation of an elevator, which would make the station completely ADA accessible, another great plus.

Update 4/4/13: In my visit to Massapequa Station last Sunday I noticed that someone had spray painted a green line straight across the platform and also wrote in on either side "P1" and "P2."  This spray painted line was exactly at the six car mark halfway down the platform, so my deductive reasoning powers tell me that this is where they will be splitting the platform in half for the reconstruction (presumably doing the westernmost 6 cars first and the easternmost six cars after that).  Let it be known that I will be the very first person in line with my sledgehammer should the LIRR enlist passenger help for the demolition of the station!  But we now must wait and see!

For more information, visit the links below to see the MTA Capital Program Dashboard pages for these project:
Massapequa Station Platform Replacement
Wantagh Station Platform Replacement


  1. Massapequa would be pretty darn good shape for a subway station....

    1. You'd probably be right! Though I'm not sure about the crumbling platform edge. I know some subway platforms are in bad shape, but I wouldn't think too many of them have chunks of concrete chipping off the edge of the platform!


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