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Commuters use the escalator at Jamaica Station. An estimated 200,000 LIRR riders pass through the station each day. (Sept. 13, 2012)

Jamaica station

Jamaica Station, a central hub of the Long Island Rail Road, is celebrating its centennial. Today about 600 trains on 10 of the LIRR's 11 lines pass through Jamaica each day, carrying about 200,000 customers, according to the railroad.

Historic photos of Jamaica Station were enlarged and
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Historic photos of Jamaica Station were enlarged and hang in the window during the 100 year celebration of the station. (Oct. 23, 2013)

Tetteh Tawiah takes a picture of a picture
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Tetteh Tawiah takes a picture of a picture at the 100 year anniversary celebration of Jamaica Station. (Oct. 23, 2013)

The anniversary cake at the 100 year anniversary
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The anniversary cake at the 100 year anniversary celebration of Jamaica Station. (Oct. 23, 2013)

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Elizabeth Garcia, 2, plays with the electric trains
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Elizabeth Garcia, 2, plays with the electric trains as they go by at the 100 year anniversary celebration of Jamaica Station. (Oct. 23, 2013)

Elizabeth Garcia, 2, plays with the electric trains
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Elizabeth Garcia, 2, plays with the electric trains as they go by at the 100 year anniversary celebration of Jamaica Station. (Oct. 23, 2013)

MTA Long Island Rail Road President, Helena E.
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MTA Long Island Rail Road President, Helena E. Williams along with other dignitaries cut the ribbon to commemorate the 100 year anniversary celebration of Jamaica Station. (Oct. 23, 2013)

MTA Long Island Rail Road President, Helena E.
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MTA Long Island Rail Road President, Helena E. Williams poses with members of the Oyster Bay High School Wind Ensemble at The 100 anniversary celebration of Jamaica Station. (Oct. 23, 2013)

The exterior of the newly restored Jamaica Station.
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The exterior of the newly restored Jamaica Station. (Oct. 23, 2013)

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MTA Long Island Rail Road President, Helena E.
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MTA Long Island Rail Road President, Helena E. Williams with Queens Borough President, Helen Marshall at the 100 year anniversary celebration of Jamaica Station. (Oct. 23, 2013)

Commuters at the Jamaica Station. Two stabbing incidents
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Commuters at the Jamaica Station. Two stabbing incidents near the station in recent months have reinforced its reputation as a dangerous place (Sept. 13, 2012)

Commuters at Jamaica Station. Most riders transfer to
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Commuters at Jamaica Station. Most riders transfer to other LIRR trains at the station. (Sept. 13, 2012)

Commuters at Jamaica Station. Many who travel through
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Commuters at Jamaica Station. Many who travel through the station worry about crime in the area. (Sept. 13, 2012)

Commuters walk through Jamaica Station. Dark and dingy
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Commuters walk through Jamaica Station. Dark and dingy conditions just outside the station are among issues cited by commuter advocates (Sept. 13, 2012)

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A train is ready to depart Jamaica Station.
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A train is ready to depart Jamaica Station. Jamaica Station’s increase in crime last year was driven largely by 15 grand larcenies — about half of those on trains — a spike officials attribute to the popularity of expensive mobile devices such as iPhones. (Sept. 13, 2012)

A commuter walks to get on a train
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A commuter walks to get on a train at Jamaica Station. Of the 200,000 LIRR riders who pass through the station each day, most only transfer to other trains at the station. About 20,000 begin and end their LIRR trips in the Southeast Queens community. (Sept. 13, 2012)

Commuters at Jamaica Station. Advocates say the station
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Commuters at Jamaica Station. Advocates say the station is perceived as being unsafe and the LIRR should take steps to change that perception. (Sept. 13, 2012)

MTA police statistics show a 73 percent increase
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MTA police statistics show a 73 percent increase in major crimes at Jamaica Station between 2007 and 2011, from 15 a year to 26. (Sept. 13, 2012)

Commuters at Jamaica Station. The fears some riders
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Commuters at Jamaica Station. The fears some riders have about the area are “largely unfounded,” said Joe Calderone, the LIRR’s executive vice president for customer service, whose office is at Jamaica Station. (Sept. 13, 2012)

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Jamaica Station is a major hub for the
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Jamaica Station is a major hub for the LIRR. Many of the 200,000 commuters who travel through the station daily change trains here. The station is also linked to Kennedy Airport via the Port Authority’s AirTrain. (Sept. 13, 2012)

Scenes around the MTA Long Island Rail Road
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Scenes around the MTA Long Island Rail Road Jamaica Station in Jamaica. (Sept. 13, 2012)

Jamaica Station has an image problem and many
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Jamaica Station has an image problem and many commuters feel it is unsafe. (Sept. 13, 2012)

Commuters use the escalator at Jamaica Station. An
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Commuters use the escalator at Jamaica Station. An estimated 200,000 LIRR riders pass through the station each day. (Sept. 13, 2012)

LIRR officials and police say they have taken
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LIRR officials and police say they have taken measures in recent years to better protect commuters at Jamaica Station. These include more security cameras throughout the station and improved lighting and signage on the street level. (Sept. 13, 2012)

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Many commuters feel Jamaica Station is unsafe. But
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Many commuters feel Jamaica Station is unsafe. But those fears are largely unfounded, according to LIRR officials. (Sept. 13, 2012)

Commuters at Jamaica Station. Many worry about crime
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Commuters at Jamaica Station. Many worry about crime in the area, but MTA Police Chief Michael Coan said commuters should feel "extremely safe." (Sept. 13, 2012)

LIRR officials and police say they have taken
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LIRR officials and police say they have taken measures in recent years to better protect commuters at Jamaica Station. These include more security cameras throughout the station and improved lighting and signage on the street level. (Sept. 13, 2012)

Commuters at Jamaica Station. Police presence has been
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Commuters at Jamaica Station. Police presence has been increased inside the station’s street-level waiting room, where homeless people sometimes loiter, MTA Police Chief Michael Coan said. (Sept. 13, 2012)

Commuters wait for a train at Jamaica Station.
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Commuters wait for a train at Jamaica Station. Many worry about crime in the area, and commuter advocates have cited dark and dingy conditions just outside the station. (Sept. 13, 2012)

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Commuters board a train at Jamaica Station. An
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Commuters board a train at Jamaica Station. An estimated 200,000 LIRR riders pass through the station each day. (Sept. 13, 2012)

Commuters at Jamaica Station. Two stabbing incidents near
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Commuters at Jamaica Station. Two stabbing incidents near the station in recent months have reinforced its reputation as a dangerous place. (Sept. 13, 2012)

A commuter walks through Jamaica Station. Concerns about
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A commuter walks through Jamaica Station. Concerns about commuter safety have been sparked after two stabbing incidents near the station in recent months. (Sept. 13, 2012)

Commuters buy tickets at Jamaica Station. An estimated
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Commuters buy tickets at Jamaica Station. An estimated 200,000 commuters use the station daily. (Sept. 13, 2012)

Commuters at Jamaica Station. MTA Police statistics show
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Commuters at Jamaica Station. MTA Police statistics show a 73 percent increase in major crimes at the station between 2007 and 2011, from 15 a year to 26. (Sept. 13, 2012)

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Scenes around the MTA Long Island Rail Road
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Scenes around the MTA Long Island Rail Road Jamaica Station in Jamaica. (Sept. 13, 2012)

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