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Bay Shore LIRR station face-lift revealed

The Bay Shore Long Island Rail Road station has undergone a multimillion-dollar face-lift and Friday state and local officials will show off the restored station, a gateway to the summer vacation community of Fire Island.

The restoration - which included new windows, lighting and a new coat of paint on the station's exterior - cost $3.6 million, said Gordon Canary, a spokesman for state Sen. Owen Johnson (R-West Babylon).

In addition, the pedestrian underpass has been closed and replaced with a covered overpass.

"This is the culmination of five years of work," Canary said.

Residents and members of the community approached Johnson's office about five years ago and raised a host of complaints, among them safety concerns, Canary said. Some commuters felt unsafe when using the underpass to reach the eastbound and westbound trains.

Johnson secured the funding, which Canary said came from the Metropolitan Transportation Authority's capital improvement budget.

The train station, built in 1912, serves an average of 1,600 riders daily, said Joe Calderone, an LIRR spokesman.

Johnson, LIRR president Helena Williams and other elected officials will be on hand Friday to unveil the refurbished train station.

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