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Huntington LIRR station parking garage to be renovated

One of the parking garages at the Huntington Long Island Rail Road station will be renovated with more than $1 million in federal stimulus money.

An American Reinvestment and Recovery Act grant for $1,091,375 has been awarded to the Town of Huntington to rehabilitate the garage on the north side of the train tracks, U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-New York) said this week.

"Not only will these funds create much needed jobs," Schumer said, "they will fund crucial repairs at a parking facility in need of renovation."

The four-level parking garage opened 12 years ago.

Repairs are expected to begin in February and be completed in July, officials said. Town officials said one level will be closed at a time.

"Like all buildings, this heavily used parking garage needs periodic maintenance to address the wear and tear that occurs over time," said Huntington Supervisor Frank Petrone.

The station has 3,500 car parking spaces total in two garages and about 1,540 at-grade, on-street spaces. There are no plans now to update a second garage south of the railroad tracks.

The station has a weekday ridership of 11,113, making it the third-busiest LIRR line station, according to officials.

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