Historical consultant Robert Hefner has been working on the project now for more than a year with railroad planners, setting up the renovations to begin next year. The anticipated updates will include restoring the exterior to make it look as it did in the 19th century, while the interiors will feature modern accommodations such as phone charging ports, Wi-Fi routers, and digital ticket stands.
Since 2000, the station has been on the National Register of Historic Places. When it first opened, it was part of the Brooklyn and Montauk Railroad, but now serves the Montauk Branch.
The renovation is part of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s $5.6 billion plan to update the Long Island Railroad, announced in July of this year. The plan, proposed in January, also includes the construction of a new Hudson Tunnel between New York City and New Jersey, building a storage yard in Ronkonkoma for train car maintenance, and even adding a third track to the Main Line track between Floral Park and Hicksville.
In addition to the East Hampton station house, 38 other stations will be enhanced along the Long Island Railroad, including Jamaica and Ronkonkoma—both which are frequently used by residents of the East End.
- East Hampton LIRR Station Will Get A Renovation Focusing on Both Historic and Modern Times [27east]
- Governor Cuomo Proposes $120 Million to Enhance 16 LIRR Stations… [MTA]
- Governor Cuomo Announces Historic $5.6 Billion Transformation of the Long Island Railroad [New York State]
- A guide to the LIRR’s Montauk Branch [Curbed Hamptons]