Jamaica Station Centennial Celebration

Jamaica StationJamaica Central Control Building Atrium
October 23, 2013 11:00 AM

Welcome from Long Island Rail Road President Helena E. Williams

Procession and Flag Salute MTA Police Department Fife, Drum & Bagpipe Band

Oyster Bay High School Band under the direction of Matthew Sisia
“Change at Jamaica” composed by Paul Moravec, Adelphi University Professor, Pulitzer Prize recipient

LIRR President Helena E. Williams introduces special guests
Elected Officials
Thomas Prendergast-Chairman & CEO MTA
Patrick Foye – Executive Director Port Authority of New York & New Jersey
Steve Quigley – President of the Long Island Sunrise Trail Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society
Dave Morrison – LIRR Historian
Hugh Savage and family – Mr. Savage is the grandson of John Savage, the LIRR’s Chief Engineer in 1913 in charge of Jamaica Station construction

LIRR President Helena E. Williams closing remarks, welcomes guests to proceed to “Re-dedication” Ribbon Cutting of Jamaica Station Building at Sutphin Blvd. entrance

11:30 AM – Re-dedication ribbon cutting of Jamaica Station Building

Noon Refreshments at Jamaica Control Center Atrium

2:00 PM – Special Presentation on Jamaica Station History by Dave Morrison, LIRR Historian

Jamaica Station Celebrates Its 100th Anniversary With A Face-lift

On October 23rd we’ll be celebrating the completion of the rehabilitation work at our Jamaica headquarters along with the centennial of the modern day Jamaica LIRR station complex. Although Jamaica was one of the LIRR’s original stations (Brooklyn, now Atlantic Terminal, was the other one), the station was first located at street level. Due to the steady growth of the Jamaica area, it became necessary to raise the entire LIRR Jamaica complex including tracks, platforms and more than 20 grade crossings above street level. This tremendous engineering feat was completed in 1913. More than 100 years later Jamaica is still the hub of the LIRR and functions much as it was intended to by its builders. The face-lift of the LIRR headquarters building is part of our effort to be a good neighbor and help improve the Greater Jamaica community, including a spruce up of the Jamaica waiting room and ticket office with better lighting and a new seating area for ticketed customers. If you happen to be in the area on October 23 at 11 AM please drop by for the re-dedication ceremony and a free concert by the Oyster Bay High School band, playing Paul Moravec’s “Change at Jamaica” in the lobby of the Jamaica AirTrain JFK Building.

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