Thousands will head to Belmont Park on Saturday to see if American Pharoah can take home the Triple Crown.
Many will travel on the Long Island Rail Road. In 2014, riders experienced delays and problems. The train transported 36,000 people. The previous record was 28,000.
LIRR President Patrick Nowakowski knew something had to be done. Representatives officially opened the new station and displayed more than $5 million in improvements. According to a news release, the New York Racing Association, a not-for-profit corporation for which the state has oversight, contributed $1 million.
The new platforms are longer and can accommodate 10-car trains. New tracks will allow 25% more customers to travel in and out and trains will be able to arrive as other trains depart the station.
The LIRR says the improvements were also necessary for safety reasons. Riders should check the rail road’s website for updated travel information from Penn Station in Manhattan and Jamaica, Queens.
Officials are still advising people to be patient as they travel to and from the race track and to purchase round-trip tickets before they arrive. The station does not have ticket machines.
The NYRA has capped attendance at 90,000. Traffic will be monitored and directed from a centralized command center.