The Metropolitan Transportation Authority celebrated the centennial of Jamaica Station in Queens Tuesday, unveiling $8.5 million in restorations to the Long Island Rail Road headquarters.

As a 100th birthday gift, the Jamaica ticket office and customer waiting area were refurbished and the station's original terrazzo floors were restored. The building was also given brighter lighting and a fresh coat of paint.

MTA workers also upgraded the roof and restored the exterior of the station, which serves roughly 150,000 commuters daily.

The makeover allowed the MTA to bring back the building's original color scheme, Pennsylvania Railroad Red and Blue.


Featured during the birthday festivities were the MTA Police Honor and Color Guard. A special "Jamaica" O-Gauge model train was introduced by the Lionel Train Corporation to honor the station.

"By helping to make mass transit a viable way to get around our region, Jamaica Station has contributed mightily to our economic growth and quality-of-life," Queens Borough President Helen Marshall said in a statement. "Here's to another 100 years of excellent service!"

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