Bayside (LIRR station)
View of Bayside station house and pedestrian bridge from above the eastbound ramp.
|Address||213th Street & 41st Avenue
Bayside, New York
|Connections|| NYCT Bus: Q12, Q13, Q31, QM3
NICE Bus: n20, n21
|Platforms||2 side platforms|
|Parking||Yes (metered, NYC permit, & private)|
|Opened||October 27, 1866 (NY&F)|
|Electrified||October 21, 1913
750V (DC) third rail
|Owned by||Long Island Rail Road|
Bayside (earlier Bay Side) is a station in the Bayside section of Queens in New York City on the Port Washington Branch of the Long Island Rail Road. The station is located at 213th Street and 41st Avenue, off Bell Boulevard and just north of Northern Boulevard, and is 12.6 miles (20.3 km) from Penn Station in Midtown Manhattan. The station is part of CityTicket.
Bayside Station was originally built on October 27, 1866, by the North Shore Railroad of Long Island, a subsidiary of the New York and Flushing Railroad. The station, along with the rest of the line was acquired by the Flushing and North Side Rail Road in 1869. The F&NS was consolidated into the Flushing, North Shore and Central Railroad in 1874 through a merger with the Central Railroad of Long Island, only to be leased in 1876 by the LIRR. The current station building dates to 1924. The tracks were depressed beneath Bell Boulevard in 1928. A freight elevator building was then opened on the eastbound side until the Port Washington Branch stopped carrying freight. The 1928 freight station remains today, being converted into a local community center. The wooden pedestrian bridge that carried commuters across the tracks to both platforms was replaced in 1998 by a decorative steel bridge.
The station, along with the Port Washington line in general, is heavily used. During the 2005 New York City transit strike, the station had the distinction of being one of the few where trains stopped, bypassing lesser stations on the Port Washington branch such as Auburndale and Murray Hill.
Platforms and tracks 
The station has two slightly offset side platforms, each 10 cars long. The north platform next to Track 1, is generally used by westbound or Manhattan-bound trains. The south platform next to Track 2, is generally used by eastbound or Nassau County-bound trains. The branch has two tracks here.
- Vincent F. Seyfried, The Long Island Rail Road: A Comprehensive History, Part Two: The Flushing, North Shore & Central Railroad, © 1963.
- Average weekday, 2006 LIRR Origin and Destination Study
- MTA Strike Contingency Plan: Long Island Rail Road Information
- "NYC Transit Strike Day 2 in Queens - Tips and News," by John Roleke, (About.com; December 20, 2005)