City Terminal Zone

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Eastbound from Long Island City

The City Terminal Zone is the name given to a collection of rail lines of the Long Island Rail Road in New York City. Specifically, it refers to all stations that lie in fare zone 1 (except for Mets – Willets Point on the Port Washington Branch), which is the set of stations west of Jamaica.

City Terminal Zone
Northeast Corridor
NJ Transit
Penn Station
East River
Long Island City
East River Tunnels
Hunterspoint Avenue
Atlantic Terminal
Northeast Corridor
Nostrand Ave
Port Washington
East New York
Forest Hills
Kew Gardens
Atlantic Branch
Main Line
Montauk Branch
All other LIRR branches
diverge from these main routes.


Routes1 Station Connections/notes
Pennsylvania Station Handicapped/disabled access Subway: 1 2 3 trains at 34th Street – Penn Station (Seventh Avenue),
A C E trains at 34th Street – Penn Station (Eighth Avenue)
Bus: M4, M7, M20, M34 / M34A Select Bus Service, Q32
New Jersey Transit
Long Island City Handicapped/disabled access Subway: 7 <7> trains at Vernon Boulevard – Jackson Avenue
Bus: Q103
NY Waterway
Hunterspoint Avenue Subway: 7 <7> trains at Hunters Point Avenue
Bus: B62, Q67
Woodside Handicapped/disabled access LIRR: Port Washington Branch
Subway: 7 <7> trains at 61st Street – Woodside
Bus: Q18, Q32, Q53
Forest Hills Handicapped/disabled access Subway: E F M R trains at Forest Hills – 71st Avenue
Bus: Q23, Q60, Q64
Kew Gardens Subway: E F trains at Kew Gardens – Union Turnpike
Bus: Q10, Q37, QM18
Atlantic Terminal Handicapped/disabled access Subway: 2 3 4 5 B D N Q R trains at Atlantic Avenue – Barclays Center
Bus: B41, B45, B63, B65, B67
Nostrand Avenue Subway: A C trains at Nostrand Avenue
Bus: B25, B44, B65
East New York Subway: L trains at Atlantic Avenue,
A C J Z trains at Broadway Junction
Bus: B12, B20, B25, B83, Q24, Q56
Boland's Landing Employees only
Jamaica Handicapped/disabled access Subway: E J Z trains at Sutphin Boulevard – Archer Avenue – JFK Airport
Bus: Q6, Q8, Q9, Q20A, Q20B, Q24, Q25, Q30, Q31, Q34, Q40, Q41, Q43, Q44, Q60, Q65
AirTrain JFK
Trains continue to Long Island on the Main Line (Hempstead, Oyster Bay, Port Jefferson and Ronkonkoma Branches), the Atlantic Branch (Far Rockaway and Long Beach Branches) and the Montauk Branch (West Hempstead, Babylon and Montauk Branches)


^1 There are three routes that are considered part of the City Terminal Zone:

  • ML = Main Line
    • HP = Hunterspoint Avenue - Trains that serve Hunterspoint Avenue and Long Island City in Queens. This route is served only during weekday rush hours in the peak direction (to Long Island City in the morning, from Long Island City in the afternoon).
    • NYP = Trains to Penn Station in Manhattan via the East River Tunnels
  • AT = Atlantic Branch – Trains that terminate at Atlantic Terminal in Brooklyn.

In the near future, the City Terminal Zone will include a branch to Grand Central Terminal as a part of the East Side Access project. A new station in Sunnyside, Queens will be built once the remainder of the project is complete.