Far Rockaway – Mott Avenue (IND Rockaway Line)
|Address||Mott Avenue & Beach 22nd Street
Far Rockaway, NY 11691
|Division||B (IND, formerly LIRR Far Rockaway Branch)|
|Line||IND Rockaway Line|
|Services||A (all times)|
|Platforms||1 island platform|
|Opened||July 29, 1869LIRR station)(|
|Rebuilt||January 16, 1958(as a Subway station)|
|Passengers (2012)||1,217,871 14.6%|
|Rank||324 out of 421|
|Next north||Beach 25th Street: A|
|Next south||(Terminal): A|
|Next north||Howard Beach – JFK Airport (via Rockaway): A
Rockaway Park – Beach 116th Street (via Hammels Wye): no regular service
Far Rockaway – Mott Avenue is the eastern terminal station on the New York City Subway's IND Rockaway Line. Originally a Long Island Rail Road station, it is the full-time southern terminal for the A train and the easternmost station on the New York City Subway. This station is the busiest of all the subway stations on the Rockaway peninsula.
The station is built on a concrete viaduct. There are two tracks and an island platform. The tracks end at bumper blocks just beyond the northeast (railroad south) end of the platform. The doors at that end of the platform lead to the stairs down to the street level fare control area. A tower and crew offices are at the southwest end. The former track connection to the current LIRR's Far Rockaway station has been removed, and transferring now requires a short walk.
It is notably, the oldest station currently in operation in the New York City Subway having originally opened 143 years ago, on July 29, 1869 as a Long Island Railroad station. However, Gates Avenue is the oldest station in the subway system to have been built as a rapid transit station, and has been in continuous operation for 127 years; The Far Rockaway Station was converted from Long Island Railroad trackage to subway loading gauge and has only operated for 55 years in this capacity; This actually makes Far Rockaway the 11th newest station in the subway system.
The Far Rockaway Branch of the Long Island Rail Road had originally been part of a loop that traveled along the existing route, continuing through the Rockaway Peninsula and heading on a trestle across Jamaica Bay through Queens where it reconnected with the Rockaway Beach Branch. Far Rockaway station itself was originally built by the South Side Railroad of Long Island on July 29, 1869, then converted into a freight house, when a 2nd station was moved from Ocean Point Station (a.k.a. Cedarhurst Station), remodeled, and opened on October 1, 1881. The 3rd depot opened on July 15, 1890, while the 2nd depot was sold and moved to a private location in October 1890. The Ocean Electric Railway terminated at the station between 1897 and September 2, 1926, and the station served as the headquarters for the Ocean Electric Railway. It also served as the terminus of a Long Island Electric Railway trolley line leading to Jamaica, at New York Avenue (now Guy R. Brewer Boulevard). High-level platforms were added to the station as with much of the Far Rockaway Branch on April 10, 1942.
Frequent fires and maintenance problems, the most notorious of which was in May 1950 between The Raunt and Broad Channel Stations, led the LIRR to abandon the Queens portion of the route, which was acquired by the city on October 3, 1955 when trackage to Rockaway Park became part of the IND Rockaway Line, with service provided by the A train beginning in 1956. The line was divided with the portions west of Mott Avenue becoming part of the subway system. The station was converted into a subway station on January 16, 1958, while the Far Rockaway LIRR station was moved to Nameoke Street on February 21, 1958, and became the terminus of the Far Rockaway branch.
|L1||Street Level||Exit/Entrance (station house), fare control, station agents, MetroCard vending machines|
|Platform level||Northbound||→ towards Dyckman Street or Inwood – 207th Street|
|Southbound||→ towards Dyckman Street or Inwood – 207th Street|
- Vincent F. Seyfried, The Long Island Rail Road: A Comprehensive History, Part One: South Side R.R. of L.I., © 1961
- New York City Transit. "New York City Transit - History and Chronology". Retrieved 2007-01-10.
- "Facts and Figures: Annual Subway Ridership". New York City Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Retrieved 2013-04-02.
- "Far Rockaway-Mott Av. Station Rehabilitation Now Complete". MTA.info. May 13, 2012. Retrieved 2012-05-15.
- IND Rockaway Branch/Jamaica Bay Crossing, accessed June 14, 2006
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