Farmingdale (LIRR station)

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Farmingdale
Farmingdale LIRR Station West Platform.JPG
View of the historic Farmingdale Station in Farmingdale, New York, from the north platform.
Station statistics
Address Off Secatogue Avenue, on Front Street & Atlantic Avenue
Farmingdale, New York
Line(s)
Connections Local Transit Nassau Inter-County Express: n70, n72 (on Conklin Street)
Platforms 2 side platforms
Tracks 2
Parking Yes; Village Permit and Metered
Bicycle facilities Yes; Bike Rack
Other information
Opened October 15, 1841
Rebuilt 1875, 1890
Electrified 1987
750V (DC) third rail
Accessible Handicapped/disabled access
Owned by MTA
Fare zone 7
Traffic
Passengers (2006) 4,625[1]
Services
Preceding station   MTA NYC logo.svg LIRR   Following station
Main Line
(Ronkonkoma Branch)
toward Greenport
Preceding station   MTA NYC logo.svg LIRR   Following station
Bethpage station Ronkonkoma Branch
(current and former locations)
Republic station
Farmingdale Railroad Station
Farmingdale LIRR Station Memorial-2.JPG
Farmingdale Station's Historical marker.
Farmingdale (LIRR station) is located in New York
Farmingdale (LIRR station)
Location Farmingdale, New York, USA
Coordinates 40°44′08″N 73°26′30″W / 40.735665°N 73.441713°W / 40.735665; -73.441713Coordinates: 40°44′08″N 73°26′30″W / 40.735665°N 73.441713°W / 40.735665; -73.441713
Built 1890
Architectural style Queen Anne
NRHP Reference # 91001677
Added to NRHP November 13, 1991

Farmingdale is a historic railroad station in Farmingdale, New York, along the Main Line (Ronkonkoma Branch) of the Long Island Rail Road. It is located just east of Secatogue Avenue, on South Front Street and Atlantic Avenue. The station has two platforms (north and south), with an underground pedestrian walkway connecting them. The depot is on the south platform. Parking is available on both sides of the tracks. The station is 32 miles (51 km) east of Penn Station and just 0.3 miles (0.5 km) west of the Nassau County - Suffolk County boundary. As of November 12th, 2012, some trains originate and terminate here on both weekdays and weekends.[2]

History[edit]

Farmingdale station was originally built on October 15, 1841, when the Long Island Rail Road first went through the village. It was rebuilt in July 1875 and again in 1890. An electric sub-station was added between 1908 and 1909 for the Huntington Railroad.[3] During the Ronkonkoma electrification, the station was officially in electrified service in June 1987, while east of the station was not officially in service until December 1987. On November 13, 1991, it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places.[4] In 1996, federal funding from the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act was obtained to restore the station building.[5]

During the 2002 US Open and 2009 US Open golf tournaments at Bethpage State Park, the station was used by spectators as a transfer point to shuttle buses to Bethpage Black Course. In 2009, approximately 29 percent of all attendees arrived via the Long Island Rail Road.[6]

Platforms and tracks[edit]

1 Ronkonkoma Branch toward New York (Bethpage)
2 Ronkonkoma Branch toward Ronkonkoma (Pinelawn)

This station has two high-level side platforms, each the length of 12 cars. The Main Line has two tracks here. The north platform, next to Track 1, is generally used by westbound or New York City-bound trains. The south platform, next to Track 2, is generally used by eastbound trains. About a mile east of the station the mainline merges into one track at FARM interlocking. The Mainline is single-tracked east of this point, with the exception of a few passing sidings. To add capacity along the branch, some trains terminate or originate at Farmingdale, since it is the last station in double-tracked territory.

Parking[edit]

Parking is available on both sides of the tracks, and requires either a permit from the Village of Farmingdale for either residents or non-residents, or payment for parking meters. Parking is free at Farmingdale station on weekends. Another parking lot exists west of the station along Front Street, and behind private property along the west side of Elizabeth Street, and can also be accessed from Cornelia Street. Village of Farmingdale residential and non-residential permits are required for this parking lot as well.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Average weekday, 2006 LIRR Origin and Destination Study
  2. ^ http://mta.info/lirr/Timetable/Branch/RonkonkomaBranch.pdf
  3. ^ LIRR Station History (TrainsAreFun.com)
  4. ^ Nassau County Listings at the National Register of Historic Places
  5. ^ "Federal Funds for a Farmingdale Project". The New York Times. February 18, 1996. Retrieved 2009-10-12. 
  6. ^ Castillo, Alfonso A. (June 26, 2009). "LIRR: Nearly 1 out of 3 fans took train to U.S. Open". Newsday. Retrieved 2009-10-12. 

External links[edit]

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