Flushing – Main Street (LIRR station)
|Flushing – Main Street|
View from Eastbound Platform "B" to Port Washington
|Address||Main Street & 41st Avenue
Flushing, New York
|Connections||New York City Subway:
trains at Flushing – Main Street
NYCT Bus: Q12, Q13, Q15, Q16, Q17, Q19, Q20A/Q20B, Q26, Q27, Q28, Q44, Q48, Q50, Q58
MTA Bus: Q25, Q34, Q65, Q66
NICE Bus: n20, n21
|Platforms||2 side platforms|
|Opened||June 26, 1854 (NY&F)|
|Rebuilt||1865, 1870, 1913, 1958|
|Electrified||October 22, 1912
750V (DC) third rail
|Owned by||Long Island Rail Road|
Flushing – Main Street is a station on the Port Washington Branch of the Long Island Rail Road, serving the neighborhood of Flushing, Queens. The station is part of CityTicket, and is in Zone 3. The station is located at Main Street and 41st Avenue, off Kissena Boulevard and is 9.5 miles (15.3 km) from Penn Station in Midtown Manhattan. Parking is provided at a municipal lot on 41st Avenue.
Flushing – Main Street station was originally built in December 1853 by the New York and Flushing Railroad, but not opened until June 26, 1854. The station was named after both Flushing and Main Street, in order to distinguish itself from the former Flushing Bridge Street station that ran along the Whitestone Branch of the Long Island Rail Road that was later abandoned. Flushing – Main Street would serve as the terminus of the NY&F until October 30, 1864 when a subsidiary known as the North Shore Railroad extended it out to Great Neck, and it was burned in order to prepare for a second station that was built between January and February 1865. It was razed again in 1870 and a third station was built between October and November 1870. Throughout the 1870s, Flushing – Main Street and the rest of the line was acquired by the Flushing and North Side Railroad, which would then be merged with the Central Railroad of Long Island to form the Flushing, North Shore and Central Railroad, and finally become part of the Port Washington Branch of the Long Island Rail Road. Shortly after the line was electrified on October 22, 1912, the station was abandoned on November 11, 1912, as part of an effort by the Long Island Rail Road to bring the Port Washington Branch above and below street level depending on the location. In Flushing, the station was elevated along with the rest of the tracks on October 4, 1913. Until that point, the line used to run at grade and went through a tunnel under a girls' school just east of where the Main Street overpass stands today. The tunnel and the school were torn down to build the overpass and the open cut the line now runs through. In 1958, the elevated track level building was razed and replaced with a street level ticket office. Sheltered platforms exist on both sides of the tracks in the former station's place, and the sidewalks beneath the bridge serve as local businesses.
Platforms and tracks
The station has two high-level 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.
The MTA is planning to renovate the station and bring it into compliance with the 1990 Americans With Disabilities Act. An official description of the project states: "The Project will include construction of two new elevators, one from each of the two platforms, to provide ADA accessibility from the street to the platforms at the Flushing Main Street Station. The work also will include a new ticket office, canopies, new stairs, platform railings, and platform lighting. Acquisition of the Property is needed to demolish the existing one-story commercial building in order to construct the elevator serving the westbound train platform that will be accessible from the west side of Main Street. This entrance will provide a safer, more visible entry point for westbound LIRR customers than the current entrance in an alley off of 40th Road and the Project as a whole will enhance LIRR's presence on Main Street."On October 28, 2013, MTA held a public hearing on the proposed acquisition of private property at 40-36 Main Street in Flushing for purpose of siting one of the elevators intended for the rebuilt station.
- 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
- October 12, 1913 image of Water Tank & Tunnel @ Flushing Station by Vincent Seyfried and Asadorian (TrainsAreFun.com)
- "Public Hearing: LIRR Flushing Main Street Station Improvement Project". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Retrieved October 31, 2013.
- Official LIRR station information page for Flushing – Main Street
- Station timetable for Flushing – Main Street
- Unofficial LIRR Website Photos.
- Main Street entrance from Google Maps Street View