Forest Hills (LIRR station)
Looking at Platform B
|Address||Continental (71st) Avenue & Austin Street
Forest Hills, New York
|Connections||New York City Subway:
at Forest Hills – 71st Avenue
MTA Bus: Q23, Q60, Q64
|Platforms||2 side platforms|
|Rebuilt||August 5, 1911|
|Electrified||June 16, 1910
750V (DC) third rail
|Owned by||Long Island Rail Road|
Forest Hills is a station on the Main Line of the Long Island Rail Road in Forest Hills. Like other LIRR stations within New York City, passengers may take advantage of the CityTicket program on weekends. It is lightly used compared to other stations in the city, with only 1,116 weekday riders; many residents opt for the subway because of its increased service and direct express trains to Midtown Manhattan.
Located in the neighborhood of Queens of the same name, Forest Hills is situated on 71st Avenue (formerly known as Continental Avenue) between Austin and Burns Streets. It is also the northern boundary of Station Square, a historic Tudor town center. Two blocks to the north along 71st Avenue is the Forest Hills – 71st Avenue subway station, one of the busiest in Queens.
Opened in 1906, Forest Hills is one of the oldest operating railway stations in New York City, predating subway expansion to the area by thirty years. Rebuilt in 1911 and subsequently remodeled for handicapped accessibility, it is one of two LIRR stations without standard blue and white signage (the other is Nostrand Avenue). Instead there are plaques and antique signs that complement the surrounding area. On July 4, 1917, former President Theodore Roosevelt made his "Unification Speech" from the steps of this station.
|3||■Main Line||toward Penn Station (Woodside)|
|1||■Main Line||no stop|
|2||■Main Line||no stop|
|4||■Main Line||toward Long Island (Kew Gardens)|
A local station, Forest Hills has two side platforms and four tracks. Platform A serves westbound trains to Penn Station, while Platform B serves eastbound trains to the suburbs of Long Island; both are four cars long. The two inner tracks are used by express trains, although bridge plates are occasionally used to bridge over an outer track during track work. The relatively flat and straight stretch of track at Forest Hills has been used for PATH PA-1 and R44 speed tests.
- Average weekday, 2006 LIRR Origin and Destination Study
- Morrison, David D.; Pakaluk, Valerie (2003). Long Island Rail Road Stations. Images of Rail. Arcadia Publishing. p. 39. ISBN 0-7385-1180-3.
- PA-1 Being tested on LIRR at Forest Hills; March 14, 1965, by David Pirmann (NYCSubway.org)
- R44 Testing on LIRR at Forest Hills; February 21, 1972 by Steve Zabel (NYCSubway.org)
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