Island Park (LIRR station)

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Island Park
Island Park LIRR Station.JPG
Island Park Station house
Station statistics
Address Long Beach Road & Austin Boulevard
Island Park, New York
Coordinates 40°36′02″N 73°39′19″W / 40.600433°N 73.655388°W / 40.600433; -73.655388Coordinates: 40°36′02″N 73°39′19″W / 40.600433°N 73.655388°W / 40.600433; -73.655388
Line(s)
Connections Local Transit Nassau Inter-County Express: n15
McRides Taxi
Platforms 2 side platforms
Tracks 2
Parking Yes
Bicycle facilities Yes
Other information
Opened 1898
Rebuilt 1923
Electrified September 1910
750V (DC) third rail
Accessible Handicapped/disabled access
Owned by MTA
Fare zone 7
Formerly The Dykes (1898 – 1924)
Traffic
Passengers (2006) 2,220[1]
Services
Preceding station   MTA NYC logo.svg LIRR   Following station
Long Beach Branch
Terminus
Current and former locations
Oceanside station Long Beach Branch Wreck Lead station

Island Park is a station on the Long Island Rail Road's Long Beach Branch serving the residents of Island Park, Barnum Island, and Harbor Isle. It is the penultimate station on the branch. The station can platform a 12-car train and is fully wheelchair accessible with ramps from street level. Parking facilities are also available. Southwest of the station the train crosses over Reynolds Channel.

The station is located at the southern intersection of Long Beach Road and Austin Boulevard (Nassau County Routes 1A and 1, respectively), and is 23.7 miles (38.1 km) from Penn Station in Midtown Manhattan. The average commute time between Island Park and Penn Station is 45–50 minutes. The average commute time between Island Park and Jamaica is 25–30 minutes.

History[edit]

Island Park Station was built as a signal stop by the New York and Long Beach Railroad in April 1898 as The Dykes and served as a flag stop during much of the early 20th Century. In 1922, developer Edgewater Smith changed the name of the island from Jekyl Island to Island Park, however the name of the station wasn't changed until 1924, the previous name that replaced the former Jekyl Island Station (see below) to the north.[2] The existing station building was built in May 1923.

Jekyl Island station[edit]

Jekyll Island Station was originally built in 1901 as Barnum Island Station on the south side of the northern Long Beach Road grade crossing[3] The station was renamed as Jekyl Island Station in 1903, and then renamed "Island Park" station in October 1921. Due to an increase in development on the south side of the island,[4] the station was closed in July 1922[5] and the name was moved to the site of the old flag stop formerly known as "The Dykes." The site of the former Jekyl Island Station is now occupied by a residential cul-de-sac named D'Amato Drive, which is only accessible from Parente Lane North.[6]

Platform and track configuration[edit]

1 Long Beach Branch toward New York (Oceanside)
2 Long Beach Branch toward Long Beach (Terminus)

This station has two slightly offset high-level side platforms, each 10 cars long. The east platform, adjacent to Track 1, is generally used by westbound or New York City-bound trains. The west platform, adjacent to Track 2, is generally used by eastbound or Long Beach-bound trains. The Long Beach Branch has two tracks at this location.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Average weekday, 2006 LIRR Origin and Destination Study
  2. ^ "The Long Island Rail Road: A Comprehensive History Volume #5(New York, Woodhaven & Rockaway Railroad; New York & Rockaway Beach railway; New York & Long Beach Railroad; New York & Rockaway railroad; Brooklyn rapid transit operation to Rockaway; Over L.I.R.R.)", by Vincent F. Seyfried
  3. ^ Lynbrook, Rockaway East, Rockville Centre, Baldwin, Freeport, Ocean Shore (Altas of Nassau County, Long Island, New York; E. Belcher & Hyde; 1906)
  4. ^ Village of Island Park; Village History
  5. ^ LIRR Station History (TrainsAreFun)
  6. ^ Google Map of former Jekyl Island Station site

External links[edit]

View of both platforms at the Long Beach Road crossing