Queens Village (LIRR station)

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Queens Village
Queens Village LIRR Station; Front Gate.JPG
The front entrance to Queens Village Station from Amboy Lane on the corner of Jamaica Avenue & Springfield Boulevard.
Station statistics
Address Jamaica Avenue & Springfield Boulevard
Queens Village, NY
Coordinates 40°43′03″N 73°44′11″W / 40.717469°N 73.73638°W / 40.717469; -73.73638Coordinates: 40°43′03″N 73°44′11″W / 40.717469°N 73.73638°W / 40.717469; -73.73638
Line(s)
Connections Local Transit NYCT Bus: Q1, Q27, Q36, Q88, Q83 (nights)
Local Transit NICE Bus: N24
Platforms 2 side platforms
Tracks 5 (1 used for storage)
Parking Yes; Metered and Private
Other information
Opened 1879[1]
Rebuilt 1924, 2013
Electrified October 2, 1905?
750V (DC) third rail
Accessible Handicapped/disabled access
Owned by MTA
Fare zone 3
Formerly Queens (1879-1924)[2]
Traffic
Passengers (2006) 1,582[3]
Services
Preceding station   MTA NYC logo.svg LIRR   Following station
Main Line
(Port Jefferson Branch)
(also Oyster Bay Branch
and Ronkonkoma Branch)
Hempstead Branch
toward Hempstead
Current and former locations
Bellaire station Main Line
(Hempstead Branch)
Bellerose station

Queens Village is a station on the Main Line of the Long Island Rail Road, located between 218th Street and Springfield Boulevard in Queens Village, Queens, New York City. It has two side platforms along the four-track line and is served by Hempstead Branch trains only. Just east of the station is Queens Interlocking, a universal interlocking that splits the four-track line into two parallel two-track lines — the Main Line and Hempstead Branch — and controls the junction with the spur to Belmont Park.

History[edit]

1909 Map of Queens (now Queens Village) Station.

Between March and November 1837, the current site of Queens Village Station was the site of an early Brooklyn and Jamaica Railroad station named Flushing Avenue station then renamed DeLancey Avenue station and later named Brushville station until it was moved to what is today 212nd Street, the site of the former Bellaire station, which was used to serve Ben Lane's Hotel.

Queens Village station originally opened at ground level as Queens station in 1879 (some sources say 1881). The original station house contained a sign with the distance to Long Island City and Greenport stations.[4] The station house was moved to a private location as a new one was being built as part of a grade elimination project, and opened on September 24, 1924. It was then renamed "Queens Village." On October 30, 2013, the LIRR unveiled a renovated station, with passenger elevators, improved lighting, security cameras and a repainted building.[5] [6]

Platforms and tracks[edit]

3 Main Line toward New York (Hollis)
1 Main Line no stop
2 Main Line no stop
4 Main Line toward Ronkonkoma, Oyster Bay, or Port Jefferson (Floral Park)
Hempstead Branch toward Hempstead (Bellerose)
    Siding (no passenger service)

The station has two high-level side platforms, each eight cars long; each is served by a passenger elevator and stairs. The north platform, Platform A, is next to Track 3 and generally used by Atlantic Terminal or Penn Station-bound trains. This platform has the station's only station house, a two-story building. The south platform, Platform B, is next to Track 4 and generally used by Hempstead-bound trains. The two middle tracks, not next to either platform, are used by through trains. A non-powered storage track is south of the south platform.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Long Island Railroad". Brooklyn Daily Eagle (Brooklyn, NY). October 3, 1879. p. 1. 
  2. ^ Long Island Railroad Station History (TrainsAreFun.com)
  3. ^ Average weekday, 2006 LIRR Origin and Destination Study
  4. ^ Morrison, David D.; Pakaluk, Valerie (2003). Long Island Rail Road Stations (Images of Rail). Chicago: Arcadia Publishing. ISBN 0-7385-1180-3. 
  5. ^ "LIRR Renews Queens Village Station". The LIRR Today. Retrieved 1 November 2013. 
  6. ^ "MTA Long Island Rail Road Unveils Restored Queens Village Station". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. October 30, 2013. 

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