Rockaway Park – Beach 116th Street (IND Rockaway Line)

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Rockaway Park – Beach 116th Street
NYCS A Rockaway Park Shuttle
New York City Subway rapid transit station
Rockaway Pk - B 116th St platform.JPG
Station statistics
Address Beach 116th Street between Rockaway Beach Boulevard & Newport Avenue
Rockaway Park, NY 11694
Borough Queens
Locale Rockaway Park
Coordinates 40°34′51″N 73°50′10″W / 40.580725°N 73.836180°W / 40.580725; -73.836180Coordinates: 40°34′51″N 73°50′10″W / 40.580725°N 73.836180°W / 40.580725; -73.836180
Division B (IND, formerly LIRR Rockaway Beach Branch)
Line IND Rockaway Line
Services       A rush hours, peak direction (rush hours, peak direction)
      S all times (all times)
Connection
  • MTA Bus: Q22, Q53, QM16 (all on Rockaway Beach Boulevard)
    Q35 (on Newport Avenue)
Structure At-grade
Platforms 1 island platform
Tracks 2 (excludes 8 yard tracks adjacent to the station)
Other information
Opened May 1882; 132 years ago (May 1882) (LIRR station)
Rebuilt June 28, 1956; 58 years ago (June 28, 1956) (as a Subway station)
Accessible Handicapped/disabled access
Traffic
Passengers (2013) 135,956[1] Decrease 40.1%
Rank 416 out of 421
Station succession
Next north Beach 105th Street: A rush hours, peak direction S all times
Next south (Terminal): A rush hours, peak direction S all times


Next Handicapped/disabled access north Howard Beach – JFK Airport: A rush hours, peak direction
Far Rockaway – Mott Avenue (via Hammels Wye): no regular service
Next Handicapped/disabled access south none: A rush hours, peak direction S all times

Rockaway Park – Beach 116th Street is the western terminal station on the IND Rockaway Line of the New York City Subway, located at the intersection of Beach 116th Street and Rockaway Park in Queens. It is served by the Rockaway Park Shuttle at all times and ten daily rush-hour only A trains.

History[edit]

The station was originally built in 1882 as a Long Island Rail Road station on the Rockaway Beach Branch, called Rockaway Beach station, and contained a trolley stop for the Ocean Electric Railway, which eventually expanded their line further west to Belle Harbor and Neponsit. In 1899, the station was enlarged in order to accommodate the Brooklyn Rapid Transit Company cars, and the name was changed to Rockaway Park station.

In Spring 1917, a second station was built as a replacement for the former station, which was razed. After a 1950 fire at The Raunt destroyed the trestle across Jamaica Bay, the LIRR rerouted Rockaway Beach service along the Far Rockaway Branch, then abandoned the Rockaway Beach Branch. On October 3, 1955, the New York City Transit Authority acquired all stations and closed them to convert many of them into subway stations. The current Rockaway Park – Beach 116th Street opened on June 28, 1956, with all other stations on the Rockaway Line except Far Rockaway. Far Rockaway reopened in 1958 after being rebuilt for Subway use, and the LIRR opened a new Far Rockaway station on Nameoke Street. Plans to add a subway line to the Rockaway Peninsula actually date back to the 1920s and originally involved extending the western terminus along Newport Avenue to Beach 149th Street, rather than its current terminus at Rockway Park Station.

The station is at ground level. There are two tracks and an island platform. The tracks end at bumper blocks at the west (railroad south) end of the platform. Because the entrance is at street level, the station is ADA accessible without the use of an elevator. On either side of the station are tracks leading to the Rockaway Park Yard. The station house is made of concrete with windows and plywood walls. It also houses a police precinct and has an entrance leading to an adjacent restaurant. An examination of the station house shows the former ticket windows, which were used when the line was part of the LIRR. Originally, terminal tracks with low-level platforms occupied the yard area during the LIRR years. The area of the current high-level platform was part of the LIRR depot yard.

Starting in May 2007, the station building, platform and yard area underwent renovation. The new station building was unveiled in early November 2007.

Station layout[edit]

P
Platform level
Yard tracks No passenger service
Track 2 Rockaway Park Shuttle toward Broad Channel (NYCS A toward 207th Street AM rush hours only) (Beach 105th Street)
Island platform, doors will open on the left or right Handicapped/disabled access
Track 1 Rockaway Park Shuttle toward Broad Channel (NYCS A toward 207th Street AM rush hours only) (Beach 105th Street)
Yard track No passenger service
G Street level Exits/Entrances
Station house Lobby, fare control, station agent, police precinct
Handicapped/disabled access (Station at street level)

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Facts and Figures: Annual Subway Ridership". New York City Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Retrieved 2014-03-26. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Rockaway Park – Beach 116th Street (IND Rockaway Line) at Wikimedia Commons