Arlington (Staten Island Railway station)

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Former Staten Island Railway rapid transit station
Station statistics
Borough Staten Island
Locale Arlington
Coordinates 40°38′01″N 74°09′58″W / 40.6335°N 74.1661°W / 40.6335; -74.1661 (Arlington station)Coordinates: 40°38′01″N 74°09′58″W / 40.6335°N 74.1661°W / 40.6335; -74.1661 (Arlington station)
Line SIR North Shore Branch
Services none
Platforms 1 island platform
Tracks 2
Other information
Opened 1889–1890
Closed March 31, 1953; 63 years ago (1953-03-31)
Former/other names Arlington − South Avenue[1][2]
Station succession
Preceding station   MTA NYC logo.svg Staten Island Railway   Following station
North Shore Branch
toward St. George

Arlington was a station on the abandoned North Shore Branch of the Staten Island Railway, in Staten Island, New York. Located in an open-cut 5.2 miles (8.4 km) from the Saint George terminal.,[3] it had two tracks and one island platform.[4] For a few years before its closure in 1953, it was the western (railroad direction south) terminus of the North Shore Line;[4] before then, the terminus was the Port Ivory station to the west, though most trains terminated at Arlington.[5][6] It was located in the Arlington and Mariners Harbor sections of Staten Island, near the Arlington Yard, under the South Avenue overpass, between Arlington Place and Brabant Street.[4]


The station was put up at the South Avenue grade crossing in 1889–1890.[7] This location was where trains were turned on their way back to Saint George. The name of the neighborhood Arlington was coined after the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad (B&O) purchased a farm at Old Place, on Staten Island’s northwestern corner, which would become the Arlington freight yard. The B&O renamed the area Arlington.[8][9][10] An exit staircase to South Avenue and a stationhouse were located at the east end of the platform. A wooden overpass to the side of the right-of-way was located at the west end. Non-electrified freight sidings were located on both sides of the station, with a switch to the northern-most track located in the center of the station.[4] The station was closed on March 31, 1953, along with the rest of the North Shore Branch and the South Beach Branch.[4][8]

The station site is currently occupied by tail tracks for the reactivated Arlington freight yard, which began serving the Howland Hook Marine Terminal in 2005. Because of this, the former station was demolished.[1][5] Arlington is one of the stations to be returned to operation under the proposals for reactivation of the North Shore branch for rapid transit, light rail, or bus rapid transit service. Any new service would require a physical separation from the current freight tracks. A new terminal station has been proposed south of the original site along South Avenue between Brabant Street and Continental Place, along with a second nearby station for a proposed West Shore service at Forest Avenue.[1][2][11][12]


  1. ^ a b c "NYCT NORTH SHORE ALTERNATIVES ANALYSIS: Alternatives Analysis Report" (PDF). Metropolitan Transportation Authority, SYSTRA. August 2012. Retrieved 20 July 2015. 
  2. ^ a b "North Shore Alternatives Analysis: Rail Alignment Drawings Arlington-St. George" (PDF). Metropolitan Transportation Authority, SYSTRA. September 2010. Retrieved 20 July 2015. 
  3. ^ Office of Diane J. Savino (2013). "State Senator Diane J. Savino's 2013 Staten Island Railway Rider Report" (PDF). New York State Senate. Retrieved 31 July 2015. 
  4. ^ a b c d e Pitanza, Marc (2015). Staten Island Rapid Transit Images of Rail. Arcadia Publishing. ISBN 978-1-4671-2338-9. 
  5. ^ a b "North Shore Alternatives Analysis: Public Meeting THURSDAY, APRIL 22, 2010 7:00 p.m." (PDF). Metropolitan Transportation Authority. April 22, 2010. Retrieved 31 July 2015. 
  6. ^ Weekly Reports and Index Containing Decisions, Opinions and Rulings for New York State Departments, Commissions and Courts. State Departments Information Company, Incorporated. 1917. pp. 1962–1963. Retrieved 31 July 2015. 
  7. ^ "Edward Bommer SIRT". Google Docs. 2015-12-02. Retrieved 2015-12-17. 
  8. ^ a b Leigh, Irvin; Matus, Paul (January 2002). "State Island Rapid Transit: The Essential History". The Third Rail Online. Retrieved 27 June 2015. 
  9. ^ Matteo, Thomas (April 22, 2015). "B&O Railroad had strong presence on Staten Island for 100 years". Staten Island Advance. Staten Island, New York. Retrieved 1 August 2015. 
  10. ^ "The Baltimore & Ohio Railroad in New Jersey". 
  11. ^ "North Shore Alternatives Analysis: Rail Alignment Drawings West Shore Plaza - Arlington" (PDF). Metropolitan Transportation Authority, SYSTRA. September 2010. Retrieved 25 December 2015. 
  12. ^ "North Shore Alternatives Analysis May 2012" (PDF). Metropolitan Transportation Authority, SYSTRA. May 2012. 

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