Bay Shore (LIRR station)

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Bay Shore
Bay Shore 2 LIRR Stations.jpg
Looking west at Bay Shore Station's two station houses in May 2008
Location Railroad Plaza & Park Avenue
Bay Shore, New York
Coordinates 40°43′30″N 73°15′11″W / 40.72505°N 73.253057°W / 40.72505; -73.253057Coordinates: 40°43′30″N 73°15′11″W / 40.72505°N 73.253057°W / 40.72505; -73.253057
Owned by Long Island Rail Road
Platforms 2 side platforms
Tracks 2
Connections Bus transport Suffolk County Transit: S40, S41, S42, S45, 2A, 2B
Parking Yes (free)
Disabled access Yes
Other information
Fare zone 10
Opened May 20, 1868 (SSRRLI)
Rebuilt 1882, 1912
Previous names Pentaquit (May–July 1868)[1]
Bay Shore (1868-????)
Passengers (2006) 1,622[2]
Preceding station   MTA NYC logo.svg LIRR   Following station
Montauk Branch
toward Montauk

Bay Shore is a major railroad station on the Montauk Branch of the Long Island Rail Road (LIRR), on Park Avenue and Oak Street north of Suffolk CR 50 (Union Boulevard) and west of Fourth Avenue, in Bay Shore, New York. Ferries to Fire Island board from a port south of the station.[3]


Bay Shore station was built by the South Side Railroad of Long Island on May 20, 1868 as Penataquit station only to be renamed Bay Shore station in July 1868. It was replaced in 1882 and replaced again on July 17, 1912, in the style typical of stations such as Riverhead, Manhasset, Northport, and Mineola. The station also had a freight yard nearby.[4] High-level platforms were added in 1984. The entrance to the station once had decorative pillars on the sides,[5] and a railroad hotel once existed behind the station plaza.[6] It is one of the few stations on the LIRR with two station buildings. The larger building was for the westbound platform and the smaller one was for the eastbound platform. An underground pedestrian tunnel once connected the two station houses until a pedestrian bridge was built in 2009. Both station houses still stand, but the smaller one previously used for the eastbound platform was taken over by the MTA. The new overpass brought a renovation project, replacing platform lighting and new platform waiting shelters. There are two large parking lots on each side of the tracks.

Station layout[edit]

The station has two high-level side platforms each 12 cars long.

Ground/platform level
Exit/entrance and buses
Side platform, doors will open on the right Handicapped/disabled access
Track 1 Montauk Branch toward Jamaica or Penn Station (Babylon)
Track 2 Montauk Branch toward Patchogue, Speonk or Montauk (Islip)
Side platform, doors will open on the right Handicapped/disabled access


  1. ^ Vincent F. Seyfried, The Long Island Rail Road: A Comprehensive History, Part One: South Side R.R. of L.I., © 1961
  2. ^ Average weekday, 2006 LIRR Origin and Destination Study
  3. ^ "Life's a Beach on Long Island; The MTA LIRR is the "Greenest Way" to a Summer in Blue Ocean and White Sand Luxury". MTA. Retrieved 20 March 2013. 
  4. ^ Bay Shore Freight Yard; 1978 (TrainsAreFun)
  5. ^ Morrison, David D.; Pakaluk, Valerie (2003). Long Island Rail Road Stations. Images of Rail. Chicago: Arcadia Publishing. p. 92. ISBN 0-7385-1180-3. Retrieved 2011-11-25. 
  6. ^ LIRR Trackside Business Photos

External links[edit]

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