Beach 98th Street (IND Rockaway Line)

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Beach 98th Street
"A" train Rockaway Park Shuttle
New York City Subway rapid transit station
Platform - Beach 98th Street.jpg
Rockaway Park-bound platform
Station statistics
Address Beach 98th Street & Rockaway Freeway
Queens, NY 11694
Borough Queens
Locale Rockaway Beach
Coordinates 40°35′08″N 73°49′13″W / 40.585441°N 73.820186°W / 40.585441; -73.820186Coordinates: 40°35′08″N 73°49′13″W / 40.585441°N 73.820186°W / 40.585441; -73.820186
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)
Transit connections Bus transport MTA Bus: Q22, Q53, QM16
Structure Elevated
Platforms 2 side platforms
Tracks 2
Other information
Opened April 1903; 114 years ago (1903-04) (LIRR station)
Rebuilt June 28, 1956; 61 years ago (1956-06-28) (as a Subway station)
Former/other names Steeplechase (1903–May 15, 1933[1])
Beach 98th Street–Playland
Passengers (2016) 203,795[2]Decrease 4.8%
Rank 419 out of 422
Station succession
Next north Beach 90th Street: A rush hours, peak direction S all times
Next south Beach 105th Street: A rush hours, peak direction S all times

Beach 98th Street, sometimes referred as Beach 98th Street–Playland, is a station on the IND Rockaway Line of the New York City Subway. It is served by the Rockaway Park Shuttle at all times and ten daily rush-hour only A trains.

Station layout[edit]

Track layout
to B 90 St
to B 105 St
Platform level
Side platform, doors will open on the right
Northbound Rockaway Park Shuttle ("A" train PM rush hours only) toward Rockaway Park–Beach 116th Street (Beach 105th Street)
Southbound Rockaway Park Shuttle toward Broad Channel ("A" train toward Inwood–207th Street AM rush hours only) (Beach 90th Street)
Side platform, doors will open on the right
M Mezzanine Fare control, station agent, MetroCard vending machines
G Street Level Exit/ Entrance
Eastern stairs

The station is built on a concrete viaduct. There are two tracks and two side platforms. New lights have been installed. Canopies, mezzanine, and side walls are similar to Beach 90th Street.


There is a crossunder to the tiled mezzanine. The southbound platform is longer than the northbound one, and had an exit at the north end of the Rockaway Park bound platform which has been removed. Outside of fare control, there are stairs to either eastern corner of Rockaway Freeway and Beach 99th Street.[3]


The station was originally built by the Long Island Rail Road in April 1903 as Steeplechase on the Rockaway Beach Branch, and was also a trolley stop of the Ocean Electric Railway. It was renamed Playland on May 15, 1933,[1] for the former Rockaways' Playland, which was closed in 1985. No trace of the park remains other than the station name. In 1942, the station was replaced with an elevated station, and was taken out of service on October 3, 1955 as part of its purchase by the New York City Transit Authority, which reopened it as a subway station on June 28, 1956.


  1. ^ a b Baer, Christopher T. (April 2015). "A General Chronology of the Pennsylvania Railroad Company Its Predecessors and Successors and Its Historical Context: 1933" (PDF). Pennsylvania Railroad Technical Historical Society. p. 36. Retrieved December 7, 2015. 
  2. ^ "Facts and Figures: Annual Subway Ridership 2011–2016". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. May 31, 2017. Retrieved June 1, 2017. 
  3. ^ "MTA Neighborhood Maps: The Rockaways" (PDF). Metropolitan Transportation Authority. 2015. Retrieved July 6, 2015. 

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