Canarsie–Rockaway Parkway (BMT Canarsie Line)

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Canarsie–Rockaway Parkway
New York City Subway rapid transit station
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Station house
Station statistics
Address Rockaway Parkway & Glenwood Road
Brooklyn, NY 11236
Borough Brooklyn
Locale Canarsie
Coordinates 40°38′43″N 73°54′09″W / 40.645382°N 73.902626°W / 40.645382; -73.902626Coordinates: 40°38′43″N 73°54′09″W / 40.645382°N 73.902626°W / 40.645382; -73.902626
Division B (BMT)
Line       BMT Canarsie Line
Services       L all times (all times)
Transit connections Bus transport NYCT Bus: B6, B17, B42, B60, B82
Structure At-grade
Platforms 1 island platform
Tracks 2
Other information
Opened December 28, 1906; 109 years ago (1906-12-28)
Accessible Handicapped/disabled access
Passengers (2015) 4,024,313[1]Decrease 3.6%
Rank 124 out of 422
Station succession
Next north East 105th Street: L all times
Next south (Terminal): L all times
Flatlands Avenue: demolished

Next Handicapped/disabled access north Myrtle–Wyckoff Avenues: L all times
Next Handicapped/disabled access south none: L all times

Canarsie–Rockaway Parkway is the southern terminal station of the BMT Canarsie Line of the New York City Subway, and is one of the few grade-level stations in the system. Located at the intersection of Rockaway Parkway and Glenwood Road in the Canarsie neighborhood of Brooklyn,[2] it is served by the L train at all times.[3]

Station layout[edit]

Track layout
to E 105 St
Ground/platform level
Exit/Entrance via headhouse;
Fare control, station agent, MetroCard Vending Machines
Handicapped/disabled access (Station at street level)
Track 1 NYCS-bull-trans-L.svg toward Eighth Avenue (East 105th Street)
Island platform, doors will open on the left, right Handicapped/disabled access
Track 2 NYCS-bull-trans-L.svg toward Eighth Avenue (East 105th Street)
Bus loops and free transfer to B42
Platform view at Canarsie–Rockaway Parkway, with an R160A L train at right

This grade level station, opened on December 28, 1906, has two tracks and a single island platform. The two tracks end at offset bumper blocks at the south end of the station; track 2, the northbound track, is slightly shorter than track 1 because of the diagonal alignment of the station to the street grid.[4][5]

The station's entrance is beyond the bumper blocks at the south end of the platform. It contains a turnstile bank, token booth, and leads to Rockaway Parkway. On the side of the station house opposite the transfer point is a secondary entrance/exit that contains one HEET entry/exit turnstile, one exit-only HEET turnstile, and one emergency gate. This unstaffed entrance/exit leads to a NYCDOT municipal parking lot, located on the north side of the station. This lot was opened by the New York City Transit Authority in 1959, with space for 340 cars.[6][7]

Because it is at street level, the station is ADA accessible without using an elevator (although this station is planned to be upgraded with several ADA improvements to be added in the near future).[8] The final elements of ADA accessibility at the station will be completed as part of the 2015–2019 MTA Capital Program. Station agent booths will be relocated, platforms will have boarding areas extended and would have warning strips and rubbing boards, and a new ADA compliant ramp will be installed, along with other modifications for $5.48 million.[9]

Adjacent to the station to the east is the Canarsie Yard.[4][5]

Bus transfer[edit]

This station is the only one in the system with a bus transfer station within fare control. When the rail service to Canarsie Pier along Rockaway Parkway was discontinued, riders were entitled to a free transfer to the replacement trolleys. Rather than issue paper transfers so riders could exit to the street for the trolleys, a loop was built next to the station with a boarding platform. When the trolleys were discontinued in April 1949, the B42 bus replaced them.[10] South of here, there are still trolley poles remaining, with street lighting using some of them.[11]

Boarding area for the B42 bus is to the left. The subway station platform is in the foreground.

Train riders walk directly to the bus loading area without leaving the fare control zone. In turn, bus passengers from Rockaway Parkway enter the subway station without paying an additional fare. At the street, a chain link fence gate blocks access to the bus area to prevent pedestrians from sneaking in for a free ride. The gate is operated by an electric trigger, and was put into operation on December 7, 1960.[10] The back of the bus loop contains an unstaffed entrance to the Rockaway Parkway station that is built on a small shack, has one HEET turnstile, one exit-only turnstile, and one emergency gate, and leads to the northeast corner of Glenwood Road and East 98th Street.

Other buses serving the station stop at the curb and pick up passengers outside fare control on the East 98th Street loop outside the inner loop. A chain link fence separates the loops.

As part of the 2015–2019 MTA Capital Program, a bus boarding island that meats ADA curb height standards, as well as additional modifications, will be constructed for $2.40 million.[9]


  1. ^ "Facts and Figures: Annual Subway Ridership". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Retrieved 2016-04-19. 
  2. ^ "Neighborhood Map Brownsville Ocean Hill East New York Remsen Village" (PDF). Metropolitan Transportation Authority. 2015. Retrieved October 2, 2016. 
  3. ^ "L Subway Timetable, Effective November 7, 2016" (PDF). New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Retrieved November 7, 2016. 
  4. ^ a b "General Station Arrangement Sta. 79+00 TO 96+60 14th Street Canarsie Line P BMT". New York City Transit Authority Maintenance of Way Department Signal Section. November 17, 1965. Retrieved August 10, 2016. 
  5. ^ a b Marrero, Robert (2015-09-13). "469 Stations, 846 Miles" (PDF). B24 Blog, via Dropbox. Retrieved 2015-10-09. 
  6. ^ "Municipal Parking Facilities". New York City Department of Transportation. 
  7. ^ Stengren, Bernard (August 15, 1959). "City Lots Provide 10,850 Car Spaces". The New York Times. Retrieved 6 September 2016. 
  8. ^ "MTA Capital Program 2016-2019: Renew. Enhance. Expand." (PDF). Metropolitan Transportation Authority. October 28, 2015. Retrieved 28 October 2015. 
  9. ^ a b "METROPOLITAN TRANSPORTATION AUTHORITY (MTA) NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING AND DESCRIPTION OF PROJECTS Tuesday, August 23, 2016 4:30 P.M. Request for Federal Financial Assistance Under the Federal Transportation Authorization For Federal Fiscal Year 2017 Capital Improvement Projects" (PDF). Metropolitan Transportation Authority. July 28, 2016. Retrieved August 7, 2016. 
  10. ^ a b Muir, Hugh G. (December 7, 1960). "Sonic 'Echo' Unit Stands Guard For Subway-Bus Transfer". New York World-Telegram. pp. B1, B3. 
  11. ^ "CANARSIE'S BACKYARD TROLLEY - Forgotten New York". Retrieved 2016-08-10. 

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