Farmingdale station

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Farmingdale
Farmingdale LIRR Station West Platform.JPG
View of the historic Farmingdale Station in Farmingdale, New York, from the north platform.
LocationOff Secatogue Avenue, on Front Street & Atlantic Avenue
Farmingdale, NY
Owned byLong Island Rail Road
Line(s)Main Line
Platforms2 side platforms
Tracks2
ConnectionsLocal Transit Nassau Inter-County Express: n70, n72 (on Conklin Street)
Construction
ParkingYes; Village Permit and Metered
Bicycle facilitiesYes; Bike Rack
Disabled accessYes
Other information
Fare zone7
History
OpenedOctober 15, 1841
Rebuilt1875, 1890
Electrified1987
750 V (DC) third rail
Traffic
Passengers (2006)4,625[1]
Services
Preceding station   MTA NYC logo.svg LIRR   Following station
Ronkonkoma Branch
toward Greenport
Former services
Bethpage   Ronkonkoma Branch   Republic
Farmingdale Railroad Station
Farmingdale LIRR Station Memorial-2.JPG
Farmingdale Station's Historical marker.
Farmingdale station is located in New York
Farmingdale station
Farmingdale station is located in the United States
Farmingdale station
LocationFarmingdale, New York, USA
Coordinates40°44′08″N 73°26′30″W / 40.735665°N 73.441713°W / 40.735665; -73.441713Coordinates: 40°44′08″N 73°26′30″W / 40.735665°N 73.441713°W / 40.735665; -73.441713
Built1890
Architectural styleQueen Anne
NRHP reference #91001677
Added to NRHPNovember 13, 1991

Farmingdale is a historic railroad station in Farmingdale, New York, along the Main Line (Ronkonkoma Branch) of the Long Island Rail Road. It is located just east of Secatogue Avenue, on South Front Street and Atlantic Avenue. The station has two platforms (north and south), with an underground pedestrian walkway connecting them. The depot is on the south platform. Parking is available on both sides of the tracks. The station is 32 miles (51 km) east of Penn Station and just 0.3 miles (0.5 km) west of the Nassau County - Suffolk County boundary. As of March 2, 2015, some trains originate and terminate here on both weekdays and weekends.[2] The average commute to and from New York City's Penn Station is roughly 55 minutes.

History[edit]

Farmingdale station was originally built on October 15, 1841,[3] when the Long Island Rail Road first went through the village. It was rebuilt in July 1875 and again in 1890. An electric sub-station was added between 1908 and 1909 for the Huntington Railroad.[4] During the Ronkonkoma electrification, the station was officially in electrified service in June 1987, while east of the station was not officially in service until December 1987. On November 13, 1991, it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places.[5] In 1996, federal funding from the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act was obtained to restore the station building.[6]

During the 2002 US Open[7] and 2009 US Open golf tournaments at Bethpage State Park, the station was used by spectators as a transfer point to shuttle buses to Bethpage Black Course.[8] In 2009, approximately 29 percent of all attendees arrived via the Long Island Rail Road.[9]

Station layout[edit]

This station has two high-level side platforms, each 12 cars long. Some trains terminate or originate here in order to add capacity along the remainder of the double-tracked branch.

Ground/platform level
Exit/entrance
Platform A, doors will open on the right Handicapped/disabled access
Track 1 Ronkonkoma Branch toward Jamaica, Atlantic or Penn Station (Bethpage)
Track 2 Ronkonkoma Branch toward Ronkonkoma (Wyandanch or Pinelawn)
Ronkonkoma Branch alighting passengers only →
Platform B, doors will open on the right Handicapped/disabled access

Parking[edit]

Parking is available on both sides of the tracks, and requires either a permit from the Village of Farmingdale for either residents or non-residents, or payment for parking meters. Metered parking costs $3.00 for the 12 hour period of 4 am to 4 pm Monday through Friday, and accept only quarters—no partial credit for amounts under $3.00 is registered by the meter. Parking is free at Farmingdale station on weekends, as the meters are only in effect Monday through Friday.[10] Another parking lot exists west of the station along Front Street, and behind private property along the west side of Elizabeth Street, and can also be accessed from Cornelia Street. Village of Farmingdale residential and non-residential permits are required for this parking lot as well.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Average weekday, 2006 LIRR Origin and Destination Study
  2. ^ http://mta.info/lirr/Timetable/Branch/RonkonkomaBranch.pdf
  3. ^ [1]
  4. ^ "LONG ISLAND STATION HISTORY". trainsarefun.com.
  5. ^ "National Register of Historical Places - NEW YORK (NY), Nassau County". nationalregisterofhistoricplaces.com.
  6. ^ "Federal Funds for a Farmingdale Project". The New York Times. February 18, 1996. Retrieved 2009-10-12.
  7. ^ 2002 US Open
  8. ^ US Open Train Service 2009
  9. ^ Castillo, Alfonso A. (June 26, 2009). "LIRR: Nearly 1 out of 3 fans took train to U.S. Open". Newsday. Retrieved 2009-10-12.
  10. ^ http://ecode360.com/FA0311

External links[edit]

Media related to Farmingdale (LIRR station) at Wikimedia Commons