Floral Park station

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Floral Park
FloralParkStation.jpg
Looking east at Floral Park
LocationTulip Avenue & Atlantic Avenue
Floral Park, NY
Coordinates40°43′29″N 73°42′23″W / 40.724622°N 73.706398°W / 40.724622; -73.706398Coordinates: 40°43′29″N 73°42′23″W / 40.724622°N 73.706398°W / 40.724622; -73.706398
Owned byLong Island Rail Road
Line(s)Main Line
Hempstead Branch
Platforms2 side platforms
1 island platform
Tracks2 (Hempstead Branch), 2 (Main Line)
Construction
ParkingYes
Bicycle facilitiesYes
Other information
Fare zone4
History
Opened1878
Rebuilt1909, 1960
ElectrifiedMay 26, 1908
750 V (DC) third rail
Previous namesStewart Junction (1878–1879)
Hinsdale (1879–1887)
East Hinsdale (1887–1890)
Traffic
Passengers (2006)2,991[1]
Services
Preceding station   MTA NYC logo.svg LIRR   Following station
Hempstead Branch
toward Hempstead
Port Jefferson Branch
limited service

Floral Park is a Long Island Rail Road train station in Floral Park, New York at Tulip and Atlantic Avenues, on the Main Line and Hempstead Branch just west of their split. Most trains serving this station run to or from Hempstead, but limited trains on Oyster Bay Branch and Port Jefferson Branch stop here on weekday mornings. The station is not wheelchair accessible.

History[edit]

The first Floral Park station was built between October and November 1878 as "Stewart Junction," for the junction between the LIRR Main Line and the Central Railroad of Long Island built by Alexander Turney Stewart. Five years earlier the CRRLI had bridged the LIRR, and the station served as a connection between both lines. Connecting tracks were available at the southwest corner of the bridge at the station, and on the northwest corner of the bridge west of the station. It was renamed "Hinsdale" in 1879 with the closing of the CRRLI depot of the same name along the Creedmoor Branch, then renamed "East Hinsdale" in 1887. That same year, the station gained a control tower known as "Tower #47." Apparently due to the presence of the florist John Lewis Childs, the station was renamed "Floral Park" by 1890.[2] Tower #47 was replaced with the "FK Tower" in 1904, the station itself was razed in 1909, and a second station was rebuilt and relocated the same year in July.[3] In 1924, the LIRR replaced the FK Tower with the Park Tower, and rebuilt it again in 1946.[4] The third and current elevated structure was built in 1960, as the second one was razed on October 20 of that same year.

The ticket office at this station was staffed until August 19, 2009 when it was closed during cost cutting measures across the MTA.[5]

As part of the LIRR third track project, the Floral Park station will be renovated starting in spring 2019, and three vehicular crossings east of the station would be rebuilt starting that year.[6] This station will be rebuilt, and will receive elevators, making it ADA-accessible.[7][8]

As of 2019, on weekdays two Main Line trains stop on Tracks 1A and 2B. Train #1501 to Penn Station originates at East Williston at 7:26, during the morning rush hour. Train #1612 to Huntington, a reverse commute train, also stops here.

Station layout[edit]

This station has three high-level platforms serving four tracks. Main Line trains use the two northernmost tracks, while Hempstead Branch trains use the two southernmost tracks. Platform A is eight cars long, generally used by westbound Main Line trains. Platform B is a 10 cars long and is generally used for eastbound Main Line trains (on Track 2B) and westbound Hempstead trains (on Track 1B). Platform C is also 10 cars long and serves eastbound Hempstead trains.

G Ground level Exit/entrance, parking, buses
P
Platform level
Side platform (Platform A), doors will open on the right
Track 1A Port Jefferson Branch, Oyster Bay Branch, Ronkonkoma Branch, Montauk Branch toward Penn Station (Queens Village)
Track 2B Port Jefferson Branch, Oyster Bay Branch, Ronkonkoma Branch, Montauk Branch towards Huntington (New Hyde Park)
Island platform (Platform B), doors will open on the right
Track 1B Hempstead Branch toward Long Island City, Atlantic Terminal, or Penn Station (Bellerose)
Track 2C Hempstead Branch toward Hempstead (Stewart Manor)
Side platform (Platform C), doors will open on the right

References[edit]

  1. ^ Average weekday, 2006 LIRR Origin and Destination Study
  2. ^ The Stewart Line: East Hinsdale - Floral Park (Arrt's Arrchives)
  3. ^ LIRR Station History (TrainsAreFun.com)
  4. ^ Floral Park Station Photographic History (Arrt's Arrchives)
  5. ^ "Floral Park Commuters Deal with LIRR Station Ticket Window Closure" by jlouis (Floral Park Dispatch; September 4, 2009)
  6. ^ "Capital Program Oversight Committee Meeting June 2018" (PDF). Metropolitan Transportation Authority. June 18, 2018. p. 27. Retrieved June 17, 2018.
  7. ^ Brooks, Khristopher J. (April 29, 2018). "Villagers get look at third track-related work". Newsday. Retrieved April 30, 2018.
  8. ^ "Floral Park Station Enhancement". A Modern LI. March 13, 2018. Retrieved July 4, 2018.

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