Forest Hills (LIRR station)

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Forest Hills
Station Sq LIRR-1.jpg
Forest Hills LIRR Station South Entrance
Location Continental (71st) Avenue & Austin Street
Forest Hills, New York
Coordinates 40°43′10″N 73°50′42″W / 40.719483°N 73.844883°W / 40.719483; -73.844883Coordinates: 40°43′10″N 73°50′42″W / 40.719483°N 73.844883°W / 40.719483; -73.844883
Owned by Long Island Rail Road
Platforms 2 side platforms
Tracks 4
Connections New York City Subway:
NYCS-bull-trans-E.svg NYCS-bull-trans-F.svg NYCS-bull-trans-M.svg NYCS-bull-trans-R.svg at Forest Hills – 71st Avenue
Local Transit MTA Bus: Q23, Q60, Q64
Disabled access Yes
Other information
Fare zone 1
Opened 1906
Closed 1911
Rebuilt August 5, 1911
Electrified June 16, 1910
750 V (DC) third rail
Passengers (2006) 1,116[1]
Preceding station   MTA NYC logo.svg LIRR   Following station
toward Penn Station
Main Line
(City Terminal Zone)
toward Long Island
Current and former locations
Matawok station Main Line Hopedale station

Forest Hills is a station on the Main Line of the Long Island Rail Road in Forest Hills. Like other LIRR stations within New York City, passengers may take advantage of the CityTicket program on weekends. It is lightly used compared to other stations in the city, with only 1,116 weekday riders; many residents opt for the subway because of its increased service and direct express trains to Midtown Manhattan.


Located in the neighborhood of Queens of the same name, Forest Hills is situated on 71st Avenue (formerly known as Continental Avenue) between Austin and Burns Streets. It is also the northern boundary of Station Square, a historic Tudor town center, which was across from a building known as the "Forest Hills Inn."[2] The station is also just east of the West Side Tennis Club. Two blocks to the north along 71st Avenue is the Forest Hills – 71st Avenue subway station, one of the busiest in Queens.


Opened in 1906, Forest Hills is one of the oldest operating railway stations in New York City, predating subway expansion to the area by thirty years. Rebuilt in 1911 and subsequently remodeled for handicapped accessibility, it is one of two LIRR stations without standard blue and white signage (the other is Nostrand Avenue). Instead there are plaques and antique signs that complement the surrounding area. On July 4, 1917, former President Theodore Roosevelt made his "Unification Speech" from the steps of this station.[3]

Station layout[edit]

3  Main Line toward Penn Station (Woodside)
1  Main Line no stop
2  Main Line no stop
4  Main Line toward Long Island (Kew Gardens)

A local station, Forest Hills has two side platforms and four tracks. Platform A serves westbound trains to Penn Station, while Platform B serves eastbound trains to the suburbs of Long Island; both are four cars long. The two inner tracks are used by express trains, although bridge plates are occasionally used to bridge over an outer track during track work. The relatively flat and straight stretch of track at Forest Hills has been used for PATH PA-1 and R44 speed tests.[4][5]



  1. ^ Average weekday, 2006 LIRR Origin and Destination Study
  2. ^ History of Station Square (Friends of Station Square)
  3. ^ Morrison, David D.; Pakaluk, Valerie (2003). Long Island Rail Road Stations. Images of Rail. Arcadia Publishing. p. 39. ISBN 0-7385-1180-3. 
  4. ^ " Image 21781". 
  5. ^ "Showing Image 7650". 

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