Great Kills (Staten Island Railway station)

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Great Kills
Staten Island Railway rapid transit station
SIR 448 at Great Kills Station.jpg
A Staten Island Railway train terminating at Great Kills Station.
Station statistics
Address Giffords Lane & Brower Court
Staten Island, NY 10308
Borough Staten Island
Locale Great Kills
Coordinates 40°33′05″N 74°09′05″W / 40.55125°N 74.15132°W / 40.55125; -74.15132Coordinates: 40°33′05″N 74°09′05″W / 40.55125°N 74.15132°W / 40.55125; -74.15132
Services SIR Main Line
Transit connections Bus transport New York City Bus: S54, X7, X8
Structure Open-cut
Platforms 2 side platforms
Tracks 2
Other information
Opened April 23, 1860,[1]
Rebuilt 1933
Upgraded 1997
Accessible This station is compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990
Former/other names Gifford's
Gifford's Lane
Station succession
Preceding station   MTA NYC logo.svg Staten Island Railway   Following station
toward St. George
Main Line
toward Tottenville
Main Line
PM rush hour express service
toward St. George
Main Line
Handicapped/disabled access
toward Tottenville

Great Kills is a Staten Island Railway station in the neighborhood of Great Kills, Staten Island, New York. It is located on an open cut southwest of Giffords Lane and Amboy Road on the main line. It has two side platforms and turquoise blue canopies and walls.


Station house located above the platforms at Giffords Lane

The station's original name was Gifford's, which named after the neighborhood of Giffords, which was named after Daniel Gifford, a local commissioner and surveyor. The name also survives in Giffords Lane, which is located at the station.[1][2][3] The station was also known as Gifford's Lane.[1] Both names appeared on the October 16, 1921 timetable.[4]

The station opened on April 23, 1860, with the opening of the Staten Island Railway from Vanderbilt's Landing to Eltingville.[1][5] It was rebuilt again in the early 1930s, but with great difficulty. Workers had to dig 30 feet below ground level in order to avoid the underground springs and deep quicksand that laced the vicinity of the right-of-way. The project was finished by 1933.

Station layout[edit]

G Street level Exit/Entrance
Handicapped/disabled access (Ramps on both sides of the station)
Side platform, doors will open on the right Handicapped/disabled access
Southbound Main Express (rush hours) toward Tottenville (Eltingville)
Main Local (rush hours) termination track, (other times) toward Tottenville (Eltingville)
Northbound Main toward St. George (Bay Terrace)
Side platform, doors will open on the right Handicapped/disabled access

This station is handicapped-accessible in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act via a pair of long ramps. In addition, there are stairs and an overpass leading to Brower Court and Nelson Avenue. The Great Kills Veterans Memorial is outside the entrance on the northbound side. The north end at Giffords Lane has the standard SIRT street-level stationhouse, and staircases leading to a heavily used commercial district.

Peak direction afternoon rush hour express trains from St. George end their non-stop runs at this station. Local trains operating in the peak direction begin or end their runs here. New switches were installed in 1997 south of the platforms. The remains of a spur are visible in this area. The New York City Department of Transportation operates a park and ride lot at the station.


  1. ^ a b c d Irvin Leigh and Paul Matus (December 23, 2001). "SIRT The Essential History". p. 4. Archived from the original on January 4, 2009. Retrieved 2009-03-03. 
  2. ^ Sidewinders By Avram Mednick Page 50
  3. ^ [1]
  4. ^ [2]
  5. ^ Poster for opening of Staten Island Railway

External links[edit]

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