Floral Park (LIRR station)

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Floral Park
FloralParkStation.jpg
Looking east at Floral Park
Location Tulip Avenue & Atlantic Avenue
Floral Park, NY
Coordinates 40°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 by MTA
Line(s)
Main Line (limited service):
Platforms 2 side platforms
1 island platform
Tracks 4
Construction
Parking Yes
Bicycle facilities Yes
Other information
Fare zone 4
History
Opened 1878
Rebuilt 1909, 1960
Electrified May 26, 1908
750 V (DC) third rail
Previous names Stewart 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
Main Line
(Port Jefferson Branch)
(also Oyster Bay Branch
and Ronkonkoma Branch)
Hempstead Branch
toward Hempstead

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]

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 (limited service) toward Long Island City, Atlantic Terminal, or Penn Station (Jamaica)
Oyster Bay Branch, Ronkonkoma Branch, Montauk Branch do not stop here
Track 2B Port Jefferson Branch (limited service) toward Port Jefferson (New Hyde Park)
Oyster Bay Branch, Ronkonkoma Branch, Montauk Branch do not stop here →
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

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