Mineola station (LIRR)

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Mineola station in August 2022.
General information
LocationFront Street & Mineola Boulevard
Mineola, NY
Coordinates40°44′25″N 73°38′28″W / 40.740291°N 73.641025°W / 40.740291; -73.641025Coordinates: 40°44′25″N 73°38′28″W / 40.740291°N 73.641025°W / 40.740291; -73.641025
Owned byLong Island Rail Road
Distance18.5 mi (29.8 km) from Long Island City[1]
Platforms2 side platforms
ConnectionsLocal Transit Nassau Inter-County Express (see Mineola Intermodal Center below)
Bicycle facilitiesYes
Disabled accessYes
Other information
Fare zone4
Opened1837; 186 years ago (1837)
Rebuilt1872; 151 years ago (1872),
1883; 140 years ago (1883),
1923; 100 years ago (1923),
2001; 22 years ago (2001),
2007; 16 years ago (2007),
2020; 3 years ago (2020) (In progress)
ElectrifiedOctober 1926; 96 years ago (1926-10)
750 V (DC) third rail
Previous namesBranch, Hempstead Branch
Preceding station MTA NYC logo.svg Long Island Rail Road Following station
Merillon Avenue Port Jefferson Branch Carle Place
Jamaica Ronkonkoma Branch Hicksville
toward Greenport via Ronkonkoma
Jamaica Oyster Bay Branch East Williston
toward Oyster Bay
Montauk Branch
limited service
toward Montauk
Former services
Preceding station Long Island
Rail Road
Following station
Merillon Avenue Main Line Carle Place
toward Greenport
Terminus Oyster Bay Branch East Williston
toward Oyster Bay
Hempstead Crossing West Hempstead Branch Terminus
Proposed Services
Preceding station BSicon LOGO Amtrak2.svg Amtrak Following station
Jamaica Northeast Regional Hicksville
toward Ronkonkoma

Mineola is a station on the Main Line and Oyster Bay Branch of the Long Island Rail Road in the village of Mineola, New York. All trains for the Port Jefferson, Ronkonkoma, and Oyster Bay branches run through this station, as well as a few for the Montauk Branch. As of May 2011, 145 trains stop at this station every weekday,[3] more than any other station east of Jamaica. It is the eighth-busiest station on the LIRR in terms of weekday boardings, with 10,348 boardings per day in 2006.


The Mineola station house with the newly constructed Morgan Parc apartments behind it in 2021, an example of transit-oriented development

Mineola lies in the center of the village of the same name. Specifically, it is situated to the west of Mineola Boulevard between Station Road to the south and Front Street to the north.

As one of the LIRR's busiest stations and near the center of Nassau County, the Village of Mineola Planning Committee created a master plan for the town meant to encourage transit-oriented development within a few blocks' radius of the station. Much of the plan involves creating links in the surrounding street grid, streetscape improvements, and pedestrian zones.[4] The Long Island Index, which aggregates data and plans about the island, has listed Mineola as one of the most high-profile targets for smart growth, as of 2010, noting that the town is about halfway through the process of revitalization.[5]


The Nassau Tower and substation in front of the pedestrian crossing.

Mineola station was originally built on the south side of the tracks in 1837 as "Branch station", then later renamed "Hempstead Branch station" when the Long Island Railroad was expanded to Hicksville. The station was renovated in June 1872, but a second depot was built between May and June 1883. This station was razed in 1923, and the third one was relocated to the north side of the tracks on September 22, 1923.[6] The enclosed shelter was built at the old station house's location (See below). A reconstruction project took place in 2001.

With its connection to the Oyster Bay Branch, the Mineola station has always been a major railroad junction, but even more so in the 19th and much of the 20th Century. On the south side of the station, a wye existed between the power sub-station[7] for a line that connected the West Hempstead Branch with the Oyster Bay Branch.[8] Sometimes referred to as the Garden City Branch, the east branch of this wye began at Third Street then crossed Main Street, then the main line itself before connecting with the Oyster Bay Branch until it was eliminated in 1928.[9] The rest of the line was eliminated in 1966.[10]

Station enhancements[edit]

Station platforms in 2017 (top), and 2021 (bottom) with new platforms under construction to accommodate addition of the third track

As part of the LIRR third track project, renovation of infrastructure around the Mineola station began in late 2018.[11][12] Both platforms would be replaced and Platform B would be relocated. Canopies, benches, signage, and security cameras would be installed. The new platforms would be heated to facilitate snow removal. Amenities such as Wi-Fi, USB charging stations, artwork, and digital information displays would also be included as part of the renovations.[12]

The construction of a new parking structure at Harrison Avenue began in fall 2018,[11][13] followed by the start of reconstruction on the station itself in early 2019.[11][12] The Second Street parking lot would also be expanded,[14] and a park and ride parking lot at Main Street would be built.[15] The dangerous grade crossing at Main Street was closed and replaced with a pedestrian overpass with two elevators.[16] Additionally, the grade crossing at Willis Avenue further east of the station was eliminated and replaced with an underpass.[17] The construction of the third track also requires the replacement of a substation at the intersection of Main and Front Streets.[18]

Station layout[edit]

Mineola has two side platforms and three tracks, both slightly-offset to accommodate 12 cars. The middle express track allows trains to bypass the station. The main station house is on the north side of the tracks, at Front Street and Mineola Boulevard. The station is wheelchair accessible and has a crossover for pedestrians. A smaller enclosed shelter is on the opposite (south) side of the tracks. The Oyster Bay Branch diverges at a junction just east of the station.

Westbound trains generally use Platform A and eastbound use Platform B, though during rush hours, peak-direction trains will stop at both platforms. The station is bypassed by select Port Jefferson Branch and Oyster Bay Branch trains, and by most Ronkonkoma Branch and Montauk Branch trains.

M Mezzanine Crossover between platforms and to parking garage
Platform level
Platform A, side platform Disabled access
Track 3      Port Jefferson Branch toward Jamaica, Atlantic Terminal, Long Island City, or Penn Station (Merillon Avenue)
     Oyster Bay Branch toward Jamaica, Long Island City, or Penn Station (Jamaica)
     Ronkonkoma Branch toward Atlantic Terminal or Penn Station (Jamaica)
     Montauk Branch AM rush hours toward Long Island City (Jamaica)
     Montauk Branch PM rush hours toward Patchogue or Montauk (Hicksville)
     Ronkonkoma Branch PM rush hours toward Farmingdale or Ronkonkoma (Hicksville)
     Oyster Bay Branch toward Oyster Bay (East Williston)
     Port Jefferson Branch PM rush hours toward Huntington or Port Jefferson (Carle Place)
Track 1 ← Express Track →
Track 2      Port Jefferson Branch AM rush hours toward Jamaica, Atlantic Terminal, Long Island City, or Penn Station (Merillon Avenue)
     Ronkonkoma Branch AM rush hours toward Atlantic Terminal or Penn Station (Jamaica)
     Montauk Branch AM rush hours toward Long Island City (Jamaica)
     Montauk Branch PM rush hours toward Patchogue or Montauk (Hicksville)
     Ronkonkoma Branch toward Farmingdale or Ronkonkoma (Hicksville)
     Port Jefferson Branch toward Huntington or Port Jefferson (Carle Place)
Platform B, side platform Disabled access
Street level Exit/entrance and buses

Mineola Intermodal Center[edit]

Nassau Inter-County Express, or NICE (formerly MTA Long Island Bus), operates bus service to the Mineola Intermodal Center on the south side of the station. Prior to the opening of the intermodal center on October 16, 2006, bus stops were located at Third Street, a block away from the station. Four NICE routes stop there, as well as local taxicab services.

The transit center, diagonally across from the station, as seen in June 2009, while still run by the MTA.

Nassau Inter-County Express routes[edit]

Route Termini Via
at 165th Street
Bus Terminal
LIRR Station

Hillside Avenue, Westbury Avenue, Prospect Avenue, West John Street

Terminus Manorhaven Mineola Boulevard, Willis Avenue, Main Street (Roslyn), Port Washington Boulevard, New Shore Road
at 165th Street
Bus Terminal
LIRR Station
Hillside Avenue, Jericho Turnpike, Old Country Road
Terminus Freeport
LIRR Station
Franklin Street, Columbia Street, Main Street (Hempstead), Nassau Road/North Main Street


  1. ^ Long Island Rail Road (May 14, 2012). "TIMETABLE No. 4" (PDF). p. III. Retrieved August 4, 2022.
  2. ^ Average weekday, 2006 LIRR Origin and Destination Study
  3. ^ "LIRR Timetable for Mineola" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on December 19, 2013. Retrieved May 14, 2011.
  4. ^ "Comprehensive master plan for the Village of Mineola" (PDF). Village of Mineola. November 2005. Retrieved July 17, 2011.
  5. ^ "Places to grow: an analysis of the potential for transit-accessible housing and jobs in Long Island's downtowns and station areas" (PDF). Long Island Index. Retrieved July 17, 2011.[permanent dead link]
  6. ^ "LIRR Station History (TrainsAreFun.com)". Archived from the original on May 26, 2017. Retrieved March 23, 2011.
  7. ^ Bob Emery Drawing of 1921 Mineola Station Layout from SUNY at Stony Brook (TrainsAreFun.com)
  8. ^ Former Mineola to West Hempstead Branch (Unofficial LIRR History Web Site)
  9. ^ Bob Emery 1943 drawing, which shows the east leg eliminated in 1928. (TrainsAreFun.com)
  10. ^ Mineola Station History (Steve Lynch's LIRR Maps, Photos, Charts, etc. @ TrainsAreFun.com)
  11. ^ a b c "Capital Program Oversight Committee Meeting June 2018" (PDF). Metropolitan Transportation Authority. June 18, 2018. p. 27. Retrieved June 17, 2018.
  12. ^ a b c "Mineola Station Enhancement". A Modern LI. Retrieved July 4, 2018.
  13. ^ "Mineola Harrison Avenue Parking Structure". A Modern LI. Retrieved July 4, 2018.
  14. ^ "Mineola 2nd Street Parking". A Modern LI. Retrieved July 4, 2018.
  15. ^ "Mineola Main Street Parking and Drop-Off". A Modern LI. Retrieved July 4, 2018.
  16. ^ "Main Street Grade Crossing Elimination". A Modern LI. Retrieved July 4, 2018.
  17. ^ "Railroad completes work on Willis Avenue grade crossing in Mineola". Newsday. September 3, 2021. Retrieved June 1, 2022.
  18. ^ "Mineola Substation Replacement". A Modern LI. March 16, 2018. Retrieved July 4, 2018.

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