Wantagh (LIRR station)
South Track at Wantagh Station as an eastbound M7 train arrives
|Location||Wantagh & Railroad Avenues
Wantagh, New York
|Owned by||Long Island Rail Road|
|Platforms||1 island platform|
|Electrified||May 20, 1925
750 V (DC) third rail
|Previous names||Ridgewood (1867–1891)|
Wantagh is a station on the Babylon Branch of the Long Island Rail Road. It is located on Wantagh Avenue and Railroad Avenue near NY 27 (Sunrise Highway) in Wantagh, New York. It is commonly used as a terminal and origin for some Babylon branch trains during the rush hours.
Wantagh station was originally named Ridgewood station and was built as a South Side Railroad of Long Island depot between 1867 and 1875. The station was replaced in 1885 and renamed "Wantagh" in 1891. Like so many stations along the Babylon-Montauk Branch, the original grade-level station was decommissioned when the current elevated stationed opened on October 22, 1968 after construction from 1966-1968. The elevated station opened the same day as Seaford and were identical in design. The former station was restored as part of the Wantagh Museum in 1969 and added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1983. It was one of many that were elevated throughout Nassau and Western Suffolk counties from the 1950s continuing through the 1970s.
Following the completion of Massapequa station's renovation, Wantagh is set to receive a full renovation very similar to what was done at Seaford in 2009. Plans include demolishing and rebuilding the platform, replacing escalators, staircases, lighting, canopies, and waiting areas in addition to adding an elevator, making that station wheelchair accessible. The official project of renovating the station started in late June 2016 and is expected to be complete by 2018.
This station has one twelve-car-long high-level island platform between the two tracks, serving trains in both directions.
|G||Ground level||Entrance/exit, parking, buses|
|Track 1||← Babylon Branch toward Jamaica or Penn Station (Bellmore)
← Montauk Branch does not stop here
|Island platform, doors will open on the left or right|
|Track 2||Babylon Branch toward Babylon (Seaford) →
Montauk Branch does not stop here →
Wantagh receives service from trains on the Babylon Branch with inbound service towards New York City and outbound service towards Babylon. In the inbound direction, trains to Penn Station in Manhattan depart at 15-minute intervals during peak hours and half-hour intervals during off-peak hours. Local trains take about 53 minutes to arrive at Penn Station at an average of 31.5 mph (50.7 km/h) while express trains take only 48 minutes at 34.8 mph (56.0 km/h). Connections to the other inbound terminals, Atlantic Terminal and Long Island City, are available at Jamaica.
Outbound trains depart in the same manner (with peak hours being in the evening). Local trains take 21 minutes to arrive at Babylon at an average of 30.3 mph (48.8 km/h). Connections to the Montauk Branch are available at Babylon.
- Average weekday, 2006 LIRR Origin and Destination Study
- Wantagh Museum
- Wantagh Railroad Complex (Building - #83001716)
- "Local LIRR Commuters Air Concerns at Forum" by Chris Boyle (Wantagh-Seaford Patch: April 5, 2013)
- LIRR Reps: Changes Coming at Wantagh, Seaford Train Stations, by Michael Ganci (Wantagh-Seaford Patch: July 23, 2013)
- Babylon Branch timetable MTA Retrieved 2009-07-12
- Eastbound weekday Babylon Branch timetable MTA Retrieved 2009-07-12
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