Rockaway Boulevard (IND Fulton Street Line)

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Rockaway Boulevard
NYCS-bull-trans-A.svg
New York City Subway rapid transit station
Brooklyn bound platform at Rockaway Blvd.jpg
Brooklyn-bound platform after renovation
Station statistics
Address Rockaway Boulevard & Liberty Avenue
Queens, NY 11417
Borough Queens
Locale Ozone Park
Coordinates 40°40′50″N 73°50′37″W / 40.680459°N 73.843703°W / 40.680459; -73.843703Coordinates: 40°40′50″N 73°50′37″W / 40.680459°N 73.843703°W / 40.680459; -73.843703
Division B (IND, formerly BMT)
Line IND Fulton Street Line
Services       A all times (all times)
Transit connections Bus transport MTA Bus: Airport transportation Q7, Q11, Q21, Q41, Q52, Q53, Q112, QM15, QM16, QM17
Structure Elevated
Platforms 2 side platforms
Tracks 3 (2 in regular service)
Other information
Opened September 25, 1915; 101 years ago (September 25, 1915)[1]
Accessibility Same-platform wheelchair transfer available
Traffic
Passengers (2015) 1,729,268[2]Decrease 32.8%
Rank 279 out of 422
Station succession
Next north 88th Street: A all times
Next south 104th Street (local): A all times
Ozone Park–Lefferts Boulevard (Lefferts express): no regular service
Aqueduct–North Conduit Avenue (Rockaway): A all times

Rockaway Boulevard is a station on the IND Fulton Street Line of the New York City Subway. Located at the intersection of Rockaway Boulevard, Woodhaven and Cross Bay Boulevards, and Liberty Avenue in Ozone Park, Queens, it is served by the A train at all times, and, for summer weekends in 2016 during daytime hours by the Rockaway Park Shuttle.

History[edit]

Track layout
to 88 St
to N Conduit Av
to 104 St
to Lefferts Blvd

Rockaway Boulevard was one of the six stations along Liberty Avenue in Queens, from 80th Street through Ozone Park – Lefferts Boulevard, as well as the current three track elevated structure, built for the BMT Fulton Street Line in 1915 as part of BMT's portion of the Dual Contracts.[1][3]

On April 8, 1928, two eastbound trains crashed in the station, killing one person and injuring 30.[4]

The connection to the BMT was severed on April 26, 1956, and the IND was extended east (railroad south) from Euclid Avenue via a connecting tunnel and new intermediate station at Grant Avenue, with the new service beginning on April 29, 1956.[3][5][6]

The station was completely renovated in 2015.[7]

Station layout[edit]

P
Platform level
Side platform, doors will open on the right
Northbound NYCS-bull-trans-A.svg toward Inwood–207th Street (88th Street)
NYCS-bull-trans-S blue.svg (late night shuttle) toward Euclid Avenue (88th Street)
Peak-direction Express No regular service
Southbound NYCS-bull-trans-A.svg toward Far Rockaway or Rockaway Park (Aqueduct–North Conduit Avenue)
NYCS-bull-trans-A.svg (NYCS-bull-trans-S blue.svg late nights) toward Lefferts Boulevard (104th Street)
(No service: Lefferts Boulevard (Lefferts))
Side platform, doors will open on the right
M Mezzanine Fare control, station agent
G Street Level Exit/ Entrance
Station before renovation

This station has two side platforms and three tracks. The center track is not used in revenue service. The platforms have beige windscreens and green and brown canopies.

This station has two station-houses with the full-time one at the west (railroad north) end. Single staircases from each platform go down to the elevated station-house beneath the tracks. Inside are a turnstile bank and token booth. Outside of fare control, two staircases lead to either side of Liberty Avenue at Woodhaven/Cross Bay Boulevard.

The other station-house at the east (railroad south) end is also elevated and beneath the tracks, but unstaffed. It contains two HEET turnstiles, a staircase to each platform, and two staircases to either side of Liberty Avenue at 96th Street. The wooden staircase landings have a high exit-only turnstile to allow passengers to exit the system without having to go through the station.

This is the outermost station from Manhattan that is shared by all A train branches. Just past the east end of the platform, the line splits into two routes. Trains heading to Lefferts Boulevard continue east along Liberty Avenue, while those heading to the Rockaways diverge and turn south towards Howard Beach, Jamaica Bay, Broad Channel and the Rockaways.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "New Elevated Line Opened for Queens" (PDF). The New York Times. September 26, 1915. Retrieved September 28, 2007. 
  2. ^ "Facts and Figures: Annual Subway Ridership". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Retrieved 2016-04-19. 
  3. ^ a b Sparberg, Andrew J. (1 October 2014). From a Nickel to a Token: The Journey from Board of Transportation to MTA. Fordham University Press. ISBN 978-0-8232-6190-1. 
  4. ^ "One Killed, 30 Hurt in B.M.T. Collision". The New York Times. 1928-04-08. Retrieved 2016-07-16. 
  5. ^ "First Leg of Rockaways Transit Opened at Cost of $10,154,702". nytimes.com. The New York Times. April 30, 1956. Retrieved 29 June 2015. 
  6. ^ Freeman, Ira Henry (June 28, 1956). "Rockaway Trains to Operate Today". nytimes.com. The New York Times. Retrieved 29 June 2015. 
  7. ^ http://www.ny1.com/nyc/all-boroughs/transit/2015/05/28/rockaway-boulevard-a-train-platform-to-close-for-summer-construction.html

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