Rockaway Park–Beach 116th Street (IND Rockaway Line)

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Rockaway Park–Beach 116th Street
"A" train Rockaway Park Shuttle
New York City Subway rapid transit station
Rockaway Pk - B 116th St platform.JPG
Station statistics
Address Beach 116th Street between Rockaway Beach Boulevard & Newport Avenue
Queens, NY 11694
Borough Queens
Locale Rockaway Park
Coordinates 40°34′51″N 73°50′10″W / 40.580725°N 73.83618°W / 40.580725; -73.83618Coordinates: 40°34′51″N 73°50′10″W / 40.580725°N 73.83618°W / 40.580725; -73.83618
Division B (IND, formerly LIRR Rockaway Beach Branch)
Line IND Rockaway Line
Services       A rush hours, peak direction (rush hours, peak direction)
      S all times (all times)
Transit connections Bus transport MTA Bus: Q22, Q35, Q53, QM16
Structure At-grade
Platforms 1 island platform
Tracks 2 (excludes 8 yard tracks adjacent to the station)
Other information
Opened May 1882; 135 years ago (May 1882) (LIRR station)
Rebuilt June 28, 1956; 60 years ago (June 28, 1956) (as a Subway station)
Accessible This station is compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 ADA-accessible
Passengers (2015) 255,542[1]Increase 10.4%
Rank 417 out of 422
Station succession
Next north Beach 105th Street: A rush hours, peak direction S all times
Next south (Terminal): A rush hours, peak direction S all times

Next adjacent station compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 north Howard Beach–JFK Airport: A rush hours, peak direction (via same-platform transfer at Broad Channel outside rush hours)
Far Rockaway–Mott Avenue (via Hammels Wye): no regular service
Next adjacent station compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 south none: A rush hours, peak direction S all times

Rockaway Park–Beach 116th Street is the western terminal station on the IND Rockaway Line of the New York City Subway, located on Beach 116th Street near Rockaway Beach Boulevard in Rockaway Beach, Queens. It is served by the S (Rockaway Park Shuttle) at all times and ten daily rush-hour only A trains.

Station layout[edit]

Track layout
to Beach 105 St
to Rock Pk Yd
Platform level
Yard tracks No passenger service
Track 2 Rockaway Park Shuttle toward Broad Channel ("A" train toward Inwood–207th Street AM rush hours only) (Beach 105th Street)
Island platform, doors will open on the left or right Handicapped/disabled access
Track 1 Rockaway Park Shuttle toward Broad Channel ("A" train toward Inwood–207th Street AM rush hours only) (Beach 105th Street)
Yard track No passenger service
G Street level Exits/Entrances
Station house Lobby, fare control, station agent, police precinct
Handicapped/disabled access (Station at street level)
Station house

The station is at ground level. There are two tracks and an island platform. The tracks end at bumper blocks at the west (railroad south) end of the platform.

On either side of the station are tracks leading to the Rockaway Park Yard. Originally, terminal tracks with low-level platforms occupied the yard area during the LIRR years.[2][3] The area of the current high-level platform was part of the LIRR depot yard.


Because the entrance is at street level, the station is ADA accessible without the use of an elevator or ramps.[4] The station house is made of concrete with windows and plywood walls and a brick exterior. It also has an entrance leading to an adjacent restaurant.[5] An examination of the station house shows the former ticket windows, which were used when the line was part of the LIRR. The station houses Transit Police District 23,[5] which was moved to the station in June 1977.[6] A new police facility was opened on September 18, 2009.[7][8][9][10] A NYCDOT municipal parking lot lies just north of the station.[5][11]


The station was originally built in 1882 as a Long Island Rail Road station on the Rockaway Beach Branch, was called Rockaway Beach, and contained a trolley stop for the Ocean Electric Railway, which eventually expanded their line further west to Belle Harbor and Neponsit. In 1899, the station was enlarged in order to accommodate the Brooklyn Rapid Transit Company cars, and the name was changed to Rockaway Park.

In spring 1917, a second station was built as a replacement for the former station, which was razed. After a 1950 fire at The Raunt destroyed the trestle across Jamaica Bay, the LIRR rerouted Rockaway Beach service along the Far Rockaway Branch, then abandoned the Rockaway Beach Branch.[2][3] The New York City Board of Transportation purchased all stations on the branch in June 1952, and the New York City Transit Authority (successor to the Board of Transportation) closed them to LIRR service on October 3, 1955 in order to convert many of them into subway stations.[2][3] The current station, Rockaway Park–Beach 116th Street, opened on June 28, 1956, with all other stations on the Rockaway Line except Far Rockaway.[12][13][14][15][16] Far Rockaway reopened in 1958 after being rebuilt for Subway use,[17] and the LIRR opened a new Far Rockaway station on Nameoke Street.[2] Plans to add a subway line to the Rockaway Peninsula actually date back to the 1920s and originally involved extending the western terminus along Newport Avenue to Beach 149th Street, rather than its current terminus at Rockaway Park.[18][19][20]

Starting in May 2007, the station building, platform and yard area underwent renovation. The new station building was unveiled in early November 2007.



  1. ^ "Facts and Figures: Annual Subway Ridership". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Retrieved April 19, 2016. 
  2. ^ a b c d Linder, Bernard (February 2006). "Rockaway Line". New York Division Bulletin. Electric Railroader's Association. 49 (2): 3–4. Retrieved August 27, 2016. 
  3. ^ a b c "Fifty Years of Subway Service to the Rockaways". New York Division Bulletin. New York Division, Electric Railroaders' Association. 49 (6). June 2006. Retrieved August 31, 2016 – via Issu. 
  4. ^ "NYC Official Accessibility Guide" (PDF). City of New York. 2008. Retrieved September 20, 2015. 
  5. ^ a b c "SUBWAY-SIDEWALK INTERFACE PROJECT: ROCKAWAY PARK/BEACH 116TH STREET STATION" (PDF). Transportation Alternatives, City of New York, New York City Department of City Planning, New York City Department of Transportation. 2000. Retrieved July 16, 2016. 
  6. ^ "TA Police Shifting Dist. HQ To 116 St." (PDF). Wave of Long Island. May 18, 1977. Retrieved July 16, 2016. 
  7. ^ "City Officials Dedicate New Transit Police HQ at Beach 116". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. September 18, 2009. Retrieved July 16, 2016. 
  8. ^ "NYPD Officially Opens TD 23 Headquarters: HQ Situated Inside Beach 116 Street Subway Station". Wave of Long Island. September 18, 2009. Retrieved July 16, 2016. 
  9. ^ "Renovations Close Beach 116 Street Stores". Wave of Long Island. March 23, 2007. Retrieved July 16, 2016. 
  10. ^ Magoolaghan, Brian (March 15, 2003). "New Facility for Transit Bureau District 23". Wave of Long Island. Retrieved July 16, 2016. 
  11. ^ "Municipal Parking Facilities". New York City Department of Transportation. 
  12. ^ Freeman, Ira Henry (June 28, 1956). "Rockaway Trains to Operate Today". The New York Times. Retrieved June 29, 2015. 
  13. ^ "First Train On Rockaway Line Runs This Afternoon" (PDF). Wave of Long Island. June 28, 1956. p. 1. Retrieved August 16, 2016. 
  14. ^ "First Train On Rockaway Line Runs This Afternoon" (PDF). Wave of Long Island. June 28, 1956. p. 6. Retrieved August 16, 2016. 
  15. ^ "TA's New Line To Rockaways Begins Today: Fifty Piece Band To Play as Special Train Makes First Run" (PDF). The Leader-Observer. June 28, 1956. p. 1. Retrieved August 16, 2016. 
  16. ^ "To Rockaways: Beach Trains In Operation" (PDF). Greenpoint Weekly Star. June 29, 1956. p. 2. Retrieved August 16, 2016. 
  17. ^ "New Subway Unit Ready: Far Rockaway IND Terminal Will Be Opened Today". The New York Times. January 16, 1958. Retrieved June 29, 2015. 
  18. ^ Duffus, R.L. (September 22, 1929). "OUR GREAT SUBWAY NETWORK SPREADS WIDER; New Plans of Board of Transportation Involve the Building of More Than One Hundred Miles of Additional Rapid Transit Routes for New York". The New York Times. Retrieved August 19, 2015. 
  19. ^ Board of Transportation of the City of New York Engineering Department, Proposed Additional Rapid Transit Lines And Proposed Vehicular Tunnel, dated August 23, 1929
  20. ^ Project for Expanded Rapid Transit Facilities, New York City Transit System, dated July 5, 1939.

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