Sunnyside (LIRR station)
|Location||Queens Boulevard & Skillman Avenue
Sunnyside, New York
|Platforms||1 island platform
2 side platforms
|Connections||New York City Subway:
trains at Queens Plaza
train at 33rd Street – Rawson Street
trains at Queensboro Plaza
|Opened||At least December 2022 (proposed)|
Sunnyside is a proposed railroad station of the Long Island Rail Road in Sunnyside, Queens. The station will be opened after the completion of the Grand Central Terminal East Side Access extension project, and will be within the City Terminal Zone. The projected area will be at Queens Boulevard and Skillman Avenue.
In the late 19th century, the LIRR had another Sunnyside Station, which was built by their subsidiary Newtown and Flushing Railroad, better known as the "White Line." This short-lived line was designed to compete with the Flushing and North Side Railroad in 1873. When the F&NS, was consolidated into the LIRR, along with the Central Railroad of Long Island and South Side Railroad of Long Island, the White Line was dissolved, along with the original Sunnyside Station.
Though no direct connection to other mass transit services are known, the nearest existing subway stations are at 33rd Street – Rawson Street on the IRT Flushing Line (7 train), Queensboro Plaza on the IRT Flushing Line and BMT Astoria Line (7 <7> N W trains), and Queens Plaza on the IND Queens Boulevard Line (E M R trains).
Construction will begin in January 2021, and it will be completed in December 2022.
Proposal for a transit hub
As part of a ReThinkNYC proposal, Sunnyside Station would be the cornerstone of a larger plan to transform the neighborhood into a new high-density office district. The station will be served by long-distance and commuter rail, subway, local buses, and a new Brooklyn/Queens light rail network. By moving Sunnyside's railyard to Port Morris, Bronx, it will be possible to implement through-running lines in Sunnyside and to construct a new 280-acre (110 ha) park in Queens around the station. The park, transit hub, and rezoning will spur the development of residential and office space in the surrounding neighborhood. The park will also provide space for a relocated Madison Square Garden, an institution that has historically been moved with the growth of the city to new districts.
Station layout (planned)
This station will have three high-level platforms, with one island platform and two side platforms.
- "Chapter 2: Project Alternatives" (PDF format). East Side Access – Final Environmental Impact Statement. Federal Transit Administration and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority of the State of New York, in cooperation with the MTA Long Island Rail Road. March 2001. pp. 2–20:2–21. Retrieved February 15, 2008.
The station's main entrance would be at street level on the west side of the Queens Boulevard bridge near its Skillman Avenue end, directly above the center platform.
- "G7140112 ESA RI: Sunnyside Station". web.mta.info. Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Retrieved September 3, 2017.
- Sayer, Jason. "Jim Venturi and ReThinkNYC want to revolutionize how NYC handles train infrastructure", The Architect's Newspaper, May 26, 2016. Accessed August 1, 2016.