Westbury (LIRR station)

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This article is about the station in New York, USA. For the station in Wiltshire, England, see Westbury railway station.
Westbury
Westbury LIRR station -- North Side.JPG
Westbury Station on Union Avenue
Location Union Avenue & Post Avenue
Westbury, NY
Coordinates 40°45′12″N 73°35′11″W / 40.753404°N 73.586273°W / 40.753404; -73.586273Coordinates: 40°45′12″N 73°35′11″W / 40.753404°N 73.586273°W / 40.753404; -73.586273
Owned by MTA
Line(s)
Platforms 2 side platforms
Tracks 2
Connections Local Transit Nassau Inter-County Express: n22, n35
(n22/L stops four blocks north on Maple Avenue)
Construction
Parking Yes
Disabled access Yes
Other information
Fare zone 7
History
Opened 1837
Rebuilt 1883, 1914, 1972, c. 2001-2005
Electrified October 19, 1970
750V (DC) third rail
Traffic
Passengers (2006) 3,903[1]
Services
Preceding station   MTA NYC logo.svg LIRR   Following station
Main Line
(Port Jefferson Branch)
(also Ronkonkoma Branch)
Preceding station   MTA NYC logo.svg LIRR   Following station
Carle Place station Port Jefferson Branch
(current and former locations)
1875—1876:
New Cassel station

Westbury is a station on the Long Island Rail Road's Main Line. All trains for the Port Jefferson Branch and Ronkonkoma Branch run through it, though only some trains on the Port Jefferson branch stop (and only a few on the Ronkonoma Branch do). It is located at Union and Post Avenues in Westbury, New York. It is 23.4 miles (37.7 km) from Penn Station. The station is fully wheelchair accessible. It has two side platforms and two tracks.

History[edit]

The original Westbury station was the J.P. Kelsey General Store.

Westbury station was built sometime in March of 1837 with the opening of the LIRR to Hicksville. The station was closed between June and September of the same year, briefly replaced by the nearby Carle Place station.[2] Throughout much of the mid-19th Century, the J.P. Kelsey Branch Store served as the depot.[3] The second station was built between April and June, 1883. The third station was built in 1914, and was electrified in October 1970, along with the rest of the Port Jefferson Branch between Mineola and Huntington Stations.[4] It had a major remodeling around 1972, and another one sometime between 2001 and 2005.[5] In 2000, a woman was stabbed to death in the underpass beneath the tracks.[6]

Platform and track configuration[edit]

1  Main Line toward New York (Carle Place)
 Montauk Branch no stop
2  Main Line toward Port Jefferson (Hicksville)
 Montauk Branch no stop

This station has two high-level side platforms, each 12 cars long. The north platform, adjacent to Track 1, is generally used by westbound or New York City-bound trains. The south platform, adjacent to Track 2, is generally used by eastbound trains.

The Main Line has two tracks at this location.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Average weekday, 2006 LIRR Origin and Destination Study
  2. ^ Westbury Hempstead - Carle Place (Arrt's Arrchives)
  3. ^ The Long Island Rail Road: The age of expansion, 1863-1880 Vincent Seyfried; Page 188
  4. ^ Bamberger, Werner (October 20, 1970). "Change at Jamaica Is Only a Memory For 12,000 Riders". The New York Times. p. 88. Retrieved 2009-09-17. 
  5. ^ LIRR station History (TrainsAreFun.com)
  6. ^ Robert Gearty (June 15, 2000). "BOYFRIEND CHARGED IN TRAIN STATION SLAY ARGUMENT LEADS TO FATAL STABBING IN WESTBURY". Daily News (New York). Retrieved February 9, 2011. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Westbury (LIRR station) at Wikimedia Commons