Woodside (LIRR station)

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View over Woodside LIRR Station.JPG
The station looking SE from the IRT Flushing Line platforms overhead
Location 61st Street & Roosevelt Avenue
Woodside, New York
Coordinates 40°44′46″N 73°54′12″W / 40.746072°N 73.903201°W / 40.746072; -73.903201Coordinates: 40°44′46″N 73°54′12″W / 40.746072°N 73.903201°W / 40.746072; -73.903201
Owned by Long Island Rail Road
Platforms 2 side platforms
1 island platform
Tracks 6
Connections New York City Subway
NYCS-bull-trans-7.svg NYCS-bull-trans-7d.svg at 61st Street – Woodside
Local Transit NYCT Bus: Q32
Local Transit MTA Bus: Q18, Q53, Airport transportation Q70 SBS to LGA
Disabled access Yes
Other information
Fare zone 1
Opened November 15, 1869 (F&NS)[1]
Closed 1914
Rebuilt 1915, 1999
Electrified June 16, 1910
750 V (DC) third rail
Passengers (2006) 5,728[2]
Preceding station   MTA NYC logo.svg LIRR   Following station
Main Line
(City Terminal Zone)
toward Long Island
Port Washington Branch
(Game days and USTA matches only)
Rush-hour express
Belmont Park Branch
toward Belmont Park

Woodside is a station on the Long Island Rail Road's Main Line in the Woodside neighborhood of Queens. It is the first station passed by eastward trains from Penn Station, and it is the only Queens station that serves both the Port Washington Branch and the other LIRR branches that begin east of Jamaica station (with the exception of the Montauk Branch). East of Woodside the two-track Port Washington Branch turns east from the Main Line, while the four-track Main Line continues south-easterly to Jamaica station.

Woodside has six tracks and three platforms. The four southernmost tracks passing through the station are the Main Line tracks; the two center tracks are through (express) tracks and do not have platform faces at Woodside. The two northernmost tracks are the Port Washington branch tracks, both of which have platforms. West of the station, the line merges with Amtrak's Hell Gate Bridge access tracks (part of the Northeast Corridor) at Harold Interlocking before entering the East River Tunnels to Manhattan. The 61st Street – Woodside (7 <7> trains) station is above Woodside station, on a high viaduct above Roosevelt Avenue. The station is ADA wheelchair accessible by means of elevators and ramps.


Woodside originally had two railroad stations. One built in 1861 on 60th Street by the LIRR subsidiary New York and Jamaica Railroad, and the other larger station which was built by the Flushing and North Side Railroad on November 15, 1869, and was the first to be built by the F&NS after acquiring the troubled New York and Flushing Railroad. For a short period during the 1870s, it served not only the Port Washington Branch but the Woodside Branch, which ran across northwestern Queens, had one station at Junction Boulevard and 35th Avenue, and took commuters either to the former Whitestone Branch, or to what is today Corona Yard. Like all other stations on Long Island, it was acquired by the Long Island Railroad in 1876, but in this case the former LIRR-built station was abandoned. Though the line was electrified on June 16, 1910, the station was closed in 1914 due to a grade elimination project and razed on November 17, 1915. The existing elevated station was opened on October 17, 1915. When Winfield station was closed in 1929, Woodside became the station for Main Line and Port Washington Branch trains before the split at Winfield Junction. A restoration project took place in 1999.

Station layout[edit]

This station has three 12-car long high-level platforms. The northern one, a side platform (Platform C) next to Track 1 of the Port Washington Branch, is generally used by westbound or Manhattan-bound trains. The central one, an island platform (Platform B) between Track 2 of the Port Washington Branch and Track 3 of the Main Line, is generally used by eastbound or outbound Port Washington trains and westbound or Manhattan-bound Main Line trains. The southern one, a side platform (Platform A) next to Track 4 of the Main Line, is generally used by outbound or eastbound Main Line trains.[3]

There are six tracks. Tracks 1 and 2 of the Main Line, which are not adjacent to any platform, are used by non-stopping trains.

Southbound local NYCS-bull-trans-7.svg toward 34th Street–Hudson Yards (52nd Street)
Island platform, doors will open on the left, right Handicapped/disabled access
Peak-direction express NYCS-bull-trans-7d.svg toward 34th Street–Hudson Yards (AM rush) (Queensboro Plaza)
NYCS-bull-trans-7d.svg toward Flushing–Main Street (PM rush) (Junction Boulevard)
Island platform, doors will open on the left, right Handicapped/disabled access
Northbound local NYCS-bull-trans-7.svg toward Flushing–Main Street (69th Street)
2F Mezzanine Stairways between Subway and LIRR platforms, station agent, MetroCard vending machines
Handicapped/disabled access (Elevator at NE corner of Roosevelt Avenue and 61st Street)
Side platform (Platform C), doors will open on the right Handicapped/disabled access
1 PW Port Washington Branch toward Penn Station (Terminus)
2 PW Port Washington Branch toward Great Neck or Port Washington (Great Neck rush hours; Mets–Willets Point game days; Flushing–Main Street other times)
Island platform (Platform B), doors will open on the left or right Handicapped/disabled access
3 Main Line local trains toward Penn Station (Terminus)
1 Main Line express trains do not stop here →
2 Main Line express trains do not stop here →
4 Main Line local trains toward Long Island destinations via Jamaica (Forest Hills)
Side platform (Platform A), doors will open on the right Handicapped/disabled access
G Street Level Entrances/Exits


  1. ^ Vincent F. Seyfried, The Long Island Rail Road: A Comprehensive History, Part Two: The Flushing, North Shore & Central Railroad, © 1963
  2. ^ Average weekday, 2006 LIRR Origin and Destination Study
  3. ^ "MTA LIRR - Alternative Travel Options - Woodside". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. 

External links[edit]

The platform at Woodside Station