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Beach 98th Street, signed as Beach 98th Street–Playland, is a station on the IND Rockaway Line of the New York City Subway. It is served by the Rockaway Park Shuttle at all times and ten daily rush-hour only A trains.

 Beach 98 Street
 "A" trainRockaway Park Shuttle
MTA NYC logo.svg New York City Subway station (rapid transit)
Platform - Beach 98th Street.jpg
Rockaway Park-bound platform
Station statistics
AddressBeach 98th Street & Rockaway Freeway
Queens, NY 11694
LocaleRockaway Beach
Coordinates40°35′08″N 73°49′13″W / 40.585441°N 73.820186°W / 40.585441; -73.820186Coordinates: 40°35′08″N 73°49′13″W / 40.585441°N 73.820186°W / 40.585441; -73.820186
DivisionB (IND, formerly LIRR Rockaway Beach Branch)
LineIND Rockaway Line
Services      A rush hours, peak direction (rush hours, peak direction)
      S all times (all times)
Transit connectionsBus transport MTA Bus: Q22, Q53 SBS, QM16
Platforms2 side platforms
Other information
OpenedApril 1903; 116 years ago (1903-04) (LIRR station)
RebuiltJune 28, 1956; 63 years ago (1956-06-28) (as a Subway station)
Station code201[2]
Former/other namesSteeplechase (1903–May 15, 1933[1])
Beach 98th Street–Playland
Passengers (2018)154,620[3]Decrease 14.4%
Rank422 out of 424
Station succession
Next eastBeach 90th Street: A rush hours, peak directionS all times
Next westBeach 105th Street: A rush hours, peak directionS all times


Station layoutEdit

Track layout
Platform level
Side platform, doors will open on the right
Southbound   (  PM rush hours only) toward Rockaway Park (Beach 105th Street)
Northbound   toward Broad Channel (  toward Inwood–207th Street AM rush hours only) (Beach 90th Street)
Side platform, doors will open on the right
M Mezzanine Fare control, station agent, MetroCard vending machines
G Street level Entrances/exits
Eastern stairs

The station is built on a concrete viaduct. There are two tracks and two side platforms. New lights have been installed. Canopies, mezzanine, and side walls are similar to Beach 90th Street.


There is a crossunder to the tiled mezzanine. The southbound platform is longer than the northbound one, and had an exit at the north end of the Rockaway Park bound platform which has been removed. Outside of fare control, there are stairs to either eastern corner of Rockaway Freeway and Beach 99th Street.[4]


The station was originally built by the Long Island Rail Road in April 1903 as Steeplechase on the Rockaway Beach Branch, and was also a trolley stop of the Ocean Electric Railway. It was renamed Playland on May 15, 1933,[1] for the former Rockaways' Playland, which was closed in 1985. No trace of the park remains other than the station name. In 1942, the station was replaced with an elevated station, and was taken out of service on October 3, 1955 as part of its purchase by the New York City Transit Authority, which reopened it as a subway station on June 28, 1956.


  1. ^ a b Baer, Christopher T. (April 2015). "A General Chronology of the Pennsylvania Railroad Company Its Predecessors and Successors and Its Historical Context: 1933" (PDF). Pennsylvania Railroad Technical Historical Society. p. 36. Retrieved December 7, 2015.
  2. ^ "Station Developers' Information". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Retrieved June 13, 2017.
  3. ^ "Facts and Figures: Annual Subway Ridership 2013–2018". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. July 18, 2019. Retrieved July 18, 2019.
  4. ^ "MTA Neighborhood Maps: The Rockaways" (PDF). Metropolitan Transportation Authority. 2015. Retrieved July 6, 2015.

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