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Westbound view of the line at Borden Avenue, looking toward Long Island City
City Terminal Zone
Penn Station
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Long Island City
BSicon SUBWAY.svg Hunterspoint Avenue
BSicon SUBWAY.svg Atlantic Terminal
Woodside BSicon SUBWAY.svg
Nostrand Avenue
Forest Hills BSicon SUBWAY.svg
BSicon SUBWAY.svg East New York
Kew Gardens
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Montauk Branch 

All other LIRR branches
diverge from these main routes

The City Terminal Zone, also known as the City Zone Branch,[1] is a collection of rail lines of the Long Island Rail Road in New York City. Specifically, it includes to all stations that lie in fare zone 1 (except for Mets–Willets Point on the Port Washington Branch), which is the set of stations west of Jamaica.


There are three routes that are part of the City Terminal Zone:

The City Terminal Zone formerly included the Lower Montauk Branch from Long Island City to Jamaica until passenger service on that route was discontinued in November 2012. This line formerly included Penny Bridge, Haberman, Fresh Pond, Glendale, and Richmond Hill stations until they were closed in March 1998.

The City Terminal Zone is slated to include a branch to a new station underneath Grand Central Terminal as part of the East Side Access project. A new station in Sunnyside, Queens, is scheduled to be built once the remainder of the project is complete.


Zone Routes Station Connections/notes
1 Pennsylvania Station     NYC Subway:     at 34th Street–Penn Station (7th Avenue)
    at 34th Street–Penn Station (8th Avenue)
          at 34th Street–Herald Square
  NYCT Bus: M4, M7, M20, M34 SBS, M34A SBS, Q32
  New Jersey Transit
  PATH (at 33rd Street)
Long Island City     NYC Subway:   ​ at Vernon Boulevard-Jackson Avenue
  MTA Bus: Q103
  NYC Ferry: East River Ferry
Hunterspoint Avenue   NYC Subway:   ​ at Hunters Point Avenue
  at 21st Street-Van Alst
  NYCT Bus: B62
  MTA Bus: Q67
Woodside     LIRR: Port Washington Branch
  NYC Subway:   ​ at 61st Street–Woodside
  NYCT Bus: Q32
  MTA Bus: Q18, Q53 SBS, Q70 SBS
Forest Hills     NYC Subway:       at Forest Hills–71st Avenue
  MTA Bus: Q32, Q60, Q64
Kew Gardens   NYCT Bus: Q10, Q37
  MTA Bus: QM18
Atlantic Terminal     NYC Subway:           ​ at Atlantic Avenue–Barclays Center
   at Lafayette Avenue
  at Fulton Street
  NYCT Bus: B41, B45, B63, B65, B67
Nostrand Avenue   NYC Subway:    at Nostrand Avenue
  NYCT Bus: B52, B44 SBS, B65
East New York   NYC Subway:   at Atlantic Avenue
      at Broadway Junction
  NYCT Bus: B12, B20, B25, B83, Q24, Q56
+ Boland's Landing +Employees only
3 Jamaica     LIRR; Babylon, Belmont Park, Far Rockaway, Hempstead, Long Beach,
Montauk, Oyster Bay, Port Jefferson, Ronkonkoma, and West Hempstead Branches
  NYC Subway:  ​​   at Sutphin Boulevard–Archer Avenue–JFK Airport
  NYCT Bus: Q20A, Q20B, Q24, Q30, Q31, Q43, Q44 SBS, Q54, Q56
  MTA Bus: Q6, Q8, Q9, Q25, Q34, Q40, Q41, Q60, Q65
  NICE Bus: n4
  AirTrain JFK: Jamaica Station Route
Trains continue to Long Island on the Main Line (Hempstead, Oyster Bay, Port Jefferson, Ronkonkoma), Atlantic Branch (Far Rockaway and Long Beach) and Montauk Branch (West Hempstead, Babylon, Montauk)


  1. ^ "Long island City". Metropolitan Transit Authority. Retrieved January 21, 2017.

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