Canarsie–Rockaway Parkway station

Canarsie–Rockaway Parkway is the southern terminal station of the BMT Canarsie Line of the New York City Subway, and is one of the few grade-level stations in the system. Located at the intersection of Rockaway Parkway and Glenwood Road in the Canarsie neighborhood of Brooklyn,[4] it is served by the L train at all times.[5]

 Canarsie–Rockaway Parkway
 "L" train
MTA NYC logo.svg New York City Subway station (rapid transit)
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Station house
Station statistics
AddressRockaway Parkway & Glenwood Road
Brooklyn, NY 11236
Coordinates40°38′43″N 73°54′09″W / 40.645382°N 73.902626°W / 40.645382; -73.902626Coordinates: 40°38′43″N 73°54′09″W / 40.645382°N 73.902626°W / 40.645382; -73.902626
DivisionB (BMT)
Line   BMT Canarsie Line
Services   L all times (all times)
Transit connectionsBus transport NYCT Bus: B6, B17, B42, B60, B82, B82 SBS (Select Bus Service)
  • B42 and westbound B6 and B82 (Local and SBS) buses stop within subway fare control.
Platforms1 island platform
Other information
OpenedJuly 28, 1906; 114 years ago (1906-07-28)
Station code138[1]
AccessibleThis station is compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 ADA-accessible
Opposite-direction transfer availableN/A
20193,302,691[3]Decrease 8.2%
Rank151 out of 424[3]
Station succession
Next northEast 105th Street: L all times
Next adjacent station compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 northWilson Avenue: L all times
Next south(Terminal): L all times
Next adjacent station compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 southnone: L all times

The Canarsie–Rockaway Parkway station was constructed by Brooklyn Rapid Transit Company (BRT), later Brooklyn–Manhattan Transit Corporation (BMT). It opened on July 28, 1906.


Canarsie–Rockaway Parkway opened on July 28, 1906, as the terminal of a service that ran on the Canarsie and Jamaica lines to Broadway Ferry station in Williamsburg.[6]

Because it is at street level, the station is accessible as part of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.[7] However, the station was still missing some key ADA elements;[7] subsequently, as part of the 2015–2019 MTA Capital Program, the station was to be upgraded with several ADA improvements.[8] For $5.48 million, the station agent booths were relocated, platforms had boarding areas extended and retrofitted with warning strips and rubbing boards, the platform gaps were reduced, and a new ADA compliant ramp wase installed, along with other modifications.[9][7] A $21.2 million contract for ADA upgrades and a renovation of the adjacent bus terminal was awarded in late 2018.[10] The project was completed by July 2020.[11]:144[12]

Station layoutEdit

Track layout
G Bus loop: B42 toward Canarsie Pier
Track 2   toward Eighth Avenue (East 105th Street) Exit/entrance via station house
Fare control, station agent, MetroCard machines
  Station at street level
Island platform  
Track 1   toward Eighth Avenue (East 105th Street)
Platform view at Canarsie–Rockaway Parkway, with an R160A L train at right

This grade level station has two tracks and a single island platform. The two tracks end at offset bumper blocks at the south end of the station; track 2, the track east of the island platform, is slightly shorter than track 1 to the west because of the diagonal alignment of the station to the street grid.[13][14] The station is fully ADA-accessible.[7]

Adjacent to the station to the east is the Canarsie Yard.[13][14]


The station's entrance is beyond the bumper blocks at the south end of the platform. It contains a turnstile bank, token booth, and leads to Rockaway Parkway. On the side of the station house opposite the transfer point is a secondary entrance/exit that contains one HEET entry/exit turnstile, one exit-only HEET turnstile, and one emergency gate. This unstaffed entrance/exit leads to a NYCDOT municipal parking lot, located on the north side of the station. This lot was opened by the New York City Transit Authority in 1959, with space for 340 cars.[15][16] Another set of HEET turnstiles between the north end of the bus loop and Canarsie Yard connected to the platform by a passageway leads to East 98th Street near Glenwood Road.

Bus transferEdit

This station is the only one in the system with a bus transfer station within fare control. When the rail service to Canarsie Pier along Rockaway Parkway was discontinued, riders were entitled to a free transfer to the replacement trolleys. Rather than issue paper transfers so riders could exit to the street for the trolleys, a loop was built next to the station with a boarding platform. When the trolleys were discontinued in April 1949, the B42 bus replaced them.[17] South of here, poles that supported the overhead trolley wire remain, with street lighting using some of them.[18]

Boarding area for the B42 bus is to the left in 2008. The subway station platform is in the foreground, and the boarding area has since been reconstructed.

Train riders walk directly to the bus loading area without leaving the fare control zone. In turn, bus passengers from Rockaway Parkway enter the subway station without paying an additional fare. At the street, a chain link fence gate blocks access to the bus area to prevent pedestrians from sneaking in for a free ride. The gate is operated by an electric trigger, and was put into operation on December 7, 1960.[17] The back of the bus loop contains an unstaffed entrance to the Rockaway Parkway station that is built on a small shack, has one HEET turnstile, one exit-only turnstile, and one emergency gate, and leads to the northeast corner of Glenwood Road and East 98th Street.

Prior to December 2019, other buses serving the station stopped at the curb and picked up passengers outside fare control on the East 98th Street loop outside the inner loop. A chain link fence had separated the loops. In 2019, the loop was reconfigured, and reopened with 3 bays and one loop:

  • Bay 1: all B42 service
  • Bay 2: westbound B82 Local and Select Bus service
  • Bay 3: westbound B6 Local and Limited service

The B17 and B60, along with eastbound buses on the B6 (excluding trips terminating at Rockaway Parkway) and B82 Local and Select Bus Service routes, continue to stop outside fare control. This reconstruction was done for approximately $2.4 million.[9]


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  11. ^ "Transit Committee Meeting". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. July 22, 2020. Retrieved July 21, 2020.
  12. ^ "New York MTA completes accessibility improvements at Canarsie-Rockaway Parkway Station". Mass Transit Magazine. July 2, 2020. Retrieved July 21, 2020.
  13. ^ a b "General Station Arrangement Sta. 79+00 TO 96+60 14th Street Canarsie Line P BMT". New York City Transit Authority Maintenance of Way Department Signal Section. November 17, 1965. Retrieved August 10, 2016.
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  15. ^ "Municipal Parking Facilities". New York City Department of Transportation.
  16. ^ Stengren, Bernard (August 15, 1959). "City Lots Provide 10,850 Car Spaces" (PDF). The New York Times. Retrieved September 6, 2016.
  17. ^ a b Muir, Hugh G. (December 7, 1960). "Sonic 'Echo' Unit Stands Guard For Subway-Bus Transfer". New York World-Telegram. pp. B1, B3.
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