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Woodside is a station on the Long Island Rail Road's Main Line and Port Washington Branch in the Woodside neighborhood of Queens, New York City. It is the first station passed by eastward trains from Penn Station, and it is the only station in Queens shared by the Port Washington Branch and other LIRR branches. East of Woodside the two-track Port Washington Branch turns eastward, while the four-track Main Line continues southeast to Jamaica station.

Woodside
View over Woodside LIRR Station.JPG
The station, looking southeast from the IRT Flushing Line platforms overhead
Location61st Street and Roosevelt Avenue
Woodside, Queens, New York
Coordinates40°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 byLong Island Rail Road
Line(s)Main Line
Port Washington Branch
Platforms2 side platforms
1 island platform
Tracks6
ConnectionsNew York City Subway
"7" train"7" express train​ at 61st Street–Woodside
Local Transit NYCT Bus: Q32
Local Transit MTA Bus: Q18, Q53 SBS, Airport transportation Q70 SBS to LGA
Construction
Disabled accessYes
Other information
Fare zone1
History
OpenedNovember 15, 1869 (F&NS)[1]
Closed1914
Rebuilt1915, 1999
ElectrifiedJune 16, 1910
750 V (DC) third rail
Traffic
Passengers (2006)5,728[2]
Services
Preceding station   MTA NYC logo.svg LIRR   Following station
Terminus
City Terminal Zone
toward Long Island
Port Washington Branch
rush-hour express
Port Washington Branch
regular service
Port Washington Branch
seasonal service
Former services
Penn Station   Main Line   Winfield Junction

Woodside has six tracks and three platforms. The four southernmost tracks passing through the station are the Main Line tracks; the two center tracks on the Main Line 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 and <7>​ trains) station is above Woodside station, on a viaduct high above Roosevelt Avenue. The station is ADA-accessible via elevators and ramps.

HistoryEdit

Woodside originally had two railroad stations. One was built in 1861 on 60th Street by the LIRR subsidiary New York and Jamaica Railroad; the other, larger station 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 also the Woodside Branch. The Woodside Branch 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 layoutEdit

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.

3F
Subway
platforms
Southbound local   toward 34th Street–Hudson Yards (52nd Street)
Island platform, doors will open on the left, right  
Peak-direction express   toward 34th Street–Hudson Yards (AM rush) (Queensboro Plaza)
  toward Flushing–Main Street (PM rush) (Junction Boulevard)
Island platform, doors will open on the left, right  
Northbound local   toward Flushing–Main Street (69th Street)
2F Mezzanine Connection between    and LIRR, station agent, MetroCard machines
  Multiple accessible entrances:
  • Elevator at NE corner of Roosevelt Avenue and 61st Street
  • Ramp to westbound Port Washington Branch platform from 63rd Street and Trimble Road
  • Ramp to eastbound Main Line platform from dead end at 62nd Street near Woodside Avenue
1F
LIRR
platforms
Platform C, doors will open on the right  
PW Track 1 Port Washington Branch toward Penn Station (Terminus)
PW Track 2 Port Washington Branch toward Great Neck or Port Washington (Great Neck, Mets–Willets Point, or Flushing–Main Street)
Platform B, doors will open on the left or right  
ML Track 3 Main Line toward Penn Station (Terminus)
ML Track 1 Main Line does not stop here →
ML Track 2 Main Line does not stop here →
ML Track 4 Main Line toward Long Island destinations via Jamaica (Forest Hills)
Platform A, doors will open on the right  
G Street level Entrances/exits

ReferencesEdit

  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.

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