Long Island City is a rail terminal of the Long Island Rail Road in the Long Island City neighborhood of Queens, New York City. Located within the City Terminal Zone at Borden Avenue and Second Street, it is the westernmost LIRR station in Queens and the end of both the Main Line and Montauk Branch. The station consists of one passenger platform located at ground level and is wheelchair accessible.
The station is served only during weekday rush hours in the peak direction by diesel trains from the Oyster Bay, Montauk, or Port Jefferson Branches via the Main Line. Until November 2012, some LIRR trains also ran via the Lower Montauk Branch to and from this station.
This station was built on June 26, 1854, and rebuilt seven times during the 19th Century. On December 18, 1902, both the two-story station building and office building owned by the LIRR burned down. The rebuilt, and fire-proof, station opened on April 26, 1903.:13 Electric service to the station began on June 16, 1910.
Before the East River Tunnels were built, this station served as the terminus for Manhattan-bound passengers from Long Island, who took ferries to the East Side of Manhattan, specifically to the East 34th Street Ferry Landing in Murray Hill, and the James Slip Ferry Port in what is today part of the Two Bridges section of Lower Manhattan. The passenger ferry service was abandoned on March 3, 1925. A track spur split from the Montauk Branch east of the Long Island City station, running along the south border of the station before curving north to the North Shore Freight Branch running between 48th and 49th Avenues, where there were connections to car floats at what is today the Gantry Plaza State Park. These car floats carried freight trains to and from Manhattan and New Jersey until the mid-20th century. Today, ferry service is operated by NYC Ferry.
The station house was torn down again in 1939 for construction of the Queens–Midtown Tunnel, but still continued to operate as an active station, as it does today.
This station has 13 tracks and three concrete high-level island platforms. The northernmost platform, Platform A, is two cars long and is accessible from Borden Avenue just west of Fifth Street. Platforms B and C are used by employees only, and are only accessible from the secured area of the rail yard.
All tracks without platforms are used for train storage. The southernmost four tracks are powered by third rail, while the remaining are only used by diesel-powered trains.
|G||Street level||Exit/entrance, ticket machine, access to ferry, buses, and train|
|Track 0 (diesel power)||No regular service→|
|Track 1 (diesel power)||No regular service →|
|Track 2 (diesel power)||Main Line toward Long Island destinations via Jamaica (Hunterspoint Avenue) →|
|Platform A (passenger operations)|
|Track 3 (diesel power)||Main Line toward Long Island destinations via Jamaica (Hunterspoint Avenue) →|
|Track 3X (diesel power)||No regular service →|
|Track 5 (diesel power)||No regular service →|
|Track 6 (diesel power)||No regular service →|
|Platform B (employees only)|
|Track 7 (diesel power)||No regular service →|
|Track 8 (diesel power)||No regular service →|
|Platform C (employees only)|
|Track 9 (third rail)||No regular service →|
|Track 10 (third rail)||No regular service →|
|Track 11 (third rail)||No regular service →|
|Track 12 (third rail)||No regular service →|
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