Woodside_station_(LIRR) Latitude and Longitude:

40°44′46″N 73°54′12″W / 40.746072°N 73.903201°W / 40.746072; -73.903201
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Looking east from Platform A.
General information
Location61st Street and Roosevelt Avenue
Woodside, Queens, New York
Coordinates 40°44′46″N 73°54′12″W / 40.746072°N 73.903201°W / 40.746072; -73.903201
Owned by Long Island Rail Road
Line(s) Main Line
Port Washington Branch
Distance3.1 mi (5.0 km) from Long Island City [1]
Platforms2 side platforms
1 island platform
Connections New 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
ArchitectUrbahn Architects
Other information
Station codeWDD
Fare zone1
OpenedNovember 15, 1869; 154 years ago (1869-11-15) (F&NS) [2]
Closed1914; 110 years ago (1914)
Rebuilt1915; 109 years ago (1915),
1999; 25 years ago (1999)
ElectrifiedJune 16, 1910; 113 years ago (1910-06-16)
750 V ( DC) third rail
2012—20147,172 [3]
Rank15 of 126
Preceding station Long Island Rail Road Following station
Penn Station or Grand Central
Port Washington Branch Mets–Willets Point
Hempstead Branch
Peak periods only
Forest Hills
toward Hempstead
Port Jefferson Branch Kew Gardens
Ronkonkoma Branch Forest Hills
toward Greenport
Far Rockaway Branch Forest Hills
Babylon Branch Forest Hills
toward Babylon
West Hempstead Branch
Peak periods only
Forest Hills
Long Beach Branch Forest Hills
toward Long Beach
      Oyster Bay Branch does not stop here
      Montauk Branch does not stop here
Former services
Preceding station Long Island
Rail Road
Following station
Hunterspoint Avenue Main Line Winfield Junction
toward Greenport
Penn Station
Terminus Rockaway Beach Division
after 1925
Rego Park

The Woodside station is a station on the Main Line and Port Washington Branch of the Long Island Rail Road (LIRR), located in the Woodside neighborhood of Queens in New York City. It is the first station passed by eastward trains from Penn Station and Grand Central Madison, 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 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 or 63rd Street Tunnel to Manhattan. The 61st Street–Woodside station of the IRT Flushing Line (served by the 7 and <7>​ trains) is above Woodside station, on a viaduct high above Roosevelt Avenue. At street level, the Q70 SBS bus provides limited-stop service to LaGuardia Airport. The station is ADA-accessible via elevators and ramps.


The platforms, as viewed looking east from the 61st Street–Woodside station

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 easternmost station served by both Main Line and Port Washington Branch trains (and thus also a transfer point) before the split at Winfield Junction.

On March 17, 1936, at a hearing of the New York State Transit Commission and the New York State Public Service Commission, the LIRR said that it would seek permission in 1937 to abandon the three stations along the Main Line between Jamaica and Pennsylvania Station—Kew Gardens, Forest Hills, and Woodside. The LIRR had said that it anticipated a loss of annual revenue between $750,000 and $1 million with the opening of the extension of the Independent Subway System's Queens Boulevard Line to Jamaica. [4]

The station underwent a renovation and became ADA-accessible in the 1990s, during which time the platforms were extended to accommodate 12-car trains. [5] [6] The renovated station was designed by Urbahn Architects. [6]

In 2006, an 18-year-old woman died after falling into the gap between the platform and train, and subsequently getting hit by an oncoming passenger train. [7] [8] The death resulted in the LIRR and Metro-North Railroad implementing an aggressive platform gap mitigation [7]: 7  platform conductor personnel, and " Watch the gap" programs. [9] [10] [7]: 6 

Station layout

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. [11]

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.

Subway platforms
Southbound local "7" train toward 34th Street–Hudson Yards ( 52nd Street)
Island platform Disabled access
Peak-direction express "7" express train AM rush toward 34th Street–Hudson Yards ( Queensboro Plaza)
"7" express train PM rush/evenings toward Flushing–Main Street ( Junction Boulevard)
Island platform Disabled access
Northbound local "7" train toward Flushing–Main Street ( 69th Street)
2F Mezzanine Connection between subway and LIRR, station agent, MetroCard machines
Disabled access
Multiple accessible entrances:
  • Elevator at northeast 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
LIRR platforms
Platform C, side platform Disabled access
Track 1       Port Washington Branch toward Penn Station or Grand Central Madison (Terminus)
Track 2       Port Washington Branch toward Great Neck or Port Washington ( Mets–Willets Point)
Platform B, Island platform Disabled access
Track 3       Main Line services toward Penn Station or Grand Central Madison (Terminus)
Track 1       Main Line services do not stop here →
Track 2       Main Line services do not stop here →
Track 4       Main Line services toward Jamaica and Points East ( Forest Hills)
Platform A, side platform Disabled access
G Street level Entrances/exits


  1. ^ Long Island Rail Road (May 14, 2012). "TIMETABLE No. 4" (PDF). p. III. Retrieved August 4, 2022.
  2. ^ Vincent F. Seyfried, The Long Island Rail Road: A Comprehensive History, Part Two: The Flushing, North Shore & Central Railroad, © 1963
  3. ^ "2012-2014 LIRR Origin and Destination Report : Volume I: Travel Behavior Among All LIRR Passengers" (PDF). Metropolitan Transportation Authority. August 23, 2016. PDF pp. 15, 197. Archived (PDF) from the original on July 17, 2019. Retrieved March 29, 2020. Data collection took place after the pretest determinations, starting in September 2012 and concluding in May 2014. .... 2012-2014 LIRR O[rigin and ]D[estination] COUNTS: WEEKDAY East/West Total By Station in Numerical Order ... Woodside
  4. ^ "L.I.R.R. to Drop Way Trains From N.Y. to Jamaica. Line Anticipates $750,000 Loss When Subway Opens, Is Plea at Hearing". Brooklyn Times Union. March 18, 1936. Retrieved December 2, 2021.
  5. ^ Lutz, Philip (June 27, 1993). "L.I.R.R. Remodels 18 Stops for Disabled". The New York Times. Retrieved June 22, 2022.
  6. ^ a b "Woodside Station Complex". Urbahn Architects. March 1, 2019. Retrieved December 21, 2022.
  7. ^ a b c "Railroad Accident Brief RAB-09-01" (PDF). March 13, 2009 [2006]. p. 1. Retrieved March 30, 2020.
  8. ^ "Mother Of Teen Who Died In LIRR Train Gap Commits Suicide". NBC New York. May 19, 2009. Archived from the original on March 30, 2020. Retrieved March 30, 2020 – via Associated Press.
  9. ^ Castillo, Alfonso A. (June 24, 2009). "NTSB: Series of circumstances led to gap fall death". Newsday. Retrieved March 30, 2020.
  10. ^ "PTSB ISSUES INTERIM RECOMMENDATIONS IN GAP INVESTIGATION : Long Island Railroad Already Implementing Measures" (Press release). New York State Department of Transportation. November 1, 2006. Archived from the original on March 22, 2019. Retrieved March 30, 2020.
  11. ^ "MTA LIRR - Alternative Travel Options - Woodside". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Archived from the original on February 20, 2020. Retrieved March 30, 2020.

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