MTA Press Releases

Press Release
December 22, 2010
Two Rockaway Stations Re-Open Today
Beach 105th Street and Beach 90th Street Stations Back in Service As Line Overhaul Continues

MTA NYC Transit today announced the reopening of the Rockaway Park-bound platforms at the Beach 105th Street-Seaside and Beach 90th Street-Holland stations.

The rehabilitation of these stations is part of a $117 million project encompassing nine stations on the Rockaway Peninsula. The work on the line includes new canopies over the stairs and platforms, redesign of the area around the station booth, renewal of mezzanine and platform floors, replacing platform edges and ADA tactile warning strips, the installation of vandal-resistant fluorescent lighting and a new, high-quality public address system.  ADA elevators will be installed at the Far Rockaway-Mott Avenue station. In addition, NYC Transit is replacing track panels on both the Far Rockaway and Rockaway Park branches.

Far Rockaway Branch Stations (Beach 67th - Far Rockaway):
The Manhattan-bound platforms at the Beach 25th Street-Wavecrest, Beach 44th Street-Frank Avenue and Beach 67th Street-Gaston Avenue stations are presently closed and are scheduled to reopen in January 2011.  The Manhattan-bound platforms of the Beach 36th Street-Edgemere and Beach 60th Street station will close in January 2011 for approximately 18 weeks.  Work on this branch along with the installation of ADA elevators at Far Rockaway-Mott Avenue is expected to be completed by the end of 2011.

Rockaway Park Branch Stations (Beach 90th - Rockaway Park):
Although weekend closures for the Beach 90th Street-Holland, Beach 98th Street-Playland and Beach 105th Street-Seaside stations have ended, work will continue on other station components.  The expected completion date for the Rockaway Park line stations is the fall of 2011.

The Rockaway line dates back to 1892 when the route was operated by the Long Island Rail Road.  In 1956, the line was rebuilt and opened for subway service from Rockaway Park to Beach 25th Street.  The Far Rockaway-Mott Avenue subway terminal opened about two years later and the LIRR connection was severed.

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