88th Street (IND Fulton Street Line)

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88th Street
NYCS-bull-trans-A.svg
New York City Subway rapid transit station
Brooklyn bound platform at 88 St.jpg
Brooklyn-bound platform
Station statistics
Address 88th Street & Liberty Avenue
Queens, NY 11417
Borough Queens
Locale Ozone Park
Coordinates 40°40′47″N 73°51′03″W / 40.679857°N 73.850968°W / 40.679857; -73.850968Coordinates: 40°40′47″N 73°51′03″W / 40.679857°N 73.850968°W / 40.679857; -73.850968
Division B (IND, formerly BMT)
Line IND Fulton Street Line
Services       A all times (all times)
Structure Elevated
Platforms 2 side platforms
Tracks 3 (2 in regular service)
Other information
Opened September 25, 1915; 101 years ago (1915-09-25)[1]
Former/other names 88th Street – Boyd Avenue
Traffic
Passengers (2015) 1,011,163[2]Increase 64.9%
Rank 365 out of 422
Station succession
Next north 80th Street: A all times
Next south Rockaway Boulevard: A all times

88th Street (signed as 88th Street – Boyd Avenue) is a station on the IND Fulton Street Line of the New York City Subway. Located on Liberty Avenue at 88th Street in Ozone Park, Queens, it is served by the A train at all times.

History[edit]

Track layout
Legend
to 80 St
to Rockaway Blvd

88th Street was one of the six stations along Liberty Avenue in Queens, from 80th Street through Ozone Park – Lefferts Boulevard, as well as the current three track elevated structure, built for the BMT Fulton Street Line in 1915 as part of BMT's portion of the Dual Contracts.[1][3] The connection to the BMT was severed on April 26, 1956, and the IND was extended east (railroad south) from Euclid Avenue via a connecting tunnel and new intermediate station at Grant Avenue, with the new service beginning on April 29, 1956.[3][4][5]

The station was completely renovated in 2014.[6]

Station layout[edit]

P
Platform level
Side platform, doors will open on the right
Northbound NYCS-bull-trans-A.svg toward Inwood – 207th Street (80th Street)
NYCS-bull-trans-S blue.svg (late night shuttle) toward Euclid Avenue (80th Street)
Peak-direction Express No regular service
Southbound NYCS-bull-trans-A.svg toward Far Rockaway or Lefferts Boulevard all except nights, or Rockaway Park PM rush hours (Rockaway Boulevard)
NYCS-bull-trans-S blue.svg (late night shuttle) toward Lefferts Boulevard (Rockaway Boulevard)
Side platform, doors will open on the right
M Mezzanine Fare control, station agent
G Street Level Exit/ Entrance
Station before renovation.

This elevated station, opened on September 25, 1915, has two side platforms and three tracks with the center track not used in revenue service. Both platforms have beige windscreens for their length and brown canopies with green frames and support columns except for a small section at either ends. Station signs display Boyd Avenue, which was the original name of this station.

This station's only entrance/exit is an elevated station house below the platforms at the east (railroad south) end. Inside fare control, there is one staircase to each platform, a waiting area that allows a free transfer between directions, and a turnstile bank. Outside fare control, there is a token booth and two street stairs going down to either eastern corners of 88th Street and Liberty Avenue.

This station formerly had another entrance/exit at the west (railroad north) end that went down to 86th Street. Each platform still has a closed-off staircase to the station house beneath the tracks.

The 2015 artwork at this station, MORPHING88, was designed by Haresh Lalvani.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "New Elevated Line Opened for Queens" (PDF). The New York Times. September 26, 1915. Retrieved September 28, 2007. 
  2. ^ "Facts and Figures: Annual Subway Ridership". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Archived from the original on 2014-03-14. Retrieved 2016-04-19. 
  3. ^ a b Sparberg, Andrew J. (1 October 2014). From a Nickel to a Token: The Journey from Board of Transportation to MTA. Fordham University Press. ISBN 978-0-8232-6190-1. 
  4. ^ "First Leg of Rockaways Transit Opened at Cost of $10,154,702". nytimes.com. The New York Times. April 30, 1956. Retrieved 29 June 2015. 
  5. ^ Freeman, Ira Henry (June 28, 1956). "Rockaway Trains to Operate Today". nytimes.com. The New York Times. Retrieved 29 June 2015. 
  6. ^ http://www.mta.info/news-line-subways-queens-ozone-park-liberty-avenue/2014/05/08/queens-bound-88-st-and-104-st-line
  7. ^ http://www.nycsubway.org/wiki/Artwork:_MORPHING88_(Haresh_Lalvani)

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