Hicksville station

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Hicksville
Hicksville LIRR Station - March 2019.jpg
Hicksville station in March 2019
LocationNewbridge Road & West Barclay Street
Hicksville, NY
Coordinates40°46′02″N 73°31′43″W / 40.767101°N 73.528686°W / 40.767101; -73.528686Coordinates: 40°46′02″N 73°31′43″W / 40.767101°N 73.528686°W / 40.767101; -73.528686
Owned byLong Island Rail Road
Line(s)Main Line
Platforms2 island platforms
Tracks3
ConnectionsLocal Transit Nassau Inter-County Express: n20H, n22, n24, n48, n49, n78, n79, n80
Construction
ParkingYes; Town of Oyster Bay permits and private parking garages
Disabled accessYes
Other information
Fare zone7
History
OpenedMarch 1, 1837
Rebuilt1873, 1909, 1962, 2016–2018
ElectrifiedOctober 19, 1970
750 V (DC) third rail
Passengers
200616,215[1]
Services
Preceding station MTA NYC logo.svg LIRR Following station
Westbury Port Jefferson Branch Syosset
Mineola Ronkonkoma Branch Bethpage
Westbury Ronkonkoma Branch
limited service
Mineola Montauk Branch
limited service
Babylon
Former services
Preceding station Long Island
Rail Road
Following station
Westbury Main Line Grumman
toward Greenport
Terminus Wading River Branch Landia

Hicksville is a station on the Main Line of the Long Island Rail Road located in Hicksville, New York. It is the busiest station east of Jamaica and Penn Station by combined weekday/weekend ridership. As of May 2011, 133 trains stop at this station every weekday.[2] All trains of both the Port Jefferson Branch and Ronkonkoma Branch stop at Hicksville with the exception of a number of peak hour (Mon-Fri) trips. Additionally, three trains that use the Central Branch and Montauk Branch east of the station stop here daily.

The station is at Newbridge Road (Route 106) and West Barclay Street. It has two island platforms and three tracks. It is wheelchair accessible, with an elevator to each platform from street level. It is served by eight Nassau Inter-County Express routes and two cab services on the ground level of the station.

History[edit]

Hicksville station's first depot opened on March 1, 1837, as the temporary terminus of the LIRR. The hamlet and the station were both founded by Valentine Hicks, the son of an abolitionist preacher who also briefly served as an LIRR President. The line expanded to Farmingdale in 1841, after a delay caused by the depression that had begun with the Panic of 1837. In 1854, the station gained a line known as the Hicksville and Syosset Railroad that later became the Port Jefferson Branch of the LIRR. Ten years later on July 15, 1864, the first depot burned down. A second depot opened in September 1873, and was moved to a private location in 1909. The third depot opened on October 30, 1909, and was razed in November 1962 as the current elevated structure was being built.[3] The elevated station opened on September 12, 1964,[4] and was electrified in October 1970.[5] In 1965 an eagle of the demolished Pennsylvania Station (New York City) was installed in the Hicksville station parking lot.[6]

The station underwent a full renovation beginning in early 2014. The $121 million renovation included replacing station platforms, escalators, elevators, waiting rooms, canopies, and lighting. Security cameras were also added during the renovation.[7] Construction was estimated to last through 2017, and was expected to be completed by August 2018.[7][8][9] Platform A was the first platform to be rebuilt, reopening in September 2017.[10] The electrical substation at Hicksville station will be replaced as part of the Main Line third track project.[11] The rehabilitation project was officially completed in September 2018.

Station layout[edit]

Generally, Platform A serves westbound trains and Platform B serves eastbound trains. Track 2 operates with the flow of rush hour, handling westbound trains in the morning and eastbound trains in the evening, though some westbound trains will use Platform B. Most Montauk Branch trains pass through the station without stopping. West of the station, the three tracks merge into two, and east of the station, the Port Jefferson Branch splits from the Main Line at DIVIDE Interlocking.

P
Platform level
Track 1      Port Jefferson Branch toward Jamaica, Atlantic Terminal, Long Island City, or Penn Station (Westbury)
     Ronkonkoma Branch toward Atlantic Terminal or Penn Station (Westbury or Mineola)
Platform A, island platform Disabled access
Track 2      Port Jefferson Branch toward Jamaica, Atlantic Terminal, Long Island City, or Penn Station (Westbury)
     Port Jefferson Branch toward Huntington or Port Jefferson (Syosset)
     Ronkonkoma Branch AM rush toward Jamaica or Penn Station (Mineola)
     Ronkonkoma Branch toward Farmingdale or Ronkonkoma (Bethpage)
     Montauk Branch AM rush toward Long Island City (Mineola)
     Montauk Branch PM rush toward Patchogue or Montauk (Babylon)
Platform B, island platform Disabled access
Track 3      Port Jefferson Branch toward Huntington or Port Jefferson (Syosset)
     Ronkonkoma Branch toward Farmingdale or Ronkonkoma (Bethpage)
     Montauk Branch PM rush toward Patchogue or Montauk (Babylon)
G Ground level Exit/entrance, parking, buses

References[edit]

  1. ^ Average weekday, 2006 LIRR Origin and Destination Study
  2. ^ "LIRR schedule for Hicksville" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on January 10, 2014. Retrieved May 14, 2011.
  3. ^ LIRR Station History (TrainsAreFun.com) Archived January 6, 2011, at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ Maiorana, Ronald (September 13, 1964). "The Watusi Opens New L.I. Station". The New York Times. p. 38. Retrieved August 8, 2011.
  5. ^ Bamberger, Werner (October 20, 1970). "Change at Jamaica Is Only a Memory For 12,000 Riders". The New York Times. p. 88. Retrieved September 17, 2009.
  6. ^ "Restoration completed on Hicksville LIRR eagle". Newsday. Retrieved August 9, 2019.
  7. ^ a b "Hicksville Station Improvements Project". A Modern LI. Retrieved July 4, 2018.
  8. ^ Twibell, Cory (May 25, 2012). "All Aboard: LIRR Revamping Hicksville Station". Hicksville Illustrated News. Archived from the original on December 13, 2013. Retrieved December 8, 2013.
  9. ^ "LIRR: Hicksville station renovation on track". Newsday. December 23, 2017. Retrieved July 4, 2018.
  10. ^ "Hicksville LIRR platform reopens with upgrades". Newsday. September 8, 2017. Retrieved July 4, 2018.
  11. ^ "Hicksville Substation Replacement". A Modern LI. Retrieved July 4, 2018.

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