Far Rockaway-Mott Av
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Far Rockaway is the terminus of the A train, quite close to the border (about 10 Blocks) with Nassau County. The station is by far the closest out of any subway stations to Nassau County, and the only one within pratical walking distance. The Long Island Railroad's Far Rockaway a station is located at ground level about three-blocks away. I believe that this was where the original Far Rockaway train station was when the LIRR still served the rest of the peninsula, that station has a small yard and is at grade-level. In addition, there is an obvious gap in the street grid, where a large municipal parking lot is that is signed as close to a Park and Ride as exists at any subway station, this must have been where, when the line was continuous, the tracks raised up onto the elevated structure through the Rockaways.

The train station itself has a concrete station house at street level. Silver letters says N.Y. City Transit System outside and three sets of doors lead into the building. There is a small area with the token booth before fare control and four turnstiles. After this are a couple of closets dead ahead as well as a rarity on the subway, public bathrooms, each has a sign on it saying closed 12 midnight - 5 AM. Passengers must veer left a bit and leave the station house from the opposite side they came in on a decently wide staircase that leads out to another set of doors at the extreme western end of the station's island platform. The platform itself has the typical island platform terminus layout, with a canopy over most of it except the extreme other end and the usual booths for the car cleaners and drivers and conductors on break along it. The station is called Far Rockaway-Mott Avenue, most conductors say 'This is a Far Rockaway-bound A train' and stuff like that but all the platform pillar signs simply say Mott Avenue.

Rebuilding: On May 11, 2011 the station was officially reopened (it had never fully closed) as the station house was completely rebuilt. The concrete station house (in the same place) has been replaced with a modern steel and glass station house. Passengers now enter the station through two sets of silver doors with the token booth between them covered by a large awning. They reach two seperate banks of turnstiles with not one but two elevators that lead up to the platform level (this is the first stop to get a necessary, redunant second shaft) between the two banks of turnstiles. A wide staircase (the same width of the previous one) leads up to the platform level with a wide upper landing to accomidate the elevator, the wide staircase has a balcony that curves around it (allowing passengers to go on either side of the staircase to reach the elevator).

H Train

Superstorm Sandy: The line through Jamaica Bay was destroyed during Superstorm Sandy. On November 11, 2012 A train service was restored to Howard Beach and the station was connected directly with the rest of the subway system with a 24-7 Shuttle Bus running via Nassau County. A week later on November 20 the H Shuttle began fare-free service terminating at the station running a shuttle train (except between Midnight and 4am) between here and Beach 90 Street via Hammel's Wye. Far Rockaway became the transferpoint from Shuttle Train to Shuttle Bus to connect with the A train and the rest of the Subway System. Service was restored on May 30, 2013

Art For Transit at Chambers Street

Arts For Transit at Far Rockaway

Respite, 2011
By John Rohlf

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A Municipal Parking sign for subway parking near the Far Rockaway station. This is the only time I've ever scene a Subway Parking sign, since there maybe three stations, (Grant Avenue is another) that even have parking lots attached to them. This is because almost the entire subway system was built before World War II, and the US car culture. This has meant there was never a need for the Subway System to create a Park and Ride Logo.
Just before the Far Rockaway Platform the Rockaway Freeway leaves its place beneath the Rockaway elevated structure, the terminal is on it's own private Right of Way.
29 December, 2008
A side view of the station platform at Rockaway Park, a terminating R44 A train is visible, a portion of the platform to close to the bumper blocks for a train ever to run onto, and the top of the enclosed station house where a staircase goes down inside (the roof fallowing it) down to fare control.
29 December, 2008
The outside of the station house at Far Rockaway and the entrance to the subway.
29 December, 2008
The side of the concrete Far Rockaway Station house that dates back to the late fifties has text that says N.Y. City Transit System.
29 December, 2008
Looking across the street from the entrance to Far Rockaway at one of the Municipal Park lots that serves the station.
29 December, 2008
Passengers about to swipe their MetroCards and enter the subway system at Far Rockaway, at the turnstiles within the station house, notice how the Florescent Lights are built right into the ceiling, that's because they were there originally unlike at most other subway stations. The staircase up to the platform is in the distance.
29 December, 2008
The six doors that lead from the top of the small landing at the top of the staircase from the station house out to the very end of the island platform at Far Rockaway.
29 December, 2008
Looking down the decently wide island platform at Far Rockaway with two R44 A trains stopped in the station, they don't go all the way to the end of the platform because of the bumper blocks.
29 December, 2008
The strip map of A and Shuttle service from Mott Av.
29 December, 2008
The back of an R44 A train stopped at Mott Av, it will be the next train to make the long trip north to 207th Street.
29 December, 2008
Looking back towards the platform's two bumper blocks and the doors down to the station's only exit, the sign above them lists the bus connections as well as the LIRR and it's location three blocks away.
29 December, 2008
Another view down the canopied island platform at Mott Av, as all the platform pillars say.
29 December, 2008
One of the few signs that say Far Rockaway towards the western end of the island platform after the canopy has completely ended.
29 December, 2008
Getting off the Shuttle Buses, the R32s of an H train are visible in the station
30 November, 2012
A Shuttle bus, express to Howard Beach via Nassau County boards
30 November, 2012
The station viewed from the parking lot and bus loop
30 November, 2012
Looking up at a 4 car R32 H train stopped in the station
30 November, 2012
Signs for No Manhattan-bound Service although the bottom sign should say service to Beach 90 Street since were at the Rockaways already
30 November, 2012
The Gate is open since the H train is free
30 November, 2012
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