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The IND Rockaway Line is a rapid transit line of the IND Division of the New York City Subway. It branches off of the IND Fulton Street Line at Rockaway Boulevard, extending over the Jamaica Bay, into the Rockaways.


The line dates back to 1892 when the line first saw service by the Long Island Rail Road. In the late-1890s the Brooklyn Elevated Railway (later BRT) got permission to use Brooklyn el trains on the line for beach access. The city soon began eyeing the line as popularity soared.

In 1950 a serious track fire destroyed a trestle and after the damage the line was deemed useless. Instead of repairing, the LIRR decided to abandon the line in favor of their "land route" to Far Rockaway via Nassau County. The city bought the line for $8.5 million and spent an additional $47.5 million to convert the line for subway use.

The line, after conversion to subway use for the IND, including all of the stations except Far Rockaway, opened on June 28, 1956, with the Far Rockaway-Mott Avenue Station opening January 16, 1958.

The line charged a double fare which entailed the deposit of two tokens at entry point and one token at exit point. The unpopular double fare was abolished in 1975.

Station listingEdit

Wheelchair Station Tracks Services Opened Transfers and notes
splits from the IND Fulton Street Line (A always)
Aqueduct Racetrack N/A A always June 28, 1956 (subway) Northbound only
Aqueduct–North Conduit Avenue N/A A always June 28, 1956 (subway)
Wheelchair Howard Beach-JFK N/A A always June 28, 1956 (subway) Connection to AirTrain JFK
Broad Channel N/A A always
S always
June 28, 1956 (subway)
Broad Channel to Far Rockaway (Far Rockaway Branch)
Beach 67th Street N/A A always June 28, 1956 (subway)
Beach 60th Street N/A A always June 28, 1956 (subway)
Beach 44th Street N/A A always June 28, 1956 (subway)
Beach 36th Street N/A A always June 28, 1956 (subway)
Beach 25th Street N/A A always June 28, 1956 (subway)
Far Rockaway–Mott Avenue N/A A always January 16, 1958 (subway) Connection to Long Island Rail Road at Far Rockaway
Broad Channel to Rockaway Park (Rockaway Park Branch)
Beach 90th Street N/A A rush hours in peak direction
S always
June 28, 1956 (subway)
Beach 98th Street N/A A rush hours in peak direction
S always
June 28, 1956 (subway)
Beach 105th Street N/A A rush hours in peak direction
S always
June 28, 1956 (subway)
Wheelchair Rockaway Park-Beach 116th Street N/A A rush hours in peak direction
S always
June 28, 1956 (subway)

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