Canarsie–Rockaway Parkway station

Canarsie–Rockaway Parkway is the southern terminal station of the BMT Canarsie Line of the New York City Subway, and is one of the few grade-level stations in the system. Located at the intersection of Rockaway Parkway and Glenwood Road in the Canarsie neighborhood of Brooklyn,[3] it is served by the L train at all times.[4]

 Canarsie–Rockaway Parkway
 "L" train
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Station house
Station statistics
AddressRockaway Parkway & Glenwood Road
Brooklyn, NY 11236
Coordinates40°38′43″N 73°54′09″W / 40.645382°N 73.902626°W / 40.645382; -73.902626Coordinates: 40°38′43″N 73°54′09″W / 40.645382°N 73.902626°W / 40.645382; -73.902626
DivisionB (BMT)
Line      BMT Canarsie Line
Services      L all times (all times)
Transit connectionsBus transport NYCT Bus: B6, B17, B42, B60, B82, B82 SBS (Select Bus Service)
  • B42 and westbound B6 and B82 (Local and SBS) buses stop within subway fare control.
Platforms1 island platform
Other information
OpenedJuly 28, 1906; 113 years ago (1906-07-28)
Station code138[1]
AccessibleThis station is compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 ADA-accessible
OMNY acceptedNo
Opposite-direction transfer availableYes
Passengers (2018)3,598,843[2]Decrease 6%
Rank133 out of 424
Station succession
Next northEast 105th Street: L all times
Next south(Terminal): L all times

Next adjacent station compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 northWilson Avenue: L all times
Next adjacent station compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 southnone: L all times

Station layoutEdit

Track layout
Ground/platform level
Exit/Entrance via headhouse;
Fare control, station agent, MetroCard Vending Machines
  Station at street level
Track 1   toward Eighth Avenue (East 105th Street)
Island platform, doors will open on the left, right  
Track 2   toward Eighth Avenue (East 105th Street)
Bus loops and free transfer to B6 (westbound only), B42, B82 Local (westbound only), and B82 SBS (westbound only)
Platform view at Canarsie–Rockaway Parkway, with an R160A L train at right

This grade level station, opened on July 28, 1906, has two tracks and a single island platform. The two tracks end at offset bumper blocks at the south end of the station; track 2, the northbound track, is slightly shorter than track 1 because of the diagonal alignment of the station to the street grid.[5][6]

Because it is at street level, the station is accessible as part of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.[7] However, this station is planned to be upgraded with several ADA improvements to be added in the near future,[8] since the station is still missing some key ADA elements.[7] The final components of ADA accessibility at the station will be completed as part of the 2015–2019 MTA Capital Program. For $5.48 million, the station agent booths will be relocated, platforms will have boarding areas extended and retrofitted with warning strips and rubbing boards, the platform gaps would be reduced, and a new ADA compliant ramp will be installed, along with other modifications.[9][7] A $21.2 million contract for ADA upgrades and a renovation of the adjacent bus terminal was awarded in late 2018.[10]

Adjacent to the station to the east is the Canarsie Yard.[5][6]


The station's entrance is beyond the bumper blocks at the south end of the platform. It contains a turnstile bank, token booth, and leads to Rockaway Parkway. On the side of the station house opposite the transfer point is a secondary entrance/exit that contains one HEET entry/exit turnstile, one exit-only HEET turnstile, and one emergency gate. This unstaffed entrance/exit leads to a NYCDOT municipal parking lot, located on the north side of the station. This lot was opened by the New York City Transit Authority in 1959, with space for 340 cars.[11][12] Another set of HEET turnstiles between the north end of the bus loop and Canarsie Yard connected to the platform by a passageway leads to East 98th Street near Glenwood Road.

Bus transferEdit

This station is the only one in the system with a bus transfer station within fare control. When the rail service to Canarsie Pier along Rockaway Parkway was discontinued, riders were entitled to a free transfer to the replacement trolleys. Rather than issue paper transfers so riders could exit to the street for the trolleys, a loop was built next to the station with a boarding platform. When the trolleys were discontinued in April 1949, the B42 bus replaced them.[13] South of here, there are still trolley poles remaining, with street lighting using some of them.[14]

Boarding area for the B42 bus is to the left in 2008. The subway station platform is in the foreground, and the boarding area has since been reconstructed.

Train riders walk directly to the bus loading area without leaving the fare control zone. In turn, bus passengers from Rockaway Parkway enter the subway station without paying an additional fare. At the street, a chain link fence gate blocks access to the bus area to prevent pedestrians from sneaking in for a free ride. The gate is operated by an electric trigger, and was put into operation on December 7, 1960.[13] The back of the bus loop contains an unstaffed entrance to the Rockaway Parkway station that is built on a small shack, has one HEET turnstile, one exit-only turnstile, and one emergency gate, and leads to the northeast corner of Glenwood Road and East 98th Street.

Prior to December 2019, other buses serving the station stopped at the curb and picked up passengers outside fare control on the East 98th Street loop outside the inner loop. A chain link fence had separated the loops. In 2019, the loop was reconfigured, and reopened with 3 bays and one loop:

  • Bay 1: all B42 service
  • Bay 2: westbound B82 Local and Select Bus service
  • Bay 3: westbound B6 Local and Limited service

The B17 and B60, along with eastbound buses on the B6 (excluding trips terminating at Rockaway Parkway) and B82 Local and Select Bus Service routes, continue to stop outside fare control. This reconstruction was done for approximately $2.4 million.[9]


  1. ^ "Station Developers' Information". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Retrieved June 13, 2017.
  2. ^ "Facts and Figures: Annual Subway Ridership 2013–2018". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. July 18, 2019. Retrieved July 18, 2019.
  3. ^ "Neighborhood Map Brownsville Ocean Hill East New York Remsen Village" (PDF). Metropolitan Transportation Authority. 2015. Retrieved October 2, 2016.
  4. ^ "L Subway Timetable, Effective June 24, 2018" (PDF). Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Retrieved June 24, 2018.
  5. ^ a b "General Station Arrangement Sta. 79+00 TO 96+60 14th Street Canarsie Line P BMT". New York City Transit Authority Maintenance of Way Department Signal Section. November 17, 1965. Retrieved August 10, 2016.
  6. ^ a b Dougherty, Peter (2006) [2002]. Tracks of the New York City Subway 2006 (3rd ed.). Dougherty. OCLC 49777633 – via Google Books.
  7. ^ a b c "Access excess? MTA spending $6M to make stairless station handicapped accessible". Brooklyn Daily. July 7, 2017. Retrieved March 8, 2018.
  8. ^ "MTA Capital Program 2016-2019: Renew. Enhance. Expand" (PDF). Metropolitan Transportation Authority. October 28, 2015. Retrieved October 28, 2015.[permanent dead link]
  9. ^ a b "Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) Notice of Public Hearing and Description of Projects – Tuesday, August 23, 2016 4:30 P.M. – Request for Federal Financial Assistance Under the Federal Transportation Authorization For Federal Fiscal Year 2017 Capital Improvement Projects" (PDF). Metropolitan Transportation Authority. July 28, 2016. Archived from the original (PDF) on August 17, 2016. Retrieved August 7, 2016.
  10. ^ "Transit & Bus Committee Meeting" (PDF). Metropolitan Transportation Authority. January 22, 2019. pp. 176–177. Retrieved January 19, 2019.
  11. ^ "Municipal Parking Facilities". New York City Department of Transportation.
  12. ^ Stengren, Bernard (August 15, 1959). "City Lots Provide 10,850 Car Spaces" (PDF). The New York Times. Retrieved September 6, 2016.
  13. ^ a b Muir, Hugh G. (December 7, 1960). "Sonic 'Echo' Unit Stands Guard For Subway-Bus Transfer". New York World-Telegram. pp. B1, B3.
  14. ^ "CANARSIE'S BACKYARD TROLLEY - Forgotten New York". Retrieved August 10, 2016.

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