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104th Street is a station on the IND Fulton Street Line of the New York City Subway, located on Liberty Avenue at 104th Street in South Ozone Park and Richmond Hill, Queens. The station is served by the C train at all times.

HistoryEdit

104th 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. 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. The Fulton Street Elevated west of Hudson Street was closed, and eventually demolished.

The station has gone by a number of different names. It opened as Oxford Avenue. A 1924 system map portrayed the station as "Oxford Avenue", with "104th St." shown below the name in parentheses, and in a smaller print. By 1948, "Oxford" and "104" were shown in equal sizes, and by 1959 the name was shown as "104 St–Oxford". The current official map shows the name as just "104 St". Station signage still shows "104th Street – Oxford Avenue".

The station was completely renovated in 2014.

Station layoutEdit

P
Platform level
Side platform], doors will open on the right
Northbound C toward 168th Street (Rockaway Boulevard)
Peak-direction Express No regular service
Southbound C toward Lefferts Boulevard (111th Street)
Side platform, doors will open on the right
M Mezzanine Fare control, station agent
G Street Level Exit/ Entrance

The station has three tracks and two side platforms. The middle track is not currently used in revenue service. Northwest of the station, the center track ends at a bumper due to a connection to the IND Rockaway Line, which uses part of the abandoned Long Island Rail Road's Rockaway Beach Branch tracks. The same tracks can also be seen at this station.

After the station was renovated in 2014 and the beginning of 2015, artwork, that was commissioned by MTA Arts & Design and designed by Béatrice Coron, was installed being titled On the Right Track.

ExitsEdit

The exit at the northeast end of the station (railroad south) leads to either eastern corner of Liberty Avenue and 104th Street. At the opposite end of the station, there is an exit to either western corner of Liberty Avenue and 102nd Street.

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