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Aqueduct–North Conduit Avenue is a station on the IND Rockaway Line of the New York City Subway. Located at North Conduit Avenue near the intersection of Cohancy Street in Ozone Park, it is served at all times by the A and T trains.

HistoryEdit

The station was originally built by the New York, Woodhaven and Rockaway Railroad in 1883 as Aqueduct, along what would become the now-former Rockaway Beach Branch of the Long Island Rail Road in 1887, and was taken out of service on November 29, 1939, as part of a grade elimination project. A temporary center-island station was built west of the station between that date and the opening of the new high-level station on September 24, 1940. This station was located 26 feet (7.9 m) south of the previous station. On October 3, 1955, the station, like most of the Rockaway Beach Branch was acquired by the New York City Transit Authority and reopened as a subway station along the IND Rockaway Line on June 28, 1956. Evidence of the station's previous incarnation is in the Long Island Rail Road-type exit steps near the south end, and the aforementioned longer platforms.

The station is planned to be renovated starting in 2016, as part of the 2010–2014 MTA Capital Program.

Station layoutEdit

P
Platform level
Side platform, doors will open on the right
Northbound local A toward Inwood-207th Street (Aqueduct Racetrack)
T toward Broadway-125th Street (Aqueduct Racetrack)
Northbound express Trackbed
Southbound express Trackbed
Southbound local A toward Far Rockaway (Howard Beach-JFK Airport)
T toward Rockaway Park) (Howard Beach-JFK Airport)
Side platform, doors will open on the right
M Mezzanine Station agent, MetroCard vending machines, fare control
G Street Level Exit/ Entrance

The station has two side platforms and four tracks, but the two center express tracks are permanently removed from service, partially covered with ballast, and are no longer connected to the local tracks. The northbound express track had its third rail removed, while the southbound express track still has its third rail. A portion of the northbound express track, unused in regular service, reconnects with the local tracks south of this station. The platforms are only canopied on the north and south ends. The remaining section has beige concrete windscreens on the Brooklyn-bound platform and black steel fence on the Rockaway-bound platform. The platforms are extra long, about 800 feet (240 m) in length – 200 feet (61 m) more than a standard IND platform length – since it was built to Long Island Railroad standards. The extra length and short distance north to the Aqueduct/Resorts World special service station to the north mean that a single full length train can straddle both stations.

ExitsEdit

The station's only mezzanine mezzanine is at sidewalk level on the north end of North Conduit Avenue underneath the tracks. It has MetroCard vending machines, three turnstiles, and one staircase to each platform on the south end.

There is an additional unstaffed fare control area at the north end of the Rockaway-bound platform. Two HEET platform-level turnstiles lead to a staircase that goes down to a pedestrian tunnel that runs underneath the line. This exits to Hawtree Street (near 99th Place and Cohancy Street). There is a Resorts World Casino shuttle bus stop at the street exit, providing service to Aqueduct Racetrack and the casino. Until August 2013, this was exit-only, with a still-standing chain link fence that was locked when it was closed, with signs that had informed people that there is no subway entrance in the tunnel. However, the portal is now available for both entrance and exit at all times, including casino off hours. Newer signage advises that the entrance provides access to the southbound platform, and to walk the platform to the south mezzanine for northbound service toward Manhattan.

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