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Beach 98th Street, sometimes called Beach 98th Street – Playland, is a station on the IND Rockaway Line of the New York City Subway. It is served by the T at all times and ten daily rush-hour only A trains.

Station layoutEdit

P
Platform level
Side platform, doors will open on the right
Northbound T toward Broadway-125th Street (Beach 90th Street)
A toward Inwood–207th Street (Beach 90th Street) (AM rush hours only)
Southbound T (A during PM rush hours only) toward Rockaway Park (Beach 105th Street)
Side platform, doors will open on the right
M Mezzanine Fare control, station agent
G Street Level Exit/ Entrance

The station is built on a concrete viaduct. There are two tracks and two side platforms. New lights have been installed. Canopies, mezzanine, and side walls are similar to Beach 90th Street.

ExitsEdit

There is a crossunder to the tiled mezzanine. The southbound platform is longer than the northbound one, and had an exit at the north end of the Rockaway Park bound platform which has been removed. Outside of fare control, there are stairs to either eastern corner of Rockaway Freeway and Beach 99th Street.

HistoryEdit

The station was originally built by the Long Island Rail Road in April 1903 as Steeplechase on the Rockaway Beach Branch, and was also a trolley stop of the Ocean Electric Railway. It was renamed Playland on May 15, 1933, for the former Rockaways' Playland, which was closed in 1985. No trace of the park remains other than the station name. In 1942, the station was replaced with an elevated station, and was taken out of service on October 3, 1955 as part of its purchase by the New York City Transit Authority, which reopened it as a subway station on June 28, 1956.

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