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Subway Connection Options
LIRR customers who normally travel to Penn Station have many options to get to Manhattan, including seven ways to connect with the New York City Subway and one way to connect to the East River Ferry. To avoid Penn Station consider commuting via any of these convenient transfer points.
Atlantic Terminal, Brooklyn
Islanders and Nets fans know Atlantic Terminal as their home base for getting to games at Barclays Center, but you don’t have to be a sports fan to use this terminal. Atlantic Terminal is the historic origin of the Long Island Rail Road, and was serving as a Manhattan connection point long before Penn Station opened in 1910. The LIRR completely rebuilt this station’s main passenger concourse in 2010, opening up a two-story atrium filled with art and daylight. The station offers a direct connection to the subway lines right inside the station complex. It’s just three stops to Lower Manhattan on the trains, four stops on the or five stops on the . Including the time to make the transfer to the subway, the travel time from Atlantic Terminal to West 34th Street via the is 33-37 minutes longer than staying aboard an LIRR train, but the trains bypass the Financial District and travel directly to Chinatown, the Village and Midtown via the Manhattan Bridge.
Jamaica offers a direct connection to the subway, the Queens Boulevard Express Subway, which offers continuing service to east and west midtown. The train departs every four to five minutes during rush hours, so there is very little waiting for a train. Including the time to make the transfer to the subway, the travel time from Jamaica to West 34th Street via the is 21-24 minutes longer than staying aboard an LIRR train. Travel time to 53rd Street and Lexington Avenue is shorter than that. Customers looking to travel to Lower Manhattan can change at Jamaica to the elevated line which runs local through Queens and Brooklyn. To find the subway from a westbound train, walk toward the rear of your platform, then follow the signage for a walk to the north side of the station. The subway is reachable via stairs from street level or from elevator via the AirTrain mezzanine.
Midtown Manhattan is just two stops away from Hunterspoint Avenue via the subway, which stops at Grand Central, Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street, then Times Square before turning toward 34th Street-Hudson Yards. Reaching the train from the LIRR platform is easy. Just go up the stairs to the street level and walk 280 feet west to the entrance to the subway station.
From the Hunterspoint Avenue LIRR Station, the MTA will provide a shuttle bus to the East River Ferry dock at Hunters Point South. The MTA is adding a ferry boat to existing service to double the frequency of service to help commuters get to and from Manhattan. The MTA ferries will travel between Long Island City and East 34th Street. For the duration of the track work, from July 10 through at least September 1, a ferry will depart every 10 minutes during commuting hours and then make a five-minute trip to East 34th Street or a 34-minute trip to Wall Street.
Long Island City
The Long Island City station, located on Borden Avenue and 5th Street, is a 1,250-foot walk from the East River Ferry’s Hunters Point South dock. The MTA is adding a ferry boat to existing service, doubling the frequency of service to help commuters get to and from Manhattan. The MTA ferries will travel back and forth between Long Island City and 34th street. For the duration of the track work, from July 10 through at least September 1, a ferry will depart every 10 minutes during commuting hours and then make a five-minute trip to East 34th Street or a 34-minute trip to Wall Street. For more ferry information and schedules, visit: https://www.ferry.nyc/