Although subways and buses crisscross the borough and are the most common form of public transportation for those living in Queens, they are not the only methods of getting around the borough.
The Long Island Rail Road, the nation’s busiest commuter rail line, carried 89.3 million travelers in 2016. A majority of those commuters come from Nassau and Suffolk counties and use Queens as a viaduct to Manhattan and Brooklyn. The LIRR has 21 stations in the borough, and it’s the only way Queens residents east of Flushing and Jamaica can get around by train.
The Port Washington branch, the only one that does not stop in Jamaica, is a primary mode of transportation for many commuters from Flushing, Auburndale, Bayside, Douglaston and Little Neck, while lesser-used stations serve neighborhoods in Southeast Queens, such as Bellerose, Hollis and Rosedale. From those stations, the LIRR’s second terminal at Flatbush Avenue in Brooklyn is also accessible. Along the Port Washington branch are the Mets-Willets Point station and the U.S. Tennis Center, home of the US Open.
Within what the LIRR refers to as the “City Terminal Zone,” commuters often shell out extra money at Woodside, Forest Hills and Kew Gardens for a quicker trip into Manhattan than taking the subway.
For more information on exact schedules, call (718) 217-5477 or go to mta.info/lirr.