Forest Hills

Looking at Platform B

Station statistics
Address Continental Avenue (71st Avenue) & Austin Street

Forest Hills, New York

Coordinates 40°43′10″N 73°50′42″W / 40.719483°N 73.844883°W / 40.719483; -73.844883

Coordinates: 40°43′10″N 73°50′42″W / 40.719483°N 73.844883°W / 40.719483; -73.844883

Lines Main Line

(City Terminal Zone)

Connections New York City Subway:[2] [3] [4] [5] at Forest Hills – 71st Avenue

MTA Bus Company: Q23, Q64

Platforms 2
Tracks 4
Other information
Opened 1906
Closed 1911
Rebuilt August 5, 1911
Electrified June 16, 1910
Accessible [6]
Owned by MTA
Fare zone 1
Preceding station [7] Long Island Rail Road Following station

toward Penn Station

Main Line

(City Terminal Zone)

Kew Gardens

toward Long Island

Forest Hills is a wheelchair accessible station on the Main Line of the Long Island Rail Road. It serves the residents of Forest Hills, Queens and is located at Austin Street and Continental Avenue (71st Avenue), just south of Queens Boulevard, within the City Terminal Zone. There are two side platforms, which can each hold a 4-car train. The station is located within Fare Zone 1, and is in the CityTicket program. The station is located in an area of Forest Hills known as Station Square. Built in 1906 and rebuilt in 1911, the station is the only one in the system not to have standard blue and white signage. Instead, there are plaques and historic style signage within and around the station that complement the architecture of the stationhouse and the surrounding area. Among this history is the fact that on July 4, 1917, former President Theodore Roosevelt made his "Unification Speech" from the steps of this station.[1] Also, speed tests for the PATH PA-1[2] and R44 subway cars passed through this station.[3]


[hide]*1 Platform and track configuration

[edit] Platform and track configurationEdit

This station has two high-level side platforms each four cars long. The northern platform, adjacent to Track 3, is generally used by westbound or inbound or Manhattan-bound trains. The southern platform, adjacent to Track 4, is generally used by eastbound or outbound trains.

The Main Line has four tracks at this location. The two middle tracks, not adjacent to either platform, are used only by express trains.

[edit] Bus and Rail ConnectionsEdit

New York City Subway


  • Q23: Forest Hills-East Elmhurst.
  • Q64: Forest Hills-71st Avenue-Electchester.

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