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Union Tpke

1997: Reopening of Aqueduct Racetrack

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Thanks, very interesting stuff.

I remember that period very well when it was closed.  Daily Racing Form made a big stink about it at the time that happened.

 

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42 minutes ago, Wallyhorse said:

Thanks, very interesting stuff.

I remember that period very well when it was closed.  Daily Racing Form made a big stink about it at the time that happened.

 

Do you happen to have a copy?

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3 hours ago, Union Tpke said:

Do you happen to have a copy?

No, I threw out my old DRFs years ago (have not bought a print edition in years).  That particular article (actually from early 1991) noted the major issues with the Aqueduct station being closed and everyone having to walk the full distance from the (A) station at Aqueduct-North Conduit to the Big A and how that was keeping some people away.

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I forget why, I just assumed it was part of the 1990 budget cuts.  I would guess the MTA didn't want to man that station any longer, especially with the discontinuation of the (JFK) around that time.

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@ Wallyhorse 

Would you wager whether the stop is used more often by casino patrons or Big A folks these days?  Inquiring minds would like to know 😁 . Carry on 

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One of the things I never understood about this station is why a platform was built in the Northbound direction only instead of the Southbound direction.

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6 hours ago, Lawrence St said:

One of the things I never understood about this station is why a platform was built in the Northbound direction only instead of the Southbound direction.

The venue's on the east side of the tracks.

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14 hours ago, Trainmaster5 said:

@ Wallyhorse 

Would you wager whether the stop is used more often by casino patrons or Big A folks these days?  Inquiring minds would like to know 😁 . Carry on 

Casino patrons for sure.  I'd myself be rebuilding the station to use when needed as a short-turn terminal with two new platforms and a rebuild to four tracks that also would allow for express service from the Rockaways to stop there (and essentially be an extension of the Rockaway Park (S) or (H) as its internally known). 

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1 hour ago, Lex said:

The venue's on the east side of the tracks.

.....Is this seriously the answer you chose?

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4 minutes ago, LTA1992 said:

.....Is this seriously the answer you chose?

Why is that a bad answer? The MTA was clearly only interested in doing the bare minimum, and a platform on the western (southbound) tracks would require an overpass to connect to the racetrack.

The truth sucking and being shitty doesn't make it a lie.

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3 minutes ago, LTA1992 said:

.....Is this seriously the answer you chose?

I'm not the one who planned this shit.

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3 hours ago, bobtehpanda said:

Why is that a bad answer? The MTA was clearly only interested in doing the bare minimum, and a platform on the western (southbound) tracks would require an overpass to connect to the racetrack.

The truth sucking and being shitty doesn't make it a lie.

I believe that station may have been an old LIRR station on the Rockaway Beach Branch.                       

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47 minutes ago, Wallyhorse said:

I believe that station may have been an old LIRR station on the Rockaway Beach Branch.                       

It wasn't.

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35 minutes ago, Lex said:

It wasn't.

Correct, (for wally) It lies on the former Rockaway Beach Branch track, but it never served any LIRR trains to my knowledge as it was built and opened alongside the racetracks renovation (around 1959). Which was after the LIRR line closed. Map below was before the RBB closed i believe. 

1951nas.jpg

The MTA is the one to blame for not making the racetrack stop southbound after it was built, as they rejected the proposal to do so earlier in the decade.

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Thanks for the correction.  I suspect back then they NYCTA (MTA's predecessor) didn't want to spend the money. 

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