Former Staten Island Railway station
General information
LocationArlington, Staten Island
Coordinates40°38′01″N 74°09′58″W / 40.6335°N 74.1661°W / 40.6335; -74.1661 (Arlington station)Coordinates: 40°38′01″N 74°09′58″W / 40.6335°N 74.1661°W / 40.6335; -74.1661 (Arlington station)
Line(s)North Shore Branch
Platforms1 island platform
ClosedMarch 31, 1953; 69 years ago (1953-03-31)
Previous namesArlington − South Avenue[1][2]
Former services
Preceding station Staten Island Railway Following station
Port Ivory
North Shore Branch Harbor Road
toward St. George

Arlington was a station on the abandoned North Shore Branch of the Staten Island Railway, in Staten Island, New York. Located in an open-cut 5.2 miles (8.4 km) from the St. George Terminal,[3] it had two tracks and one island platform.[4] For a few years before its closure in 1953, it was the western (railroad direction south) terminus of the North Shore Line;[4] before then, the terminus was the Port Ivory station to the west, though most trains terminated at Arlington.[5][6] It was located in the Arlington and Mariners Harbor sections of Staten Island, near the Arlington Yard, under the South Avenue overpass, between Arlington Place and Brabant Street.[4]


The station was put up at the South Avenue grade crossing in 1889–1890.[7] This location was where trains were turned on their way back to Saint George. The name of the neighborhood Arlington was coined after the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad (B&O) purchased a farm at Old Place, on Staten Island's northwestern corner, which would become the Arlington freight yard. The B&O renamed the area Arlington.[8][9][10] The station originally consisted of two wooden side platforms with a stationhouse at the east end of the St. George-bound platform and ramps to South Avenue.[11] A wooden overpass to the side of the right-of-way was located at the west end. Non-electrified freight sidings were located on both sides of the station, with a switch to the northernmost track located in the center of the station.[4] The station was closed on March 31, 1953, along with the rest of the North Shore Branch and the South Beach Branch.[4][8]

The station site is currently occupied by tail tracks for the reactivated Arlington freight yard, which began serving the Howland Hook Marine Terminal in 2005. Because of this, the former station was demolished.[1][5] Arlington is one of the stations to be returned to operation under the proposals for reactivation of the North Shore branch for rapid transit, light rail, or bus rapid transit service. Any new service would require a physical separation from the current freight tracks. A new terminal station has been proposed south of the original site along South Avenue between Brabant Street and Continental Place, along with a second nearby station for a proposed West Shore service at Forest Avenue.[1][2][12][13]


  1. ^ a b c "NYCT NORTH SHORE ALTERNATIVES ANALYSIS: Alternatives Analysis Report" (PDF). Metropolitan Transportation Authority, SYSTRA. August 2012. Retrieved July 20, 2015.
  2. ^ a b "North Shore Alternatives Analysis: Rail Alignment Drawings Arlington-St. George" (PDF). Metropolitan Transportation Authority, SYSTRA. September 2010. Retrieved July 20, 2015.
  3. ^ Office of Diane J. Savino (2013). "State Senator Diane J. Savino's 2013 Staten Island Railway Rider Report" (PDF). New York State Senate. Retrieved July 31, 2015.
  4. ^ a b c d e Pitanza, Marc (2015). Staten Island Rapid Transit Images of Rail. Arcadia Publishing. ISBN 978-1-4671-2338-9.
  5. ^ a b "North Shore Alternatives Analysis: Public Meeting THURSDAY, APRIL 22, 2010 7:00 p.m." (PDF). Metropolitan Transportation Authority. April 22, 2010. Archived from the original (PDF) on October 6, 2015. Retrieved July 31, 2015.
  6. ^ Weekly Reports and Index Containing Decisions, Opinions and Rulings for New York State Departments, Commissions and Courts. State Departments Information Company, Incorporated. 1917. pp. 1962–1963. Retrieved July 31, 2015.
  7. ^ "Edward Bommer SIRT". Google Docs. December 2, 2015. Retrieved December 17, 2015.
  8. ^ a b Leigh, Irvin; Matus, Paul (January 2002). "State Island Rapid Transit: The Essential History". The Third Rail Online. Archived from the original on May 30, 2015. Retrieved June 27, 2015.
  9. ^ Matteo, Thomas (April 22, 2015). "B&O Railroad had strong presence on Staten Island for 100 years". Staten Island Advance. Staten Island, New York. Retrieved August 1, 2015.
  10. ^ "The Baltimore & Ohio Railroad in New Jersey".
  11. ^ "Staten Island Rapid Transit Station, Arlington, circa 1909". 1909. Retrieved February 25, 2018 – via Staten Island Museum.
  12. ^ "North Shore Alternatives Analysis: Rail Alignment Drawings West Shore Plaza - Arlington" (PDF). Metropolitan Transportation Authority, SYSTRA. September 2010. Retrieved December 25, 2015.
  13. ^ "North Shore Alternatives Analysis May 2012" (PDF). Metropolitan Transportation Authority, SYSTRA. May 2012.