From SIR, with love

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STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Huguenot Station is 10.7 miles from St. George, the northern end of the Staten Island Railway, and 3.6 miles from Tottenville, southern end of the crescent-shaped right-of-way. Once owned by the Baltimore & Ohio, it was sold to the N.Y. Metropolitan Transportation Authority in 1971.

St. George, the south end of the Staten Island Ferry from Manhattan, provides much of the ridership. It is one of the two fare collection points on the Railway, which uses two-person crews and no on-board fare collection.

While MTA’s Long Island Rail Road hauls more than 350,000 weekday passengers, the SIR sees slightly more than 16,000 weekday riders on its 14-mile route, with 60-plus cars, covering 22 stations, and 4 Brookville BL20G diesels to help with maintenance duties.

As a rail operational hybrid, the SIR runs subway cars on a grade-separated line, with one small tunnel, and built to suburban railroad standards.

It is not a subway.

Trains run every half hour throughout the day and night, with service every 15 minutes during the rush hours. Staten Island, the westernmost part of New York City, is the only borough not connected by subway with its sisters: New York, King’s or Brooklyn, Queens, and The Bronx.
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