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34th Street was the original southern terminus of the Bayonne Branch of the HBLR on its opening day, April 22, 2000 until the southern extension opened to 22nd Street in 2003. The station has two tracks with an island platform along an existing railroad ROW with a single freight track just east of the station platform. The single platform has a single HBLR canopy and a small ancillary building at its southern end. I have a feeling this might contain a non-public restroom for LRV operators when the station was a terminus. The platform floor is etched with a map by Nina Yankowitz and Barry Holden of the original HBLR system that extends to the top of the platform benches.

To leave the platform, a ramp descends to grade at its northern end. This leads down to a pedestrian crossing over the west track. This leads to a sidewalk to the local community to Avenue E between 34th and 35th Streets. The walkway between the tracks continues north to a staircase and elevator up to the HBLR's longest pedestrian bridge. This bridge is fully enclosed with glass walls and turquoise support beams and pillars. Along the bridge are murals, Bayonne Passage by Charles Fahlen. This bridge leads across the west and freight track. It reaches an intermediate support (with a taller roof) and turns south to run parallel to Highway 440 before finally descending back to the ground with another elevator and staircase. It arrives at the northern end of a bus loop. At this bus loop is one of the most unique NYC Bus Stops. The only one located outside of the state of New York. It is a conventional NYC DOT bus stop, complete with a guide a ride. It serves the S89 LTD that provides rush hour only trips to and from Staten Island across the Bayonne Bridge, the route started in 2007 partially replacing a previously CoachUSA privately operated route from Staten Island to Jersey City. It accepts MetroCard like a regular MTA bus route although no free transfers to and from the HBLR. Beyond the bus loop heading south is a 400 total space paid HBLR parking lot that extends all the way to 32nd Street that has an overpass above the railroad tracks. This parking lot is split in the middle by Prospect Avenue.

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(34th_st1) NJ LRV #2013B bound for 22nd Street leaves 34th Street.
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(34th_st2) The ramp from the island platform to the area at track level leading to the overpass to the parking lot.
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(34th_st3) A gate leads to the more residential exit out of 34th Street.
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(34th_st4) Looking off the overpass at 34th Street at the Light Rail ROW that fallows a freight ROW.
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(34th_st5) Looking down long bridge that leads to the main portion of the parking lot at 34th Street.
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(34th_st6) A view of the elevator and stairs shaft down to the platform at 34th Street.
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(34th_st7) The buttons in the elevator at 34th Street.
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(34th_st8) A view across one of the parking lots at 34th Street with the station platform visible off in the background.
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(34th_st9) A 34th Street station sign from the passageway to it that leads form a residential street.
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(34th_st10) A HLBR station obelisk at the main pedestrian entrance to it from the street.
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(34th_st11) A very old NJ Transit To Hudson-Bergen LRT sign at the pedestrian entrance.
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(34th_st12) Approaching the island platform at 34th Street with its gate to the level-crossing.
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(34th_st13) A first view of the island platform at 34th Street from the crossing to the exits area
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(34th_st14) A view down the platform at 34th Street.
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(34th_st15) Looking towards the elevator and stair tower up to the long bridge to the main park and ride lot at 34th Street between the two tracks.
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(34th_st16) A plaque for the artwork on the long bridge at 34th Street called Bayonne Passage.
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