Hunterspoint Avenue is one of the strangest LIRR stations. It has service rush hours peak direction (normal service is 10 in the AM, and 9 in the PM) almost entirely from diesels although the stop is electrified and there is one PM Ronkonkoma Line trip that uses EMUs from the station, left over from the days when it was diesel until electrified in 1987. The stop receives most of its ridership on Summer Friday afternoons when 3 additional trains run from the station to Montauk including the Cannonball which has two cars for Hamptons Reserve Service (the remnants of former parlor car service), this is the only time the station ticket office is open consisting of a small wooden shack on the platform. A more frequent amenity for PM passengers is a beer stand, staffed in the open air so commuters can buy a drink for the ride home.
The actual station consists of a single island platform with a green translucent canopy for most of its length and a few enclosed battered sheltered areas along it for waiting passengers. Access is from two staircases, one on each side of 49th Avenue's overpass of the station that lead down to this platform, street stairs to the 7 train at Hunterspoint Avenue are just a short way down these sidewalks.
Summer 2013 Update: The Cannonball for the first time in its history is now departing from Penn Station, keeping the reserved service using dual-mode locomotives and no longer serving Hunterspoint Avenue.