Astoria Boulevard (BMT Astoria Line)

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Astoria Boulevard
NYCS N NYCS Q
New York City Subway rapid transit station
Astoria Boulevard-Hoyt Avenue.jpg
Station statistics
Address Astoria Boulevard & 31st Street
Astoria, NY 11102
Borough Queens
Locale Astoria
Coordinates 40°46′12″N 73°55′05″W / 40.769979°N 73.918161°W / 40.769979; -73.918161Coordinates: 40°46′12″N 73°55′05″W / 40.769979°N 73.918161°W / 40.769979; -73.918161
Division B (BMT)
Line BMT Astoria Line
Services       N all times (all times)
      Q weekdays (weekdays)
Connection
Structure Elevated
Platforms 2 island platforms
cross-platform interchange
Tracks 3 (2 in regular service)
Other information
Opened July 19, 1917; 96 years ago (1917-07-19)
Former/other names Astoria Boulevard – Hoyt Avenue
Traffic
Passengers (2013) 3,962,838[1] Increase 2.4%
Rank 121 out of 421
Station succession
Next north Astoria – Ditmars Boulevard: N all times Q weekdays
Next south 30th Avenue (local): N all times Q weekdays
Queensboro Plaza (express): no regular service

Astoria Boulevard or Astoria Boulevard – Hoyt Avenue is an express station on the BMT Astoria Line, it is served by the N train at all times, and by the Q train on weekdays.

This elevated station opened on July 19, 1917. It has three tracks and two island platforms. The center track is not normally used.

The station has wooden canopies with transite and wooden mezzanines. The northbound platform’s benches are surrounded by low windscreen on three sides. The southbound platform bears the tertiary name of Columbus Square, for a small park containing a statue of Columbus by Angelo Racioppi immediately east of the southeastern stair of the station. It also has an enclosed waiting area. This station affords a view of the Hell Gate Bridge and viaduct to the north, Triborough Bridge to the west, and Grand Central Parkway and Astoria Boulevard underneath. These three structures forced a change in the station. The overpass to the far north exit was an addition because of the Triborough Bridge’s construction in 1936. The parkway forced relocation of the north exit stairways since the parkway was too wide for the original stairways. The southern stairways are original. The mezzanine has separate turnstile banks from each side with crossunders from the platform stairs.

On the morning of May 1, 1998, a backhoe working underneath the station (not performing New York City Transit-related work) struck the mezzanine, ripping out three support beams while damaging four more and creating a huge hole in the floor. There were no injuries, but trains bypassed the station at restricted speed.[2] Cleanup work began immediately and by noon, the slow speed restriction was removed. By 3:00 p.m., a temporary wooden floor has installed. Less than eight hours from the time of the first response, the station was back in full service. Permanent repairs were made overnight.

Station layout[edit]

P
Platforms
Southbound local NYCS N toward Coney Island – Stillwell Avenue via Sea Beach (30th Avenue)
NYCS Q toward Coney Island – Stillwell Avenue via Brighton (weekdays) (30th Avenue)
Island platform, doors will open on the left
Peak-direction express No regular service
(No service: Queensboro Plaza southbound or Astoria – Ditmars Boulevard northbound)
Island platform, doors will open on the left
Northbound local NYCS N (NYCS Q weekdays) toward Astoria – Ditmars Boulevard (Terminus)
M Mezzanine to entrances/exits, station agent, MetroCard vending machines
G Street Level Entrances/Exits

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Facts and Figures: Annual Subway Ridership". New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Retrieved 2014-03-26. 
  2. ^ Mbugua, Martin; Rutenberg, James (1998-05-02). "Backhoe Cripples El". Daily News. Retrieved 2010-04-11. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Astoria Boulevard (BMT Astoria Line) at Wikimedia Commons