Kew Gardens – Union Turnpike (IND Queens Boulevard Line)
|Address||Union Turnpike & Queens Boulevard
Kew Gardens, NY 11415
|Line||IND Queens Boulevard Line|
|Services||E (all times)
F (all times)
|Platforms||2 island platforms
|Opened||December 31, 1936|
|Passengers (2012)||8,296,905 1.4%|
|Rank||40 out of 421|
|Next north||Briarwood – Van Wyck Boulevard (local): E F
Parsons Boulevard (express): E
Jamaica – Van Wyck (Archer express): E
|Next south||75th Avenue (local): E F
Forest Hills – 71st Avenue (express): E
|Next north||Jamaica – 179th Street (via Queens Blvd./Hillside): E F
Jamaica – Van Wyck (via Archer): E
|Next south||Jackson Heights – Roosevelt Avenue: E F|
Kew Gardens – Union Turnpike is an express station on the IND Queens Boulevard Line of the New York City Subway. Located at Union Turnpike and Queens Boulevard in Kew Gardens and Forest Hills, Queens, it is served by the E and F trains at all times.
Despite the station's name, Union Turnpike forms the border between Kew Gardens and Forest Hills, and the station straddles that border. Multiple entrances are located in each neighborhood.
This express station has four tracks and two island platforms. The F train stops on the outer local tracks at all times while the E stops on the center express tracks from approximately 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. weekdays and on the outer tracks at all other times.
A tower is located at the north end of the northbound platform and is active only on weekdays. This station is unusual in that its mezzanine is split in two halves. This is because at this location, Union Turnpike and the Jackie Robinson Parkway cross under Queens Boulevard but over the Queens Boulevard Line tracks; the mezzanine is at the level of Union Turnpike, one half on either side. Several stairs lead down from sidewalk level to walkways on either side of the turnpike, which themselves lead to one of the mezzanines. Automobiles were formerly allowed to drop off and pick up passengers along those walkways, but car access is currently blocked.
East of Kew Gardens – Union Turnpike there is another flying junction that ties the eastward tracks to Jamaica Yard. The other side of the wye curves west to become a lower level of the subway just west of Kew Gardens – Union Turnpike.
There are two diamond crossovers at this station. One is located at the eastern end and the other is located at the western end. Each allow trains to cross-over between the local and express tracks in the same direction. There is a punch box located at the eastern end. Also to the east of this station, are track connections from both the express and local tracks to Jamaica Yard.
|B1||Mezzanine||Fare control, station agent
(Elevator at SE corner of Union Turnpike and Kew Gardens Road)
|B2||Southbound local||← toward World Trade Center weekends (75th Avenue)
← toward Coney Island – Stillwell Avenue (75th Avenue)
|Southbound express||← toward World Trade Center weekdays (Forest Hills – 71st Avenue)|
|Northbound express||→ toward Jamaica – 179th Street rush hours (Parsons Boulevard) →
→ toward Jamaica Center – Parsons/Archer weekdays only (Jamaica – Van Wyck) →
|Northbound local||→ toward Jamaica Center – Parsons/Archer weekends (Briarwood – Van Wyck Boulevard) →
→ toward Jamaica – 179th Street (Briarwood – Van Wyck Boulevard) →
- "Facts and Figures: Annual Subway Ridership". New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Retrieved 2013-04-02.
- From Bus to Subway in Kew Gardens
- JetBlue Airways Corporation; Forest Hills, NY United States (Hoovers.com)
Media related to Kew Gardens – Union Turnpike (IND Queens Boulevard Line) at Wikimedia Commons
- nycsubway.org—IND Queens Boulevard Line: Union Turnpike/Kew Gardens
- "MTA NYC Transit Opens ADA Elevators at Kew Gardens-Union Turnpike EF in Queens" (Press release). MTA. July 28, 2008.
- Station Reporter — E Train
- Station Reporter — F Train
- The Subway Nut — Kew Gardens – Union Turnpike Pictures
- 80th Road entrance from Google Maps Street View
- Union Turnpike — Jackie Robinson Parkway entrance from Google Maps Street View
- 78th Avenue entrance from Google Maps Street View