Kew Gardens – Union Turnpike (IND Queens Boulevard Line)

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Kew Gardens – Union Turnpike
NYCS E NYCS F
New York City Subway rapid transit station
Union Turnpike-Kew Gardens Station by David Shankbone.jpg
Station statistics
Address Union Turnpike & Queens Boulevard
Kew Gardens, NY 11415
Borough Queens
Locale Kew Gardens / Forest Hills
Coordinates 40°42′51″N 73°49′51″W / 40.714151°N 73.830786°W / 40.714151; -73.830786Coordinates: 40°42′51″N 73°49′51″W / 40.714151°N 73.830786°W / 40.714151; -73.830786
Division B (IND)
Line IND Queens Boulevard Line
Services       E all times (all times)
      F all times (all times)
Connection
Structure Underground
Platforms 2 island platforms
cross-platform interchange
Tracks 4
Other information
Opened December 31, 1936; 77 years ago (1936-12-31)
Accessible Handicapped/disabled access
Traffic
Passengers (2013) 8,609,185[1] Increase 3.8%
Rank 39 out of 421
Station succession
Next north Briarwood – Van Wyck Boulevard (local): E nights after 9:00 p.m. and weekends F all times
Parsons Boulevard (express): E rush hours
Jamaica – Van Wyck (Archer express): E weekdays until 9:00 p.m.
Next south 75th Avenue (local): E nights after 9:00 p.m. and weekends F all times
Forest Hills – 71st Avenue (express): E weekdays until 9:00 p.m.


Next Handicapped/disabled access north Jamaica – 179th Street (via Queens Blvd./Hillside): E rush hours F all times
Jamaica – Van Wyck (via Archer): E all times
Next Handicapped/disabled access south Forest Hills – 71st Avenue: E all times F all times

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 on the border of 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 weekdays (Manhattan-bound from approximately 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Jamaica-bound from 7:30 a.m. to 7:45 p.m.) 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, with no connection between the two outside of fare control. 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 (similar to stations on the IND Concourse Line), but car access is currently blocked.[2] The eastern (railroad north) half of the mezzanine contains the stations's full-time token booth. In 2008 this half, which serves riders of the Q10 and Q37 buses, was upgraded with cube-glass walls, as well as an elevator and ramp to make the station ADA accessible.[3] However, the western (railroad south) half, which serves riders of the heavily used Q46 bus line that runs along Union Turnpike, had its token booth closed and removed (with signage indicating asbestos condemnation).

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 of the Jamaica-bound platform, allowing trains to continue along the Queens Boulevard line to 179th Street or to switch to the IND Archer Av Line. East of the station there is a flying junction that connects to the Jamaica Yard, via a wye that curves east from the yard towards Briarwood – Van Wyck Boulevard. A second side of the wye curves west to become a lower level of the subway just west of the station. The yard itself is situated just north of the station in the southern portion of Flushing Meadows Corona Park, between the Grand Central Parkway and the Van Wyck Expressway.

Nearby points of interest include Queens Borough Hall, Queens Criminal Court, and the former headquarters of JetBlue Airways,[4] which has since relocated to the Brewster Building in Long Island City.

Station layout[edit]

G Street Level Exit/Entrance
B1 Mezzanine Fare control, station agent
Handicapped/disabled access (Elevator at SE corner of Union Turnpike and Kew Gardens Road)
B2
Platform level
Southbound local NYCS E toward World Trade Center evenings, late nights & weekends (75th Avenue)
NYCS F toward Coney Island – Stillwell Avenue (75th Avenue)
Island platform, doors will open on the left, right Handicapped/disabled access
Southbound express NYCS E toward World Trade Center weekdays (Forest Hills – 71st Avenue)
Northbound express NYCS E toward Jamaica Center – Parsons/Archer weekdays (Jamaica – Van Wyck)
NYCS E toward Jamaica – 179th Street rush hours (Parsons Boulevard)
Island platform, doors will open on the left, right Handicapped/disabled access
Northbound local NYCS E toward Jamaica Center – Parsons/Archer evenings, late nights & weekends (Briarwood – Van Wyck Boulevard)
NYCS F toward Jamaica – 179th Street (Briarwood – Van Wyck Boulevard)
B3
Lower level tracks
[5][6][7]
Yard track No passenger service
Yard track No passenger service

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Facts and Figures: Annual Subway Ridership". New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Retrieved 2014-03-27. 
  2. ^ From Bus to Subway in Kew Gardens
  3. ^ "Kew Gardens Union Turnpike Station Now ADA Compliant". TransitBlogger.com. Transit Blogger. July 31, 2008. Retrieved 17 September 2014. 
  4. ^ JetBlue Airways Corporation; Forest Hills, NY United States (Hoovers.com)
  5. ^ Station Reporter — E Train
  6. ^ Station Reporter — F Train
  7. ^ nycsubway.org—IND Queens Boulevard Line: Union Turnpike/Kew Gardens

External links[edit]

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