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
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 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.[2]

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.

Nearby points of interest include Queens Borough Hall, Queens Criminal Court, and the former headquarters of JetBlue Airways,[3] which has since relocated to 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 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 – 179th Street rush hours (Parsons Boulevard)
NYCS E toward Jamaica Center – Parsons/Archer weekdays only (Jamaica – Van Wyck)
Island platform, doors will open on the left, right Handicapped/disabled access
Northbound local NYCS E toward Jamaica Center – Parsons/Archer weekends (Briarwood – Van Wyck Boulevard)
NYCS F toward Jamaica – 179th Street (Briarwood – Van Wyck Boulevard)
B3
Lower level tracks
[4][5][6]
Yard track No passenger service
Yard track No passenger service

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External links[edit]

Media related to Kew Gardens – Union Turnpike (IND Queens Boulevard Line) at Wikimedia Commons

Western street stair