Mets – Willets Point (IRT Flushing Line)
Mets - Willets Point Station with Citi Field in the background
|Address||near 126th Street & Roosevelt Avenue
Corona, NY 11368
|Line||IRT Flushing Line|
|Services||7 (all times) <7> (rush hours until 10:00 p.m., peak direction)|
|Platforms||2 side platforms (local)
1 island platform (express & northbound local)
cross-platform interchange (northbound only)
|Opened||May 7, 1927|
|Accessible||(Northbound side (local) platform only; open only on game days and for special events)|
|Former/other names||Willets Point Boulevard
Willets Point – Shea Stadium
|Passengers (2012)||1,693,024 2.1%|
|Rank||266 out of 421|
|Next north||Flushing – Main Street: 7 <7>|
|Next south||111th Street (local): 7
Junction Boulevard (express): <7>
|Next north||Game days & special events only:
Flushing – Main Street: 7
|Next south||none; station is not accessible southbound
(Game days & special events only:
Junction Boulevard: 7 <7>)
Mets – Willets Point (formerly Willets Point – Shea Stadium) is an express station on the IRT Flushing Line of the New York City Subway. It is served by the 7 train at all times and by the <7> train rush hours in the peak direction or towards Times Square following most New York Mets baseball games and U.S. Open tennis matches. Located in Flushing Meadows–Corona Park, Queens, on Roosevelt Avenue between 114th and 126th Streets, this station's peak use occurs during Mets games at Citi Field (Shea Stadium from 1964 till 2008), located on the north side of the station, and during events at the USTA National Tennis Center, on the south side.
Station layout 
|Mezzanine||Concourse||Entrance/Exit, station agent, MetroCard vending machines, stairs/ramps to Arthur Ashe Stadium and Citi Field|
|Platform level||Side platform, Doors will open on the right|
|Southbound local||← toward Times Square - 42nd Street (111th Street)|
|Peak-direction express||↔ toward Flushing-Main Street or Times Square – 42nd Street (Terminus) or (Junction Boulevard)|
|Northbound local||→ toward Flushing-Main Street (Terminus)|
This three-track express station has a layout unique in the system. From compass north to south, it is arranged: southbound side platform, southbound local track, bidirectional express track, island platform, northbound local track, northbound side platform.
Trains running northbound (towards Main Street) normally open their doors on the island platform; the northbound side platform is used only during Mets games and events at the National Tennis Center, such as the U.S. Open. On the south side of the station, a ramp connects the mezzanine and the northbound side platform to a footbridge, known as the Passarelle Boardwalk, which passes over Corona Yard and connects to Mets – Willets Point commuter rail station on the LIRR Port Washington Branch, before entering the grounds of the National Tennis Center. A full-length wooden mezzanine is located underneath the tracks and platforms. The north side of the station has a stairway leading directly to Citi Field's Jackie Robinson Rotunda.
In 2009, the northbound side platform became ADA-accessible to passengers with disabilities. The MTA built a $4 million ramp from the south side of Roosevelt Avenue to the station mezzanine; the two existing ramps from the mezzanine to station level were modified to make them ADA-accessible. The ramps are owned and maintained by the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation. Some riders with disabilities were unhappy that the station was not made completely accessible during the station's renovation. By contrast, other New York City Subway stations that serve sports venues, including 161st Street – Yankee Stadium for Yankee Stadium, 34th Street – Penn Station at Seventh Avenue and Eighth Avenue for Madison Square Garden, and Atlantic Avenue – Barclays Center for Barclays Center, are completely accessible. Northbound local trains open their doors on the side platform during Mets games and special events only.
The original Willets Point Boulevard station opened on May 7, 1927. At that time, it was located at the intersection of Willets Point Boulevard, 126th Street, and Roosevelt Avenue and was a minor, local stop on the Flushing Line, with only two stairways and short station canopies at platform level. At the announcement that the 1939 World's Fair would be held in Flushing Meadows–Corona Park, the station was moved west to its current location, converted into a large express station, and rebuilt to handle the expected crowds. World's Fair Special express trains began service here on April 24, 1939. The northbound side platform and its ramp were added for the 1964 World's Fair, also held in Flushing Meadows.
Today, remnants of the original 1927 station can be seen just east of the current station. Ironwork indicates where the old side platforms had been, and parts of the former fare entry area remain. The southbound side platform is also noticeably longer than the 11-car IRT-length trains that serve it; a long segment east of the current passenger waiting area—part of the original southbound platform—has fallen into disrepair and has been gated off.
A footbridge formerly extended north over Casey Stengel Plaza, leading to a long, circular staircase with turnstiles at the bottom, bringing people close to Gate E at Shea Stadium. In 2008, the footbridge and turnstiles were removed and replaced with a wider stairway which is now situated close to Citi Field's Jackie Robinson Rotunda. The arrangement of turnstiles in the mezzanine was also reconfigured to improve the post-game pedestrian flows and allow fans to use all ramps, whether they were using the subway or walking across the Passarelle Boardwalk to reach the Long Island Rail Road station or parking lots in Flushing Meadows–Corona Park.
Express service to Manhattan at the conclusion of New York Mets weeknight games was first introduced in July 2007, followed by express service to Manhattan at the end of all Mets weeknight and weekend games in April 2008. The "super" express trains run for approximately one hour and only make three stops in Queens before entering Manhattan: 61st Street – Woodside, Queensboro Plaza, and Court Square. After baseball games, Times Square-bound local trains stop at the southbound side platform, while Times Square-bound express trains and Main Street-bound trains both stop at the island platform.
Following the closure and demolition of Shea Stadium, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority simply renamed the stop Mets – Willets Point, omitting the corporate-sponsored name associated with the current stadium. The MTA was unsuccessful in achieving a similar naming rights deal and would not post the name for free. Had the naming rights deal been achieved, the station would have been known as Willets Point – Citi Field.
Ramp to station with Citi Field in the background.
See also 
- "Mets - Willets Point Station Service Advisories". MTA New York City Transit. Retrieved 2009-09-26.
- "Facts and Figures: Annual Subway Ridership". New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Retrieved 2013-04-02.
- "Mets-Willets Point Station: A New Name and a Fresh Look" (Press release). MTA New York City Transit. April 10, 2009. Retrieved 2009-09-26.
- Haddon, Heather (April 12, 2009). "Advocates: make Mets subway station accessible". AM New York. Retrieved 2009-04-20.
- "CORONA SUBWAY EXTENDED; New Service Goes to Within 350 Feet of Flushing Creek Bridge". The New York Times. May 8, 1927. p. 26. Retrieved 2009-09-26.
- "Fast Subway Service to Fair Is Opened; Mayor Boards First Express at 6:25 A.M.". The New York Times. April 25, 1939. p. 1. Retrieved 2010-01-16.
- "New York City Transit Provides Enhanced Mets Post-Game 7 Express Service" (Press release). New York City Transit. April 9, 2008. Archived from the original on 2009-09-27. Retrieved 2009-10-16.
- "MTA New York City Transit Introduces 7 Express Service After Mets Home Games" (Press release). New York City Transit. July 11, 2007. Archived from the original on 2009-10-02. Retrieved 2009-10-16.
- "7 Post Game Express Now Stops at Court Square on Game Nights" (Press release). New York City Transit. May 9, 2008. Archived from the original on 2009-09-22. Retrieved 2009-10-16.
- Neuman, William (March 11, 2009). "Stadium Is Citi Field, but the Subway Stop Has Other Ideas". The New York Times. Retrieved 2009-09-26.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to: Mets – Willets Point (IRT Flushing Line)|