Queens Plaza (IND Queens Boulevard Line)

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Queens Plaza
NYCS E NYCS M NYCS R
New York City Subway rapid transit station
Queens Plaza by David Shankbone.jpg
Station statistics
Address Queens Plaza, Jackson Avenue, Queens Boulevard & Northern Boulevard
Queens, NY 11101
Borough Queens
Locale Long Island City
Coordinates 40°44′56″N 73°56′15″W / 40.748915°N 73.937387°W / 40.748915; -73.937387Coordinates: 40°44′56″N 73°56′15″W / 40.748915°N 73.937387°W / 40.748915; -73.937387
Division B (IND)
Line IND Queens Boulevard Line
Services       E all times (all times)
      M weekdays until 11:00 p.m. (weekdays until 11:00 p.m.)
      R all hours except late nights (all hours except late nights)
Connection
Structure Underground
Platforms 2 island platforms
cross-platform interchange
Tracks 4
Other information
Opened August 19, 1933; 81 years ago (1933-08-19)
Accessible Handicapped/disabled access
Traffic
Passengers (2013) 2,855,006[1] Increase 4.2%
Rank 176 out of 421
Station succession
Next north 36th Street (local): E late nights M weekdays until 11 p.m. R all hours except late nights
Jackson Heights – Roosevelt Avenue (express): E all except late nights
Next south Court Square – 23rd Street (via Queens Boulevard): E all times M weekdays until 11:00 p.m.
Lexington Avenue / 59th Street (via Broadway): R all except late nights
Court Square (via Crosstown): no regular service


Next Handicapped/disabled access north Jackson Heights – Roosevelt Avenue: E all times M weekdays until 11:00 p.m. R all hours except late nights
Next Handicapped/disabled access south Lexington Avenue – 53rd Street (via Queens Boulevard): E all times M weekdays until 11:00 p.m.
Times Square – 42nd Street (via Broadway): R all except late nights

Queens Plaza is an express station on the IND Queens Boulevard Line of the New York City Subway. Located under the eastern edge of Queens Plaza at the large Queens Plaza interchange, it is served by the E train at all times, by the R train at all times except late nights, and by the M train on weekdays except late nights.

While situated relatively close to the elevated Queensboro Plaza station (7 <7> N Q trains), there is no free transfer between the two stations.

History[edit]

Opened on August 19, 1933, as part of the initial stretch of the Queens Boulevard Line from 50th Street to Roosevelt Avenue. It was the first stop in Queens after crossing the East River for six years until 1939 with the opening of 23rd Street – Ely Avenue. Until the opening of the 60th Street Tunnel Connection in 1955 after the unification of the subway, only express trains in Queens ran to Manhattan; local trains were routed onto the IND Crosstown Line.[2] This service pattern is no longer in use due to the increased popularity of cross-river travel and Crosstown Line trains (G) now terminate one stop earlier at Court Square.

Station layout[edit]

G Street Level Exits/Entrances
M Mezzanine Fare control, station agent
Handicapped/disabled access (Elevator at SW corner of Queens Plaza South and Jackson Avenue)
P
Platform level
Southbound local NYCS M toward Middle Village – Metropolitan Avenue weekdays (NYCS E toward World Trade Center late nights) (Court Square – 23rd Street)
NYCS R toward 95th Street (Lexington Avenue / 59th Street)
(No service: Court Square)
Island platform, doors will open on the left, right Handicapped/disabled access
Southbound express NYCS E toward World Trade Center (Court Square – 23rd Street)
Northbound express NYCS E toward Jamaica Center (Jackson Heights – Roosevelt Avenue all except nights, 36th Street late nights)
NYCS M toward Forest Hills – 71st Avenue weekdays (36th Street)
Island platform, doors will open on the left, right Handicapped/disabled access
Northbound local NYCS R toward Forest Hills – 71st Avenue (36th Street)

Like most express stations on the subway, Queens Plaza has two island platforms and four tracks to facilitate cross-platform interchanges between local and express trains. Its tile band is of the darkest shade of the violet family (Black Grape), three tiles high and black-bordered – so dark, in fact, that even under bright light it appears black from a distance.

West of the station, the local tracks split to the BMT Broadway Line (R train) via the 60th Street Tunnel to Manhattan and IND Crosstown Line to Brooklyn. The connection to the Crosstown Line is not currently used in revenue service. The express tracks continue on the IND Queens Boulevard Line (E and M trains) serving Court Square – 23rd Street at Long Island City before traveling through the 53rd Street Tunnel to Manhattan.

East of the station, the tunnel widens to include a lay-up track that forms from the two express tracks and then merges with the northbound express track. The tunnel then widens again to allow the IND 63rd Street Line ramps to rise and lead trains to merge with either the local or express tracks.

This station is also a bottleneck for southbound E and M trains, and also for northbound M and R trains, as they merge onto one pair of tracks respectively.

Entrances and exits[edit]

The full time booth is near the center of the mezzanine. There are three staircases to the street and an outside passageway to two more staircases at south end near a former booth. The old-style change booth was in place until it was removed in 1998. Two of the outside entrances were redone to match the facade of the DOT indoor parking lot structure when it was constructed in 1975. Before the renovation, the station had a full length mezzanine (inside and outside of fare control) with three booths. Since then, this area has balconies that allow views of local trains and platforms down below. There are three staircases to each platform from that end. Two staircases in between both fare control areas were removed during the renovation process. The part time booth has two stairs to the street and one to each platform.

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Facts and Figures: Annual Subway Ridership". New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Retrieved 2014-03-27. 
  2. ^ "1937 IND system map". NYCSubway. Retrieved 2011-06-09. 

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