Vernon Boulevard – Jackson Avenue (IRT Flushing Line)
|Address||50th Avenue between Vernon Boulevard & Jackson Avenue
Long Island City, NY 11101
|Locale||Long Island City|
|Line||IRT Flushing Line|
|Services||7 (all times) <7> (rush hours until 10:00 p.m., peak direction)|
|Platforms||2 side platforms|
|Opened||June 22, 1915|
|Former/other names||Vernon–Jackson Avenues|
|Passengers (2012)||3,357,030 5.9%|
|Rank||145 out of 421|
|Next north||Hunters Point Avenue: 7 <7>|
|Next south||Grand Central: 7 <7>|
Vernon Boulevard – Jackson Avenue is the westernmost station in Queens on the IRT Flushing Line of the New York City Subway. It is served by the 7 train at all times and the <7> train rush hours in the peak direction. Despite its name, the station is not quite located at the intersection of Vernon Boulevard and Jackson Avenue. It is located on 50th Avenue, between Vernon and Jackson, and has exits to both of them.
This underground station opened on June 22, 1915 as a terminal for shuttle trains going into Manhattan via the Steinway Tunnel until the line was extended to Queensboro Plaza in November 1916. It has two side platforms and two tracks. A black wall separates the two tracks for most of the station.
Both platforms have a line of yellow columns along their edges. Most of these are normal I-beam columns, but in the middle of the platforms, cream colored arches, which is also the color of the station's ceiling, starting at about four feet off the ground support a short section of the columns. The platform walls have a mosaic gold and brown trim line on top while the name tablets are mosaic white with white text reading "Vernon-Jackson Ave's" on a brown background and gold and brown border. There are also a few directional signs to the station's fare control areas reading "Vernon Ave" or "Jackson Ave" with an arrow beneath.
Each platform has two same-level fare control areas and there are no crossovers and crossunders connecting the platforms. The full-time fare control areas are just west of the middle of the platforms, though only the Manhattan-bound platform still has a token booth. Each area has a small regular turnstile bank and two staircases to the street, the northeast corner of Vernon Boulevard and 50th Avenue for the Manhattan-bound platform and the southwest corner for the Flushing-bound platform. The southern staircase's steel fencing does not have the standard black sign saying what station this is and what trains serve it.
Each platform also has a larger, unstaffed fare control on their extreme east (railroad north) ends. On the Manhattan-bound platform, a wide, but short staircase goes up to some High Entry/Exit Turnstiles that lead to two street stairs, one to each northern corners of 50th Avenue and Jackson Avenue. This entrance at one time had a part time token booth and regular turnstiles. The Flushing-bound platform is has a similar arrangement with short staircase to a wide intermediate landing with an exit-only turnstile at each corner. Outside the turnstiles is a single street stair, each going up to each southern corners of 50th Avenue and Jackson Avenue.
In 1997, this station was the site of a night station agent being killed for subway tokens. The result of this incident was a change in policy where night station agents do not have to empty the turnstiles after the evening station agent leaves unless police, a supervisor, or another employee is present (and that is left to the option of the station agent). Since the introduction of the MetroCard, this process remains the same. Two armed NYCT guards clear the vending machines.
|Side platform, Doors will open on the right|
|Southbound||← toward Times Square (Grand Central – 42nd Street)|
|Northbound||→ toward Flushing – Main Street (Hunters Point Avenue) →|
- "Facts and Figures: Annual Subway Ridership". New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Retrieved 2013-04-02.
- Onishi, Norimitsu (March 25, 1997). "In His 'Safe' Station, Subway Clerk, 60, Is Killed". The New York Times. Retrieved 2011-09-03.
- Media related to Vernon Boulevard – Jackson Avenue (IRT Flushing Line) at Wikimedia Commons
- nycsubway.org—IRT Flushing Line: Vernon–Jackson Avenues
- Station Reporter — 7 Train
- Vernon Boulevard entrance from Google Maps Street View
- Jackson Avenue entrance from Google Maps Street View