Woodhaven Boulevard (IND Queens Boulevard Line)

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Woodhaven Boulevard
NYCS E NYCS M NYCS R
New York City Subway rapid transit station
Woodhaven Boulevard-Slattery Plaza.jpg
Station statistics
Address Woodhaven Boulevard & Queens Boulevard
Elmhurst, NY 11373
Borough Queens
Locale Elmhurst
Coordinates 40°44′00″N 73°52′13″W / 40.73347°N 73.870397°W / 40.73347; -73.870397Coordinates: 40°44′00″N 73°52′13″W / 40.73347°N 73.870397°W / 40.73347; -73.870397
Division B (IND)
Line IND Queens Boulevard Line
Services       E late nights (late nights)
      M weekdays until 11 p.m. (weekdays until 11 p.m.)
      R all hours except late nights (all hours except late nights)
Connection
Structure Underground
Platforms 2 side platforms
Tracks 4
Other information
Opened December 31, 1936; 77 years ago (1936-12-31)
Former/other names Woodhaven Boulevard – Slattery Plaza
Woodhaven Boulevard – Queens Mall
Traffic
Passengers (2013) 7,157,254[1] Steady 0%
Rank 58 out of 421
Station succession
Next north 63rd Drive – Rego Park: E late nights M weekdays until 11 p.m. R all hours except late nights
Next south Grand Avenue – Newtown: E late nights M weekdays until 11 p.m. R all hours except late nights

Woodhaven Boulevard is a local station on the IND Queens Boulevard Line of the New York City Subway. It is served by the R train at all times except nights, when the E train takes over service. The M train provides additional service here on weekdays except nights.

There were plans to convert this four track station into an express stop once the line from lower Roosevelt Avenue Terminal station and the Rockaway–Winfeld Spur opened. A close observation on the outside of both ends of this station does reveal that the tunnel wall extends outward to allow space for the two side platforms to become island platforms. A major system expansion was never built so this is still a local station. The bellmouths abruptly ends on both sides of the station.

The station was renovated in the 1990s, but retained the original "Woodhaven Blvd – Slattery Plaza" name tablet and "Horace Harding Blvd" directional signs below them. The "Slattery Plaza" label is now out of date. Slattery Plaza is the old name of the area where four main Queens thoroughfares (Eliot Avenue and Horace Harding, Woodhaven, and Queens Boulevards) met. The construction of the Long Island Expressway along the Horace Harding corridor caused Slattery Plaza to be demolished.

Queens Center Mall first opened in 1972, but the name convention on subway maps was not in use until the late 1980s. There is no direct indoor access to the Mall's entrance across 59th Avenue from the full length mezzanine. This mezzanine allows crossover from any of the station's four staircases from each platform (total of eight staircases). The full time side at the west end of the mezzanine has three street stairs. One leads to north side of Queens Boulevard and 59th Avenue, the closest to the mall. The other two staircases are through a long passageway to the south side of Queens Boulevard and both sides of Woodhaven Boulevard and act as a cross-pedestrian underpass outside of fare control. The part time side at Horace Harding Blvd has a former booth and one street stair. After the construction of the Long Island Expressway in the mid-1950s, the station entrance at street level appears to be "orphaned," out of character with the rest of the area, since there is nothing for 100 feet (30 metres) in either direction and it abuts an expressway exit ramp.

The 1996 artwork here is called In Memory of The Lost Battalion by Pablo Tauler. It uses nine support beams in the station's mezzanine to create different materials, including stainless steel, to honor the soldiers who served in the 77th Infantry Division during World War I.

Station layout[edit]

G Street Level Exit/ Entrance
M Mezzanine Fare control, station agent
P
Platform level
Side platform, doors will open on the right
Southbound local NYCS M toward Middle Village – Metropolitan Avenue weekdays (Grand Avenue – Newtown)
NYCS R toward Whitehall Street weekdays, Bay Ridge – 95th Street weekends (Grand Avenue – Newtown)
NYCS E toward World Trade Center late nights (Grand Avenue – Newtown)
Southbound express NYCS E NYCS F do not stop here
Northbound express NYCS E NYCS F do not stop here →
Northbound local NYCS R (NYCS M weekdays) toward Forest Hills – 71st Avenue (63rd Drive – Rego Park)
NYCS E toward Jamaica Center late nights (63rd Drive – Rego Park)
Side platform, doors will open on the right

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Facts and Figures: Annual Subway Ridership". New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Retrieved 2014-03-27. 

External links[edit]

On board view