36th Avenue station
|New York City Subway station (rapid transit)|
|Address||36th Avenue & 31st Street|
Astoria, NY 11106
|Line||BMT Astoria Line|
|Services|| N (all times)|
|Transit||MTA Bus: Q66 (on 35th Avenue), Q102|
|Platforms||2 side platforms|
|Tracks||3 (2 in regular service)|
|Opened||February 1, 1917|
|Closed||October 23, 2017(reconstruction)|
|Rebuilt||June 22, 2018|
|Former/other names||36th Avenue–Washington Avenue|
|Rank||246 out of 424|
|Next north||Broadway: N W|
|Next south||39th Avenue: N W|
36th Avenue (formerly known as 36th Avenue–Washington Avenue) is a local station on the BMT Astoria Line of the New York City Subway. It is located at the intersection of 36th Avenue and 31st Street in Astoria, Queens. The station is served by the N train at all times, as well as by the W train on weekdays.
This station opened on February 1, 1917, along with the rest of the Astoria Line, which was originally part of the IRT, as a spur off the IRT Queensboro Line, which is now the IRT Flushing Line. Trains ran between Grand Central and Astoria. On July 23, 1917, the Queensboro Bridge spur of the elevated IRT Second Avenue Line opened. At that time, all elevated trains to Queensboro Plaza used the Astoria Line while all subway trains used the IRT Flushing Line, though this was later changed with trains alternating between branches. This station started to be served by BMT shuttles using elevated cars on April 8, 1923.
On October 17, 1949, the Astoria Line became BMT-only as the tracks at Queensboro Plaza were consolidated and the platforms on the Astoria Line were shaved back to allow BMT trains to operate on it. Service was initially provided by the Brighton Local (BMT 1) and the Broadway–Fourth Avenue Local (BMT 2) at all times.
The platforms at this station, along with six others on the Astoria Line, were lengthened to 610 feet (190 m) to accommodate ten-car trains in 1950.: 23 The project cost $863,000. Signals on the line had to be modified to take the platform extensions into account.: 633, 729
Under the 2015–2019 MTA Capital Plan, the station underwent a complete overhaul as part of the Enhanced Station Initiative and was entirely closed for several months. Updates included cellular service, Wi-Fi, USB charging stations, interactive service advisories and maps. The award for Package 2 of the renovations, which covered renovations at the 30th Avenue, Broadway, 36th Avenue, and 39th Avenue stations, was awarded on April 14, 2017, to Skanska USA. This station, along with 36th Avenue, was closed entirely for around eight months starting on October 23, 2017. After the 30th Avenue and 36th Avenue stations closed, there was some controversy over the loss of business near these stations. The stations reopened on June 22, 2018. In July 2018, the MTA retroactively awarded a contract for the additional platform and girder repairs at the 30th and 36th Avenues stations, conducted after the stations had reopened.
|Side platform, doors will open on the right|
|Southbound local||← toward Coney Island–Stillwell Avenue (39th Avenue)|
← toward Whitehall Street–South Ferry weekdays (39th Avenue)
|Peak-direction express||← No regular service|
|Northbound local||→ ( weekdays) toward Astoria–Ditmars Boulevard (Broadway) →|
|Side platform, doors will open on the right|
|M||Mezzanine||To entrances/exits, station agent, MetroCard vending machines|
The ends of each platform contain full-height mesh windscreens, while the center of the platform contains glass windscreens and black metal canopies. Prior to the 2018 renovations, both platforms had creme-colored windscreens for the entire lengths, except for a small section on the Astoria-bound platform at the north end, and red wooden canopies at their centers.
The station's only entrance is via an elevated station-house beneath the tracks. It contains two staircases to each platform, a waiting area covered with transite that allows free transfer between directions, turnstile bank, token booth, and three street stairs going down to all corners of 36th Avenue and 31st Street except the northeast one.
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