46th Street (IND Queens Boulevard Line)
|New York City Subway rapid transit station|
A mosaic at 46th Street
|Address||46th Street & Broadway
Queens, NY 11103
|Line||IND Queens Boulevard Line|
|Services||E (late nights)
M (weekdays until 11 p.m.)
R (all hours except late nights)
|Transit connections||MTA Bus: Q104|
|Platforms||2 side platforms|
|Opened||August 19, 1933|
|Passengers (2015)||2,956,981 2.1%|
|Rank||176 out of 422|
|Next north||Northern Boulevard: E M R|
|Next south||Steinway Street: E M R|
46th Street is a local station on the IND Queens Boulevard Line of the New York City Subway. Located at the intersection of 46th Street and Broadway in Astoria, Queens, 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.
The Queens Boulevard Line was one of the first lines built by the city-owned Independent Subway System (IND), and stretches between the IND Eighth Avenue Line in Manhattan and 179th Street and Hillside Avenue in Jamaica, Queens. The Queens Boulevard Line was in part financed by a Public Works Administration (PWA) loan and grant of $25,000,000. One of the proposed stations would have been located at 46th Street.
The first section of the line, west from Roosevelt Avenue to 50th Street, opened on August 19, 1933. E trains ran local to Hudson Terminal (today's World Trade Center) in Manhattan, while the GG (predecessor to current G service) ran as a shuttle service between Queens Plaza and Nassau Avenue on the IND Crosstown Line.
|Side platform, doors will open on the right|
|Southbound local||← toward Metropolitan Avenue weekdays (Steinway Street)
← toward Bay Ridge–95th Street (Steinway Street)
← toward World Trade Center late nights (Steinway Street)
|Northbound local||→ ( weekdays) toward Forest Hills–71st Avenue (Northern Boulevard) →
→ toward Jamaica Center late nights (Northern Boulevard) →
|Side platform, doors will open on the right|
This underground station has two tracks and two side platforms. The express tracks on the IND Queens Boulevard Line, used by the E train during daytime hours and the F train at all times, run under Northern Boulevard and are not visible at this station.
Both platforms have a purple trim line on a black border and name tablets reading "46TH ST." in white sans serif lettering on a black background with a purple border. Beneath them are small directional and station signs (reading "46TH ST.") in white lettering on a black background. Purple I-beam columns run along both platforms at regular intervals with alternating ones having the standard black station name plate in white lettering.
Both platforms have one same-level fare control area at either ends and there are no crossovers or crossunders. The full-time side is at the west (railroad south) end of the Manhattan-bound platform. It has a turnstile bank, token booth, and one staircase to the northwest corner of 46th Street and Broadway. The fare control area on the same end of Forest Hills-bound platform has a part-time turnstile bank and token booth (with two High Entry-Exit Turnstiles providing access to and from the station at all times) and one staircase to the southwest corner of 46th Street and Broadway.
The fare control area on the east (railroad north) end of the Manhattan-bound platform has a part-time turnstile bank and customer assistance booth (with two High Entry-Exit Turnstiles providing access to and from the station at all times) and one staircase going up to the north side of Newtown Road between Broadway and 48th Street. The fare control area on this end of the Forest Hills-bound platform is un-staffed, containing full height turnstiles and one staircase going up to the southeast corner of Broadway and 48th Street.
There is evidence of another fare control area at the center of both platforms, presumably leading to 47th Street. The Forest Hills-bound platform has a set of doors leading to an employee-only facility while the Manhattan-bound platform has a wide fenced off area.
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- nycsubway.org – IND Queens Boulevard Line: 46th Street
- Station Reporter — R Train
- Station Reporter — M Train
- The Subway Nut — 46th Street Pictures
- 46th Street entrance from Google Maps Street View
- 48th Street entrance from Google Maps Street View
- Newton Road entrance from Google Maps Street View
- Platforms from Google Maps Street View