63rd Drive – Rego Park (IND Queens Boulevard Line)

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63rd Drive – Rego Park
NYCS-bull-trans-E.svg NYCS-bull-trans-M.svg NYCS-bull-trans-R.svg
New York City Subway rapid transit station
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Station statistics
Address 63rd Drive & Queens Boulevard
Queens, NY 11374
Borough Queens
Locale Rego Park
Coordinates 40°43′48″N 73°51′43″W / 40.730°N 73.862°W / 40.730; -73.862Coordinates: 40°43′48″N 73°51′43″W / 40.730°N 73.862°W / 40.730; -73.862
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; 78 years ago (1936-12-31)
Wireless service Wi-Fi[1][2]
Former/other names 63rd Drive
Traffic
Passengers (2014) 5,272,014[3]Increase 2.8%
Rank 89 out of 421
Station succession
Next north 67th Avenue: E late nights M weekdays until 11 p.m. R all hours except late nights
Next south Woodhaven Boulevard: E late nights M weekdays until 11 p.m. R all hours except late nights

63rd Drive – Rego Park is a local station on the IND Queens Boulevard Line of the New York City Subway, consisting of four tracks. Located at 63rd Drive and Queens Boulevard in the Rego Park neighborhood of 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 station opened on December 31, 1936, as part of an extension of the Queens Boulevard Line from Roosevelt Avenue to Union Turnpike.[4]

Both platforms have a medium Sky Blue trim line with a black border with small "63RD DRIVE" signs below them in white lettering on a black border. The name tablets read "63RD DRIVE" in white sans serif font on a black border and identical blue trim. Some of the columns separating the local and express tracks have small "63RD DRIVE" signs on them in black lettering on a white border. The station's I-beam columns are all painted Slate Blue with alternating ones on the platforms having the standard black station name plate in white lettering.

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-bull-trans-M.svg toward Middle Village – Metropolitan Avenue weekdays (Woodhaven Boulevard)
NYCS-bull-trans-R.svg toward Bay Ridge – 95th Street (Woodhaven Boulevard)
NYCS-bull-trans-E.svg toward World Trade Center late nights (Woodhaven Boulevard)
Southbound express NYCS-bull-trans-E.svg NYCS-bull-trans-F.svg do not stop here
Northbound express NYCS-bull-trans-E.svg NYCS-bull-trans-F.svg do not stop here →
Northbound local NYCS-bull-trans-R.svg (NYCS-bull-trans-M.svg weekdays) toward Forest Hills – 71st Avenue (67th Avenue)
NYCS-bull-trans-E.svg toward Jamaica Center late nights (67th Avenue)
Side platform, doors will open on the right

This station has an upper level mezzanine that is about 1/3rd the length of the platforms. Towards the northwest (railroad south) end, a single extra-wide staircase from each platform goes up to a crossover, where a turnstile bank leads to the main fare control area. There is a token booth and two street stairs, one to the northwest corner of 63rd Drive and Queens Boulevard and the other to the south side of Queens Boulevard near this intersection.

On the other side of the token booth, the mezzanine is split into three sections by a wall on the southbound side and a chain link fence on the northbound side. Numerous staircases from each platform go up to their respective outer section of the mezzanine. A small turnstile bank on the southbound side and exit-only turnstiles on the northbound side lead to the main fare control area.

On the other side of the mezzanine, high entry-exit turnstiles from either outer section lead to an un-staffed fare control area, where one street stair goes up to the northwest corner of 64th Avenue and Queens Boulevard while the other goes up to the south side of Queens Boulevard near the intersection with 64th Road. The mezzanine has mosaic directional signs in white lettering on a teal border. The center section connects the two fare control areas, but provides no crossover.

On the extreme northwest (railroad south) end of the platforms, high turnstiles lead to a single staircase that goes up to either western corners of 63rd Road and Queens Boulevard, the northwest one for the Manhattan-bound platform and the southwest one for the Forest Hills-bound platform.

Unfinished Rockaway spur[edit]

East of this station, there is an unfinished signal tower on the Jamaica-bound (railroad north) platform and a bellmouth that diverges to the south from the local track. Another bellmouth from the Manhattan-bound local track diverges north, then curves south above the Queens Boulevard Line to join the other bellmouth. These were provisions for a planned expansion in the 1930s that would have connected with the IND Rockaway Line (formerly a Long Island Rail Road branch) towards Howard Beach, JFK Airport, and the Rockaways.[5][6][7] This spur would have ran down 66th Avenue before joining the Rockaway Line at its former junction with the LIRR Main Line.[7] In January 2013, a petition was started on change.org to make use of the bellmouths to connect the station to the currently unused portion of the Rockaway Line.[8]

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ NYC Subway Wireless
  2. ^ More Subway Stations in Manhattan, Bronx in Line to Get Online, mta.info (March 25, 2015). "The first two phases included stations in Midtown Manhattan and all underground stations in Queens with the exception of the 7 Main St terminal."
  3. ^ "Facts and Figures: Annual Subway Ridership". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Retrieved 2015-04-27. 
  4. ^ "PWA Party Views New Subway Link: Queens Section to Be Opened Tomorrow Is Inspected by Tuttle and Others". nytimes.com. The New York Times. December 30, 1936. Retrieved 27 June 2015. 
  5. ^ "The Express Stop That Never Was". ltvsquad.com. LTV Squad. June 2, 2015. Retrieved 27 June 2015. 
  6. ^ Kihss, Peter (April 13, 1967). "3 Routes Proposed to Aid Growing Queens Areas". nytimes.com. The New York Times. Retrieved 27 June 2015. 
  7. ^ a b "City Plans to Buy New Subway Link: Would Take Over Rockaway Branch of Long Island to Connect With Queens". nytimes.com. The New York Times. December 23, 1933. Retrieved 30 June 2015. 
  8. ^ Capt. Subway (January 21, 2013). "Guest Post: How sending the R train to Howard Beach can help the G go to Forest Hills". Cap'n Transit Rides Again Blog. Retrieved December 2013. 

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