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Flushing–Main Street (IRT Flushing Line)

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Flushing–Main Street
"7" train "7" express train
New York City Subway rapid transit station
NYC Main St Flushing station 2.jpg
Center track
Station statistics
Address Main Street and Roosevelt Avenue
Queens, NY 11354
Borough Queens
Locale Flushing
Coordinates 40°45′34.28″N 73°49′49.14″W / 40.7595222°N 73.8303167°W / 40.7595222; -73.8303167Coordinates: 40°45′34.28″N 73°49′49.14″W / 40.7595222°N 73.8303167°W / 40.7595222; -73.8303167
Division A (IRT)
Line       IRT Flushing Line
Services       7 all times (all times) <7> rush hours until 9:30 p.m., peak direction (rush hours until 9:30 p.m., peak direction)
Transit connections Bus transport NYCT Bus: Q12, Q13, Q15, Q15A, Q16, Q17, Q20A, Q20B, Q26, Q27, Q44 SBS, Airport transportation Q48, Q58
Bus transport MTA Bus: Q19, Q25, Q34, Q50, Q65, Q66
Bus transport NICE Bus: n20G
Railway transportation LIRR: Port Washington Branch (at Flushing Main Street)
Structure Underground
Platforms 2 island platforms
Tracks 3
Other information
Opened January 21, 1928; 89 years ago (1928-01-21)[1]
Accessible This station is compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 ADA-accessible
Wireless service Wi-Fi and cellular service is provided at this station[2]
Passengers (2016) 19,257,879[3]Increase 0.9%
Rank 12 out of 422
Station succession
Next north (Terminal): 7 all times <7> rush hours until 9:30 p.m., peak direction
Next south Mets–Willets Point: 7 all times <7> rush hours until 9:30 p.m., peak direction

Next adjacent station compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 north none: 7 all times <7> rush hours until 9:30 p.m., peak direction
Next adjacent station compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 south Junction Boulevard: 7 all times <7> rush hours until 9:30 p.m., peak direction

Main Street Subway Station (Dual System IRT)
MPS New York City Subway System MPS
NRHP Reference # 04001147[4]
Added to NRHP October 14, 2004

Flushing–Main Street (signed as Main Street on entrances and pillars, and Main St–Flushing on overhead signs) is the northern terminal station on the IRT Flushing Line of the New York City Subway, located at Main Street and Roosevelt Avenue in the Downtown section of Flushing, Queens.[5] It is served by the 7 at all times and the <7> train rush hours in the peak direction.[6]

The Flushing–Main Street station was originally built as part of the Dual Contracts between the Interborough Rapid Transit Company (IRT) and the Brooklyn–Manhattan Transit Corporation (BMT). It opened on January 21, 1928, completing the segment of the Flushing Line in Queens. Although plans existed for the line to be extended east of the station, such an extension was never built. The station was renovated in the 1990s.

The passenger count in 2016 for the station was 19,257,879, making it the 12th busiest station system-wide, and the busiest station outside of Manhattan.[3][7]


One of the escalators in the eastern entrance

The station was constructed under the Dual Contracts as part of an extension of the Flushing Line past 103rd Street–Corona Plaza.[8][9] At the time of the line's planning in the 1910s, Downtown Flushing was a quiet Dutch-colonial-style village; what is now Roosevelt Avenue in the area was known as Amity Street, a major commercial thoroughfare in the neighborhood.[9][10] It was decided to build the station underground due to local opposition to the disturbances, loss of property value, and the required widening of Amity Street that an elevated line would bring.[10] Thus, it is one of only seven underground stations on the Flushing Line,[a] one of three underground stations on the line in Queens,[b] and the only underground station east of Queensboro Plaza.[11] Construction of the station and the double-deck bridge over the Flushing Creek began on April 21, 1923, with the station built via cut-and-cover methods.[10] The bridge was completed in 1927, and the station opened on January 21, 1928, over a decade after the line began operation.[1][10][12]

Following the station's opening, Downtown Flushing evolved into a major commercial and transit center, as development sprung around the section of Main Street near the station.[10] On April 24, 1939, express trains began operating to and from the station, in conjunction with the reconstruction of the Willets Point station for the 1939 World's Fair.[13][14] Due to the high level of passenger use, beginning in 1940 local residents requested an additional exit at the east end of the station, and the widening of existing staircases.[15][16][17][18] A new eastern entrance was added after World War II.[10][19] Ground broke on the new entrance on November 5, 1947,[20][21] and it opened on October 28, 1948 with two new street stairs and an additional token booth.[22][21][23] Upon its initial opening, the new entrance did little to relieve crowding at the main fare control area.[22][21]

The platforms at Main Street and all other stations on the Flushing Line with the exception of Queensboro Plaza were extended in 1955–1956 to accommodate 11-car trains.[24]

A station renovation had been planned since the 1970s. In 1981, the MTA listed the station among the 69 most deteriorated stations in the subway system.[25] The MTA finally found funding for the station's renovation in 1994—at the expense of the renovations of 15 other stations, including three Franklin Avenue Line stations and the Atlantic Avenue–Pacific Street, Roosevelt Avenue/74th Street, and 161st Street–Yankee Stadium station complexes—because the station was a "vital station" for commuters from Eastern Queens.[26] Between 1999 and 2000, the station underwent a major renovation project. The renovation added an elevator near the eastern Lippmann Plaza exit that made the station compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. The project also added new street entrances and a large entrance hall near Lippmann Plaza at the far east end of the station, beyond the bumper blocks at the end of the tracks.[12][7][27][28] Prior to 1999, the tracks went past where the current bumper blocks are, to a dead-end, as the line was planned to extend eastward.[29][better source needed]

The Flushing–Main Street station has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 2004.[30]

Proposed extension of the line[edit]

Under several expansion plans of the New York City Subway, including the Dual Contracts and the IND Second System, the Flushing Line would have been extended past Main Street, along and/or parallel to the right-of-way of the nearby Port Washington Branch of the Long Island Rail Road towards Bell Boulevard in Bayside. A spur line would have branched off north along 149th Street towards College Point.[8][10][31][32][33][34]

Station layout[edit]

G Street level Entrances/exits to Main Street
M Concourse Lobby, MetroCard vending machines, station agent
Track 1 "7" train toward 34th Street–Hudson Yards (Mets–Willets Point) Lippmann Plaza entrance
Lobby, MetroCard vending machines, escalator to Roosevelt Avenue
Handicapped/disabled access (Elevator on Roosevelt Avenue east of Main Street)
Island platform, doors will open on the left, right Handicapped/disabled access
Track M "7" train off-peak hours ("7" express train peak hours) toward 34th Street–Hudson Yards (Mets–Willets Point)
Island platform, doors will open on the left, right Handicapped/disabled access
Track 2 "7" train off-peak hours ("7" express train peak hours) toward 34th Street–Hudson Yards (Mets–Willets Point)
Eastern entrance's waiting area
Track layout
to Mets–Willets Point

The station has three tracks and two relatively narrow island platforms, due to Roosevelt Avenue's narrow width of approximately 50 feet (15 m).[10][7] When peak-direction express service operates, express trains leave from the middle and southernmost tracks, Track M and Track 2 respectively, while local trains leave from Track 1. This system was instituted in November 1952.[35] Mosaic on the wall tiles read "MAIN STREET"; small tiles along the platforms read "M".

At the west end of the platforms are the offices and dispatch tower for the IRT Flushing Line. Train crews report to the offices, while the dispatch tower dispatches trains and controls the Flushing Line. West of the station, the line rises from the tunnel via a portal at College Point Boulevard, and onto the elevated bridge across Flushing Creek.[10]


There are nine entrances at street level, leading to two separate fare control areas.[7][5] The original street exit is in the middle of the platforms with a separate fare control mezzanine above the tracks, and the 24-hour station agent's booth.[16][18] Staircases lead up to all four corners of Main Street and Roosevelt Avenue.[7][5][16][18] The new fare control area at Lippmann Plaza has an extremely high ceiling, with the lobby itself located approximately 40 feet (12 m) below the street level. The mezzanine is at platform level, and provides an ADA-compliant elevator, three unidirectional escalators, and a stairway to street level at Lippmann Plaza.[12][7][5] New artwork titled Happy World was installed over the row of turnstiles in 1998.[12][7][36][37][38] The plaza, also known as Lippmann Arcade, is a pedestrian walkway that leads to a municipal parking lot and several bus stops on 39th Avenue.[7][5]

Bus service[edit]

In addition to connecting with the nearby Long Island Rail Road station of the same name, the station serves as one of the two busiest local bus-subway interchanges in Queens (along with Jamaica Center) and the largest in North America,[10][7][28][5] with over 20 bus routes running through or terminating in the area as of 2015.[39][40]

Route Operator Stop location North/West Terminal South/East Terminal via notes
Local Bus Routes
NYCT Roosevelt Avenue (near Lippmann Plaza) Little Neck Sanford Avenue, Northern Boulevard
39th Avenue (near Lippmann Plaza) Fort Totten Northern Boulevard, Bell Boulevard
Roosevelt Avenue (near Lippmann Plaza) Beechhurst 41st Avenue, 150th Street
39th Avenue (near Lippmann Plaza) Fort Totten Bayside Avenue
Main Street JamaicaMerrick Boulevard Kissena Boulevard, Horace Harding Expressway, 188th Street, Hillside Avenue Northern terminal shifted from Main Street and 39th Avenue to 39th Avenue and 138th Street in August 2014.
MTA Bus Roosevelt Avenue (west of Main Street) Astoria 30th Avenue, 58th Street, Woodside Avenue, 65th Place, 69th Street
NYCT Main Street College Point Jamaica–Merrick Boulevard Archer Avenue, Main Street, 20th Avenue (Q20A), 14th Avenue (Q20B)
MTA Bus College Point Jamaica–LIRR Station Parsons Boulevard, Kissena Boulevard, 127th Street
NYCT Roosevelt Avenue (near Lippmann Plaza) Auburndale Parsons Boulevard, 46th Avenue, Hollis Court Boulevard Rush-hours only
Main Street Queens Village or Cambria Heights Kissena Boulevard, 46th Avenue, 48th Avenue, Springfield Boulevard Northern terminal shifted from Main Street and 39th Avenue to 39th Avenue and 138th Street in August 2014.
39th Avenue (near Lippmann Plaza) Bay Terrace Shopping Center Northern Boulevard, Crocheron Avenue, 32nd Avenue, Corporal Kennedy Street
MTA Bus Main Street Whitestone Jamaica–LIRR Station Parsons Boulevard, Kissena Boulevard, Union Street
NYCT Bronx ZooWest Farms Square Jamaica–Merrick Boulevard Archer Avenue, Main Street, Union Street, Parsons Boulevard, Cross Bronx Expressway Converted into Q44 Select Bus Service on November 29, 2015.
Roosevelt Avenue (west of Main Street) LaGuardia Airport Roosevelt Avenue, 108th Street, Ditmars Boulevard
MTA Bus Co-op City, Bronx Whitestone Expressway, Hutchinson River Parkway, Bruckner Boulevard, Co-op City Boulevard Limited-stop Service
NYCT 41st Road Ridgewood Terminal Fresh Pond Road, Grand Avenue, Corona Avenue, College Point Boulevard
MTA Bus Main Street College Point Jamaica–LIRR Station 164th Street, 45th Avenue, College Point Boulevard
Roosevelt Avenue (west of Main Street) Long Island CityQueens Plaza 21st Street, 35th Avenue, Northern Boulevard
NICE Bus Roosevelt Avenue (near Lippmann Plaza) Great Neck LIRR Station Northern Boulevard

Attractions and points of interest[edit]

Queens Library in Flushing

The station is located in Downtown Flushing, also known as Flushing Chinatown, one of New York City's largest Asian enclaves.[41][42]

Nearby points of interest include:



  1. ^ The other six underground stations are 34th Street–Hudson Yards, Times Square, Fifth Avenue, Grand Central, Vernon Boulevard–Jackson Avenue, and Hunters Point Avenue.
  2. ^ The other two underground stations in Queens are Vernon Boulevard–Jackson Avenue and Hunters Point Avenue.


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  2. ^ "NYC Subway Wireless – Active Stations". Transit Wireless Wifi. Retrieved 2016-05-18.
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  8. ^ a b "Flushing Line Risk Put on the City – Interborough Agrees to Equip and Operate Main St. Branch, but Won't Face a Loss – It May Be a Precedent – Company's Letter Thought to Outline Its Policy Toward Future Extensions of Existing Lines". The New York Times. December 4, 1913. Retrieved September 18, 2015. 
  9. ^ a b "New Rapid Transit Commission Preparing Plans for Extension of Corona Line to Flushing – Board of Estimate Has Authorized Extension of Line From Corona to New Storage Yards Near Flushing River—Queensboro Subway to Have Connection With Proposed Eighth Avenue Line Near Times Square". The New York Times. June 12, 1921. Retrieved September 18, 2015. 
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  12. ^ a b c d Sheridan, Dick (April 12, 1999). "Moving Up on Main St. – Escalators Ready at Subway Station". Daily News (New York). Retrieved September 18, 2015. 
  13. ^ "Fast Subway Service to Fair Is Opened; Mayor Boards First Express at 6:25 A.M.". The New York Times. April 25, 1939. p. 1. Retrieved January 16, 2010. 
  14. ^ "Mayor Starts First Express From Flushing" (PDF). Long Island Star-Journal. April 24, 1939. p. 1. Retrieved July 16, 2016. 
  15. ^ "'Early' Relief Is Late: Subway Exits Still Inadequate" (PDF). Long Island Star-Journal. July 2, 1940. p. 4. Retrieved July 16, 2016. 
  16. ^ a b c "One-Way Commuters: It Might Solve The Jams" (PDF). Long Island Star Journal. September 30, 1940. p. 6. Retrieved July 16, 2016. 
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  38. ^ "MTA Arts & Design: Flushing-Main Street". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Archived from the original on September 23, 2015. Retrieved September 23, 2015. 
  39. ^ Queens bus map
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