Vernon Boulevard–Jackson Avenue (IRT Flushing Line)

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Vernon Boulevard–Jackson Avenue
NYCS-bull-trans-7.svg NYCS-bull-trans-7d.svg
New York City Subway rapid transit station
NYCSub 7 Vernon Jackson 3.jpg
A <7> Express train speeds out of Vernon Boulevard–Jackson Avenue station.
Station statistics
Address 50th Avenue between Vernon Boulevard & Jackson Avenue
Queens, NY 11101
Borough Queens
Locale Long Island City
Coordinates 40°44′34″N 73°57′14″W / 40.74264°N 73.95391°W / 40.74264; -73.95391Coordinates: 40°44′34″N 73°57′14″W / 40.74264°N 73.95391°W / 40.74264; -73.95391
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 MTA Bus: Q103
BSicon BAHN.svg LIRR: City Terminal Zone (at Long Island City)
Structure Underground
Platforms 2 side platforms
Tracks 2
Other information
Opened June 22, 1915; 101 years ago (1915-06-22)
Wireless service Wi-Fi[1][2]
Former/other names Vernon–Jackson Avenues
Traffic
Passengers (2015) 4,462,652[3]Increase 7%
Rank 108 out of 422
Station succession
Next north Hunters Point Avenue: 7 all times <7>rush hours until 9:30 p.m., peak direction
Next south Grand Central: 7 all times <7>rush hours until 9:30 p.m., peak direction

Vernon Boulevard–Jackson Avenue (often informally referred to as Vernon–Jackson, as its former name was Vernon–Jackson Avenues) is the westernmost station in Queens on the IRT Flushing Line of the New York City Subway. It is served by the 7 train at all times and the <7> train rush hours in the peak direction. Despite its name, the station is not quite located at the intersection of Vernon Boulevard and Jackson Avenue. It is located on 50th Avenue between Vernon Boulevard and Jackson Avenue, both of which have entrances to the station.

History[edit]

Track layout
to Hunters Point Av
to Grand Central

This station opened on June 22, 1915 as a terminal for shuttle trains going into Manhattan via the Steinway Tunnel until the line was extended to Hunters Point Avenue on February 5, 1916.[4][5]

The platforms at Vernon Boulevard were extended in 1955–1956 to accommodate 11-car trains.[6]

Station layout[edit]

G Street Level Entrances/Exits
P
Platform level
Side platform, doors will open on the right
Southbound NYCS-bull-trans-7.svg NYCS-bull-trans-7d.svg toward 34th Street–Hudson Yards (Grand Central)
Northbound NYCS-bull-trans-7.svg NYCS-bull-trans-7d.svg toward Flushing–Main Street (Hunters Point Avenue)
Side platform, doors will open on the right
Manhattan-bound street stairway
The "Train of Many Colors" at Vernon Boulevard-Jackson Avenue in 2016.

This underground has two side platforms and two tracks. A black wall separates the two tracks for most of the station.

Both platforms have a line of yellow columns along their edges. Most of these are normal I-beam columns, but in the middle of the platforms, cream colored arches, which is also the color of the station's ceiling, starting at about four feet off the ground support a short section of the columns. The platform walls have a mosaic gold and brown trim line on top while the name tablets are mosaic white with white text reading "Vernon-Jackson Ave's" (erroneously in the possessive, rather than the plural, form of the name) on a brown background and gold and brown border. There are also a few directional signs to the station's fare control areas reading "Vernon Ave" or "Jackson Ave" with an arrow beneath.

Each platform has two same-level fare control areas and there are no crossovers and crossunders connecting the platforms. The full-time fare control areas are just west of the middle of the platforms, though only the Manhattan-bound platform still has a token booth. Each area has a small regular turnstile bank and two staircases to the street, the northeast corner of Vernon Boulevard and 50th Avenue for the Manhattan-bound platform and the southwest corner for the Flushing-bound platform. The southern staircase's steel fencing does not have the standard black sign saying what station this is and what trains serve it.

Each platform also has a larger, unstaffed fare control on their extreme east (railroad north) ends. On the Manhattan-bound platform, a wide, but short staircase goes up to some High Entry/Exit Turnstiles that lead to two street stairs, one to each northern corners of 50th Avenue and Jackson Avenue. This entrance at one time had a part-time token booth and regular turnstiles. The Flushing-bound platform is has a similar arrangement with short staircase to a wide intermediate landing with an exit-only turnstile at each corner. Outside the turnstiles is a single street stair, each going up to each southern corners of 50th Avenue and Jackson Avenue.

1997 station agent murder[edit]

In 1997, this station was the site of a night station agent being killed for subway tokens.[7] The result of this incident was a change in policy where night station agents do not have to empty the turnstiles after the evening station agent leaves unless police, a supervisor, or another employee is present (and that is left to the option of the station agent). Since the introduction of the MetroCard, this process remains the same. Two armed NYCT guards clear the vending machines.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "NYC Subway Wireless – Active Stations". Transit Wireless Wifi. Retrieved 2016-05-18.
  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 2016-04-18. 
  4. ^ "Queensboro Tunnel Officially Opened". The New York Times. June 23, 1915. p. 22. Retrieved 2011-10-02. 
  5. ^ "SUBWAY EXTENSION OPEN.; Many Use New Hunters Point Avenue Station.". Retrieved 2016-08-31. 
  6. ^ Authority, New York City Transit (1955-01-01). Minutes and Proceedings. 
  7. ^ Onishi, Norimitsu (March 25, 1997). "In His 'Safe' Station, Subway Clerk, 60, Is Killed". The New York Times. Retrieved 2011-09-03. 

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