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IND Queens Boulevard Line
Legend
Unknown route-map component "uENDEa"
Urban station on track
Handicapped/disabled access Jamaica – 179th Street
Unknown route-map component "uHST"
169th Street
Urban station on track
Parsons Boulevard
Unknown route-map component "uHST"
Sutphin Boulevard
Unknown route-map component "uABZrg" Unknown route-map component "uHLUECKE"
IND Archer Avenue Line
Unknown route-map component "uHST"
Briarwood – Van Wyck Boulevard
Waterway turning from left Unknown route-map component "uABZrf"
Jamaica Yard connection
Unknown route-map component "ueHLUECKE" Unknown route-map component "ueABZlg" Urban straight track
Former IND World's Fair Line
Urban non-passenger station on track Urban station on track
Handicapped/disabled access Kew Gardens – Union Turnpike
Urban straight track Unknown route-map component "uHST"
75th Avenue
Waterway turning to left Unknown route-map component "uABZlg"
Jamaica Yard connection
Urban station on track
Forest Hills – 71st Avenue
Unknown route-map component "uHST"
67th Avenue
Unknown route-map component "uHST"
63rd Drive – Rego Park
Unknown route-map component "uHST"
Woodhaven Boulevard
Unknown route-map component "uHST"
Grand Avenue – Newtown
Unknown route-map component "uLUECKE" Unknown route-map component "uHST" Unknown route-map component "ueLUECKE"
Elmhurst Avenue Never Built IND Winfield Spur to Rockaways
Waterway turning to left Unknown route-map component "uTHSTu" Urban track turning from right Unknown route-map component "uexHSTe"
Handicapped/disabled access Roosevelt Avenue – Jackson Heights (unused upper level)
Unknown route-map component "uHST" Unknown route-map component "uLUECKE"
65th Street IRT Flushing Line
Urban junction to left Urban track turning from right
Express Tracks
Unknown route-map component "uHST" Urban straight track
Northern Boulevard
Unknown route-map component "uHST" Urban straight track
46th Street
Unknown route-map component "uHST" Urban straight track
Steinway Street
Unknown route-map component "uABZrg" Waterway turning to right
Express Tracks
Unknown route-map component "uHST"
36th Street
Unknown route-map component "uHLUECKE" Unknown route-map component "uABZrf" Unknown route-map component "uLUECKE"
IND 63rd Street Line
Waterway turning from left Urban transverse track Unknown route-map component "uTHSTu" Waterway turning to right
Handicapped/disabled access Queens Plaza IRT Flushing Line
Unknown route-map component "uLUECKE" Unknown route-map component "uHLUECKE" Unknown route-map component "uABZrf"
60th Street Tunnel Connection
Unknown route-map component "uLUECKE" Urban junction to left Unknown route-map component "uHLUECKE"
IND Crosstown Line
Waterway turning to left Urban transverse track Unknown route-map component "uTHSTu" Unknown route-map component "uHLUECKE"
23rd Street – Ely Avenue IRT Flushing Line
Unknown route-map component "uWTUNNEL"
53rd Street Tunnel
Unknown route-map component "uHST"
Handicapped/disabled access Lexington Avenue – 53rd Street
Unknown route-map component "uHLUECKE" Unknown route-map component "uKRZu" Unknown route-map component "uHLUECKE"
IRT Lexington Avenue Line
Unknown route-map component "uHST"
Fifth Avenue/53rd Street
Urban junction to left Urban track turning from right
Unknown route-map component "uHLUECKE" Unknown route-map component "uKRZu" Unknown route-map component "uABZql+l" Unknown route-map component "uHLUECKE"
IND Sixth Avenue Line
Waterway turning from left Unknown route-map component "uKRZBHF" Waterway turning to right
Seventh Avenue
Unknown route-map component "uHLUECKE" Unknown route-map component "uABZ3rf" Unknown route-map component "uABZ3lf" Unknown route-map component "uHSTq" Unknown route-map component "uHLUECKE"
Handicapped/disabled access 50th Street IND Eighth Avenue Line

The Queens Boulevard Line is a fully underground line of the B Division of the New York City Subway in Manhattan and Queens, New York City, United States. The line provides crosstown service across Manhattan under 53rd Street and east through Queens to Jamaica. The two-track section in Manhattan is also known as the 53rd Street Line. East of Queens Plaza, the line occupies four tracks, with express service on the inner tracks. This line is one of two (the IND Culver Line being the other) for which the express tracks deviate from the local tracks, following a shorter and hence faster route. It is the second busiest line in the system, after the IRT Lexington Avenue Line.[citation needed]

During the daytime, the portion of the line between the two major junctions in Long Island City and Forest Hills–71st Avenue is served by trains of four services: the E and F express and the R and V local. The R and V services terminate at Forest Hills; east of this point the F operates via the local tracks, making all stops to 179th Street in Jamaica; the E continues to use the express tracks to the IND Archer Avenue Line junction, where it diverts en route to/from Jamaica Center. At the western end of the line, the F and R split onto the IND 63rd Street Line and BMT Broadway Line (via the 60th Street Tunnel Connection) in Long Island City, while the E and V continue west into Manhattan to the IND Eighth Avenue Line and IND Sixth Avenue Line respectively.

The F is the only train that operates along the line at all times, providing express service. R-train service ceases in Manhattan and Queens after 11:00 p.m., while the V does not run after midnight or on weekends. After 9:00 p.m. and throughout the weekend, the E operates on the local tracks east of Forest Hills, making all stops; after midnight seven days a week, it makes all local stops from/to Queens Plaza. One extra service—the G—only serves the Queens Boulevard Line after 9:00 p.m. and on weekends, running local between Long Island City (from the IND Crosstown Line) and Forest Hills.

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Description

The Queens Boulevard Line begins at 179th Street (E special rush hour trips F all times) as a four-track subway under Hillside Avenue. Just after curving north under the Van Wyck Expressway, a flying junction joins the recent two-track Archer Avenue Line (E all times) to the local and express tracks. Soon after, the line turns west under Queens Boulevard.

Vents at Broadway and 58th Street

East of Union Turnpike, another flying junction ties the eastward tracks to Jamaica Yard. The other side of the wye curves west to become a lower level of the subway just west of Union Turnpike. After passing through 75th Avenue, those tracks join the local and express tracks at another flying junction. Just west is Forest Hills–71st Avenue, where several services (G nights after 9:00 p.m. and weekends R all except late nights V weekdays until midnight) begin on the local tracks, and E nights after 9:00 p.m. and weekends F all times service switches to the express tracks.

From here the line runs under Queens Boulevard until it turns north onto Broadway after Grand Avenue–Newtown. Near the Roosevelt Avenue–Jackson Heights transit hub, an abandoned trackless tunnel branches off into an unused upper part of the station which is used for storage. At the intersection of Broadway and Northern Boulevard, the express tracks turn west under Northern Boulevard. The local tracks take a longer route, remaining under Broadway, then turning south onto Steinway Street and west again onto Northern Boulevard, where they rejoin the express tracks. As the line approaches Queens Plaza, the two-track IND 63rd Street Line (F all times) splits from both sets of tracks at a flying junction, running to Manhattan under 41st Avenue. The Queens Boulevard Line continues under Northern Boulevard to Queens Plaza, where crossover switches allow V service to switch to the express tracks. Just west of Queens Plaza, the line splits into three parts at yet another flying junction. The express tracks continue towards Manhattan under 44th Drive, while the local tracks split two ways, with the 60th Street Tunnel Connection (R all except late nights) turning northwest and the IND Crosstown Line (G nights after 9:00 p.m. and weekends) remaining under Jackson Avenue (Northern Boulevard south of Queens Plaza). From this point on, the Queens Boulevard Line has only two tracks.

The line continues west through the 53rd Street Tunnel under the East River into Manhattan. After Lexington Avenue, the westbound tracks rise above the eastbound tracks. A flying junction after Fifth Avenue ties the westbound tracks into the southbound local tracks of the IND Sixth Avenue Line (V weekdays until midnight), which begin here as a merge of these connection tracks and the IND 63rd Street Line (F all times). At that junction, the Sixth Avenue Line express tracks turns west under 53rd Street, just to the south of the Queens Boulevard Line. The two lines share platforms at Seventh Avenue, but no connecting tracks are present. Then the Queens Boulevard Line turns south below the IND Eighth Avenue Line (A all times C all except late nights) with separate lower-level platforms at 50th Street, and then the tracks split to join the local and express tracks of the Eighth Avenue Line north of 42nd Street–Port Authority Bus Terminal. At that station, a special lower platform formerly served a single southbound track from the Queens Boulevard Line, merging with both southbound tracks of the Eighth Avenue Line south of that station. It was speculated that this platform and level was built to prevent the IRT from extending their Flushing Line west. Recently, the MTA announced plans to extend the Flushing Line. The track through the lower level has been disconnected,[citation needed] and the lower level will be partially demolished to make way for the new Flushing Line tunnel.

Background

Station listing

Station service legend
Stops all times Stops all times
Stops all times except late nights Stops all times except late nights
Stops late nights only Stops late nights only
Stops late nights and weekends Stops late nights and weekends only
Stops weekdays only Stops weekdays only
Stops rush hours only Stops rush hours only
Stops rush hours in peak direction only Stops rush hours in the peak direction only
Time period details
Handicapped/disabled access Station Tracks Services Opened Transfers and notes
Handicapped/disabled access Jamaica–179th Street all E special rush hour trips F all times December 10, 1950
169th Street local F all times April 24, 1937
Parsons Boulevard all E special rush hour trips F all times April 24, 1937
Sutphin Boulevard local F all times April 24, 1937
IND Archer Avenue Line (E all times) merges
Briarwood–Van Wyck Boulevard local E nights after 9:00 p.m. and weekends F all times April 24, 1937
connecting tracks to Jamaica Yard
Handicapped/disabled access Kew Gardens–Union Turnpike all E all times F all times December 31, 1936
75th Avenue local E nights after 9:00 p.m. and weekends F all times December 31, 1936
connecting tracks to Jamaica Yard; former connection to IND World's Fair Line
71st - Continental Aves - Forest Hills all E all times F all times G nights after 9:00 p.m. and weekends R all except late nights V weekdays until midnight December 31, 1936
67th Avenue local E late nights G nights after 9:00 p.m. and weekends R all except late nights V weekdays until midnight December 31, 1936
63rd Drive–Rego Park local E late nights G nights after 9:00 p.m. and weekends R all except late nights V weekdays until midnight December 31, 1936
Woodhaven Boulevard local E late nights G nights after 9:00 p.m. and weekends R all except late nights V weekdays until midnight December 31, 1936
Grand Avenue–Newtown local E late nights G nights after 9:00 p.m. and weekends R all except late nights V weekdays until midnight December 31, 1936
Elmhurst Avenue local E late nights G nights after 9:00 p.m. and weekends R all except late nights V weekdays until midnight December 31, 1936
Handicapped/disabled access Roosevelt Avenue–Jackson Heights all E all times F all times G nights after 9:00 p.m. and weekends R all except late nights V weekdays until midnight August 19, 1933 IRT Flushing Line (7 all times) at 74th Street–Broadway
65th Street local E late nights G nights after 9:00 p.m. and weekends R all except late nights V weekdays until midnight August 19, 1933
express tracks diverge (E all except late nights F all times)
Northern Boulevard local E late nights G nights after 9:00 p.m. and weekends R all except late nights V weekdays until midnight August 19, 1933
46th Street local E late nights G nights after 9:00 p.m. and weekends R all except late nights V weekdays until midnight August 19, 1933
Steinway Street local E late nights G nights after 9:00 p.m. and weekends R all except late nights V weekdays until midnight August 19, 1933
express tracks rejoin (E all except late nights F all times)
36th Street local E late nights G nights after 9:00 p.m. and weekends R all except late nights V weekdays until midnight August 19, 1933
IND 63rd Street Line splits (F all times)
Handicapped/disabled access Queens Plaza all E all times G nights after 9:00 p.m. and weekends R all except late nights V weekdays until midnight August 19, 1933
local tracks split to IND Crosstown Line (G nights after 9:00 p.m. and weekends) and 60th Street Tunnel Connection (R all except late nights)
23rd Street–Ely Avenue express E all times V weekdays until midnight August 28, 1939 IND Crosstown Line (G all times) at Long Island City–Court Square
IRT Flushing Line (7 all times <7>weekdays until 10:00 p.m., peak direction) at 45th Road–Court House Square (MetroCard-only transfer)
Handicapped/disabled access Lexington Avenue–53rd Street express E all times V weekdays until midnight August 19, 1933 IRT Lexington Avenue Line (4 late nights 6 all times <6>weekdays until 8:45 p.m., peak direction) at 51st Street
Fifth Avenue/53rd Street express E all times V weekdays until midnight August 19, 1933
connection to IND Sixth Avenue Line (V weekdays until midnight) splits
Seventh Avenue express E all times August 19, 1933 IND Sixth Avenue Line (B weekdays until 9:30 p.m. D all times)
Handicapped/disabled access* 50th Street express E all times August 19, 1933 IND Eighth Avenue Line (A late nights C all except late nights) (transfer in same direction only)
merges with IND Eighth Avenue Line (A all times C all except late nights)

* southbound only

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