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The Queens Boulevard Line is a fully underground line of the New York City Subway, as part of the IND division. The line provides crosstown service across {{Wikipedia reference|Manhattan under 53rd Street and east through Queens to Jamaica. The two-track section in Manhattan was once known as the 53rd Street Line. East of Queens Plaza, the line has 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 to provide a more direct route. It is the second busiest line in the system, after the IRT Lexington Avenue Line.

Extent and serviceEdit

The following services use part or all of the Queens Boulevard Line:

service section of line
E express (local east of Forest Hills evenings and weekends; late nights local along entire line) west of Briarwood–Van Wyck Boulevard (some rush hour trips use the full line)
F local east and express west of Forest Hills east of split east of Queens Plaza
M Local [No Weekend Or Late Night Service] Forest Hills to Fifth Av–53 St
R local (no service late nights) Forest Hills to Queens Plaza

The Queens Boulevard Line begins at 179th Street (Template:NYCS Queens far east) 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) to the local and express tracks. Soon after, the line turns west under Queens Boulevard.

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 71st-Continental Avenue–Forest Hills, where several services (E   G   R   V  ) begin on the local tracks, and Template:NYCS Queens east local 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) 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 M 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 (Template:NYCS 60th Street Connection) turning northwest and the IND Crosstown Line (Template:NYCS Crosstown north) 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 (F V  ), which begin here as a merge of these connection tracks and the IND 63rd Street Line (Template:NYCS 63rd IND west). At that junction, the Sixth Avenue Line 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 (Template:NYCS Eighth 50th) with separate 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 unused lower platform serves a single southbound track from the Queens Boulevard Line, merging with both southbound tracks of the Eighth Avenue Line south of that station. It has been speculated that this platform and level was built to prevent the IRT from extending their Flushing Line west.

BackgroundEdit

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Station listingEdit

Station Tracks Services Opened Transfers and notes
Jamaica–179th Street all F always
some E rush hours only
December 11, 1950 Q3 to JFK Airport
169th Street local F always April 24, 1937 Q3 to JFK Airport & Q6 to JFK Airport-North Boundary Road
Parsons Boulevard all F always
some E rush hours only
April 24, 1937
Sutphin Boulevard local F always April 24, 1937
IND Archer Avenue Line (E always) merges
Briarwood–Van Wyck Boulevard local E evenings, nights, and weekends
F always
April 24, 1937
Kew Gardens-Union Turnpike all E always
F always
December 31, 1936 Q10 to JFK Airport
75th Avenue local E evenings, nights, and weekends
F always
December 31, 1936
Forest Hills-71-Continental Avs. all E always
F always
evenings, weekends and late nights
R all but late nights
rush hours, middays, and evenings M weekdays
December 31, 1936 LIRR
67th Avenue local E late nights
R all but late nights
M weekdays
December 31, 1936
Rego Park-63rd Dr. local E late nights
M weekdays
R all but late nights
December 31, 1936 Q72 to LaGuardia Airport
Woodhaven Boulevard–Queens Center Mall local E late nights
M weekdays
R all but late nights
December 31, 1936
Grand Avenue–Newtown local E late nights
M weekdays
R all but late nights
December 31, 1936
Elmhurst Avenue local E late nights
M weekdays
R all but late nights
December 31, 1936
Jackson Heights–Roosevelt Avenue & 74th St Bus Terminal all E always
F always
M weekdays
R all but late nights
August 19, 1933 free transfer to IRT Flushing Line (7) Q33 to LaGuardia Airport & Q47 to Marine Air Terminal(LGA)
65th Street local E late nights
M weekdays
R all but late nights
August 19, 1933
express tracks diverge
Northern Boulevard local E late nights
M weekdays
R all but late nights
August 19, 1933
46th Street local E late nights
M weekdays
R all but late nights
August 19, 1933
Steinway Street local E late nights
M weekdays
R all but late nights
August 19, 1933
express tracks rejoin
36th Street local E late nights
M weekdays
R all but late nights
August 19, 1933
IND 63rd Street Line (F always) splits
Queens Plaza all E late nights
R all but late nights
M weekdays
August 19, 1933
local tracks split to IND Crosstown Line (Gterminates at L.I.C.-Court Sq. all times) and 60th Street Tunnel Connection(R all but late nights)
23rd Street–Ely Avenue express E always
M weekdays
August 19, 1933 free transfer to IND Crosstown Line (G)
free MetroCard transfer to IRT Flushing Line (7 <7> 

 )

Lexington Avenue–53rd Street express E always
M weekdays
August 19, 1933 free transfer to IRT Lexington Avenue Line (4

  6 <6>  )

Fifth Avenue–53rd Street express E always
M weekdays
August 19, 1933
connection to IND Sixth Avenue Line (M weekdays) splits
Seventh Avenue-53rd Street express E always August 19, 1933 free transfer to IND Sixth Avenue Line Template:NYCS Sixth 53rd
50th Street express E always August 19, 1933 free transfer to IND Eighth Avenue Line A

  C   (in same direction only)

merges with IND Eighth Avenue Line (A always, C all but late nights)

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