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Vernon Boulevard – Jackson Avenue (IRT Flushing Line)

 

Vernon Boulevard – Jackson Avenue (IRT Flushing Line)

Vernon Boulevard – Jackson Avenue
 
New York City Subway rapid transit station
A 7 Express train whizzes 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
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
LIRR: City Terminal Zone (at Long Island City)
Structure Underground
Platforms 2 side platforms
Tracks 2
Other information
Opened June 22, 1915 (1915-06-22)
Wireless service Wi-Fi[1][2]
Former/other names Vernon–Jackson Avenues
Traffic
Passengers (2014) 4,169,876[3] 11.9%
Rank 118 out of 421
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) 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.

Contents

  • Station layout 1
  • 1997 station agent murder 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4

Station layout

G Street Level Entrances/Exits
M Mezzanine to entrances/exits, station agent, MetroCard vending machines
P
Platform level
Side platform, doors will open on the right
Southbound toward 34th Street – Hudson Yards (Grand Central)
Northbound toward Flushing – Main Street (Hunters Point Avenue)
Side platform, doors will open on the right
Manhattan-bound street stairway

This underground 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 Queensboro Plaza in November 1916. It 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" 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

In 1997, this station was the site of a night station agent being killed for subway tokens.[4] 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

  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 2015-04-25. 
  4. ^ Onishi, Norimitsu (March 25, 1997). "In His 'Safe' Station, Subway Clerk, 60, Is Killed". The New York Times. Retrieved 2011-09-03. 

External links

  • nycsubway.org—IRT Flushing Line: Vernon–Jackson Avenues
  • Station Reporter — 7 Train
  • The Subway Nut — Vernon Boulevard – Jackson Avenue Pictures
  • Vernon Boulevard entrance from Google Maps Street View
  • Jackson Avenue entrance from Google Maps Street View
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