63 Drive–Rego Park
|New York City Subway station (rapid transit)|
A view of the Manhattan-bound platform
|Address||63rd Drive & Queens Boulevard|
Rego Park, NY 11374
|Line||IND Queens Boulevard Line|
|Services||E (late nights) |
M (weekdays until 11 p.m.)
R (all hours except late nights)
|Transit connections|| NYCT Bus: Q59|
MTA Bus: Q38, Q60, Q72, QM11, QM18
|Platforms||2 side platforms|
|Opened||December 31, 1936|
|Former/other names||63rd Drive|
|Passengers (2018)||4,769,745 4.4%|
|Rank||95 out of 424|
|Next east||67th Avenue: E M R|
|Next west||Woodhaven Boulevard: E M R|
63rd Drive–Rego Park is a local station on the IND Queens Boulevard Line of the New York City Subway, consisting of four tracks. Located at 63rd Drive and Queens Boulevard in the Rego Park neighborhood of Queens, it is served by the M train on weekdays, the R train at all times except nights, and the E train at night.
The Queens Boulevard Line was one of the first lines built by the city-owned Independent Subway System (IND), and stretches between the IND Eighth Avenue Line in Manhattan and 179th Street and Hillside Avenue in Jamaica, Queens. The Queens Boulevard Line was in part financed by a Public Works Administration (PWA) loan and grant of $25,000,000. On December 31, 1936, the IND Queens Boulevard Line was extended by eight stops, and 3.5 miles (5.6 km), from its previous terminus at Roosevelt Avenue to Union Turnpike, and the 63rd Drive station opened as part of this extension.
|M||Mezzanine||Fare control, station agent, MetroCard machines|
|Side platform, doors will open on the right|
|Southbound local||← toward Middle Village–Metropolitan Avenue weekdays (Woodhaven Boulevard)|
← toward Bay Ridge–95th Street (Woodhaven Boulevard)
← toward World Trade Center nights (Woodhaven Boulevard)
|Southbound express||← do not stop here|
|Northbound express||do not stop here →|
|Northbound local|| ( weekdays) toward Forest Hills–71st Avenue (67th Avenue) → |
toward Jamaica Center–Parsons/Archer nights (67th Avenue) →
|Side platform, doors will open on the right|
Both platforms have a medium Sky Blue trim line with a black border and small "63RD DRIVE" signs below them in white lettering on a black border. The name tablets read "63RD DRIVE" in white sans serif font on a black border and identical blue trim. Above some of these tablets are modern signs reading "Rego Park". Some of the columns separating the local and express tracks have small "63RD DRIVE" signs on them in black lettering on a white border. The station's I-beam columns are all painted Slate Blue with alternating ones on the platforms having the standard black station name plate in white lettering.
This station has an upper level mezzanine that is about 1/3rd the length of the platforms. The mezzanine is split into three sections by a wall on the southbound side and a chain link fence on the northbound side. Numerous staircases from each platform go up to their respective outer section of the mezzanine. A small turnstile bank on the southbound side and exit-only turnstiles on the northbound side lead to the main fare control area.
Towards the northwest end of the mezzanine, a single extra-wide staircase from each platform goes up to a crossover, where a turnstile bank leads to the main fare control area. There is a token booth and two street stairs, one to the northwest corner of 63rd Drive and Queens Boulevard and the other to the south side of Queens Boulevard near this intersection.
On the southeast side of the mezzanine, high entry-exit turnstiles from either outer section lead to an un-staffed fare control area, where one street stair goes up to the northwest corner of 64th Avenue and Queens Boulevard while the other goes up to the south side of Queens Boulevard near the intersection with 64th Road. The mezzanine has mosaic directional signs in white lettering on a teal border. The center section connects the two fare control areas, but provides no crossover.
On the extreme northwest (railroad south) end of the platforms, high turnstiles lead to a single staircase that goes up to either western corners of 63rd Road and Queens Boulevard, the northwest one for the Manhattan-bound platform and the southwest one for the Forest Hills-bound platform.
East of this station, there is an unfinished signal tower on the Jamaica-bound (railroad north) platform and a bellmouth that diverges to the south from the local track. Another tunnel from the Manhattan-bound local track diverges north, then curves south under the Queens Boulevard Line to join the other bellmouth. These were provisions for a planned expansion in the 1930s that would have connected with the IND Rockaway Line (formerly a Long Island Rail Road branch) towards Howard Beach, JFK Airport, and the Rockaways. This spur would have run down 66th Avenue before joining the Rockaway Line at its former junction with the LIRR Main Line. In January 2013, a petition was started on change.org to make use of the bellmouths to connect the station to the currently unused portion of the Rockaway Line.
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