Forest Hills–71 Avenue
|New York City Subway station (rapid transit)|
Manhattan bound platform
|Address||71st Avenue & Queens Boulevard|
Forest Hills, NY 11375
|Line||IND Queens Boulevard Line|
|Services||E (all times) |
F (all times) <F> (two rush hour trains, peak direction)
M (weekdays until 11:00 p.m.)
R (all hours except late nights)
|Transit connections|| MTA Bus: Q23, Q60, Q64, QM11, QM12, QM18|
LIRR: City Terminal Zone (at Forest Hills)
|Platforms||2 island platforms|
|Opened||December 31, 1936|
|Former/other names||71st–Continental Avenues–Forest Hills|
|Passengers (2018)||8,115,385 7.2%|
|Rank||42 out of 424|
|Next east||Kew Gardens–Union Turnpike (express): E |
75th Avenue (local): E F <F>
(Terminal): M R
World's Fair (IND World's Fair Line; demolished)
|Next west||67th Avenue (local): E M R |
Jackson Heights–Roosevelt Avenue (express): E F <F>
|Next east||Kew Gardens–Union Turnpike: E F <F>|
|Next west||Jackson Heights–Roosevelt Avenue: E F <F> M R|
Forest Hills–71st Avenue (previously known as 71st–Continental Avenues) is an express station on the IND Queens Boulevard Line of the New York City Subway, located on Queens Boulevard at 71st (Continental) Avenue in Forest Hills, Queens. It is served by the E and F trains at all times, the R train at all times except late nights, the M train on weekdays except late nights, and the <F> train during rush hours in the peak direction. It serves as the terminus for the latter two services.
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. One of the proposed stations would have been located at 71st Avenue. During the late 1920s, in anticipation of the arrival of the subway, land was bought by developers and was built up. Zoning laws were changed to allow fifteen-story apartment buildings to be built, and made the neighborhood of Forest Hills a more desirable place to live, especially as it was an express stop. Queens Borough President George Harvey predicted that the introduction of the subway to Forest Hills would turn Queens Boulevard into the "Park Avenue of Queens.":73
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 71st Avenue station opened as part of this extension.
The station was proposed as a transfer station between the never-built Queens Super-Express Bypass as part of the 1968 Program for Action, which would have significantly expanded railway and subway service in the five boroughs. Under a 1984 plan, the new express station would have been one of three stops on the 63rd Street Line extension east of 21st Street–Queensbridge, the other two stops being at Northern Boulevard and Woodside. The bypass station would have had a mezzanine, two platform levels (an upper platform for Jamaica- and Southeast Queens-bound trains; a lower platform for Manhattan-bound trains), a new elevator entrance, and an expanded mezzanine, with escalators and stairs connecting the new platform levels to the existing platforms. The new station would have been built on the south side of Queens Boulevard, south of the existing station.
In 2014, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority built a new signal tower for the Manhattan-bound platform. The agency also upgraded the station to compliance with the 1990 Americans With Disabilities Act; the upgrade included passenger elevators to serve the street level, mezzanine and platforms. This project was completed by March 2014 after a three-month delay. However, a ribbon-cutting for the new elevators wasn't held until May 15, 2014.
|M||Mezzanine||Fare control, station agent|
Elevator on south side of Queens Boulevard between 70th Road and 71st Avenue
|Southbound local||← toward World Trade Center late nights (67th Avenue) |
← (boarding passengers only) toward Middle Village–Metropolitan Avenue weekdays (67th Avenue)
← (boarding passengers only) toward Bay Ridge–95th Street all times except nights (67th Avenue)
|Island platform, doors will open on the left, right|
|Southbound express||← toward World Trade Center (Jackson Heights–Roosevelt Avenue)|
← toward Coney Island–Stillwell Avenue (Jackson Heights–Roosevelt Avenue)
|Northbound express||→ toward Jamaica Center (Kew Gardens–Union Turnpike weekdays or 75th Avenue weekends) →|
→ toward Jamaica–179th Street (75th Avenue) →
|Island platform, doors will open on the left, right|
|Northbound local||→ toward Jamaica Center late nights (75th Avenue) →|
→ termination track →
The station has four tracks and two island platforms. It is the northern terminal for the local M and R trains, which stop on the outer tracks. To the east, the line widens to six tracks, with two tracks starting between the local and express tracks in each direction, then ramping down to a lower level, where they widen to four tracks and run under the 75th Avenue station to Jamaica Yard. F trains stop on the express track at all times, but switch to the local track to the east and continue on to Jamaica–179th Street. E trains stop on the express tracks at all times except late nights, when they make local stops along the Queens Boulevard Line. To the east, they continue on the express tracks (except evenings and weekends when they switch to the local track like the F) to Jamaica Center–Parsons/Archer, with limited rush-hour express service to 179th Street. This station has four punch boxes two at the eastern end and western end.
Both outer track walls have a lime green tile band with a black border and small "71st AVE" signs below them, in white lettering on black tiles. The station's columns are painted in lime green with signs reading "71 - Forest Hills", while older signs on the black columns between the express tracks read "CONTINENTAL AVENUE - Forest Hills" in black lettering on a white border.
A signal tower and dispatchers' office is at the extreme western end of the southbound platform.
There are two fare control areas on the full width mezzanine above the platforms and tracks. The western section of the mezzanine is bounded on the west by the exit to the western side of 70th Road and the northern side of Queens Boulevard. There used to be a part-time booth at this location. On the east end, the fare control area is sided by a passageway out of fare control connecting the exits between 70th Road and 71st Avenue. There used to be a part-time booth at the northern section of the passageway. An elevator is located at the southern exit between 70th Road and 71st Avenue and makes the station ADA-accessible. The second fare control area is in between the aforementioned fare free passageway and the passageways connecting to the exits at 71st Avenue. At the eastern end of the mezzanine there is a staircase leading to Queens Boulevard between 71st Avenue and 71st Road on the northern side, and a staircase leading to the intersection of 71st Avenue and Queens Boulevard on the south side. There are seven staircases to each platform.
On the current MTA map and published timetables, the station name is "Forest Hills–71st Avenue." In the past, "Continental Avenue" (the alternative name of 71st Avenue used in nearby Forest Hills Gardens) has been included in the name and is used on the rollsigns of older rolling stock such as the R32. As of 2011[update], the platform signage reads 71–Continental Av–Forest Hills.
Nearby points of interest include:
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