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Forest Hills–71st Avenue station

 Forest Hills–71 Avenue
 "E" train"F" train"F" express train"M" train"R" train
MTA NYC logo.svg New York City Subway station (rapid transit)
Forest Hills - Manhattan Bound Platform.jpg
Manhattan bound platform
Station statistics
Address71st Avenue & Queens Boulevard
Forest Hills, NY 11375
LocaleForest Hills
Coordinates40°43′17″N 73°50′38″W / 40.721404°N 73.844004°W / 40.721404; -73.844004
DivisionB (IND)
LineIND Queens Boulevard Line
Services      E all times (all times)
      F all times (all times) <F> two rush hour trains, peak direction (two rush hour trains, peak direction)
      M weekdays until 11:00 p.m. (weekdays until 11:00 p.m.)
      R all hours except late nights (all hours except late nights)
Transit connectionsBus transport MTA Bus: Q23, Q60, Q64, QM11, QM12, QM18
Railway transportation LIRR: City Terminal Zone (at Forest Hills)
Platforms2 island platforms
cross-platform interchange
Other information
OpenedDecember 31, 1936; 82 years ago (1936-12-31)
Station code261[1]
AccessibleThis station is compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 ADA-accessible
Wireless serviceWi-Fi and cellular service is provided at this station[2][3]
Former/other names71st–Continental Avenues–Forest Hills
Passengers (2018)8,115,385[4]Decrease 7.2%
Rank42 out of 424
Station succession
Next eastKew Gardens–Union Turnpike (express): E weekdays until 9:00 p.m.
75th Avenue (local): E nights after 9:00 p.m. and weekendsF all times <F> two rush hour trains, peak direction
(Terminal): M weekdays until 11 p.m.R all hours except late nights
World's Fair (IND World's Fair Line; demolished)
Next west67th Avenue (local): E late nightsM weekdays until 11 p.m.R all hours except late nights
Jackson Heights–Roosevelt Avenue (express): E all except late nightsF all times <F> two rush hour trains, peak direction

Next adjacent station compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 eastKew Gardens–Union Turnpike: E limited rush-hour serviceF all times <F> two rush hour trains, peak direction
Next adjacent station compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 westJackson Heights–Roosevelt Avenue: E all timesF all times <F> two rush hour trains, peak directionM weekdays until 11:00 p.m.R all hours except late nights

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.


Track layout
A Manhattan-bound R train arriving at the station.

The Queens Boulevard Line was one of the first lines built by the city-owned Independent Subway System (IND),[5][6][7] and stretches between the IND Eighth Avenue Line in Manhattan and 179th Street and Hillside Avenue in Jamaica, Queens.[5][7][8] The Queens Boulevard Line was in part financed by a Public Works Administration (PWA) loan and grant of $25,000,000.[9] 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.[10] Zoning laws were changed to allow fifteen-story apartment buildings to be built,[11] 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."[10]: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.[12][13]

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.[14] 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.[14] 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.[14][15] The new station would have been built on the south side of Queens Boulevard, south of the existing station.[14][15]

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.[16][17][18] However, a ribbon-cutting for the new elevators wasn't held until May 15, 2014.[19]

Station layout

G Street Level Exit/Entrance
M Mezzanine Fare control, station agent
Handicapped/disabled access Elevator on south side of Queens Boulevard between 70th Road and 71st Avenue
Platform level
Southbound local "E" train toward World Trade Center late nights (67th Avenue)
"M" train (boarding passengers only) toward Middle Village–Metropolitan Avenue weekdays (67th Avenue)
"R" train (boarding passengers only) toward Bay Ridge–95th Street all times except nights (67th Avenue)
Island platform, doors will open on the left, right Handicapped/disabled access
Southbound express "E" train toward World Trade Center (Jackson Heights–Roosevelt Avenue)
"F" train "F" express train toward Coney Island–Stillwell Avenue (Jackson Heights–Roosevelt Avenue)
Northbound express "E" train toward Jamaica Center (Kew Gardens–Union Turnpike weekdays or 75th Avenue weekends)
"F" train "F" express train toward Jamaica–179th Street (75th Avenue)
Island platform, doors will open on the left, right Handicapped/disabled access
Northbound local "E" train toward Jamaica Center late nights (75th Avenue)
"M" train "R" train termination track →
Stairs along the New York City Landmarked Ridgewood Savings Bank Forest Hills Branch.

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.[20]

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.[21] 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.[22][23]

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.[24][25][26]


On the current MTA map[27] and published timetables,[28] 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[29] and is used on the rollsigns of older rolling stock such as the R32. As of 2011, the platform signage reads 71–Continental Av–Forest Hills.

Points of interest

Nearby points of interest include:


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  2. ^ "NYC Subway Wireless – Active Stations". Transit Wireless Wifi. Retrieved November 13, 2019.
  3. ^ More Subway Stations in Manhattan, Bronx in Line to Get Online, (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."
  4. ^ "Facts and Figures: Annual Subway Ridership 2013–2018". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. July 18, 2019. Retrieved July 18, 2019.
  5. ^ a b Duffus, R.L. (September 22, 1929). "OUR GREAT SUBWAY NETWORK SPREADS WIDER; New Plans of Board of Transportation Involve the Building of More Than One Hundred Miles of Additional Rapid Transit Routes for New York" (PDF). The New York Times. Retrieved August 19, 2015.
  6. ^ "QUEENS SUBWAY WORK AHEAD OF SCHEDULE: Completion Will Lead to Big Apartrnent Building, Says William C. Speers" (PDF). The New York Times. April 7, 1929. Retrieved September 1, 2015.
  7. ^ a b "Queens Lauded as Best Boro By Chamber Chief". Brooklyn Daily Eagle. September 23, 1929. p. 40. Retrieved October 4, 2015 – via
  8. ^ New York Times, New Subway Routes in Hylan Program to Cost $186,046,000, March 21, 1925, page 1
  9. ^ "TEST TRAINS RUNNING IN QUEENS SUBWAY; Switch and Signal Equipment of New Independent Line Is Being Checked" (PDF). The New York Times. December 20, 1936. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved April 26, 2016.
  10. ^ a b Hirshon, Nicholas; Romano, Foreword by Ray (January 1, 2013). Forest Hills. Arcadia Publishing. ISBN 9780738597850.
  11. ^ "QUEENS TO HAVE 15-STORY HOUSE; Tall Structure for New Residential Development in ForestHills Area.NEAR BOULEVARD SUBWAYSeveral Blocks Rezoned for High Buildings Between Jamaicaand Kew Gardens. Apartment Height's Increase" (PDF). The New York Times. March 23, 1930. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved April 26, 2016.
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  13. ^ "PWA Party Views New Subway Link: Queens Section to Be Opened Tomorrow Is Inspected by Tuttle and Others" (PDF). The New York Times. December 30, 1936. Retrieved June 27, 2015.
  14. ^ a b c d Queens Subway Options Study, New York: Environmental Impact Statement. United States Department of Transportation, Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Urban Mass Transit Administration. May 1984. pp. 83–. Retrieved July 10, 2016.
  15. ^ a b Erlitz, Jeffrey (February 2005). "Tech Talk". New York Division Bulletin. Electric Railroaders Association. 48 (2): 9–11. Retrieved July 10, 2016.
  16. ^ "Forest Hills Subway Station Project Delayed by Three Months". DNAinfo New York. Archived from the original on February 9, 2014.
  17. ^ "Forest Hills Subway Station Renovation to End in March, MTA Says". DNAinfo New York. Archived from the original on March 27, 2014.
  18. ^ "71st Avenue Station Renovation in Forest Hills will Wrap This Month".
  19. ^ "Forest Hills-71st Av. ADA Elevators". Flickr.
  20. ^ Lynch, Andrew (May 10, 2017). "New York City Subway Track Map" (PDF). Retrieved April 27, 2018.
  21. ^ Cox, Jeremiah (September 26, 2004). The lime green trim and 71st Ave text underneath it along the platform walls at 71-Continental Av (image).
  22. ^ DanTD (March 16, 2017). Continental Avenue-Forest Hills; Old Sign (photograph). Retrieved July 29, 2017.
  23. ^ Cox, Jeremiah (June 2, 2008). Looking down the Manhattan-bound platform at 71-Forest Hills as the column signs say (image).
  24. ^ a b c "SUBWAY-SIDEWALK INTERFACE PROJECT: 71ST/CONTINENTAL AVENUES STATION" (PDF). Transportation Alternatives, City of New York, New York City Department of City Planning, New York City Department of Transportation. Retrieved September 30, 2015.
  25. ^ a b c d "MTA Neighborhood Maps: Forest Hills" (PDF). Metropolitan Transportation Authority. 2015. Retrieved July 6, 2015.
  26. ^ Cox, Jeremiah (June 5, 2008). "Looking down the mezzanine towards the 70 Road & North Side Queens Blvd exit at 71-Continental Ave". Retrieved December 18, 2017.
  27. ^ "Subway Map" (PDF). Metropolitan Transportation Authority. October 21, 2019. Retrieved January 18, 2018.
  28. ^ "E Subway Timetable, Effective April 28, 2019" (PDF). Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Retrieved May 31, 2019.
  29. ^ "NYC Subway Historical Maps". Retrieved September 27, 2007.
  30. ^ "RIDGEWOOD SAVINGS BANK, FOREST HILLS BRANCH" (PDF). New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission. Retrieved January 27, 2018.

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