169th Street (IND Queens Boulevard Line)
|New York City Subway station (rapid transit)|
The southwest entrance
|Address||169th Street & Hillside Avenue|
Queens, NY 11432
|Line||IND Queens Boulevard Line|
|Services||F (all times)|
|Transit connections|| NYCT Bus: Q1, Q2, Q3, Q17, Q30, Q31, Q36, Q43, Q76, Q77|
NICE Bus: n1, n6, n6X, n22, n22X, n24, n26
|Platforms||2 side platforms|
|Opened||April 24, 1937|
|Passengers (2017)||2,629,975 5.7%|
|Rank||194 out of 425|
|Next north||Jamaica–179th Street: F|
|Next south||Parsons Boulevard: F|
169th Street is a local station on the IND Queens Boulevard Line of the New York City Subway. Located at the intersection of 169th Street and Hillside Avenue in Queens, it is served by the F train at all times. This is the closest subway station to the 165th Street Bus Terminal after the closure, and demolition of the nearby 168th Street BMT Station on Jamaica Avenue in 1977.
This station opened when the Queens Boulevard Line was extended from Union Turnpike to 169th Street on April 24, 1937, with 169th Street serving as the line's new terminal.:123 As a terminal, the station was considered inefficient due to being a local station. As such, trains used both 169th Street and Parsons Boulevard as terminals.
To alleviate train congestion, the line was planned to be extended to 184th Place with a station at 179th Street with two island platforms, sufficient entrances and exits, and storage for four ten-car trains. The facilities would allow for the operation of express and local service to the station. The extension was completed later than expected and opened on December 11, 1950. This extension was delayed due to the Great Depression and World War II. Both E and F trains were extended to the new station. On December 11, 1950, the station ceased to be the line's terminal when the line was extended to Jamaica–179th Street.
Before the IND Archer Avenue Line opened on December 11, 1988, all Queens Boulevard express trains (E and F trains) ran to 179th Street, with the E running express along Hillside Avenue (rush hours only) and the F running local. At that time, this station was considered to be the most congested due to the numerous bus lines that either terminated just outside or at the nearby 165th Street Bus Terminal. The station was ill-equipped to handle the high passenger traffic volume transferring between the buses and subway. As a result, bars were installed to each of the seven 179th Street-bound staircases at platform level to "feed" the passengers into the staircase instead of crowding around it. The opening of the Archer Avenue Line was expected to reduce rush hour ridership at this station from 12,912 to 6,058. The full-time and part-time booths at the station were switched since over half of the remaining riders using the station lived closer to 169th Street. Before the change, most riders came from the Bus Terminal via the 168th Street entrance. The 168th Street booth was made part-time, and the 169th Street booth was made full-time.:12–13
|M||Mezzanine||Fare control, station agent, MetroCard machines|
|Side platform, doors will open on the right|
|Southbound local||← toward Coney Island via Culver (Parsons Boulevard)|
|Southbound express||← does not stop here (rush hours)|
|Northbound express||does not stop here (rush hours) →|
|Northbound local||toward Jamaica–179th Street (Terminus) →|
|Side platform, doors will open on the right|
This station has four tracks and two side platforms. The wall tile trims are orange with black borders while the platform and mezzanine columns are lime green. The name tablets have "169TH ST." in white lettering on a black background with an orange border. The wall tiles also have small "169" in white lettering on a black background.
The station has a full-length mezzanine above the platforms with a crossover between both platforms. There are seven sets of stairs to the 179th Street-bound platform and five to the Manhattan-bound platform as the mezzanine gets narrower on that side. Due to low clearance, a "DO NOT JUMP" message in black letters is painted on the white tiles of the ceiling above one of the 179th Street-bound staircases.
There are two fare control areas at either end, with the full-time entrance located at 169th Street since 1988. The part-time entrance is at 168th Street; this was the full-time entrance until 1988.:12–13 At each entrance, staircases go up to all four corners of the street's intersection with Hillside Avenue. As originally built, the station had staffed token booths at both fare control areas.
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