74 Street-Broadway/IRT Flushing Line
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Transfer to Roosevelt Av-Jackson Heights

The 74 Street-Broadway Station on the #7 is the above ground portion of the mammoth mega-station that is connected with the IND Queens Blvd Subway Line (E,F,G,R,V) beneath it at Roosevelt Avenue-Jackson Heights. The station is surprisingly a local stop. When the subway planners were building the Flushing Line they had no idea that 74 St-Broadway would become such an important transfer point subway station when the IND was built. This is probably just as well that the stop is local, it helps distribute crowds more evenly between Express and Local trains. It means that, for example, a passenger who regularly transfers here, from an IND line train trying to reach Flushing-Main Street, is sent on a local train, which has probably emptied out quite a bit by now. Probably, if the stop were an express stop, all of these transferring passengers, unless they were trying to reach other local stops, would cram onto express trains with all the thru-riders that go from Manhattan to Flushing. This would make the expresses more crowded and the locals emptier. Anyway, the fact the station is only a local stop is only four extra stops for Flushing-bound commuters.

Now lets continue onto describing the station with its two side platforms for the three-track subway line. The station has been extensively rebuilt and renovated and both side platforms have the standard for a rebuilt elevated station of dark green accented metal holding up thinner sections that are a cream color. Both platforms are windscreened and canopied for their entire lengths. There are though some areas where the cream colored portions of the windscreens become a wire mesh, allowing some views of the surrounding neighborhood and busy shopping district of Jackson Heights. The platform canopy is held up by a series of narrow green painted columns that run down each platform close to their platform edges. These have little signs on them that say 74 St.

For exits from these platforms the station has two. One is at the extreme western (railway southern) end of the platforms. Here, a single staircase leads down from each platform to a small mezzanine area directly beneath the tracks, from here a structure of three escalators and a staircase continues down, through the ground and to the western end of the INDs long mezzanine level.

The main exits off the platforms are towards the middle of the platforms. Here quite wide staircases lead off both platforms to what was the station's original station house and fare control area nestled directly beneath the tracks. Here there is still a single exit, with part time turnstiles that stay open curtsey of a customer service assistant and High Entrance/Exit Turnstiles to provide access at other times. A single street stair leads down off the elevated structure at this exit to NE corner of Roosevelt Avenue and 74 Street. From this upper mezzanine there is also a single, triple wide 'grand' staircase that provides access down to the stations new (added in the 2005 renovations) and main headhouse, that along with the covered bus loop and turnaround area take up the entire odd-triangular shaped block that Broadway, Roosevelt Avenue, 75th Street and a tiny bit of 74th Street form. This is where the 24-hour token booth is along with doors to the outside world along Broadway, Roosevelt Avenue and directly out to the bus loop. This building has two banks of turnstiles on the street level and feels extremely modern with lots of frosted or stained glass providing decent and indirect lighting. This is also where the station is ADA accessible from. The Flushing-bound platform is served by a single elevator, the top of which is at the platform level, it makes a stop at the upper mezzanine level (for connections to the short elevator that leads from this mezzanine to the Flushing-bound platform), continues down to the main fare control area at ground level, where the station's accessible exit is before it continues underground to the IND's mezzanine level. There is also a bank of two (one for each direction) escalators that go directly from the upper mezzanine level of the 7 line, directly down and through the sidewalk to the underground mezzanine level of the IND Lines. This provides faster access for transferring passengers and helps traffic flow so everyone doesn't have to walk through the main atrium in the main station building.

Art For Transit at Prospect Park style= Arts For Transit at 74 St-Broadway
Passage, 2004, Glass in windows of Victor Moore Arcade and on 7 platform windscreens
By Tom Patti
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(74_broadwayn71) R33 Worlds Fair #9306, its livery never changed from its original, singed as a 7 train, destination Worlds Fair stops at 74 St-Broadway leading a Flushing-bound #7 train, running as a Museum train in regular, revenue service.
18 June, 2004
(74_broadwayn72) The SMEE Museum train, running in regular, revenue service continues to make its way out of 74 St-Broadway to continue a run out to Flushing-Main St.
18 June, 2004
(74_broadwayn73) R62A #2119 and the rest of a Manhattan-bound 7 Local train leave 74 St-Broadway.
7 September, 2005
(74_broadwayn74) R62A #1821, the last car of a Flushing-bound 7 Express train have bypassed 74 St-Broadway.
7 September, 2005
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(74_broadwayn75) A Flushing-bound 7 express train continues off into the distance after bypassing 74 St-Broadway.
7 September, 2005
(74_broadwayn76) The Roosevelt Avenue entrance to the main station house at Roosevelt Avenue-Jackson Heights/74 St-Broadway.
23 December, 2005
(74_broadwayn77) Looking down the shaft of three escalators and a staircase that connect the IND subway station and IRT elevated station at the extreme western ends of the stations.
28 July, 2009
(74_broadwayn78) The upper landing of the three escalators down to the IRT station at the western end of both stations.
28 July, 2009
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(74_broadwayn79) The small upper landing/mezzanine area for access to each Flushing Line platform from the transfer at the extreme western end of the station.
28 July, 2009
(74_broadwayn710) Looking across to the opposite platform at 74 St-Broadway at the staircase at its extreme western end that leads to one of the two transfer points to the IND Subway Lines. This staircase before the station was rebuilt was originally the only place to transfer.
28 July, 2009
(74_broadwayn711) Looking down the Manhattan-bound platform at 74 St-Broadway towards the main two staircases that lead down to the main station exit and upper mezzanine level.
28 July, 2009
(74_broadwayn712) Elevators from the Manhattan-bound platform at 74 St-Broadway to the upper mezzanine level, where passengers must transfer to other elevators to reach the station exit or transfer to IND Lines.
28 July, 2009
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(74_broadwayn713) Glass is along the major staircase structure that leads from the Manhattan-bound platform at 74 St-Broadway to the upper mezzanine area.
28 July, 2009
(74_broadwayn714) The upper mezzanine area that is in the air above Roosevelt Avenue tucked underneath the 7 line tracks .
28 July, 2009
(74_broadwayn715) Passengers walk down a staircase from the Flushing-bound 7 platform to reach the main station building with its tall atrium above the station's main exit. The main elevator shaft that connects the station all together is also visible in this view.
28 July, 2009
(74_broadwayn716) Looking down in the main station building and atrium level at the crowds, three doors out to the outside world and two banks of turnstiles at the 74 St-Broadway/Roosevelt Av-Jackson Heights Complex.
28 July, 2009
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