Jackson Heights-Roosevelt Avenue/IND Queens Blvd Line
Transfer to 74 St-Broadway
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The Roosevelt Avenue-Jackson Heights is the one intermediate express station on the Queens Blvd Line, one of the most heavily used and crowded subway trunk lines. The station in addition to serving the large surrounding shopping district of Jackson Heights is also a major transfer point for passengers between express and local trains, to the number 7 line, whose local station at 74 Street-Broadway is located on its elevated structure above the station, as well as to six bus routes to surrounding areas without subway service, most of which begin and end in the station's covered bus loop and layover area just outside the main station building entrance at street level. To facilitate this the station has two relatively narrow by IND standards for a busy transfer point island platforms for the four track line and a full length mezzanine that is almost still completely open with the exception of a small section of it at the extreme eastern end, albeit only the portion above the Manhattan-bound platform. Here some sort of non-public area has been carved out of the mezzanine and has been fully tiled over as part of the stations recent renovations. The mezzanine also has a number of glassed off areas along it, that were built probably to entice a shopping concourse to open within fare control, although the only stores there so far are some Bank of America ATMs and what looks like a record store.

The station's renovations were completed in 2005. This also brought it (as well as the elevated Flushing Line Station up to ADA standards) For decorations the white tiled walls of the underground mezzanine have a single dark blue tile towards the top of it for a trimline. This single tile has a black boarder above and below it of extremely narrow tiles (perhaps a quarter of the size of a regular tile). On the local track walls is a trimline of three dark blue tiles with a black boarder, beneath it, two tiles down are tiles that spell out Roosevelt, white text on black tile. These name tiles also have a black boarder, when the station was being renovated the platform walls were replaced with this and there not fully faithful to the 1930s traditional IND design, trim line name tiles would never have a boarder and don't in any other station.

Now onto the extensive list of station exits and transfer staircases/escalators that lead up through the street and into the air of the Flushing Line's elevated to reach the along its full length and quite busy mezzanine. Staircase to and from the platforms up to this mezzanine won't be mentioned, there at regular, almost constant intervals. We begin at the mezzanine's western (railway southern) end. Here, right at the end of the mezzanine, towards the mezzanine's southern side is bank of three escalators and a staircase that lead up through the street and into the air, to a small mezzanine level beneath the Flushing Line's tracks, with staircases up to each platform. At this end of the mezzanine is also a part-time staffed entrance/exit, with a large bank of turnstiles (open when the agent is on duty between 6:15am and 9:15pm, Monday-Saturday, and Sunday from 12:15pm to 7:30pm), there also some High Entrance/Exit Turnstiles, and High Exit Turnstiles that provide the only access to this exit when the token booth and turnstiles are closed. This exit leads to a street stair on the SE corner of Broadway and 73 St, (it's a five-point intersection, 37th Road ends at it providing the fifth point), as well as one that is set back from the street to be along storefronts along the northside of 37 Road, just after it begins at this intersection.

Continuing down the mezzanine we pass the Bank of America ATMs and reach its middle. Here there is a pair of High Entrance/Exit Turnstiles lead to a single street stair up to the SE corner of Broadway & 74th Street. Across from this secondary exit is the main, triple-wide large 'grand staircase' that leads up to the surface and the station's 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. Photos of this section of the station are here ADA access is also here in the form of elevators down to each IND platform. The Forest Hills/Jamaica-bound platform has its own elevator that just connects that platform with the lower mezzanine level, while the Manhattan-bound platform elevator has a landing at the lower mezzanine level and continues all the way up into the station's large building, and for connections to the 7. To provide an additional way for transferring passengers between the subway and elevated to bypass having to go through the main station entrance a pair of escalators lead directly from this mezzanine level, through the sidewalk just outside the station house, and up to the main elevated upper mezzanine level beneath the 7 line's tracks. There is also a pair of Men's and Women's Restrooms (open the standard 5am to Midnight) along the IND mezzanine here.

Continuing down the mezzanine there is an additional exit that is at station's eastern end, beyond where some sort of crew use has taken a bite out of the mezzanine, and the last staircase down to the Forest Hills-bound platform is. Here the mezzanine slopes up a bit to three High Entrance/Exit Turnstiles that lead out to eitherside of Broadway on the west side of 75 Street.

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(roosevelt_jackson_htse1) R42 #4596 stops at Roosevelt Av-Jackson Heights, leading a Forest-Hills bound R train.
4 June, 2009
(roosevelt_jackson_htse2) The un-design worthy trim-line with the Roosevelt tiling beneath it.
4 June, 2009
(roosevelt_jackson_htse3) Looking down the extreme eastern end of the mezzanine at Roosevelt Avenue, the section that has been closed over the Manhattan-bound track.
4 June, 2009
(roosevelt_jackson_htse4) Looking down the mezzanine at Roosevelt Avenue, approaching the center of it, where the main exit is, with the pair of escalators leading up to the elevated station's platform visible.
4 June, 2009
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(roosevelt_jackson_htse5) R32 #3376, the back of a Manhattan-bound V train stops at Roosevelt Avenue.
22 July, 2009
(roosevelt_jackson_htse6) Passengers wait for the doors to open on R160A #9333 as it stops at Roosevelt Avenue, the last car of a Manhattan-bound E train.
22 July, 2009
(roosevelt_jackson_htse7) R42 #4746 leads a Forest Hills-bound V train, stopped at Roosevelt Avenue.
28 July, 2009
(roosevelt_jackson_htse8) Another closer view of R42 #4746 stopped at Roosevelt Avenue
28 July, 2009
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(roosevelt_jackson_htse9) R160A #9207 leads a Jamaica-bound E train stopped at Roosevelt Avenue.
28 July, 2009
(roosevelt_jackson_htse10) Passengers make there way up to the 7 train's transfer, and the station's exit on a staircase up to the mezzanine level, after a Jamaica-bound R160A E train and a Forest Hills-bound R42 V train connect at Roosevelt Avenue.
28 July, 2009
(roosevelt_jackson_htse11) Looking up the western end of the mezzanine at Roosevelt Avenue as it slopes up to reach the unstaffed exit to Broadway & 75 Street.
28 July, 2009
(roosevelt_jackson_htse12) Looking down the narrower portion of the mezzanine at the 75 Street end of Roosevelt Avenue, there staircases down to the Forest Hills & Jamaica platform but the Manhattan-bound side of the mezzanine here has been carved into a non-public area.
28 July, 2009
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(roosevelt_jackson_htse13) The end of the non-public area on the mezzanine at Roosevelt Avenue, at the most eastern staircase down to the Manhattan-bound platform.
28 July, 2009
(roosevelt_jackson_htse14) Looking down the mezzanine at Roosevelt Avenue, by a bench along it.
28 July, 2009
(roosevelt_jackson_htse15) The bank of two escalators (the down one is closed for some reason) up to the 7 Line's elevated from the IND's underground mezzanine at Roosevelt Avenue
28 July, 2009
(roosevelt_jackson_htse16) Passengers wait for the elevator up to the station's ADA exit (or the Manhattan-bound platform) at Roosevelt Avenue, as a storm of passengers make their ways up the seeming 'grand' staircase up to the main station building and its large fare control area.
28 July, 2009
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(roosevelt_jackson_htse17) Bank of America ATMs on the mezzanine level at Jackson Hts-Roosevelt Avenue.
28 July, 2009
(roosevelt_jackson_htse18) The record store on the IND mezzanine at Jackson Hts-Roosevelt Avenue.
28 July, 2009
(roosevelt_jackson_htse19) Another view down the mezzanine, towards the main, 'grand' staircase that leads to the main exit area at Jackson Hts-Roosevelt Avenue.
28 July, 2009
(roosevelt_jackson_htse20) Various glassed off areas along one side of the mezzanine at Jackson Hts-Roosevelt Avenue, they look like their shop space the MTA is trying to rent within the subway system.
28 July, 2009
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