Flushing-Main St

Flushing-Main St

Flushing–Main Street was originally built as a dual contract between the Interborough Rapid Transit Company (IRT) and the Brooklyn-Manhattan Transit Corporation (BMT). Its construction, which began on April 21, 1923, coincided with a vehicular bridge that crossed over the Flushing River. The station opened on January 21, 1928, completing the Flushing Line, sans plans for an eastbound extension (Raskin).

“Super express” service went into operation during morning rush hour on March 12, 1953, but in the decades to follow, the station deteriorated. During the 70s and 80s, winds over 65mph destabilized the structure and called for service closures. From 1985-89, significant structural improvements were made, including new tracks, and Flushing-Main Street was renovated in the 1990s. Today, Flushing-Main Street opens up to the downtown area, which is one of New York City's largest Asian enclaves (Wikipedia).

Birthday January 21, 1928
Locale Flushing
Tracks Local/Express
ADA-Compliant
Free Crossover

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Riders' Tips ?

Alternative Transit Options

  • Take the Q44 SBS to Briarwood and transfer to the E or F Train. Note: The E train doesn't stop during weekday rush hour!
  • Transfer to the nearby LIRR.
  • There are many bus options available including, but not limited to the: Q12, Q13, Q17, Q20a, Q20b, Q25, Q27, Q44 SBS, Q48 (to LaGuardia), Q58, Q65 and Q66. Note: Busses also experience delays.

Survival Tips

  • Take the first available train, whether it is a local or express. Unexpected service delays cause a domino effect and you never know when the next train will be available.

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Top Complaints ?

  • Overcrowding
  • Train Service
  • Poor Communication

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Future Plans

  • CBTC will be in service by third quarter, 2016 (delayed by 6 months).
  • There are plans to install third rail heaters to reduce the impact of ice and snow. Launch details are unknown at this time.