Was there a political or financial reason why the line on Hillside Avenue was stopped at 179th St. Its a shame it wasnt extended to Queens Village where i'm sure the ridership would have appreciated a new subway line.
Paul1705 wrote:Yes, there were a lot of things that should have been done decades ago.That was built primarily to give the eastern part of the Queens Blvd subway a more effective terminal layout. Prior to that E's ended at 169th and F's at Parsons Blvd. The new bi-level turnaround east of 179 could turn 40 TPH. Today it's probably the most under-utilized point in the system.
Oddly enough, an extension from 169th to 179th Street was opened around 1950. But then, over the next fifteen years, the only significant extension I can think of was the line to the Rockaways, which used a lot of existing LIRR infrastructure.
Hillside Ave Subway Extension
The final option for expanded 2nd Ave service would be to run the 2nd Ave-Queens Blvd Line out along Hillside Ave, currently where the F train terminates. The subway was planned to be expanded eastward as development occurred in the area after World War II but the subway only made it one more station. The area is now densely populated and home to many transit dependent commuters. A 2 track extension from 179th St along Hillside Ave to Springfield Blvd in Queens Village is one of the better plans for subway expansion. At Springfield Blvd the line could continue along Hillside Ave to the border with Nassau County or could turn south along Braddock Ave, terminating at Jamaica Ave in Bellerose.