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  1. It was to prove a supporting point for the recent posts about why maintaining a transfer to the in LIC would matter if the Crosstown Line should ever see an extension toward Astoria along 21st Street.
  2. The transfer was originally created as a free out-of-system connection to appease customers who would otherwise lose their old transfer point at Roosevelt Avenue when the route got truncated to Court Square upon the opening of the 63rd Street Connection in December 2001. That and the resulting slew of service changes along the QBL, which included the birth of the train, is what led the MTA to make Court Square a secondary transfer point to the QBL, or in laymen's terms, an alternative to the more popular Roosevelt complex in Jackson Heights.
  3. If a extension to south Brooklyn is ever in the books, it would most likely supplement the to Bay Ridge. After all, Bay Ridge could benefit from a second line during rush hours.
  4. Agreed. Especially if the mythical SAS ever gets extended into Brooklyn via a new East River tunnel past the current site of the Transit Museum, which would require returning the museum tracks to revenue service.
  5. So it would've made more sense for the to be permanently cut back to Court Square after the transfer to the and at 23rd Street-Ely Avenue was opened in 1989. And if you're saying trains were mostly empty after Queens Plaza, it's most likely the to Forest Hills was kept purely for political reasons. To make an analogy, the to Forest Hills was basically the old to Coney Island via Brighton before 1986, and then to Bay Parkway via West End from there till 2010. From what I read before, the was not useful as a part-time service anywhere in south Brooklyn.
  6. Continuing from your response, it seems like the wasn't at all useful along QBL even before the 63rd Street Connection was finished, correct?
  7. Understood. Now suppose the never came to be and the still operated to Forest Hills. Though it may still be possible to turn X trains at Court Square by relaying on the middle track in this scenario (the same track trains use to relay there), it would seem rather unusual because terminating trains would have to go the opposite direction to access the track and then return to the other side of the platform to depart. This would be the only way to turn there if there still were to be through service to QBL, assuming the alternative scenario I envisioned here.
  8. @RR503 How's this track layout? I removed the second platform and introduced a scissor crossover this time:
  9. What makes me doubtful about a 21st Street extension is that much of western Astoria is in a flood zone.
  10. @RR503 I'll post a new track layout for Court Square soon, this time using your suggestions.
  11. As in if the flyover were to already be built and in existence?
  12. Most likely it'll involve the demolition of 21st Street-Van Alst. That station has the lowest ridership in Queens outside of the Rockaways, not to mention being neglected and in horrific condition.
  13. IIRC, we had another member here propose a / terminal swap by building a flyover somewhere between Neck Road and Sheepshead Bay so more trains can terminate at Brighton while simultaneously enabling through express service between Coney Island and Manhattan by way of the . In this case, locals would end at Brighton while expresses would continue toward Stillwell on weekdays, and at other times when the does not run, the is extended to and from Stillwell. With this kind of layout, the two outer stub tracks could be used to store additional trains (thus allowing for X's to terminate here as a result of the slight increase in terminal capacity). Regarding Court Square, I proposed reconfiguration of the existing tracks and the building of a new platform so the station could be used as both a terminal and a through stop. Another reason is this: during a few trips from that station on the recently, I would see that both tracks would be occupied by turning trains. If you say that a scissors crossover would seem better, I would suggest building layup tracks north of that station instead--in a manner more or less like the layout at the Broad Street station in lower Manhattan.
  14. The X can't terminate at Ocean Parkway because the relay tracks are located above the platforms. I made the layout that way so Brighton Beach can be aptly used as a terminal for both locals and expresses.
  15. Yes, because I needed to make some minor adjustments to them (specifically the removal of some text on the Bedford-Nostrand map and the slight relocation of switches on the Brighton map). Here are the updated ones:
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