Making It Easier to Navigate by Subway in Queens

In a godsend for G train riders — and proponents of clarity on the subway map — New York City Transit has introduced a free, sheltered transfer between the G and No. 7 trains at the newly christened Court Square subway complex in Long Island City, Queens.

The transfer, opened in a formal ceremony on Friday morning, provides escalators, elevators, and a stairway that directly connects the elevated No. 7 train platform with the below-ground G train, a trip that once required leaving the station and re-entering with a second swipe of a MetroCard.

While that re-entry did not register an additional fare, transit officials say the new design of the complex will ease the journeys of about 20,000 riders a day.

“It was rather inconvenient to come out, walk around, go back in,” said Deirdre Parker, a transit spokeswoman. “Now you can do it all within the station.”

The complex, which connects to the E and M trains, has also been renamed Court Square, in an attempt to eliminate confusion among riders who were previously presented with three distinct names.

The No. 7 train stop had once been known as 45th Road-Court House Square, which connected to the E and M trains at the 23rd Street-Ely Avenue station. The G train, running below, stopped at Long Island City-Court Square. All those names have been united under the single “Court Square” banner.

Citigroup, which has an office tower by the complex, contributed much of the $47.6 million cost of the renovations; New York City Transit, the subway and bus arm of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, paid $13.9 million.

Citigroup also built a new entrance to the complex at Jackson Avenue and 23rd Street. The transportation authority is in the early phases of updating the No. 7 train platform for better disability access.

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