121st Street (BMT Jamaica Line)

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121st Street
New York City Subway rapid transit station
121st Street Station.jpg
Facing southbound from a bench on the northbound platform in March 2012 at the 121st Street station.
Station statistics
Address 121st Street & Jamaica Avenue
Queens, NY 11418
Borough Queens
Locale Richmond Hill
Coordinates 40°42′01″N 73°49′44″W / 40.700357°N 73.82894°W / 40.700357; -73.82894Coordinates: 40°42′01″N 73°49′44″W / 40.700357°N 73.82894°W / 40.700357; -73.82894
Division B (BMT)
Line BMT Jamaica Line
Services       J all except rush hours, peak direction (all except rush hours, peak direction)
      Z rush hours, peak direction (rush hours, peak direction)
Structure Elevated
Platforms 2 side platforms
Tracks 2
Other information
Opened July 3, 1918 (96 years ago) (1918-07-03)
Passengers (2013) 688,985[1] Increase 3.5%
Rank 394 out of 421
Station succession
Next north Sutphin Boulevard – Archer Avenue – JFK Airport: J all except rush hours, peak direction Z rush hours, peak direction
Metropolitan Avenue (former Jamaica Line station; demolished)
Next south 111th Street: J all except rush hours, peak direction
(Z rush hours, peak direction skips to 104th Street)

121st Street is a skip-stop station on the elevated BMT Jamaica Line of the New York City Subway. Located at the intersection of 121st Street and Jamaica Avenue in Queens, it is served by the Z train during rush hours in the peak direction, and by the J train at all other times.

The station has two tracks and two side platforms, with space for a center express track that was never added.

This station has beige windscreens, green canopies, and two exits. The full-time exit is at the west (railroad south) end of the station. One staircase from each platform leads to the mezzanine beneath the tracks. Outside of fare control, a pair of staircases lead down to either side of Jamaica Avenue on the west side of 121st Street.

There is an additional un-staffed exit at the east (railroad north) end of the station leading to the west side of 123rd Street. This exit is split in half due to the closed-off station house beneath the tracks. A single staircase from each platforms leads to a landing that contains a full-height turnstile before reaching the street stairs. The Manhattan-bound side is HEET turnstile access while the Jamaica-bound side is exit-only.

This is the easternmost station on the Jamaica Line. East of here, trains go underground to the BMT Archer Avenue Line. During construction of the Archer Avenue Line, this station was the terminal for the Jamaica Avenue El from April 15, 1985 to December 10, 1988. The remainder of the el was replaced by Q49 bus service until the Archer Avenue Line opened up.

Construction on the ramps to Archer Avenue was completed in November 1987, but since the tunnels were not ready for service until 1988, a double crossover east (railroad north) of the station was installed while the ramps were used for storage. After reaching 121st Street, trains used the crossover to switch from the Jamaica-bound track to the Manhattan-bound one, where they would relay to the platform and begin service to Manhattan. The elevated structure between this station in the vicinity of 129th Street, and the now-demolished Metropolitan Avenue station was torn down to make way for the connecting ramps.

Station layout[edit]

Platform level
Side platform, doors will open on the right
Southbound NYCS J toward Broad Street (Chambers Street weekends) (111th Street)
NYCS Z toward Broad Street rush hours (104th Street)
Northbound NYCS J (NYCS Z rush hours) toward Jamaica Center – Parsons/Archer (Sutphin Boulevard)
Side platform, doors will open on the right
M Mezzanine Fare control, station agent
G Street Level Exit/ Entrance


  1. ^ "Facts and Figures: Annual Subway Ridership". New York City Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Retrieved 2014-03-30. 

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