165th Street Bus Terminal

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Coordinates: 40°42′27″N 73°47′44″W / 40.7075°N 73.7955°W / 40.7075; -73.7955

165th Street Bus Terminal
New York City bus station
Jamaica165Terminal.jpg
View from Merrick Boulevard & 89th Avenue
Station statistics
Address 89th Avenue and Merrick Boulevard
Queens, New York City
United States
Line(s) 11 local MTA routes, 6 NICE Bus routes
Connections New York City Subway:
169th Street (NYCS F)
Long Island Railroad & AirTrain JFK at Jamaica (Sutphin Blvd)
Platforms 23 Loading Bays
Other information
Owned by MTA Regional Bus Operations
Operator NYCT, MTA Bus, Nassau Inter-County Express

The 165th Street Bus Terminal, also known as Jamaica Bus Terminal, the "Long Island Bus Terminal" (the name emblazened on the entranceway's red tiles), or simply 165th Street Terminal, is a major bus terminal in Jamaica, Queens. Owned by MTA Regional Bus Operations, the terminal serves both NYCT and MTA Bus lines as well as NICE Bus lines to Nassau County, and was a hub to Green Bus Lines prior to MTA takeover.[1] It is located at 89th Avenue and Merrick Boulevard, near the Queens Library. Most buses that pass through Jamaica serve either this terminal, the Jamaica Center station at Parsons Boulevard, or the LIRR station at Sutphin Boulevard.[2] Unlike other major bus centers in New York City, there is no direct subway transfer available here. The closest subway station is 169th Street on Hillside Avenue served by the F train. Most buses traveling to/from the east, which operate via Hillside, also stop at 179th Street served by the E F trains.[2]

165th Street Mall[edit]

Passengers board buses at the terminal.

Adjacent to the bus terminal is the 165th Street Mall, a pedestrian shopping mall running the entire length of 165th Street between 89th Avenue and Jamaica Avenue. Within the block are over 160 stores, including several apparel and footware stores and a food court.[3]

One of the primary attractions of the mall is the Jamaica Colosseum Mall, one of New York City's largest jewelry exchanges.[3] Founded in 1984, the Colosseum has over 120 merchants and jewelers, a rooftop parking lot, and houses the 165th St Mall's food court. Several New York rappers including Jamaica native 50 Cent shopped in the Colosseum growing up, and music videos have been filmed at the facility.[4]

Route detail[edit]

The terminal serves seven routes operated by MTA New York City Bus, four operated by MTA Bus Company, and six operated by Nassau Inter-County Express (NICE; formerly MTA Long Island Bus). All terminate here, except for the Q17 which is a through route.[2]

  • Note: The southbound Q17 bus stops outside the terminal. The northbound Q17 to Flushing stops on 168th Street, one block east.


Bus Connections[edit]

Bay Route Operator Destination Main streets traveled Service/historical notes
1 Q3 NYCT

JFK Airport Terminal 5

Hillside Avenue, Farmers Boulevard
2 Q77 NYCT

Springfield Gardens

Hillside Avenue, Francis Lewis Boulevard (south), Springfield Boulevard
  • Now has Sunday service
3 Q76 NYCT

College Point

Hillside Avenue, Francis Lewis Boulevard (north), 20th Avenue
4 Q1 NYCT

Bellerose Manor

Hillside Avenue, Braddock Avenue
  • Overnight service operates to Bellerose, then runs to Queens Village via Jamaica Avenue
5

Queens Village LIRR station

Hillside Avenue, Springfield Boulevard
6 Q36 NYCT

Floral Park, Little Neck

Hillside Avenue, Jamaica Avenue, Little Neck Parkway (to Little Neck)
  • Limited-stop along Hillside Avenue during rush hours; every fourth bus serves Little Neck.
  • Local buses do not operate in the peak direction (use Q1) when limited-stop buses are running.
  • Alternate daytime local buses serve each terminal.
7 Q2 NYCT

Queens Village

Hillside Avenue, Hollis Avenue
8 n6 NICE

Hempstead Transit Center
Nassau Community College

Hempstead Turnpike
  • Formerly operated by Long Island Bus
  • n6X express service to NCC weekday AM rush hours only; to Hempstead only PM rush
9
10 n22
n22A
NICE

n22: Hicksville LIRR station
n22A: Roosevelt Field Mall

Hillside Avenue
  • Formerly operated by Long Island Bus
  • Same route from Jamaica to Williston Park
  • n22X express service non-stop to Roosevelt Field, rush hours only
  • n22A service via East Williston operates weekday rush hours and evenings only
11
12 n24 NICE

East Meadow & Hicksville LIRR station

Jamaica Avenue, Jericho Turnpike
  • Formerly operated by Long Island Bus
  • Open-door in Queens from 239th Street to the Nassau County line.
  • Weekday midday service alternates between the Mitchel Field Depot and East Meadow
  • Evening and weekend service ends at Roosevelt Field Mall
13 n1 NICE Hempstead Turnpike, Elmont Road
  • Formerly operated by Long Island Bus
  • Weekday rush hours peak direction only
n26 NICE

Great Neck LIRR station

Hillside Avenue, Lakeville Road, Community Drive
  • Formerly operated by Long Island Bus
  • Weekday rush hours only
14 Q6 MTA Bus

JFK Airport (cargo area)

Sutphin Boulevard, Rockaway Boulevard
15
16
17 Q8 MTA Bus

Spring Creek, Brooklyn

101st Avenue
18
19 Q9 MTA Bus

South Ozone Park

Van Wyck Expwy. Service Road, Lincoln Street
20
21 Unused
22 Q41 MTA Bus

Howard Beach

127th Street, 109th Avenue, Cross Bay Boulevard
23

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "165th Street Mall Improvement Association Annual Report – Fiscal Year 2009" (pdf). 165th Street Mall. 165th Street Mall Improvement Association. Retrieved 16 October 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c "Queens Bus Map" (pdf). MTA New York City Transit. 
  3. ^ a b "About Us". 165th Street Mall. 165th Street Mall Improvement Association. Retrieved 16 October 2014. 
  4. ^ "History". The Jamaica Colosseum Mall. Retrieved 17 October 2014.