Jamaica – 179th Street (IND Queens Boulevard Line)

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Jamaica – 179th Street
New York City Subway rapid transit station
179 Street (R46).jpg
Platform viewed from the northbound tracks. An R46 NYCS F train is visible on the south express tracks.
Station statistics
Address 179th Street & Hillside Avenue
Jamaica, NY 11432
Borough Queens
Locale Jamaica, Jamaica Estates
Coordinates 40°42′45″N 73°47′04″W / 40.712459°N 73.78448°W / 40.712459; -73.78448Coordinates: 40°42′45″N 73°47′04″W / 40.712459°N 73.78448°W / 40.712459; -73.78448
Division B (IND)
Line IND Queens Boulevard Line
Services       E rush hours (rush hours)
      F all times (all times)
Structure Underground
Platforms 2 island platforms
Tracks 4
Other information
Opened December 15, 1950; 63 years ago (1950-12-15)
Accessible Handicapped/disabled access
Passengers (2013) 6,868,439[1] Increase 1.5%
Rank 61 out of 421
Station succession
Next north (Terminal): E rush hours F all times
Next south 169th Street (local): F all times
Parsons Boulevard (express): E rush hours

Next Handicapped/disabled access north none: E rush hours F all times
Next Handicapped/disabled access south Kew Gardens – Union Turnpike: E rush hours F all times

Jamaica – 179th Street is a terminal station on the IND Queens Boulevard Line of the New York City Subway. Located at 179th Street and Hillside Avenue in Jamaica, Queens, it serves as the northern terminal for the F at all times and a few rush hour E trains. Two of the entrances are located on the corners of Hillside Avenue and Midland Parkway in Jamaica Estates, Queens.

This underground station opened on December 10, 1950, has four tracks and two island platforms. To the east (railroad north) are two levels of four relay tracks each extending out to 185th Street. This total of eight storage tracks gives 179th Street the highest peak terminal capacity of any station in the New York City Subway: 63 trains per hour, or one train every 57 seconds, although the station currently operates at a far lower throughput (only 20 trains per hour during peak hours). Terminating trains enter on one of the two northbound tracks, then relay to one of the two levels—the upper level if coming from the express track, or the lower level if coming from the local track. They then return on the corresponding track on the southbound side. The few E trains that begin here always leave from the express track and run express along Hillside Avenue; F trains may leave from either track, switching to the local track north of 169th Street if necessary.

The configuration of the relay tracks suggests past plans to extend the Queens Boulevard Line further east into Queens. The upper level was to be extended eastward while the lower level tracks were always intended to be relay tracks. The tracks on the upper level are longer than the lower level tracks and the upper level tracks have a wooden partition at the bumper blocks.

The station has beige wall tiles with intertwining blue and orange stripes. There are two fare control areas, one full-time between 179th and 180th Streets and one part-time at 178th Street. The two are connected by a full-length mezzanine, which features Our Spectrum of Support artwork by Reginald Polynice, a set of plywood cutout figures appearing to hold up the ceiling of the mezzanine. The station is ADA-accessible via an elevator installed at 179th Place.

This station lies about 3.25 miles (5.23 km) west of the city's border with Nassau County. Until the IND Rockaway Line was built in 1956, and Far Rockaway – Mott Avenue station was built in 1958, it was the closest subway station to Nassau County.

This was the last subway station whose construction was funded by New York City, until the construction of the 34th Street – Hudson Yards station on the 7 Subway Extension.[2]

Station layout[edit]

G Street Level Exit/Entrance
M Mezzanine Fare control, station agent
Handicapped/disabled access (Elevator at SE corner of 179th Place and Hillside Avenue)
Platform level
Southbound local NYCS F toward Coney Island – Stillwell Avenue (boarding passengers only) (169th Street)
Island platform, doors will open on the left, right Handicapped/disabled access
Southbound express NYCS E toward World Trade Center (boarding passengers, rush hours only) (Parsons Boulevard)
NYCS F toward Coney Island – Stillwell Avenue (boarding passengers only) (169th Street)
Northbound express NYCS F (NYCS E rush hours) termination track →
Island platform, doors will open on the left, right Handicapped/disabled access
Northbound local NYCS F termination track →


  1. ^ "Facts and Figures: Annual Subway Ridership". New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Retrieved 2014-03-27. 
  2. ^ Kelly Weill. "Photos: Inside The New 7 Train Extension". Gothamist. Retrieved 2013-12-23. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Jamaica – 179th Street (IND Queens Boulevard Line) at Wikimedia Commons