Jamaica Center – Parsons/Archer (Archer Avenue Lines)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Jamaica Center – Parsons/Archer
NYCS E NYCS J NYCS Z
New York City Subway rapid transit station
Jamaica Center-Parsons Archer.jpg
Upper level platform
Station statistics
Address Parsons Boulevard & Archer Avenue
Jamaica, NY 11433
Borough Queens
Locale Jamaica
Coordinates 40°42′09″N 73°48′00″W / 40.702407°N 73.799973°W / 40.702407; -73.799973Coordinates: 40°42′09″N 73°48′00″W / 40.702407°N 73.799973°W / 40.702407; -73.799973
Division B (BMT/IND)
Line BMT Archer Avenue Line (lower level)
IND Archer Avenue Line (upper level)
Services       E all times (all times)
      J all times (all times)
      Z rush hours, peak direction (rush hours, peak direction)
Connection
Structure Underground
Levels 2
Platforms 2 island platforms (1 on each level)
Tracks 4 (2 on each level)
Other information
Opened December 11, 1988; 25 years ago (1988-12-11)
Accessible Handicapped/disabled access
Traffic
Passengers (2013) 12,507,906[1] Increase 2.5%
Rank 25 out of 421
Station succession


Next Handicapped/disabled access north (Terminal): E all times J all times Z rush hours, peak direction
Next Handicapped/disabled access south Sutphin Boulevard – Archer Avenue – JFK Airport: E all times J all times Z rush hours, peak direction

Jamaica Center – Parsons/Archer (formerly Jamaica Center – Parsons Boulevard) is the northern terminal station on the IND and BMT Archer Avenue Lines of the New York City Subway, located at Parsons Boulevard and Archer Avenue in Jamaica, Queens. It is a major transfer point for buses from eastern Queens, and replaces the old 160th Street Station of the BMT Jamaica Line, and inadvertently the former Union Hall Street Long Island Rail Road station. This station opened on December 11, 1988.

This is a two-level station with E trains serving the upper level (IND) at all times, and the J and Z trains serving the lower level (BMT), the former of which operates all times and the latter of which operates during rush hours only. Each level has two tracks and one island platform. Both platforms can hold a standard 600 feet (183 m), but since BMT Eastern Division trains are only 480 feet (146 m) long, there are fences at both ends of the lower-level platforms to prevent passengers from falling onto the tracks.

Station layout[edit]

G Street Level Exit/ Entrance
B1 Mezzanine Fare control, station agents
Handicapped/disabled access (Elevator on south side of Archer Avenue at Parsons Boulevard)
B2
Upper level
Southbound NYCS E toward World Trade Center (Sutphin Boulevard – Archer Avenue – JFK Airport)
Island platform, doors will open on the left or right Handicapped/disabled access
Northbound NYCS E toward World Trade Center (Sutphin Boulevard – Archer Avenue – JFK Airport)
B3
Lower level
Southbound NYCS J (NYCS Z AM rush hours) toward Broad Street weekdays (Sutphin Boulevard – Archer Avenue – JFK Airport)
NYCS J toward Chambers Street weekends (Sutphin Boulevard – Archer Avenue – JFK Airport)
Island platform, doors will open on the left or right Handicapped/disabled access
Northbound NYCS J (NYCS Z AM rush hours) toward Broad Street weekdays (Sutphin Boulevard – Archer Avenue – JFK Airport)
NYCS J toward Chambers Street weekends (Sutphin Boulevard – Archer Avenue – JFK Airport)

This station has tan brick walls and red brick floor on both levels; the ceilings have metal slats and resembles a vaulted ceiling, except there are no curves.

Exits[edit]

The Jamaica Center Bus Terminal can be found at some of the exits.

There are two entrances to this station.

  • Handicapped/disabled access Exit 1: The first one is at the very north end of the platforms. It contains a mezzanine that has four escalators, two to each platform, and an ADA-accessible elevator serving both platforms. There is a large, single bank of turnstiles leading to fare control. One wide staircase and one escalator leads to a pavilion behind the streets at the northeast corner of Parsons Boulevard and Archer Avenue. A narrower staircase and escalator leads to the southeast corner. An elevator is present as well. This entrance contains a 1991 artwork called Jamaica Center Station Riders by Sam Gilliam made up of blue painted aluminum.
  • Exit 2: The second exit is near the middle of the platforms. Each platform contains two escalators to the mezzanine. The upper level also has one staircase to the mezzanine while the lower level has two. In this mezzanine there is more overlap of walls between fare control and the portion of the mezzanine for the station exits. In addition to the part-time bank of standard turnstiles, there are HEET turnstiles to provide access during off-peak hours. This entrance has three street stairs. Two of them, one of which also has an up-only escalator, lead up to the south side of Archer Avenue outside the bus boarding area. The staircase with the escalator has a brickwork design surrounding it while the other staircase at this entrance has an ultra-wide green metal fence. There is another staircase, the narrowest in the entire station at the northeast corner of Archer Avenue and 153rd Street.

Infrastructure[edit]

The tracks on both levels extend past the station for possible future extensions. On the lower level, they continue one train length and end with at bumper blocks. This was a planned extension toward 190th Street – Hollis Avenue. Where the lower level tracks end, there is a provision for a diamond crossover switch at the end of the tunnel (under 160th Street).

On the upper level, the tracks curve south to run under 160th Street and stop at about South Road, also ending at bumper blocks. The plan was for this line to use the LIRR Locust Manor Branch ROW and run to Springfield Boulevard or Rosedale LIRR station. Where the upper level tracks stub end, there's a provision for a portal to go outside if the line going to Southeastern Queens is ever built.

East of the upper level platform, a Central Instrument Room (753CIR) is located deep in the tunnel on track D2A (upper level) bench wall.

East of the station, next to the D1A tail track on the upper level, the tunnel catwalk structure widens, and the track curves south along with the D2A track. Where the catwalk structure ends, there is a stairway to the lower level tail tracks.

The tail tracks on both levels are currently used for storage.

Jamaica Center Bus Terminal[edit]

The subway complex includes the Jamaica Center Bus Terminal. Though little more than a series of bus stops along Sutphin Boulevard, primarily along the south side of the street, it still serves as a major transit hub within Jamaica. Incidentally, the former 160th Street Jamaica Elevated station that it replaced, was also a major hub for trolley service, when it was originally built.

Route Terminal 1 Terminal 2 via notes
MTA Bus
165th Street Bus Terminal JFK International Airport Jamaica Avenue, Sutphin Boulevard,
Rockaway Boulevard, North Boundary Road
165th Street Bus Terminal JFK International Airport Jamaica Avenue, Sutphin Boulevard,
Rockaway Boulevard, North Boundary Road
Limited bus route to JFK Airport
165th Street Bus Terminal Spring Creek Jamaica Avenue, 101st Avenue, Fountain Avenue
165th Street Bus Terminal South Ozone Park Jamaica Avenue, Supthin Boulevard, Liberty Avenue,
135th Street (Northbound), Van Wyck Expressway

Service Road (Southbound), Lincoln Street

Sutphin Boulevard – Archer Avenue
– JFK Airport Subway station
College Point Parsons Boulevard, Kissena Boulevard, 127th Street
Sutphin Boulevard – Archer Avenue
– JFK Airport Subway station
College Point Parsons Boulevard, Kissena Boulevard, 127th Street Limited route to College Point
Sutphin Boulevard – Archer Avenue
– JFK Airport Subway station
Whitestone Parsons Boulevard, Kissena Boulevard, Union Street
165th Street Bus Terminal Howard Beach 127th Street, 109th Avenue, Cross Bay Boulevard
Sutphin Boulevard – Archer Avenue
– JFK Airport Subway station
College Point 164th Street, 45th Avenue, College Point Boulevard Originally the NY&QC Flushing-Jamaica
and College Point trolley lines
Parsons Boulevard Subway station or
Jamaica-179th Street Subway station
Queens Village Jamaica Avenue, Hempstead Avenue
Parsons Boulevard Subway station Rosedale or Cedarhurst Guy R. Brewer Boulevard, 147th Avenue,
(Cedarhurst Only): Rosedale Road, Peninsula Boulevard
Parsons Boulevard Subway station Ozone Park South Road, Liberty Avenue
Parsons Boulevard Subway station Far Rockaway Guy R. Brewer Boulevard, Rockaway Boulevard,
Nassau Expressway
Originally the LIER Far Rockaway Line
Parsons Boulevard Subway station Far Rockaway Guy R. Brewer Boulevard, 147th Avenue, Rockaway Turnpike, Originally the LIER Far Rockaway Line
NYCT Bus
to Cambria Heights
Merrick Boulevard, Linden Boulevard
to Cambria Heights
Merrick Boulevard, Linden Boulevard Limited bus route to Cambria Heights
to Rosedale or Green Acres Mall, Valley Stream
Merrick Boulevard, Hook Creek Boulevard,
Sunrise Highway (to Green Acres Mall only)
to Rosedale
Merrick Boulevard, Hook Creek Boulevard Limited bus route to Rosedale
Merrick Boulevard and Archer Avenue College Point Archer Avenue, Main Street, Union Street, 20th Avenue
Merrick Boulevard and Archer Avenue College Point Archer Avenue, Main Street, Union Street, 14th Avenue
168th Street and Archer Avenue Bushwick Jamaica Avenue, Archer Avenues, Atlantic Avenue, Broadway
to Little Neck or Bayside
Homelawn Street, Utopia Parkway, Horace Harding Expressway,
Springfield Boulevard (Bayside only)
to Bayside
Jamaica and Archer Avenues, Homelawn Street, Utopia Parkway,
47th-48th Avenues, Bell Boulevard, Francis Lewis Boulevard.
to Addisleigh Park
Liberty Avenue, 174th Street, Sayres Avenue
Merrick Boulevard and Archer Avenue West Farms Archer Avenue, Main Street, Union Street, Parsons Boulevard,
Whitestone Expressway, Cross Bronx Expressway
Parsons Boulevard Subway station Cambria Heights or Saint Albans Liberty Avenue, Murdock Avenue
to Laurelton
Merrick Boulevard, 120th Avenue
to Rosedale or Green Acres Mall, Valley Stream
Merrick Boulevard, Bedell Street, Conduit Avenue,
243rd Street (Rosedale), or Green Acres Road (Green Acres Mall)
Part of the former NY&LIT Brooklyn-Freeport Line
NICE Bus
to Freeport
Merrick Road, Merrick Boulevard Part of the former NY&LIT Brooklyn-Freeport Line
to Freeport
Merrick Road, Merrick Boulevard Express to Freeport Station

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Facts and Figures: Annual Subway Ridership". New York City Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Retrieved 2014-03-26. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Jamaica Center – Parsons/Archer (New York City Subway) at Wikimedia Commons