Jamaica Center – Parsons/Archer (Archer Avenue Lines)

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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.

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