104th Street (BMT Jamaica Line)

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104th Street
"J" train "Z" train
New York City Subway rapid transit station
104 St J BMT platform jeh.JPG
Northbound platform
Station statistics
Address 104th Street & Jamaica Avenue
Queens, NY 11418
Borough Queens
Locale Richmond Hill
Coordinates 40°41′43″N 73°50′36″W / 40.695184°N 73.843231°W / 40.695184; -73.843231Coordinates: 40°41′43″N 73°50′36″W / 40.695184°N 73.843231°W / 40.695184; -73.843231
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)
Transit connections Bus transport NYCT Bus: Q56
Structure Elevated
Platforms 2 side platforms
Tracks 2
Other information
Opened May 28, 1917; 99 years ago (1917-05-28)[1]
Former/other names 102nd Street
102nd–104th Streets
104th–102nd Streets
Passengers (2015) 841,545[2]Increase 1.6%
Rank 382 out of 422
Station succession
Next north 111th Street: J all except rush hours, peak direction
(Z rush hours, peak direction skips to 121st Street)
Next south Woodhaven Boulevard: J all except rush hours, peak direction Z rush hours, peak direction

104th Street is a skip-stop station on the BMT Jamaica Line of the New York City Subway, located on Jamaica Avenue between 102nd and 104th Streets in Richmond Hill, Queens.[3] It is served by the Z train during rush hours in the peak direction and by the J train at all other times.[4]

Station layout[edit]

Track layout
to 111 St
to Woodhaven Blvd
Platform level
Side platform, being renovated until Summer of 2017
Southbound "J" train toward Broad Street does not stop here (Woodhaven Boulevard)
"Z" train toward Broad Street does not stop here (Woodhaven Boulevard)
Center trackway No track or roadbed
Northbound "J" train toward Jamaica Center – Parsons/Archer off-peak hours (111th Street)
"Z" train toward Jamaica Center – Parsons/Archer rush hours (121st Street)
Side platform, doors will open on the right
M Mezzanine Fare control, station agent
G Street Level Exit / Entrance

This elevated station opened on May 28, 1917[1] under the Brooklyn Union Elevated Railroad, an affiliate of the Brooklyn Rapid Transit Company. The former Brooklyn Manor station on the LIRR's defunct Rockaway Beach Branch, which was closed in 1962, is two blocks to the west and could be an available transfer if the Rockaway Beach Branch is reopened for train service.

Until 1966, this station was known as 102nd Street. It was then given the dual name of 102nd–104th Streets.[5] As of 2011, station signage and the official map give the station name as 104th Street.[6]

This station has two tracks and two side platforms, but there is room for a center track.[7] Both platforms have beige windscreens and brown canopies with green frames and support columns for their entire length except for a small section at either end. Here, there are only waist-high steel fences with lampposts. The station signs are in the standard black name plate with white lettering.[8]

The 1990 artwork is called Five Points of Observation by Kathleen McCarthy. It is made of copper mesh, allowing a view of the streets from the platforms, and resembles a human face when viewed from the street. It is found on five other stations on the BMT Jamaica Line.[9][10] The Manhattan-bound platform of this station is closed for renovation until Summer 2017.


This station has one active station house beneath the platforms near the east end. A single staircase from each platform goes down to a waiting area/crossunder, where a turnstile bank provides access to and from the station.[5] Outside fare control, there is a token booth and two staircases to the street. One faces south and goes down to the southeast corner of 104th Street and Jamaica Avenue while the other faces west and goes down to the north side of Jamaica Avenue near the northwest corner of 104th Street.[3][11] The station house has concrete flooring and windscreens going halfway up the platform stairs.

This station formerly had another mezzanine at 102nd Street. The station house and stairs to the street have been removed.[5]


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  2. ^ "Facts and Figures: Annual Subway Ridership". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Retrieved 2016-04-19. 
  3. ^ a b "Neighborhood Map Woodhaven City Line Cypress Hills Forest Hills Glendale Ozone Park" (PDF). mta.info. Metropolitan Transportation Authority. 2015. Retrieved October 2, 2016. 
  4. ^ "J/Z Subway Timetable, Effective November 7, 2016" (PDF). New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Retrieved December 28, 2016. 
  5. ^ a b c "www.nycsubway.org: BMT Nassau Street-Jamaica Line". www.nycsubway.org. Retrieved 2016-02-18. 
  6. ^ "Subway Map" (PDF). Metropolitan Transportation Authority. January 1, 2017. Retrieved 2016-12-28. 
  7. ^ Dougherty, Peter (2006) [2002]. Tracks of the New York City Subway 2006 (3rd ed.). Dougherty. OCLC 49777633 – via Google Books. 
  8. ^ Cox, Jeremiah. "104 Street (J, Z Skip-Stop) - The SubwayNut". www.subwaynut.com. Retrieved 2016-02-18. 
  9. ^ "MTA - Arts for Transit | NYCT Permanent Art". web.mta.info. Retrieved 2016-02-18. 
  10. ^ "www.nycsubway.org: Artwork: Five Points of Observation (Kathleen McCarthy)". www.nycsubway.org. Retrieved 2016-10-02. 
  11. ^ "MTA Neighborhood Maps: Kew Gardens" (PDF). mta.info. Metropolitan Transportation Authority. 2015. Retrieved 30 June 2015. 

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