121st Street (BMT Jamaica Line)
|New York City Subway rapid transit station|
Facing southbound from a bench on the northbound platform in March 2012 at the 121st Street station.
|Address||121st Street & Jamaica Avenue
Queens, NY 11418
|Line||BMT Jamaica Line|
|Services||J (all except rush hours, peak direction)
Z (rush hours, peak direction)
|Transit connections|| NYCT Bus: Q55, Q56
MTA Bus: Q10
|Platforms||2 side platforms|
|Opened||July 3, 1918 |
|Passengers (2015)||788,674 2.9%|
|Rank||389 out of 425|
|Next north||Sutphin Boulevard – Archer Avenue – JFK Airport: J Z
Metropolitan Avenue (former Jamaica Line station; demolished)
|Next south||111th Street: J
(Z skips to 104th Street)
121st Street is a skip-stop station on the elevated BMT Jamaica Line of the New York City Subway. Located at the intersection of 121st Street and Jamaica Avenue in Queens, it is served by the Z train during rush hours in the peak direction, and by the J train at all other times.
|Side platform, being renovated until Summer of 2017|
|Southbound||← to Broad Street does not stop here (111th Street)
← to Broad Street does not stop here (104th Street)
|Center track||→ No track or roadbed|
|Northbound||→ off-peak hours ( PM rush hours) toward Jamaica Center–Parsons/Archer (Sutphin Boulevard) →|
|M||Mezzanine||Fare control, station agent Metrocard vending machines|
|G||Street Level||Exit/ Entrance|
This elevated station was opened on July 3, 1918 by the Brooklyn Union Elevated Railroad, an affiliate of the Brooklyn Rapid Transit Company. The station has two tracks and two side platforms, with space for a center express track that was never added. This station has beige windscreens and green canopies.
This is the easternmost station on the Jamaica Line. East of here, trains go underground to the BMT Archer Avenue Line. During construction of the Archer Avenue Line, this station was the terminal for the Jamaica Avenue El from April 15, 1985, to December 10, 1988. The remainder of the el was replaced by Q49 bus service until the Archer Avenue Line opened up.
Construction on the ramps to Archer Avenue was completed in November 1987, but since the tunnels were not ready for service until 1988, a double crossover east (railroad north) of the station was installed while the ramps were used for storage. After reaching 121st Street, trains used the crossover to switch from the Jamaica-bound track to the Manhattan-bound one, where they would relay to the platform and begin service to Manhattan. The elevated structure between this station in the vicinity of 127th Street, and the now-demolished Metropolitan Avenue station was torn down to make way for the connecting ramps. The Manhattan-bound platform at this station is closed for renovation until Summer 2017.
There are two exits. The full-time exit is at the west (railroad south) end of the station. One staircase from each platform leads to the mezzanine beneath the tracks. Outside of fare control, a pair of staircases lead down to either side of Jamaica Avenue on the west side of 121st Street.
There is an additional un-staffed exit at the east (railroad north) end of the station leading to the west side of 123rd Street. This exit is split in half due to the closed-off station house beneath the tracks. A single staircase from each platforms leads to a landing that contains a full-height turnstile before reaching the street stairs. The Manhattan-bound side is HEET turnstile access while the Jamaica-bound side is exit-only.
- "OPEN NEW SUBWAY TO REGULAR TRAFFIC; First Train on Seventh Avenue Line Carries Mayor and Other Officials ... New Extensions of Elevated Railroad Service … Currents of Travel to Change" (July 2, 1918). New York Times Company. July 2, 1918. Retrieved April 23, 2015.
- "'L' Trains Now Run Through to Jamaica" (PDF) (July 4, 1918). Leader Observer (Queens/Brooklyn, NY). July 4, 1918. Retrieved April 23, 2015.
- Report of the Public Service Commission for the First District of the State of New York, Volume 1. New York State Public Service Commission. January 10, 1919. pp. 61,71,285,286. Retrieved April 23, 2015.
- "Facts and Figures: Annual Subway Ridership". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Retrieved 2016-04-18.
- "Construction of Foundations and Structure: Section 1, Jamaica Line" (PDF). New York Municipal Railway Corporation. 1915. Retrieved 4 March 2016.
- Marrero, Robert (2017-01-01). "472 Stations, 850 Miles" (PDF). B24 Blog, via Dropbox. Retrieved 2015-10-09.
- "MTA Neighborhood Maps:Kew Gardens" (PDF). mta.info. Metropolitan Transportation Authority. 2015. Retrieved 30 June 2015.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to 121st Street (BMT Jamaica Line).|
- nycsubway.org – BMT Jamaica Line: 121st Street
- Station Reporter — J Train
- The Subway Nut — 121st Street Pictures
- 121st Street entrance from Google Maps Street View
- 123rd Street entrance from Google Maps Street View
- Platforms from Google Maps Street View