160th Street (BMT Jamaica Line)
|Former New York City Subway rapid transit station|
Site, 20 years after demolition
|Address||Jamaica Avenue & 160th Street
Queens, NY 11433
|Line||BMT Jamaica Line|
|Platforms||2 side platforms|
|Opened||July 3, 1918|
|Closed||September 10, 1977|
|Next north||168th Street (demolished)|
|Next south||Sutphin Boulevard (demolished)|
160th Street was a station on the demolished section of the BMT Jamaica Line. It had three tracks and two side platforms. This station was built as part of the Dual Contracts. It opened on July 3, 1918, thirteen years after the closing of New York Avenue Station along the Atlantic Avenue Rapid Transit line, and closed on September 10, 1977, with the Q49 bus replacing it until December 11, 1988. During its early years, it had connections to five different trolley companies; the New York and Long Island Traction Company, the Long Island Electric Railway, the Manhattan and Queens Traction Company, the New York and Queens County Railway, and the Brooklyn and Queens Transit Corporation and its predecessors. The next stop to the north was 168th Street. The next stop to the south was Sutphin Boulevard. It was closed in anticipation of the Archer Avenue Subway, and due to political pressure in the area.
This station along with the 168th Street and Sutphin Boulevard stations was demolished in 1979. Nine years after that, the transportation needs in the vicinity of 160th Street were compensated with the opening of the Jamaica Center – Parsons/Archer subway station a block west that serves as its replacement station. Between the closing of the el station and the opening of the subway terminal, the existing Parsons Boulevard station, four blocks to the north on Hillside Avenue served as a temporary substitute.
- New York Times, New Subway Line, July 7, 1918, page 30
- "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. p. 1. 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.
- The New York Transit Authority in the 1970s, nycsubway.org
- Subway FAQ: A Brief History of the Subway
- Lost Trolleys of Queens and Long Island by Stephen L. Meyers, (2006)
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