Metropolitan Avenue (BMT Jamaica Line)
|Former New York City Subway rapid transit station|
Site, 20 years after demolition. The entrance to Jamaica - Van Wyck can be seen in the background.
|Address||Metropolitan Avenue & Jamaica Avenue
Queens, NY 11418
|Line||BMT Jamaica Line|
|Platforms||2 side platforms|
|Opened||July 3, 1918|
|Closed||April 15, 1985|
|Next north||Queens Boulevard (demolished)|
|Next south||121st Street|
Metropolitan Avenue was a station on the demolished section of the BMT Jamaica Line. It had two tracks and two side platforms, with space for a third track in the center. A short stretch of third track was added for use as a lay-up or storage track, along with a scissor crossover near the temporary Queens Boulevard terminal in 1976, in anticipation of the line being cut back from 168th Street. This station was built as part of the Dual Contracts. It opened on July 3, 1918 by the Brooklyn Union Elevated Railroad, an affiliate of the Brooklyn Rapid Transit Company, after the removal of Atlantic Avenue Rapid Transit service from Dunton LIRR station, and closed on April 15, 1985, with the Q49 bus replacing it until December 11, 1988. The Q49 bus was discontinued when the rest of the Jamaica Line was connected to the Archer Avenue Subway.
Both Metropolitan Avenue and Queens Boulevard stations were demolished in late 1990. However, on December 11, 1988, the MTA opened the Jamaica – Van Wyck subway station directly underneath the site of the former Metropolitan Avenue elevated station. This served as the replacement station for both Metropolitan Avenue and Queens Boulevard.
- 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. Retrieved April 23, 2015.[permanent dead link]
- 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 1980s, nycsubway.org
- Subway FAQ: A Brief History of the Subway
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