Sutphin Boulevard (BMT Jamaica Line)

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This article is about the original BMT Jamaica Line elevated station. For the replacement Archer Avenue Line station, see Sutphin Boulevard – Archer Avenue – JFK Airport (New York City Subway). For the IND Queens Boulevard Line station on Hillside Avenue, see Sutphin Boulevard (IND Queens Boulevard Line).
Sutphin Boulevard
Former New York City Subway rapid transit station
Jamaica Av Sutphin Blvd jeh.jpg
Site, 30 years after demolition
Station statistics
Address Jamaica Avenue & Sutphin Boulevard
Queens, NY 11435
Borough Queens
Locale Jamaica
Coordinates 40°42′6″N 73°48′28″W / 40.70167°N 73.80778°W / 40.70167; -73.80778Coordinates: 40°42′6″N 73°48′28″W / 40.70167°N 73.80778°W / 40.70167; -73.80778
Division B (BMT)
Line BMT Jamaica Line
Services None (demolished)
Structure Elevated
Platforms 2 side platforms
Tracks 2
Other information
Opened July 3, 1918; 98 years ago (1918-07-03)[1][2]
Closed September 10, 1977; 39 years ago (1977-09-10)[3]
Station succession
Next north 160th Street (demolished)
Next south Queens Boulevard (demolished)

Sutphin Boulevard was a station on the demolished section of the BMT Jamaica Line of the New York City Subway. It had two tracks and two side platforms, with space for a third track in the center. This station was built as part of the Dual Contracts.[4] It opened on July 3, 1918,[2] after the Atlantic Avenue Rapid Transit service was eliminated from Jamaica Station,[1] and closed on September 10, 1977, with the Q49 bus replacing it until December 11, 1988.[3] The next stop to the north was 160th Street. The next stop to the south was Queens Boulevard. It was closed in anticipation of the Archer Avenue Subway, and due to political pressure in the area.

This station had provisions built in its structure to convert it into an express station, if the center third track was to be built. The other station on the line that had such provisions was the Woodhaven Boulevard station.

This station along with the 168th Street and 160th Street stations was demolished in 1979. However, on December 11, 1988, the MTA opened the Sutphin Boulevard – Archer Avenue – JFK Airport subway station, which served as the replacement station. Between the closing of the el station and its replacement subway station, the existing Sutphin Boulevard station, four blocks to the north on Hillside Avenue served as a temporary substitute.


  1. ^ a b New York Times, New Subway Line, July 7, 1918, page 30
  2. ^ a b
  3. ^ a b The New York Transit Authority in the 1970s,
  4. ^ Subway FAQ: A Brief History of the Subway

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