Sutphin Boulevard (BMT Jamaica Line)
|Former New York City Subway rapid transit station|
Site, 30 years after demolition
|Address||Jamaica Avenue & Sutphin Boulevard
Queens, NY 11435
|Line||BMT Jamaica Line|
|Platforms||2 side platforms|
|Opened||July 3, 1918|
|Closed||September 10, 1977|
|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. It opened on July 3, 1918, after the Atlantic Avenue Rapid Transit service was eliminated from Jamaica Station, and closed on September 10, 1977, with the Q49 bus replacing it until December 11, 1988. 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.
- 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
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