111th Street (BMT Jamaica Line)

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 111 Street
 "J" train
MTA NYC logo.svg New York City Subway rapid transit station
111th Street BMT Jamaica.jpg
Station statistics
Address 111th Street & Jamaica Avenue
Queens, NY 11418
Borough Queens
Locale Richmond Hill
Coordinates 40°41′49″N 73°50′14″W / 40.696876°N 73.837223°W / 40.696876; -73.837223Coordinates: 40°41′49″N 73°50′14″W / 40.696876°N 73.837223°W / 40.696876; -73.837223
Division B (BMT)
Line BMT Jamaica Line
Services       J all times (all times)
Transit connections Bus transport NYCT Bus: Q56
Bus transport MTA Bus: Q37
Structure Elevated
Platforms 2 side platforms
Tracks 3 (2 in passenger service)
Other information
Opened May 28, 1917 (101 years ago) (1917-05-28)[1]
Station code 081[3]
Former/other names Greenwood Avenue[1][2]
111th Street–Richmond Hill[1][2]
Passengers (2017) 948,885[4]Increase 17.8%
Rank 368 out of 425
Station succession
Next north 121st Street: J all except rush hours, peak direction
(J rush hours, peak direction skips to Sutphin Boulevard–Archer Avenue–JFK Airport)
Next south 104th Street: J all except rush hours, peak direction
(J rush hours, peak direction skips to Woodhaven Boulevard)

111th Street is a skip-stop station on the BMT Jamaica Line of the New York City Subway. Located at the intersection of 111th Street and Jamaica Avenue in Richmond Hill, Queens, it is served at all times by the J train. The Z train skips this station when it operates.

Station layout[edit]

Track layout
Platform level
Side platform, doors will open on the right
Southbound "J" train toward Broad Street (104th Street)
"Z" train does not stop here
Center track No passenger service
Northbound "J" train toward Jamaica Center–Parsons/Archer (Sutphin Boulevard–Archer Avenue–JFK Airport)
"Z" train does not stop here →
Temporarily closed: 121st Street
Side platform, doors will open on the right
M Mezzanine Fare control, station agent
G Street Level Exit/Entrance

This elevated station was opened on May 28, 1917[1] by the Brooklyn Union Elevated Railroad, an affiliate of the Brooklyn Rapid Transit Company, replacing Cypress Hills as the line's terminus.[1] It has three tracks and two side platforms. The center track dead ends at bumper blocks on both sides of the station and has connections to both local tracks.[5] It is only used for train storage. It was formerly used to turn trains for the BMT Lexington Avenue Elevated trains from 1917 until 1950. The track was also used to store trains while the BMT Jamaica El was being torn down north of 121st Street and the Archer Avenue line was being built.[6]

Both platforms have beige windscreens for their entire lengths and brown canopies with green frames and support columns except for a small section at the west (railroad south) end. Station signs are in the standard black with white lettering.[5]

The 1990 artwork here is called Five Points of Observation by Kathleen McCarthy. It resembles a human face when viewed from the street and is also featured on four other stations on the BMT Jamaica Line.[7]


The station's only entrance/exit is an elevated station house beneath the tracks. Inside fare control, there is a single staircase to each platform at their south ends and a waiting area that allows a free transfer between directions. Outside fare control, there is a turnstile bank, token booth, and two staircases going down to either eastern corners of Jamaica Avenue and 111th Street.[5][8]

This station formerly had another entrance/exit at the east (railroad north) end. The staircases going down to 113th Street were removed, but the elevated station house beneath the tracks and single staircase to each platform remain boarded up and intact. The station house is now used for storage and offices.[5][9]


  1. ^ a b c d e
    • "TO OPEN JAMAICA AV. LINE.; Nearly Two and a Half Miles Ready for Operation Tonight". The New York Times (May 27, 1917). May 27, 1917. p. 24. Retrieved April 21, 2015.
    • "Jamaica Avenue 'L' is an Old Story Already" (PDF) (May 31, 1917). Leader Observer (Queens/Brooklyn, NY). May 31, 1917. p. 1. Retrieved April 20, 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 15, 1918. pp. 73, 81, 312–314. Retrieved April 20, 2015.
  2. ^ a b The New York Times, New Subway Line: Affords a Five-Cent Fare Between Manhattan and Jamaica, L.I., July 7, 1918, page 30
  3. ^ "Station Developers' Information". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Retrieved June 13, 2017.
  4. ^ "Facts and Figures: Annual Subway Ridership 2012–2017". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. July 12, 2018. Retrieved July 12, 2018.
  5. ^ a b c d Cox, Jeremiah. "111 Street (J) - The SubwayNut". www.subwaynut.com. Retrieved 2016-02-18.
  6. ^ "J Train". 2011-09-27. Archived from the original on September 27, 2011. Retrieved 2016-02-18.
  7. ^ "MTA - Arts for Transit | NYCT Permanent Art". web.mta.info. Retrieved 2016-02-18.
  8. ^ "MTA Neighborhood Maps:Kew Gardens" (PDF). mta.info. Metropolitan Transportation Authority. 2015. Retrieved 30 June 2015.
  9. ^ "www.nycsubway.org: BMT Nassau Street-Jamaica Line". www.nycsubway.org. Retrieved 2016-02-18.

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