169th Street (IND Queens Boulevard Line)

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 169 Street
 "F" train
MTA NYC logo.svg New York City Subway rapid transit station
169th Street - NW Stairs.jpg
The northwest entrance
Station statistics
Address 169th Street & Hillside Avenue
Queens, NY 11432
Borough Queens
Locale Jamaica
Coordinates 40°42′38″N 73°47′35″W / 40.710638°N 73.793063°W / 40.710638; -73.793063Coordinates: 40°42′38″N 73°47′35″W / 40.710638°N 73.793063°W / 40.710638; -73.793063
Division B (IND)
Line IND Queens Boulevard Line
Services       F all times (all times)
Transit connections Bus transport NYCT Bus: Q1, Q2, Airport transportation Q3, Q17, Q30, Q31, Q36, Q43, Q76, Q77
Bus transport NICE Bus: n1, n6, n6X, n22, n22X, n24, n26
Structure Underground
Platforms 2 side platforms
Tracks 4
Other information
Opened April 24, 1937 (81 years ago) (1937-04-24)[1][2]
Station code 255[3]
Wireless service Wi-Fi and cellular service is provided at this station[4][5]
Passengers (2017) 2,629,975[6]Decrease 5.7%
Rank 194 out of 425
Station succession
Next north Jamaica–179th Street: F all times
Next south Parsons Boulevard: F all times

169th Street is a local station on the IND Queens Boulevard Line of the New York City Subway. Located at the intersection of 169th Street and Hillside Avenue in Queens, it is served by the F train at all times. This is the closest subway station to the 165th Street Bus Terminal after the closure, and demolition of the nearby 168th Street BMT Station on Jamaica Avenue in 1977.[7][8][9]


Track layout

This station opened when the Queens Boulevard Line was extended from Union Turnpike to 178th Street on April 24, 1937, with 169th Street serving as the line's new terminal.[1][2][10]:123 On December 11, 1950,[11] the station ceased to be the line's terminal when the line was extended to Jamaica–179th Street. Trains had used both 169th Street and Parsons Boulevard as terminals.[1][2][11][12] As a terminal, the station was considered inefficient due to being a local station.[13]

Before the IND Archer Avenue Line opened in 1988, all Queens Boulevard express trains (E and F trains) ran to 179th Street, with the E running express along Hillside Avenue (rush hours only) and the F running local.[14] At that time, this station was considered to be the most congested due to the numerous bus lines that either terminated just outside or at the nearby 165th Street Bus Terminal. The station was ill-equipped to handle the high passenger traffic volume transferring between the buses and subway.[15] As a result, bars were installed to each of the seven 179th Street-bound staircases at platform level to "feed" the passengers into the staircase instead of crowding around it.[16]

Station layout[edit]

G Street level Exit/entrance
M Mezzanine Fare control, station agent, MetroCard machines
Platform level
Side platform, doors will open on the right
Southbound local "F" train toward Coney Island via Culver (Parsons Boulevard)
Southbound express "E" train does not stop here (rush hours)
Northbound express "E" train does not stop here (rush hours) →
Northbound local "F" train toward Jamaica–179th Street (Terminus)
Side platform, doors will open on the right

This station has four tracks and two side platforms. The wall tile trims are orange with black borders while the platform and mezzanine columns are lime green.[17] The name tablets have "169TH ST." in white lettering on a black background with an orange border. The wall tiles also have small "169" in white lettering on a black background.[18]

The station has a full-length mezzanine above the platforms with a crossover between both platforms.[17][19] There are seven sets of stairs to the 179th Street-bound platform and five to the Manhattan-bound platform as the mezzanine gets narrower on that side. Due to low clearance, a "DO NOT JUMP" message in black letters is painted on the white tiles of the ceiling above one of the 179th Street-bound staircases.[18]


There are two fare control areas at either end, with the full-time entrance located at 169th Street since the 1990s. The part-time entrance is at 168th Street; this was the full-time entrance until the 1990s. At each entrance, staircases go up to all four corners of the street's intersection with Hillside Avenue.[7][16][18][19] As originally built, the station had staffed token booths at both fare control areas.[19]


  1. ^ a b c "Subway Link Opens Soon: City Line to Jamaica Will Start About April 24" (PDF). nytimes.com. The New York Times. March 17, 1937. Retrieved June 27, 2015. 
  2. ^ a b c "Trial Run to Jamaica on Subway Tomorrow: Section From Kew Gardens to 169th Street Will Open to Public in Two Weeks" (PDF). nytimes.com. The New York Times. April 9, 1937. Retrieved June 30, 2015. 
  3. ^ "Station Developers' Information". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Retrieved June 13, 2017. 
  4. ^ "NYC Subway Wireless – Active Stations". Transit Wireless Wifi. Retrieved May 18, 2016.
  5. ^ More Subway Stations in Manhattan, Bronx in Line to Get Online, mta.info (March 25, 2015). "The first two phases included stations in Midtown Manhattan and all underground stations in Queens with the exception of the 7 Main St terminal."
  6. ^ "Facts and Figures: Annual Subway Ridership 2012–2017". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. July 12, 2018. Retrieved July 12, 2018. 
  7. ^ a b "MTA Neighborhood Maps: Jamaica" (PDF). mta.info. Metropolitan Transportation Authority. 2015. Retrieved June 30, 2015. 
  8. ^ "Jamaica's Bus Terminal Open: Bee Line and Four Shops Lease Space-Centrally Located". Newspapers.com. Brooklyn Daily Eagle. August 16, 1936. Retrieved July 9, 2015. 
  9. ^ Dembart, Lee (September 9, 1977). "A Sentimental Journey on the BMT..." (PDF). nytimes.com. The New York Times. Retrieved July 2, 2015. 
  10. ^ Transportation, New York (N Y. ) Board of; Spinrad, Isidor (1945). Report, Including Analysis of Operations of the New York City Transit System: For Five Years Ended June 30, 1945. The Board. 
  11. ^ a b "New Subway Link Opening in Queens" (PDF). nytimes.com. The New York Times. December 12, 1950. Retrieved June 30, 2015. 
  12. ^ "Independent Subway Services Beginning in 1932". thejoekorner.com. August 21, 2013. Retrieved August 2, 2015. 
  13. ^ "Extension of Subway Made 'Mus': 184th Street Service Heads City's Transit COnstruction List". Long Island Daily Press. Fultonhistory.com. July 26, 1941. p. 1. Retrieved August 15, 2016. 
  14. ^ Johnson, Kirk (December 9, 1988). "Big Changes For Subways Are to Begin". nytimes.com. The New York Times. Retrieved July 14, 2015. 
  15. ^ Levine, Richard (February 7, 1987). "M.T.A. Proposes Opening 63d Street Tunnel in '89". The New York Times. Retrieved October 20, 2011. 
  16. ^ a b "F Train". February 4, 2012. Archived from the original on February 4, 2012. Retrieved February 19, 2016. 
  17. ^ a b "www.nycsubway.org: IND Queens Boulevard Line". www.nycsubway.org. Retrieved February 19, 2016. 
  18. ^ a b c Cox, Jeremiah. "169th Street (F) - The SubwayNut". www.subwaynut.com. Retrieved February 19, 2016. 
  19. ^ a b c Marks, Seymour (January 20, 1959). "Phantom Subway: Ideal Spot to Park". Long Island Star-Journal. Fultonhistory.com. p. 3. Retrieved August 12, 2016. 

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