111th Street (BMT Jamaica Line)

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 111 Street
Temporarily closed New York City Subway station
111th Street BMT Jamaica.jpg
Northbound platform view from train
Station statistics
Address111th Street & Jamaica Avenue
Queens, NY 11418
LocaleRichmond Hill
Coordinates40°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
DivisionB (BMT)
LineBMT Jamaica Line
Transit connectionsBus transport NYCT Bus: Q56
Bus transport MTA Bus: Q37
Platforms2 side platforms
Tracks3 (2 in passenger service)
Other information
OpenedMay 28, 1917 (101 years ago) (1917-05-28)[1]
ClosedJanuary 14, 2019; 4 months ago (2019-01-14) (reconstruction)
RebuiltJune 2019; 1 month's time (2019-06)
Station code081[3]
Former/other namesGreenwood Avenue[1][2]
111th Street–Richmond Hill[1][2]
Passengers (2017)948,885[4]Increase 17.8%
Rank368 out of 425
Station succession
Next north121st Street: no regular service
Next south104th Street: no regular service

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 closed for repairs from January 14, 2019, until mid-2019. Under normal service patterns, it is served at all times by the J train. The Z train skips this station when it operates.


Track layout

This 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]

The station was temporarily closed on January 14, 2019 for six months of structural repairs. As part of the work, the trackside girders will be replaced and the platforms will be replaced. Unlike the repairs done at 121st Street and 104th Street, which were done one platform at a time, both platforms were closed simultaneously to cut the work from 12 months to 6 months.[5]

Station layout[edit]

Platform level
Side platform, temporarily closed for construction
Southbound "J" train "Z" train do not stop here
Center track No passenger service
Northbound "J" train "Z" train do not stop here →
Side platform, temporarily closed for construction
M Mezzanine Fare control, station agent
G Street Level Exit/Entrance

This elevated 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.[6] 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 Jamaica Line was being torn down north of 121st Street and the Archer Avenue Line was being built.[7]

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.[6]

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.[8]


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.[6][9]

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.[6][10]


  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.
  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. ^ "Critical Structural Repairs Scheduled for 111 St Station on J Line". www.mta.info. Metropolitan Transportation Authority. December 21, 2018. Retrieved December 23, 2018.
  6. ^ a b c d Cox, Jeremiah. "111 Street (J) - The SubwayNut". www.subwaynut.com. Retrieved February 18, 2016.
  7. ^ "J Train". September 27, 2011. Archived from the original on September 27, 2011. Retrieved February 18, 2016.
  8. ^ "MTA - Arts for Transit | NYCT Permanent Art". web.mta.info. Retrieved February 18, 2016.
  9. ^ "MTA Neighborhood Maps:Kew Gardens" (PDF). mta.info. Metropolitan Transportation Authority. 2015. Retrieved June 30, 2015.
  10. ^ "www.nycsubway.org: BMT Nassau Street-Jamaica Line". www.nycsubway.org. Retrieved February 18, 2016.

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