75th Street–Elderts Lane (BMT Jamaica Line)

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 75 Street–Elderts Lane
 "J" train"Z" train
MTA NYC logo.svg New York City Subway station (rapid transit)
75th St-Elderts Ln 31 - R179.jpg
Southbound J train leaving station
Station statistics
Address75th Street & Jamaica Avenue
Queens, NY 11421
BoroughOn the border of Brooklyn & Queens
LocaleCypress Hills, Brooklyn
Woodhaven, Queens
Coordinates40°41′29″N 73°52′00″W / 40.691377°N 73.866534°W / 40.691377; -73.866534Coordinates: 40°41′29″N 73°52′00″W / 40.691377°N 73.866534°W / 40.691377; -73.866534
DivisionB (BMT)
LineBMT Jamaica Line
Services      J all except rush hours, peak direction (all except rush hours, peak direction)
      Z rush hours, peak direction (rush hours, peak direction)
Transit connectionsBus transport NYCT Bus: Q56
Platforms2 side platforms
Other information
OpenedMay 28, 1917 (101 years ago) (1917-05-28)[1][2][3]
Station code085[4]
Former/other namesElderts Lane
75th Street
Passengers (2017)1,069,608[5]Decrease 9.9%
Rank346 out of 425
Station succession
Next north85th Street–Forest Parkway: J all except rush hours, peak direction
(Z rush hours, peak direction skips to Woodhaven Boulevard)
Next southCypress Hills: J all except rush hours, peak direction
(Z rush hours, peak direction skips to Crescent Street)

75th Street–Elderts Lane (formerly 75th Street and originally Elderts Lane) is a skip-stop station on the BMT Jamaica Line of the New York City Subway. Located at 75th Street and Jamaica Avenue in Woodhaven, Queens, it is served by the Z train during rush hours in peak direction and by the J train at all other times.

Station layout[edit]

Track layout
Platform level
Side platform, doors will open on the right
Southbound local "J" train toward Broad Street all times except AM rush hours (Cypress Hills)
"Z" train toward Broad Street AM rush hours (Crescent Street)
"J" train does not stop here AM rush hours
Peak-direction express No track or roadbed
Northbound local "J" train toward Jamaica Center–Parsons/Archer all times except PM rush hours (85th Street-Forest Parkway)
"Z" train toward Jamaica Center–Parsons/Archer PM rush hours (Woodhaven Boulevard)
"J" train does not stop here PM rush hours →
Side platform, doors will open on the right
M Mezzanine Fare control, station agent, MetroCard machines
G Street Level Exit/ Entrance

This elevated station opened on May 28, 1917,[1][2][3] as part of the expansion of the line into Richmond Hill, Queens. It has two side platforms and two tracks with space for a center track. The station is centered between Eldert Lane and 75th Street. The eastern end (railroad north) end of the station is just east of 75th Street is in Queens while the western end (railroad south) lies over the west side of Eldert Lane. Since this portion of Eldert Lane lies on the border between Brooklyn and Queens, most of the station is in Queens, with a small portion of it in Cypress Hills, Brooklyn. The MTA counts the station as being in Queens. The New York City GIS portal labels the station as "75th St–Eldert Ln", with the "s" removed from "Elderts," matching the current name of the street. (The street name has evolved from Eldert's Lane to Elderts Lane to the current Eldert Lane, which gives rise to the discrepancy between the MTA naming and the street name.) [5][6][7]

Both platforms have beige windscreens and brown canopies supported by green frames and support columns along their entire lengths except for a small section at the south end. Here, they have black steel waist high fences with lampposts at regular intervals.

In the late 1980s, the Elderts Lane end of the station had a mezzanine area, but it was closed, and had become a haven to drugs and prostitution, so the staircases to the south end of the station were removed. When it was found that people were still getting into the closed mezzanine, the entire mezzanine area was dismantled, leaving the only exit and entrance to the station on the north side (75th Street). It was reported in Newsday on February 20, 1988 that the mezzanines at Elderts Lane, Forest Parkway and 104th Street stations would be torn down.[8]

The 1990 artwork here is called Five Points of Observation by Kathleen McCarthy. It affords a view of the street from the platforms and resembles a face when seen from the street. This artwork is also located in four other stations on this line.


This station has one elevated station house beneath the tracks. A single staircase from the east end (railroad north) of each platform goes down to a waiting area/crossover, where a turnstile bank provides entrance/exit from the station. Outside fare control, there is a token booth and two staircases going down to either eastern corners of 75th Street and Jamaica Avenue. There is no access from the Eldert Lane side of the station.[9]


  1. ^ a b "TO OPEN JAMAICA AV. LINE.; Nearly Two and a Half Miles Ready for Operation Tonight" (May 27, 1917). New York Times Company. May 27, 1917. p. 24. Retrieved April 21, 2015.
  2. ^ a b "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.
  3. ^ a b 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.
  4. ^ "Station Developers' Information". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Retrieved June 13, 2017.
  5. ^ a b "Facts and Figures: Annual Subway Ridership 2012–2017". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. July 12, 2018. Retrieved July 12, 2018.
  6. ^ "NYCityMap • DoITT • City-Wide GIS".
  7. ^ "ELDERT LANE: BROOKLYN-QUEENS LINE | | Forgotten New York".
  8. ^ Newsday (New York), February 20, 1988, Saturday, CITY EDITION, "Less Money for TA Means Fewer Fixes Will Be Made," by Bob Liff, p. 2
  9. ^

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