85th Street–Forest Parkway (BMT Jamaica Line)

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 85 Street–Forest Parkway
 "J" train
MTA NYC logo.svg New York City Subway station (rapid transit)
Manhattan-bound J at 85th Street station, December 2017.JPG
Manhattan-bound J train at the station in 2017
Station statistics
Address85th Street & Jamaica Avenue
Queens, NY 11421
Coordinates40°41′33″N 73°51′37″W / 40.692418°N 73.86014°W / 40.692418; -73.86014Coordinates: 40°41′33″N 73°51′37″W / 40.692418°N 73.86014°W / 40.692418; -73.86014
DivisionB (BMT)
LineBMT Jamaica Line
Services      J all times (all times)
Transit connectionsBus transport NYCT Bus: Q56
Platforms2 side platforms
Other information
OpenedMay 28, 1917 (102 years ago) (1917-05-28)[1][2][3]
Station code084[4]
Former/other namesForest Parkway
Passengers (2017)1,156,600[5]Decrease 6.6%
Rank336 out of 425
Station succession
Next northWoodhaven Boulevard: J all times
Next south75th Street–Elderts Lane: J all except rush hours, peak direction
(J rush hours, peak direction skips to Cypress Hills)

85th Street–Forest Parkway is a skip-stop station on the BMT Jamaica Line of the New York City Subway, located on Jamaica Avenue in Woodhaven, Queens.[6] The J train serves this station at all times. The Z train skips this station when it operates.[7]

Station layout and history[edit]

Track layout
Platform level
Side platform, doors will open on the right
Southbound local "J" train toward Broad Street (Cypress Hills AM rush hours, 75th Street-Elderts Lane other times)
"Z" train does not stop here
Peak-direction express No track or roadbed
Northbound local "J" train toward Jamaica Center–Parsons/Archer (Woodhaven Boulevard)
"Z" train does not stop here →
Side platform, doors will open on the right
M Mezzanine Fare control, station agent, MetroCard machines
G Street Level Entrances/exits

The station opened on May 28, 1917[1][2][3] as Forest Parkway, as part of the BRT's efforts to expand the line from City Line, Brooklyn, to 111th Street in Richmond Hill. It has two tracks and two side platforms, with space for a center track.[8]

From the late-1950s into the 1960s the New York City Transit Authority had a proposal to realign the BMT Jamaica Line between Crescent Street and the vicinity of 80th Street and Grant Street west of this station. This would have also included the third express tracks. The realignment was never carried out.[9] "85th Street" was added to the name in 1966.


The north exit leads to 85th street and has a crossunder. It is adjacent to Forest Park.[6] The south exit, which leads to Forest Parkway, was removed.[6]


  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. ^ "Facts and Figures: Annual Subway Ridership 2012–2017". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. July 12, 2018. Retrieved July 12, 2018.
  6. ^ a b c "Neighborhood Map Woodhaven City Line Cypress Hills Forest Hills Glendale Ozone Park" (PDF). mta.info. Metropolitan Transportation Authority. 2015. Retrieved October 2, 2016.
  7. ^ "J/Z Subway Timetable, Effective June 24, 2018" (PDF). Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Retrieved June 24, 2018.
  8. ^ Dougherty, Peter (2006) [2002]. Tracks of the New York City Subway 2006 (3rd ed.). Dougherty. OCLC 49777633 – via Google Books.
  9. ^ "Woodhavenites Fear Loss of Homes by El Improvement: Residents Clamor for Facts About City's Plan to Build El Structure Through Heart of Community; Official Statement Released by Transit Authority". The Leader–Observer. October 2, 1958. Retrieved July 27, 2016 – via Fulton History.

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