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Reconstructing the Archer Av J/Z track

J trains will not run past 121 St while we completely reconstruct a portion of track in Jamaica, Queens. Here’s what you need to know.

About the project

Through September 2022, all   trains end at 121 St. No trains operate between 121 St and Jamaica Ctr-Parsons/Archer.

We're doing this work because the track that and trains use to travel between 121 St and Jamaica Center is at the end of its useful life. This is a "direct fixation" track, which is fixed directly to the tunnel floor rather than on wood ties. Replacing this track will help make your commute more reliable.

We need to dig out and completely replace the aging concrete and tracks from under Archer Av. This project will replace 12,500 feet of track and third rail. 

This builds on the work we did in 2020 to replace more than 6,000 feet of track between Jamaica-Van Wyck and Jamaica Center on the line. That work was completed in 10 weeks. We anticipate that work on the  line will take the same amount of time, and finish by September 2022.

Weekend service changes, August 13-September 5

On weekends from August 13 through September 5, we will be making electrical improvements along the   line in Queens. During this time, the following service changes will be in effect: 

trains end at Crescent St

  •  trains will run between Broad St and Crescent St
  • Free shuttle buses will make stops between Crescent St and 121 St and connect with the   at Jamaica-Van Wyck. J99 shuttle bus service will be suspended.
  •  trains continue to serve Jamaica Ctr-Parsons/Archer, Sutphin Blvd-Archer Av-JFK Airport, and Jamaica-Van Wyck.

Cross-honoring on Long Island Rail Road as outlined below will still be in effect. For accessible travel options, use our trip planner to find your best route.

If you take the free shuttle bus from Crescent St or Jamaica-Van Wyck and need to re-enter the subway, request a GO ticket at the station before boarding the shuttle.

Service changes at all other times

 trains end at 121 St and  service is suspended

  • All trains make all stops between 121 St and Myrtle Av. 
  • Skip-stop service is suspended, with trains replaced by trains. Service between Broad St and 121 St will remain as frequent as it is today.
  • trains continue to serve Jamaica Ctr-Parsons/Archer, Sutphin Blvd-Archer Av-JFK Airport, and Jamaica-Van Wyck.

Shuttle buses

Free J99 shuttle buses will run between 121 St and Jamaica-Van Wyck, with free transfers to the subway with MetroCard or OMNY.  

  • On weekdays, buses are scheduled to run every 3-5 minutes.  
  • On weekends, buses are scheduled to run every 4-10 minutes.  
  • Overnight (from 12 a.m. to 5 a.m.), buses are scheduled to run every 20 minutes. 

Cross-honoring on Long Island Rail Road

MetroCards will be cross-honored at the following Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) stations: Atlantic Terminal, Nostrand Av, East New York, Jamaica, Hollis, Queens Village, St Albans, Locust Manor, Laurelton, and Rosedale. 

Travel alternatives to and from JFK Airport 

Customers traveling to JFK Airport can take the to Howard Beach or the to Sutphin Blvd-Archer Av-JFK Airport, and then transfer to the AirTrain. You can also take LIRR to Jamaica, and transfer to the AirTrain. 

Find out more about traveling to and from JFK Airport.

Accessible travel options 

Customers who use wheelchairs or other mobility devices requiring elevators can take the Q54 to the M at Middle Village-Metropolitan Av. 

The Atlantic Terminal, Nostrand Av, Jamaica, Queens Village, and Rosedale LIRR stations are also accessible.

Use the Trip Planner on our homepage to see more accessible options. For real-time elevator status, visit our elevator and escalator status page

Stay updated:
Use the MYmta app or visit our homepage to plan your trip. Look for posted signs along the line. Sign up for e-alerts at My MTA Alerts. Visit our planned service changes page for the most up-to-date planned service change information.