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Alabama Avenue station

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Alabama Avenue is an elevated station on the BMT Jamaica Line of the New York City Subway. Located at the intersection of Alabama Avenue and Fulton Street in East New York, Brooklyn,[4] it is served by the J train at all times and the Z train during rush hours in the peak direction.[5]

 Alabama Avenue
 "J" train"Z" train
MTA NYC logo.svg New York City Subway station (rapid transit)
Alabama Av BMT td 42.jpg
Looking west from the platform
Station statistics
AddressAlabama Avenue & Fulton Street
Brooklyn, NY 11207
LocaleEast New York, Cypress Hills
Coordinates40°40′37″N 73°54′00″W / 40.67683°N 73.900008°W / 40.67683; -73.900008Coordinates: 40°40′37″N 73°54′00″W / 40.67683°N 73.900008°W / 40.67683; -73.900008
DivisionB (BMT)
LineBMT Jamaica Line
Services      J all times (all times)
      Z rush hours, peak direction (rush hours, peak direction)
Transit connectionsBus transport NYCT Bus: B12, B20, B25, B83, Q24, Q56
Platforms1 island platform
Other information
OpenedSeptember 5, 1885 (134 years ago) (1885-09-05)[1]
Station code091[2]
Passengers (2018)652,030[3]Decrease 13.7%
Rank391 out of 424
Station succession
Next northVan Siclen Avenue: J all except rush hours, peak directionZ rush hours, peak direction
(J rush hours, peak direction skips to Cleveland Street)
Next southBroadway Junction: J all timesZ rush hours, peak direction


Track layout

On September 5, 1885, the Brooklyn Elevated Railway was extended to Alabama Avenue, with 1,500 passengers using the station during the morning of its first day of service.[1]

In 1985, the station had only 321 paying daily riders on a typical weekday not counting farebeaters, making it one of the least used stations in the system.[6]

The station was renovated from January 14, 2005, to December 19, 2005. As part of the station renovation project, the stairs were rehabilitated, the floors were renewed, major structural repairs were made, new canopies were installed, the area around the station booth was reconfigured, the platform edge strips were replaced, walls were replaced, and a high-quality public address system was installed.[7][8]

Station layoutEdit

Platform level
Southbound   toward Broad Street ({{{J express next west}}} AM rush, {{{local next west}}} other times)
  toward Broad Street AM rush hours ({{{Z express next west}}})
Island platform, doors will open on the left
Northbound   toward Jamaica Center – Parsons/Archer (Cleveland Street PM rush, Van Siclen Avenue other times)
  toward Jamaica Center – Parsons/Archer PM rush hours (Van Siclen Avenue)
M Mezzanine Fare control, station agent, MetroCard machines
G Street Level Exit/ Entrance
The station as seen from street level
The trackway at Alabama Avenue.

This elevated station has one island platform and two tracks.[9] The platform has a red canopy with green frames and support columns at the west (railroad south) end.

A trackway starts at the top of the station's flat canopy and runs to the elevated complex at Broadway Junction. This track was intended to be an express track, with work beginning on the proposed express track in the late 1960s.[10] However, engineering studies completed after the work started indicated that the vibration of trains passing over the stations would be too severe and would literally shake the stations apart.

A nameless artwork by Scott Redden was installed here in 2008. It consists of three stained glass panels in eight of the nine station sign structures on the platform. The panels depict scenes related to farming including a farmhouse, chicken, and pick-up truck.[11]

The street area under the station was depicted in a painting created by artist Rackstraw Downes, titled "Under the J Line at Alabama Avenue, 2007."[12]


The station's only entrance/exit is an elevated station house beneath the tracks. It has one staircase to the platform at the south end, turnstile bank, token booth, and two staircases facing in opposite directions going down to the southeast corner of Alabama Avenue and Fulton Street.[13]


  1. ^ a b "Still Extending Its Lines The Brooklyn Elevated Reaches Alabama Avenue". The Brooklyn Daily Eagle. September 5, 1885. p. 6. Retrieved October 2, 2016 – via
  2. ^ "Station Developers' Information". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Retrieved June 13, 2017.
  3. ^ "Facts and Figures: Annual Subway Ridership 2013–2018". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. July 18, 2019. Retrieved July 18, 2019.
  4. ^ "Neighborhood Map East New York Cypress Hills Woodhaven New Lots" (PDF). Metropolitan Transportation Authority. 2015. Retrieved October 2, 2016.
  5. ^ "J/Z Subway Timetable, Effective April 28, 2019" (PDF). Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Retrieved May 31, 2019.
  6. ^ Levine, Richard (November 5, 1986). "COLUMN ONE: TRANSPORT". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved October 2, 2016.
  7. ^ "Alabama Av station closed for rehabilitation Beginning 12:01 AM Mon, Jun 13 to midnight, Sun, Dec 14" (PDF). New York City Transit. 2005. Archived from the original on December 10, 2005. Retrieved October 2, 2016.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  8. ^ "MTA NYC Transit Subway Line Information". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. December 21, 2005. Archived from the original on December 21, 2005. Retrieved October 2, 2016.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  9. ^ Dougherty, Peter (2006) [2002]. Tracks of the New York City Subway 2006 (3rd ed.). Dougherty. OCLC 49777633 – via Google Books.
  10. ^ "City Transit Unit Seeks 141 Million: Funds for Buses and BMT Cars Included in Budget" (PDF). The New York Times. July 18, 1962. Retrieved October 2, 2015.
  11. ^ "MTA – Arts & Design | NYCT Permanent Art". Retrieved October 2, 2016.
  12. ^ "Rackstraw Downes Under the J Line at Alabama Avenue (2007) Retrieved 11-16-2013". Archived from the original on November 16, 2013. Retrieved November 16, 2013.
  13. ^ "MTA Neighborhood Maps: Ocean Hill" (PDF). Metropolitan Transportation Authority. 2015. Retrieved July 19, 2015.

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