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Myrtle Avenue station (BMT Jamaica Line)

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Myrtle Avenue (announced on New Technology Trains as Myrtle Avenue–Broadway) is a New York City Subway express station on the BMT Jamaica Line. Located at the intersection of Myrtle Avenue and Broadway in Bedford–Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, it is served by the J and M trains at all times, and by the Z during rush hours in peak direction. The station has two platform levels, but all regular passenger service is on the lower platform level of the station. The station has an abandoned upper platform level which previously served the BMT Myrtle Avenue Line to Downtown Brooklyn and Lower Manhattan via the Brooklyn Bridge. Just east of the station, the BMT Myrtle Avenue Line diverges from the BMT Jamaica Line via slip switches in an at-grade junction.

 Myrtle Avenue
 "J" train"M" train"Z" train
MTA NYC logo.svg New York City Subway station (rapid transit)
Myrtle Av art vc.jpg
Station platform, facing west
Station statistics
AddressMyrtle Avenue & Broadway
Brooklyn, NY 11206
LocaleBedford-Stuyvesant, Bushwick
Coordinates40°41′49″N 73°56′7″W / 40.69694°N 73.93528°W / 40.69694; -73.93528Coordinates: 40°41′49″N 73°56′7″W / 40.69694°N 73.93528°W / 40.69694; -73.93528
DivisionB (BMT)
LineBMT Jamaica Line
BMT Myrtle Avenue Line (formerly)
Services      J all times (all times)
      M all times (all times)
      Z rush hours, peak direction (rush hours, peak direction)​
Transit connectionsBus transport NYCT Bus: 20 airtransportation.svg B15, B46, B47, B54
Levels2 (upper level abandoned)
Platforms3 island platforms (2 in service (lower level), 1 disused (upper level))
cross-platform interchange (lower level)
Tracks3 (lower level), 2 (upper level; removed)
Other information
OpenedJune 25, 1888; 131 years ago (1888-06-25) (lower level)[1]
April 27, 1889; 130 years ago (1889-04-27) (upper level)
ClosedOctober 4, 1969; 50 years ago (1969-10-04) (upper level)
Station code097[2]
Accessiblenot ADA-accessible; accessibility planned
AccessibilityCross-platform wheelchair transfer available
Former/other namesMyrtle Avenue–Broadway
Passengers (2018)3,789,470[3]Decrease 10.1%
Rank127 out of 424
Station succession
Next eastBroadway Junction (express): no regular service
Kosciuszko Street (local): J all times
(Z rush hours, peak direction skips to Gates Avenue)
Central Avenue: M all times
Next westFlushing Avenue (local): J all times except weekdays 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., peak directionM all times except late nights
Marcy Avenue (express): J weekdays until 8:00 p.m., peak directionZ rush hours, peak direction
(Terminus): M late nights only
Park Avenue (BMT Jamaica Line): no service; demolished
Sumner Avenue (BMT Myrtle Avenue Line): no service; demolished


The lower level of the station opened on June 25, 1888.[1]

The upper level station, which was marked on signs as Broadway, opened on April 27, 1889, when the Myrtle Avenue Line was extended east along Myrtle Avenue to Broadway. A transfer opportunity was created to the BMT Jamaica Line station.[4][5][6] The previous station located nearby at Stuyvesant Avenue was then closed.[7] The Myrtle Avenue Line was extended from this station to Wyckoff Avenue on July 21, 1889.[8]

The BMT Myrtle Avenue Line from Broadway to Bridge–Jay Streets closed on October 4, 1969, and was replaced via transfer to the B54 bus toward Jay Street.[9]

Station layoutEdit

Track layout
no regular service to Bway Jct
3F Former southbound
Myrtle Avenue El
No track or roadbed
Island platform, disused
Former northbound
Myrtle Avenue El
No track or roadbed
2F Westbound local[note 1]   toward Broad Street all times except AM rush hours (Flushing Avenue)
  toward 71st Avenue (weekdays), 96th Street (weekends) (Flushing Avenue)
Island platform, doors will open on the left, right
Center track     (AM rush hours) toward Broad Street (Marcy Avenue)
    (PM rush hours) toward Jamaica Center–Parsons/Archer (Kosciuszko Street (J), Gates Avenue (Z))
  toward Middle Village–Metropolitan Avenue late nights (Central Avenue)
(No regular service eastbound: Broadway Junction)
Island platform, doors will open on the left, right
Eastbound local[note 1]   toward Jamaica Center–Parsons/Archer all times except AM rush hours (Kosciuszko Street)
  toward Middle Village–Metropolitan Avenue all times except late nights (Central Avenue)
1F Mezzanine Fare control, station agent, MetroCard machines
G Street Level Entrances/exits

Lower levelEdit

A weekend R160A M shuttle train on the center track prior to the extension of weekend M service from Myrtle Avenue to 96th Street

This elevated station, opened on September 16, 1888, on the lower level, has three tracks and two island platforms.[10] The center track, is used by J and Z trains for peak-direction express service on weekdays and late night M trains to Metropolitan Avenue. East of this station, J/Z trains continue on the Jamaica Line to Jamaica Center–Parsons/Archer in Queens. The M train switches on an S curve the Myrtle Avenue Line towards Metropolitan Avenue. The connection to the Myrtle Avenue Line is one of the few remaining level junctions in the subway as well as one of the few places on revenue tracks with slip switches.[10] From June 2017 until April 2018, this connection was closed due to long-term construction on the Myrtle Avenue Line.[11][12][13]

This station is announced as Myrtle Avenue–Broadway on New Technology Train cars to distinguish it from the nearby Myrtle–Wyckoff Avenues station.[14]

Both platforms have brown canopies with green support columns and frames for their entire length except for a small section at either end.[15] The station signs are in the standard black plates in white lettering.[16]

The 1999 artwork here is called Jammin' Under the El by Verna Hart. It consists of stained glass windows on the platforms' sign structures as well as the station house depicting various scenes related to music.[17]

As part of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority's 2015–2019 Capital Program, a station entrance will be rebuilt at the northwestern corner of Jefferson Street and Broadway, and a second mezzanine will be reopened.[18][19]

Upper levelEdit

The abandoned upper level

The upper level station (which was marked on signs as Broadway) opened on April 27, 1889, and created a transfer opportunity to the BMT Jamaica Line. The previous station located nearby at Stuyvesant Avenue was then closed. The upper level station contained two tracks and an island platform, with stairs to both of the existing platforms on the lower level. The Myrtle Avenue upper level was extended to Wyckoff Avenue on July 21, 1889.[8] The BMT Myrtle Avenue Line from Broadway to Bridge–Jay Streets closed on October 4, 1969, and was replaced via transfer to the B54 bus toward Jay Street.[9]


Station entrance

The lower level station has an elevated station house to the west underneath the skeletal remains of the BMT Myrtle Avenue Line. Two staircases from each platform go down to an elevated cross-under, where a shorter staircase on the Queens-bound side leads to the station house's waiting area. Outside the turnstile bank, there is a token booth and two staircases going down to either of the western corners at Myrtle Avenue and Broadway.[20]



  1. ^ a b "The Broadway Line Opened". Brooklyn Daily Eagle. Brooklyn, NY. June 25, 1888. p. 6. Retrieved February 18, 2018.
  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. ^ Report. January 1, 1890.
  5. ^ Roess, Roger P.; Sansone, Gene (August 23, 2012). The Wheels That Drove New York: A History of the New York City Transit System. Springer Science & Business Media. ISBN 9783642304842.
  6. ^ "Will Open on Saturday". Brooklyn Daily Eagle. Brooklyn, NY. April 25, 1889. p. 1. Retrieved February 18, 2018.
  7. ^ "Brooklyn Daily Eagle: It Reaches Broadway (April 5, 1889)".
  8. ^ a b "Lost the Second Game". Brooklyn Daily Eagle. Brooklyn, NY. July 21, 1889. p. 2.
  9. ^ a b "Service Changes For Myrtle Avenue "El" Riders". New York City Transit Authority. October 1969. Retrieved February 18, 2018.
  10. ^ a b Dougherty, Peter (2006) [2002]. Tracks of the New York City Subway 2006 (3rd ed.). Dougherty. OCLC 49777633 – via Google Books.
  11. ^ Rivoli, Dan (March 17, 2016). "M line to be shut down next year for repairs". New York Daily News. Retrieved July 23, 2016.
  12. ^ Brown, Nicole (March 18, 2016). "MTA: M line will shut down for part of next year". am New York. Retrieved July 23, 2016.
  13. ^ "Myrtle Avenue Line Infrastructure Projects". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Retrieved July 23, 2016.
  14. ^ NovaBus5189 (November 12, 2016), On Board R160 (M) Train From Middle Village Metropolitan Avenue to Myrtle Avenue-Broadway, retrieved February 18, 2018
  15. ^ Cox, Jeremiah (July 26, 2013). "The doors close on a R42 J train that will have to leave first because the R160 M train must crossover the other three tracks". Retrieved February 18, 2018.
  16. ^ Cox, Jeremiah (June 25, 2008). "A close-up of a Myrtle Avenue column sign". Retrieved February 18, 2018.
  17. ^ "Myrtle Avenue Verna Hart Jammin' Under the EL, 1999". MTA Arts & Design. Retrieved February 18, 2018.
  18. ^ "Station Capacity Enhancements at Myrtle Avenue on the Jamaica Line". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. December 31, 2017. Retrieved February 18, 2018.
  19. ^
  20. ^ "MTA Neighborhood Maps: Bushwick" (PDF). Metropolitan Transportation Authority. 2015. Retrieved July 20, 2016.

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