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Broadway station (BMT Astoria Line)

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Broadway is a local station on the BMT Astoria Line of the New York City Subway. Located above 31st Street at Broadway in Astoria, Queens, the station is served by the N train at all times, as well as by the W train on weekdays.

 "N" train"W" train
MTA NYC logo.svg New York City Subway station (rapid transit)
Broadway Station View.jpg
Station statistics
AddressBroadway & 31st Street
Astoria, NY 11106
Coordinates40°45′43″N 73°55′31″W / 40.761951°N 73.925414°W / 40.761951; -73.925414Coordinates: 40°45′43″N 73°55′31″W / 40.761951°N 73.925414°W / 40.761951; -73.925414
DivisionB (BMT)
LineBMT Astoria Line
Services      N all times (all times)
      W weekdays (weekdays)
Transit connectionsBus transport MTA Bus: Q102, Q104
Platforms2 side platforms
Tracks3 (2 in regular service)
Other information
OpenedFebruary 1, 1917; 102 years ago (1917-02-01)
ClosedJuly 2, 2018; 15 months ago (2018-07-02) (reconstruction)
RebuiltJanuary 24, 2019; 8 months ago (2019-01-24)
Station code004[1]
Accessiblenot ADA-accessible; accessibility planned
Passengers (2018)2,436,810[2]Decrease 40%
Rank194 out of 424
Station succession
Next north30th Avenue: N all timesW weekdays
Next south36th Avenue: N all timesW weekdays


This station opened on February 1, 1917, along with the rest of the Astoria Line, which was originally part of the IRT, as a spur off the IRT Queensboro Line, now the IRT Flushing Line. Trains ran between Grand Central and Astoria.[3][4] On July 23, 1917, the Queensboro Bridge spur of the elevated IRT Second Avenue Line opened. At that time, all elevated trains to Queensboro Plaza used the Astoria Line while all subway trains used the Corona Line, though this was later changed with trains alternating between branches.[4][5] This station started to be served by BMT shuttles using elevated cars on April 8, 1923.[6]

On October 17, 1949, the Astoria Line became BMT-only as the tracks at Queensboro Plaza were consolidated and the platforms on the Astoria Line were shaved back to allow through BMT trains to operate on it. Service was initially provided by the Brighton Local (BMT 1) weekdays & Broadway - Fourth Avenue Local (BMT 2) at all times.[7]

Station renovationsEdit

The platforms at this station, along with six others on the Astoria Line, were lengthened to 610 feet (190 m) to accommodate ten-car trains in 1950.[8]:23 The project cost $863,000. Signals on the line had to be modified to take into account the platform extensions.[9]:633, 729

Under the 2015–2019 MTA Capital Plan, the station underwent a complete overhaul as part of the Enhanced Station Initiative and was entirely closed for several months. Updates included cellular service, Wi-Fi, USB charging stations, interactive service advisories and maps.[10][11] The award for Package 2 of the renovations, which covered renovations at the 30th Avenue, Broadway, 36th Avenue, and 39th Avenue stations, was awarded on April 14, 2017, to Skanska USA.[12] This station was closed entirely from July 2, 2018 and reopened on January 24, 2019, slightly earlier than expected.[13] A previously demolished entrance to the northeast corner of Broadway and 31st Street was added once again to improve access.[14]

Station layoutEdit

Track layout
Side platform, doors will open on the right
Southbound local   toward Coney Island–Stillwell Avenue ([[{{{prev}}} (BMT Astoria Line)|{{{prev}}}]])
  toward Whitehall Street–South Ferry weekdays ([[{{{prev}}} (BMT Astoria Line)|{{{prev}}}]])
Peak-direction express No regular service
Northbound local   (  weekdays) toward Astoria–Ditmars Boulevard (30th Avenue)
Side platform, doors will open on the right
M Mezzanine To entrances/exits, station agent, MetroCard vending machines
G Street level Entrances/exits

This station has two side platforms and three tracks. The center track is not used in revenue service, but it had been used regularly as recently as 2002.[15] The station contains wooden canopies with transite and wooden mezzanines, but only the southbound platform has windscreens.[16] The station has a narrow crossover in its mezzanine that allows for passengers to change their direction of travel at the station.[17]


The mezzanine is configured like 30th Avenue. Outside of fare control, street stairs descend to all corners of Broadway and 31st Street.[18][19] An exit-only stair from the northbound platform descends to the east side of 31st Street between Broadway and 34th Avenue.[20]


  1. ^ "Station Developers' Information". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Retrieved June 13, 2017.
  2. ^ "Facts and Figures: Annual Subway Ridership 2013–2018". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. July 18, 2019. Retrieved July 18, 2019.
  3. ^ "First Train Runs On Elevated Line to Astoria Section". Brooklyn Daily Eagle. February 1, 1917. Retrieved June 29, 2015 – via
  4. ^ a b Annual report. 1916-1917. New York: Interborough Rapid Transit Company. 1917.
  5. ^ "Subway Link Over Queensboro Bridge". The New York Times. July 22, 1917. p. 31. Retrieved December 18, 2011.
  6. ^ "Additional Subway Service to Borough of Queens". The New York Times. April 8, 1923. p. RE1. Retrieved December 18, 2011.
  7. ^ "Direct Subway Runs to Flushing, Astoria". The New York Times. October 15, 1949. p. 17. Retrieved December 18, 2011.
  8. ^ Association, General Contractors (1950). Bulletin.
  9. ^ Transportation, New York (N Y. ) Board of (1950). Proceedings ...
  10. ^ "MTA Will Completely Close 30 Subway Stations For Months-Long "Revamp"". Gothamist. Archived from the original on August 1, 2016. Retrieved July 18, 2016.
  11. ^ "MTAStations" (PDF). Government of the State of New York. Retrieved July 18, 2016.
  12. ^ "Capital Program Oversight Committee Meeting" (PDF). Metropolitan Transportation Authority. April 2017. p. 17. Retrieved April 24, 2017.
  13. ^ "Broadway and 39 Av stations will temporarily close for extensive renovation All times beginning 5 AM, July 2, until February 2019". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. June 2018. Retrieved June 18, 2018.
  14. ^ "Broadway & 39 Av NW Stations to Undergo Extensive Repairs & Renovations". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. June 8, 2018. Retrieved June 8, 2018.
  15. ^ Dougherty, Peter (2006) [2002]. Tracks of the New York City Subway 2006 (3rd ed.). Dougherty. OCLC 49777633 – via Google Books.
  16. ^ Cox, Jeremiah (May 26, 2010). "Looking across to the narrow end of the windscreened Manhattan-bound platform". Retrieved August 8, 2017.
  17. ^ Cox, Jeremiah (May 26, 2010). "Approaching the turnstiles from the Astoria-bound side, notice the sign for the narrow fenced in passageway to crossunder and change direction". Retrieved August 8, 2017.
  18. ^ "MTA Neighborhood Maps: Astoria" (PDF). Metropolitan Transportation Authority. 2015. Retrieved September 27, 2015.
  19. ^ Cox, Jeremiah (August 5, 2009). "A street level view of Broadway Station". Retrieved August 8, 2017.
  20. ^ "Capital Program Oversight Committee Meeting" (PDF). Metropolitan Transportation Authority. November 13, 2017. p. 25. Retrieved November 19, 2017.

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