Kings Highway station (BMT Brighton Line)

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Kings Highway is an express station on the BMT Brighton Line of the New York City Subway. Served by the Q train at all times and by the B on weekdays, it is located at Kings Highway between East 15th and East 16th Streets on the border of Midwood and Sheepshead Bay neighborhoods of Brooklyn.

 Kings Highway
 "B" train"Q" train
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Station statistics
AddressKings Highway & East 16th Street
Brooklyn, NY 11229
LocaleMidwood, Sheepshead Bay
Coordinates40°36′33″N 73°57′32″W / 40.609229°N 73.95884°W / 40.609229; -73.95884Coordinates: 40°36′33″N 73°57′32″W / 40.609229°N 73.95884°W / 40.609229; -73.95884
DivisionB (BMT)
LineBMT Brighton Line
Services      B weekdays until 11:00 p.m. (weekdays until 11:00 p.m.)
      Q all times (all times)
Transit connectionsBus transport NYCT Bus: B2, B7, B31, B82, B82 SBS
Bus transport MTA Bus: B100
Platforms2 island platforms
cross-platform interchange
Other information
Openedoriginal station: July 2, 1878; 141 years ago (1878-07-02)
Rebuiltcurrent station: 1908; 112 years ago (1908)
Station code051[1]
AccessibleThis station is compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 ADA-accessible
OMNY acceptedNo
Opposite-direction transfer availableYes
Passengers (2018)5,895,421[2]Decrease 2.4%
Rank72 out of 424
Station succession
Next northNewkirk Plaza (express): B weekdays until 11:00 p.m.
Avenue M (local): Q all times
Next southAvenue U (local): Q all times
Sheepshead Bay (express): B weekdays until 11:00 p.m.

Next adjacent station compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 northProspect Park: B weekdays until 11:00 p.m.Q all times
Next adjacent station compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 southConey Island–Stillwell Avenue: Q all times


This station underwent reconstruction from 2009–2011, which included installation of ADA-accessible elevators to the full-time fare control area and rebuilding of the platforms and station houses. A temporary platform was used to provide service that would normally stop at the closed platform.[3]

Station layoutEdit

Track layout
to Av M
to Av U
The southbound platform in February 2014, after the reconstruction project.
2F Northbound local   toward 96th Street (Avenue M)
Island platform, doors will open on left, right  
Northbound express   toward 145th Street (Bedford Park Boulevard rush hours), weekdays (Newkirk Plaza)
Southbound express   toward Brighton Beach weekdays (Sheepshead Bay)
Island platform, doors will open on left, right  
Southbound local   toward Coney Island–Stillwell Avenue (Avenue U)
G Street Level Entrances/Exits
Station house to entrances/exits, station agent, MetroCard vending machines

This station has four tracks and two island platforms.[4] The two platforms are offset from each other, with the northbound platform located roughly 75 feet (23 m) further north than the southbound platform. It has three fare control areas at street level—two to Kings Highway/East 16th Street and one to Quentin Road/East 16th Street. The two mezzanines at Kings Highway, located directly underneath the subway embankment, were constructed in the original BMT format, but fully renovated in the 1980s, during which two identical sets of porcelain enamel artwork (Kings Highway Hieroglyphs by Rhoda Andors) were installed, one set in each mezzanine.

South of Kings Highway are diamond crossover switches that allow trains to switch from the local tracks to the express ones, and vice versa. Before Brighton signal replacement during the 1990s, a switch tower was in operation about 150 feet (46 m) south of the station, facing the southbound local track; this tower has been abandoned, and control of the switches has passed to a master tower at DeKalb Avenue. During the signal replacement, a new signal electrical tower was installed over the express tracks at the south end of the station.[4]


The entrance on the south side is normally the full-time entrance/exit, containing a turnstile bank, token booth, two staircases to each platform, and one exit-only turnstile from the Coney Island-bound platform. The one on the north is HEET access only, containing three turnstiles, a staircase to each platform and its MetroCard Vending Machines were installed on the sidewalk.[5]

The part-time Quentin Road station house, located to the east of the embankment, has a turnstile bank, part-time booth, and two staircases to each platform. It was built after the station's opening to accommodate growing passenger flow as evidenced by its newer-style tiling and signage. Platform extensions are clearly present at the north end of the station. It has a token booth, turnstile bank, and two staircases to each platform with the southbound side requiring a short walk.[5]



  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. ^ "Press Release - NYC Transit - Temporary Loss of Brighton Line Express". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. July 29, 2009. Retrieved August 11, 2017.
  4. ^ a b Dougherty, Peter (2006) [2002]. Tracks of the New York City Subway 2006 (3rd ed.). Dougherty. OCLC 49777633 – via Google Books.
  5. ^ a b "MTA Neighborhood Maps: Midwood" (PDF). Metropolitan Transportation Authority. 2015. Retrieved August 2, 2015.

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