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Lafayette Avenue station (IND Fulton Street Line)

Lafayette Avenue is a local station on the IND Fulton Street Line of the New York City Subway. Located under Lafayette Avenue and Fulton Street in Brooklyn, it is served by the C train at all times except nights, when the A train takes over service.

 Lafayette Avenue
 "C" train
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Station statistics
AddressSouth Portland Avenue & Fulton Street
Brooklyn, NY 11217
(main station entrance)
LocaleFort Greene
Coordinates40°41′11″N 73°58′28″W / 40.686268°N 73.974466°W / 40.686268; -73.974466Coordinates: 40°41′11″N 73°58′28″W / 40.686268°N 73.974466°W / 40.686268; -73.974466
DivisionB (IND)
LineIND Fulton Street Line
Services      A late nights (late nights)
      C all except late nights (all except late nights)
Transit connectionsBus transport NYCT Bus: B25, B26, B52
Platforms2 side platforms
Other information
OpenedApril 9, 1936; 83 years ago (1936-04-09)[1]
Station code176[2]
Wireless serviceWi-Fi and cellular service is provided at this station[3]
Passengers (2018)1,631,673[4]Increase 0.7%
Rank276 out of 424
Station succession
Next northHoyt–Schermerhorn Streets: A late nightsC all except late nights
Next southClinton–Washington Avenues: A late nightsC all except late nights

Despite the station's name, there are no entrances on Lafayette Avenue; the nearest entrance is a block away.


Track layout

This underground station opened on April 9, 1936, and replaced the BMT Fulton Street El.[1] The Lafayette Avenue El station, which was formerly above the current subway station, closed on May 31, 1940.[5]

Station layoutEdit

G Street level Exit/entrance
Platform level
Side platform, doors will open on the right
Northbound local   toward 168th Street (  toward Inwood–207th Street nights) (Hoyt–Schermerhorn Streets)
Northbound express   does not stop here
Southbound express   does not stop here →
Southbound local   toward Euclid Avenue (  toward Far Rockaway nights) (Clinton–Washington Avenues)
Side platform, doors will open on the right
Hanson Place stair

This station has four tracks and two side platforms. Both platforms have stairs that lead up to a long mezzanine and fare control. There is no free crossover or crossunder between the two platforms, due to the shape of the mezzanine's fare control area. The name tiles at this station is composed of dull green tiles that read "Lafayette Ave." in sans serif.

East of this station there is a storage/lay up track between the two express tracks. The west end connects to the northbound express track, and the east end connects to the southbound express track, so trains must reverse in order to enter the layup track. At both ends, the storage/lay up track also ends at bumper blocks. There are also switches in both directions from the respective local to the respective express tracks; express trains cannot switch to the local tracks at these switches, however.[6]

The station is located very close to the Fulton Street station on the IND Crosstown Line. Passengers on northbound local trains can see the station on the right just after leaving Lafayette Avenue. There is an employee-only connection between the two stations via the subway tunnels.


All exits serve both platforms. At the west end, there are stairs to all four corners of Fulton Street and South Portland Avenue.[7] At the east end, there are stairs to four out of the six corners of the intersection of Fulton Street, South Oxford Street, and Hanson Place. There are two stairs to the northern corner, one to the northeastern (via a passageway), one to the southeastern, and one to the southwestern.[7]

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  1. ^ a b "NEW SUBWAY LINK OPENED BY MAYOR; He Tells 15,000 in Brooklyn It Will Be Extended to Queens When Red Tape Is Cut". The New York Times. 1936-04-09. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2016-08-15.
  2. ^ "Station Developers' Information". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Retrieved June 13, 2017.
  3. ^ "NYC Subway Wireless – Active Stations". Transit Wireless Wifi. Retrieved November 13, 2019.
  4. ^ "Facts and Figures: Annual Subway Ridership 2013–2018". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. July 18, 2019. Retrieved July 18, 2019.
  5. ^ New York Times, Last Train is Run on Fulton St. 'El', June 1, 1940
  6. ^ Marrero, Robert (January 1, 2017). "472 Stations, 850 Miles" (PDF). B24 Blog, via Dropbox. Retrieved April 27, 2018.
  7. ^ a b c d e f g h i "MTA Neighborhood Maps: Downtown Brooklyn & Borough Hall" (PDF). Metropolitan Transportation Authority. 2016. Retrieved 5 July 2016.

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