The Shepherd Avenue station is a local station on the IND Fulton Street Line of the New York City Subway. Located at the intersection of Shepherd and Pitkin Avenues in the East New York neighborhood of Brooklyn, it is served by the C train at all times except nights, when the A train takes over service.
|New York City Subway station (rapid transit)|
|Address||Shepherd Avenue & Pitkin Avenue|
Brooklyn, NY 11208
|Locale||East New York|
|Coordinates||40°40′27″N 73°52′51″W / 40.674064°N 73.880825°WCoordinates: 40°40′27″N 73°52′51″W / 40.674064°N 73.880825°W|
|Line||IND Fulton Street Line|
|Services|| A (late nights)|
C (all except late nights)
|Platforms||2 side platforms|
|Opened||November 28, 1948|
|Rank||365 out of 424|
Construction on the Shepherd Avenue station started in 1938 as part of a four-station extension of the Fulton Street subway eastward under Pitkin Avenue toward Queens. Work was delayed by funding problems due to World War II, even though the stations were mostly complete. Construction resumed on the extension of the Fulton Street Line in November 1946, and this part of the Fulton Street Line opened in 1948. The extension of the Fulton Street subway replaced the Fulton Street elevated line, which closed afterward.
Shepherd Avenue was part of a four-station extension of the Fulton Street subway along Pitkin Avenue, past its original planned terminus at Broadway Junction. The Fulton Street subway was the city-owned Independent System (IND)'s main line from Downtown Brooklyn to southern Queens.
Further construction past the line's initial terminal at Rockaway Avenue was delayed by funding problems due to the Great Depression in the 1930s. This was temporarily solved by federal Works Progress Administration funding starting in 1936. The portion continuing from east of Rockaway Avenue along Pennsylvania and Pitkin Avenues to Crystal Street, including the Shepherd Avenue station, began construction in 1938. The progress lasted only a few years, as all work on the last portions in Brooklyn was stopped by December 1942 shortly after the United States entered World War II due to material shortages. The Broadway−East New York station was complete but not in operation due to lack of signal equipment, and the remaining stations to Euclid Avenue were unfinished shells. At the time, work on the section that included the Shepherd Avenue station was more than 99% complete, but vital equipment had yet to be installed, precluding its opening.
Construction resumed on the extension of the Fulton Street Line in November 1946, following the conclusion of the war and the allocation of funds obtained by Mayor William O'Dwyer. After several test runs, the station opened to the public in the early morning of November 28, 1948, along with the rest of the line to Euclid Avenue. The cost of the extension was about $46.5 million. Because Shepherd Avenue and three other stations were completed later than the rest of the line, they received different design features than other IND stations, including different wall tiles and fluorescent lighting. It later became the replacement for the elevated BMT Fulton Street Line's Linwood Street and Montauk Avenue stations, which closed on April 26, 1956 when the connection to the eastern Fulton elevated was opened.
|M||Mezzanine||Fare control, station agent, MetroCard machines|
|Westbound local||← toward 168th Street (Van Siclen Avenue)|
← toward Inwood–207th Street late nights (Van Siclen Avenue)
|Westbound express||← does not stop here|
|Eastbound express||does not stop here →|
|Eastbound local|| toward Euclid Avenue (Euclid Avenue) → |
toward Far Rockaway–Mott Avenue late nights (Euclid Avenue) →
This underground station has two side platforms and four tracks. The two express tracks are used by the A train during daytime hours. Both platform walls have a periwinkle trim line with a dark periwinkle border and mosaic name tablets reading "SHEPHERD AVE." in white sans-serif lettering on a dark periwinkle background and periwinkle border. Small tile captions reading "SHEPHERD" in white lettering on dark periwinkle run under the trim line, and directional signs in the same style are present under some of the name tablets. The walls have no ads, and there are no columns excepting a few where the exit is.
This station has a full length mezzanine above the platforms and tracks.
There is a crossover and a single double wide stairway from each platform to the mezzanine. Outside of fare control, exits lead to all four corners of Pitkin Avenue and Shepherd Avenue.
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- Station Reporter — C Train
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- Shepherd Avenue entrance from Google Maps Street View
- Platforms from Google Maps Street View