86th Street (BMT Fourth Avenue Line)

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86th Street
New York City Subway rapid transit station
Station statistics
Address 86th Street & Fourth Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11209
Borough Brooklyn
Locale Bay Ridge
Coordinates 40°37′21.70″N 74°1′42.18″W / 40.6226944°N 74.0283833°W / 40.6226944; -74.0283833Coordinates: 40°37′21.70″N 74°1′42.18″W / 40.6226944°N 74.0283833°W / 40.6226944; -74.0283833
Division B (BMT)
Line BMT Fourth Avenue Line
Services       R all times (all times)
Structure Underground
Platforms 1 island platform
Tracks 2
Other information
Opened April 14, 1916 (98 years ago) (1916-04-14)
Passengers (2013) 3,662,602[1] Increase 4.3%
Rank 136 out of 421
Station succession
Next north 77th Street: R all times
Next south Bay Ridge – 95th Street: R all times

86th Street is a station on the BMT Fourth Avenue Line of the New York City Subway, located at 86th Street and Fourth Avenue in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn. It is served by the R train at all times.

This underground station, opened on April 14, 1916, has two tracks and a single island platform. The platform and mezzanines above have dark green columns, some of which have the standard black station name plate with white lettering. The track walls are fully black with dark green and brown paint except for a small section at the extreme north end, where they have white tiling. The platform has several employee-facilities that have a mosaic trim line.

This station has two entrance/exits. The full-time one is at the south end. Two staircases from the platform go up to a mezzanine that has a turnstile bank and bodega within fare control. Outside fare control, there is a token booth and two staircases going up to either southern corners of 86th Street and Fourth Avenue. The station's other fare control area is unstaffed. Two staircases from the platform, one of which is now closed, go up to a mezzanine that has two High Entry/Exit Turnstiles and a single staircase going up to the southwest corner of 85th Street and Fourth Avenue. Both mezzanines have their original mosaic trim line.

The station was originally planned to be a four-track express station. The platform is located between what would be the two southbound tracks as north of this station, the current southbound track swings out around the platform while the northbound one remains straight. There are also large portions of the mezzanines that are now used for employees only.

This station was the original terminal for the BMT Fourth Avenue Line until Bay Ridge – 95th Street opened in 1925.

In 2007, then-13th District Congressman Vito Fossella and 22nd District State Senator Marty Golden secured funding for an $8.5 million renovation, to be finished in 2010.[2] The plans call for repairing staircases and installing new tiling for walls and floors as well as ADA-compliant yellow safety treads along the platform edges.

Station layout[edit]

G Street Level Exit/Entrance
B1 Mezzanine Fare control, station agent
B2 Northbound NYCS R toward Forest Hills – 71st Avenue, (36th Street late nights) (77th Street)
Island platform, doors will open on the left
Southbound NYCS R toward Bay Ridge – 95th Street (Terminus)


  1. ^ "Facts and Figures: Annual Subway Ridership". New York: Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Retrieved 2014-03-29. 
  2. ^ NY1: Transit

External links[edit]

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