Alabama Avenue (BMT Jamaica Line)

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Alabama Avenue
New York City Subway rapid transit station
The station as seen from street level
Station statistics
Address Alabama Avenue & Fulton Street
Brooklyn, NY 11207
Borough Brooklyn
Locale East New York / Cypress Hills
Coordinates 40°40′37″N 73°54′00″W / 40.67683°N 73.900008°W / 40.67683; -73.900008Coordinates: 40°40′37″N 73°54′00″W / 40.67683°N 73.900008°W / 40.67683; -73.900008
Division B (BMT)
Line BMT Jamaica Line
Services ‹See Tfm›      J all times (all times)
‹See Tfm›      Z rush hours, peak direction (rush hours, peak direction)
Structure Elevated
Platforms 1 island platform
Tracks 2
Other information
Opened September 5, 1885 (129 years ago) (1885-09-05)[1]
Passengers (2014) 784,998[2]Increase 1.9%
Rank 385 out of 421
Station succession
Next north Van Siclen Avenue: J all except rush hours, peak direction Z rush hours, peak direction
(J rush hours, peak direction skips to Cleveland Street)
Next south Broadway Junction: J all times Z rush hours, peak direction

Alabama Avenue is a station on the BMT Jamaica Line of the New York City Subway. Located at the intersection of Alabama Avenue and Fulton Street in East New York, Brooklyn, it is served by the J train at all times and the Z train during rush hours in the peak direction.

This elevated station, opened on September 5, 1885 and renovated in 2006-07, has one island platform and two tracks. The platform has a red canopy with green frames and support columns at the west (railroad south) end.

The station's only entrance/exit is an elevated station house beneath the tracks. It has one staircase to the platform at the south end, turnstile bank, token booth, and two staircases facing in opposite directions going down to the southeast corner of Alabama Avenue and Fulton Street.

A trackway starts at the top of the station's flat canopy and runs to the elevated complex at Broadway Junction. This may have been for a planned express track above the local tracks of the BMT Jamaica Line that was never completed. This track was intended to be an express track, but engineering studies completed after the work started indicated that the vibration of trains passing over the stations would be too severe and would literally shake the stations apart.

A nameless artwork by Scott Redden was installed here in 2008. It consists of three stained glass panels in eight of the nine station sign structures on the platform. The panels depict scenes related to farming including a farmhouse, chicken, and pick-up truck.

The street area under the station was depicted in a painting created by artist Rackstraw Downes, titled "Under the J Line at Alabama Avenue, 2007."[3]

Station layout[edit]

3F Trackbed
Platform level
Southbound NYCS J toward Broad Street weekdays or Chambers Street weekends (Broadway Junction)
NYCS Z toward Broad Street AM rush hours (Broadway Junction)
Island platform, doors will open on the left
Northbound NYCS J toward Jamaica Center – Parsons/Archer (Cleveland Street PM rush hours, Van Siclen Avenue other times)
NYCS Z toward Jamaica Center – Parsons/Archer PM rush hours (Van Siclen Avenue)
1F Mezzanine Fare control, station agent
G Street Level Exit / Entrance



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