Atlantic Avenue (BMT Canarsie Line)
|Address||Atlantic Avenue & Snediker Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11207
|Locale||East New York|
|Line||BMT Canarsie Line|
|Services||L (all times)|
|Platforms||1 island platform (in service), 1 island platform (abandoned)|
|Opened||July 4, 1889 (Fulton Street Line)
December 28, 1906 (Canarsie Line)
|Passengers (2012)||444,960 4%|
|Rank||407 out of 421|
|Next north||Broadway Junction (Canarsie): L
Broadway Junction (Jamaica): no regular service
|Next south||Sutter Avenue: L|
Atlantic Avenue is a rapid transit station on the BMT Canarsie Line, a part of the New York City Subway system. Built in 1916, it was reconfigured in 2002–2004. This station is a good example of the Dual Contracts architecture. Much of the period woodwork and ironwork is intact. The fare control area was modernized with new lighting and high, rounded windows. Atlantic Avenue, opened July 4, 1889 (BMT Fulton Street Line Portion), December 28, 1906 (BMT Canarsie Line portion)
Rebuilt and reconfigured under Dual Contracts in 1916, this station had three island platforms, with six tracks. The two western island platforms resembled a typical four track express station and the other island platform was a block to the east over Snediker Avenue. The tracks and platforms were as follows west to east, southbound Canarsie line track, island platform, southbound Fulton Street el track, bi-directional Fulton Street express el track, island platform, northbound Fulton Street el track; northbound Canarsie line track, island platform, northbound Fulton Street el to Jamaica line track. The southbound Fulton Street el track could also be used by trains from the Jamaica line bound for the Canarsie line. During the station's service to both the Fulton Street el and Canarsie line, it was in this configuration.
After the remaining portion of the Fulton Street el was removed in 1956, the Canarsie line continued to use the western-most track and platform southbound, and the second track from the east and platform (over Snediker Avenue) northbound. The eastern-most track was removed, leaving five in place.
The western-most platform is now the only one in service with both tracks in use, served by the L train at all times. The former southbound Fulton el track is now the northbound track, and was connected to the existing Canarsie Line north of Sutter Avenue station in 2003. Connecting the northbound Canarsie line to this track eliminated the sharp curve onto the structure over Snediker Avenue. The center of the three platforms is still there, but is retained only as a storage area. The easternmost platform was closed to train service in September 2003 and has been demolished except for a small portion that remained intact. The other structures relating to that platform, including the last remnants of the Fulton el, as well as the portion of the el over Snediker Avenue were demolished between September 2003 and February 2004.
North of the station, a single track diverges northeast to East New York Yard, two tracks proceed to Broadway Junction, and two others connect to the Jamaica Line. These last two are not used for regular revenue service, and have not been used thus since 1968.
Dual Contracts (1916–2004)
|Northbound||← Fulton Street Line (through service to Jamaica Line)|
|Northbound||← Canarsie Line|
|Northbound||← Fulton Street Line|
|Bidirectional||← Fulton Street Line (peak direction) →|
|Southbound||→ Fulton Street Line →
→ Canarsie and Fulton Street Lines (through service from Jamaica Line) →
|Southbound||→ Canarsie Line →|
|G||Street Level||Exit / Entrance|
|Island platform, not in service, used as storage area|
|Northbound||← toward Eighth Avenue (Broadway Junction)|
|Island platform, doors will open on the left|
|Southbound||→ toward Canarsie – Rockaway Parkway (Sutter Avenue) →|
|M||Mezzanine||Fare control, station agent|
|G||Street Level||Exit/ Entrance|
- "The Fulton Street Elevated". Brooklyn Daily Eagle (Brooklyn, NY). June 28, 1889. p. 6.
- Atlantic Avenue; BMT Canarsie Line (NYCSubway.org)
- "Facts and Figures: Annual Subway Ridership". New York City Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Retrieved April 2, 2013.
- Abandoned BMT Fulton Street Line Platforms (The Subway Nut)
- nycsubway.org—BMT Canarsie Line: Atlantic Avenue
- Station Reporter — L Train
- The Subway Nut — Atlantic Avenue Pictures
- Atlantic Avenue entrance from Google Maps Street View
- Williams Place and Atlantic Avenue exit only stairs from Google Maps Street View