Cortlandt Street (BMT Broadway Line)

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Cortlandt Street
New York City Subway rapid transit station
Cortlandt Street platform.JPG
Uptown platform
Station statistics
Address Cortlandt Street & Church Street
New York, NY 10280
Borough Manhattan
Locale Financial District
Coordinates 40°42′39″N 74°00′40″W / 40.710735°N 74.011245°W / 40.710735; -74.011245Coordinates: 40°42′39″N 74°00′40″W / 40.710735°N 74.011245°W / 40.710735; -74.011245
Division B (BMT)
Line       BMT Broadway Line
Services       R weekdays except late nights (weekdays except late nights)
Structure Underground
Platforms 2 side platforms
Tracks 2
Other information
Opened January 5, 1918; 96 years ago (1918-01-05)[1] (original)
September 15, 2002 (first reopening)
Closed September 11, 2001 (first closing)
August 20, 2005 (second closing)
Rebuilt November 25, 2009; 4 years ago (2009-11-25) (northbound platform only)[2]
September 6, 2011; 3 years ago (2011-09-06) (southbound platform reopening)[3][4]
Former/other names Cortlandt Street - World Trade Center
Passengers (2013) 1,601,732[5] Decrease 28.1%
Rank 285 out of 421
Station succession
Next north City Hall: R weekdays except late nights
Next south Rector Street: R weekdays except late nights

Cortlandt Street is a local station on the BMT Broadway Line of the New York City Subway, located under Church Street, between Fulton and Cortlandt Streets in Lower Manhattan. It is served by the R train on weekdays except late nights.

This underground station, opened on January 5, 1918, has two tracks and two side platforms. It is the closest station on the BMT Broadway Line to the World Trade Center and an exit at the north end once led to the lower concourse.

Station layout[edit]

G Street Level Exit/ Entrance
Platform level
Side platform, doors will open on the right
Northbound NYCS R toward Forest Hills – 71st Avenue weekdays (City Hall)
Southbound NYCS R toward Whitehall Street weekdays (Rector Street)
Side platform, doors will open on the right
B2 Crossunder, Dey Street Passageway


The station was overhauled in the late 1970s, with repairs made to the structural and cosmetic appearance. The original BMT wall tiles were covered over with the MTA's then-standard large rectangular wall tiles, with bolted-on signs replacing the "Cortlandt Street" mosaics in the wall. Lighting was converted from incandescent to fluorescent and staircases and platform edges were repaired. Much of the cosmetic change that came with this renovation was undone in a subsequent 1998–1999 renovation. In addition to "state-of-repair" work and upgrades for ADA accessibility, the station's original 1918 tilework was restored. Other improvements were made to the public address system, directional signage, and concrete trackbeds.


Ribbon cutting for the reopening of the southbound platform.

The station sustained significant damage during the collapse of the adjacent World Trade Center towers on September 11, 2001. It was closed for repairs, which included removal of debris, fixing structural damage, and restoring the track beds, which had suffered flood damage in the aftermath of the collapse. The station reopened on September 15, 2002.

On August 20, 2005, the station was closed again for installation of the a new pedestrian concourse below Dey Street as part of the Fulton Center project. At the same time, the station is to be made ADA-accessible in both directions. Previously, the station was accessible on the southbound side only via the temporary PATH World Trade Center station's elevator. MTA posters and flyers at that time indicated the station would reopen in the spring of 2006, and later by spring of 2007, but neither reopening schedules occurred.[6] The northbound side of the station finally reopened on November 25, 2009.[7][8] The southbound platform reopened on September 6, 2011, while continuing excavation along the Church Street side of the World Trade Center site is being performed.[9]

Beginning on August 2, 2013 and continuing until October 2014, this station is served by the R train on weekdays only. This is due to Hurricane Sandy recovery work being done by the MTA in the Montague Street Tunnel. All weekend R and late-night N trains operate over the Manhattan Bridge. During those times, this station is closed. However, the station does not require a full-time closure during this period, as previous closures did.[10][11]

Image gallery[edit]


  1. ^ "Open New Subway to Times Square". New York Times. 1918-01-06. Retrieved 2007-04-12. 
  2. ^ "Cortlandt Street R/W Subway Station Reopens". New York City Transit Authority. Retrieved 2009-11-26. 
  3. ^ "Cortlandt St. R Station Re-Opens". September 6, 2011. Retrieved 2011-09-07. 
  4. ^ Fink, Zack (September 6, 2011). "Lower Manhattan Subway Stop Fully Reopened". NY1. Retrieved 2011-09-07. 
  5. ^ "Facts and Figures: Annual Subway Ridership". New York City Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Retrieved 2014-03-28. 
  6. ^ "Cortlandt St station remains closed" (PDF). New York City Transit Authority. Archived from the original on 2007-09-26. Retrieved 2007-04-12. 
  7. ^ "MTA Chairman Reopens R/W Cortlandt Street Station". NY1 News. Retrieved 25 November 2009. 
  8. ^ "Cortlandt St Northbound Subway Platform Reopens". Lower Manhattan Construction Command Center/LMDC. Retrieved 2009-11-22. 
  9. ^ Fermino, Jennifer (August 3, 2011). "G. Zero station set to reopen". New York Post. Retrieved September 6, 2011. 
  10. ^ R Service affected by 14 month closure of Montague Under River Tube
  11. ^ R Service Changes During Montague Tube Closure Beginning August, 2013

External links[edit]

Media related to Cortlandt Street (BMT Broadway Line) at Wikimedia Commons

External video
Ten Years Later: MTA Reflects on 9/11, Metropolitan Transportation Authority; September 7, 2011; 4:21 YouTube video clip