IRT New Lots Line

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Crossing over BMT Canarsie Line.
New Lots Line
NYCS-line-black-EastPkwy.svg
The 2, 3, 4 and 5 trains serve the entire IRT New Lots Line.
Overview
Type Rapid transit
System New York City Subway
Status Operating
Locale Brooklyn
Termini Sutter Avenue – Rutland Road
New Lots Avenue
Stations 7
Daily ridership 73,760[1]
Operation
Opening 1920-1922
Owner City of New York
Operator(s) New York City Transit Authority
Character Elevated
Technical
No. of tracks 2-3
Track gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in) standard gauge
Electrification 600V DC third rail
IRT New Lots Line
IRT Eastern Parkway Line
IRT Eastern Parkway Line express
tracks dead-end at Ralph Avenue
Sutter Avenue – Rutland Road
Saratoga Avenue
Rockaway Avenue
Junius Street
Linden Shops
Long Island Rail Road
Livonia Ave
Pennsylvania Avenue
Van Siclen Avenue
New Lots Avenue
Livonia Yard

The IRT New Lots Line or Livonia Avenue Line is a rapid transit line of the IRT division of the New York City Subway. Located in the New York City borough of Brooklyn, the line is served by the 3 train at all times except late nights, when the 4 train takes over service. Some rush hour 2 and 5 trains also run on this line because of capacity issues at their usual terminal at Flatbush Avenue – Brooklyn College on the IRT Nostrand Avenue Line.

The New Lots Line is the only elevated structure on the Brooklyn IRT. The line begins just east of Utica Avenue in Crown Heights and continues to New Lots Avenue in East New York.[2][3][4]

The line includes an unused trackway in the middle for a third track. On the roof of the mezzanines at each station are cross ties but no rails. In some areas the space is used for mechanical and signal rooms. A center track exists only at Junius Street, where it crosses the southbound track at grade towards the Linden Shops. This un-electrified track is one of only two connections to the national rail system. (The BMT West End Line is the other connection, via the New York Connecting Railroad; the Linden Shops are connected to the Long Island Rail Road and from there to the rest of the national network.) There are plans to renovate the elevated structure, including new mezzanines and stairs.[citation needed]

History and service[edit]

All services serve the entire line and make all stops.

  Time period
rush hours middays, evenings,
and weekends
late nights
NYCS 2 service no service
NYCS 3 service no service
NYCS 4 service no service service
NYCS 5 service no service

This line was built as a part of the Dual Contracts. The 2 and 3 trains kept on switching their southern terminals until July 10, 1983, when the 2 was sent to Flatbush Avenue and the 3 to New Lots Avenue, which remains the current service pattern. The purpose of this switch was so that the 3 would readily have access to the shops at Livonia Yard.

Station listing[edit]

Station service legend
Stops all times except late nights Stops all times except late nights
Stops late nights only Stops late nights only
Stops rush hours only Stops rush hours only
Time period details
Neighborhood
(approximate)
Handicapped/disabled access Station Services Opened Transfers and notes
Begins as continuation of IRT Eastern Parkway Line local tracks (2 special rush hour trips 3 all except late nights 4 late nights and special rush hour trips 5 special rush hour trips)
Brownsville Sutter Avenue – Rutland Road 2 special rush hour trips 3 all except late nights 4 late nights and special rush hour trips 5 special rush hour trips December 24, 1920
Saratoga Avenue 2 special rush hour trips 3 all except late nights 4 late nights and special rush hour trips 5 special rush hour trips December 24, 1920
Rockaway Avenue 2 special rush hour trips 3 all except late nights 4 late nights and special rush hour trips 5 special rush hour trips December 24, 1920
Junius Street 2 special rush hour trips 3 all except late nights 4 late nights and special rush hour trips 5 special rush hour trips December 24, 1920
connecting track to Linden Shops (non-electrified)
East New York Pennsylvania Avenue 2 special rush hour trips 3 all except late nights 4 late nights and special rush hour trips 5 special rush hour trips December 24, 1920
Van Siclen Avenue 2 special rush hour trips 3 all except late nights 4 late nights and special rush hour trips 5 special rush hour trips October 16, 1922
New Lots Avenue 2 special rush hour trips 3 all except late nights 4 late nights and special rush hour trips 5 special rush hour trips October 16, 1922 B15 bus to JFK Airport
Terminus of all service
Connecting tracks to Livonia Yard

References[edit]

  1. ^ MTA. "Average weekday subway ridership". Retrieved 2 April 2014. 
  2. ^ Metropolitan Transportation Authority, 2005 Adopted Budget - February Financial Plan 2005–2008, Section VII: MTA Capital Program Information PDF (91.7 KiB): shows Utica Avenue on "EPK" and Sutter Avenue on "NLT"
  3. ^ Metropolitan Transportation Authority, 2005 Final Proposed Budget - November Financial Plan 2005–2008, Section VI: MTA Capital Program Information PDF (1.02 MiB): "Sutter Avenue Portal to end"
  4. ^ In a 1981 list of "most deteriorated subway stations", the MTA listed Borough Hall and Court Street stations as part of the New Lots Line:
    New York Times, Agency Lists Its 69 Most Deteriorated Subway Stations, June 11, 1981, section B, page 5