Jay Street – MetroTech (New York City Subway)

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Jay Street – MetroTech
NYCS A NYCS C NYCS F NYCS R
New York City Subway rapid transit station complex
Jay Street-Metrotech Stair.JPG
Jay Street entrance
Station statistics
Address Jay Street, Lawrence Street & Willoughby Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201
Borough Brooklyn
Locale Downtown Brooklyn
Coordinates 40°41′37.25″N 73°59′14.04″W / 40.6936806°N 73.9872333°W / 40.6936806; -73.9872333
Division B (BMT/IND)
Line IND Fulton Street Line
IND Culver Line
BMT Fourth Avenue Line
Services       A all times (all times)
      C all except late nights (all except late nights)
      F all times (all times)
      R weekdays except late nights (weekdays except late nights)
Connection
Structure Underground
Levels 2
Other information
Opened December 10, 2010; 3 years ago (2010-12-10)[1]
Accessible Handicapped/disabled access
Traffic
Passengers (2013) 11,793,956 (station complex)[2] Increase 2.7%
Rank 26 out of 421

Jay Street – MetroTech is an underground station complex on the IND Fulton Street, IND Culver, and BMT Fourth Avenue Lines of the New York City Subway. Located at Willoughby Street between Jay and Lawrence Streets in Downtown Brooklyn, it is served (on the respective platforms) by the:

  • A and F trains at all times
  • C train at all times except late nights
  • R train during weekdays only

The complex consists of two distinct, perpendicular stations, formerly known as Jay Street – Borough Hall and Lawrence Street – MetroTech. Despite being nearly adjacent to each other, the stations remained separate for 77 years before the Metropolitan Transportation Authority constructed a transfer passageway as part of its 2005–2009 Capital Program. The work also brought the stations into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990[3] and cosmetically improved the upper mezzanine. With the opening of the transfer on December 10, 2010, the complex was given its present name.[1][4][5][6]


Station layout[edit]

G Street Level Exit/Entrance
B1 Mezzanine Fare control, station agent
Handicapped/disabled access (Elevator at SE corner of Jay and Willoughby Streets)
B2 Northbound NYCS F toward Jamaica – 179th Street (York Street)
Island platform, doors will open on the left, right Handicapped/disabled access
Northbound NYCS A toward Inwood – 207th Street (High Street)
NYCS C toward 168th Street (High Street)
Southbound NYCS A toward Lefferts Boulevard, Far Rockaway – Mott Avenue, or
Rockaway Park – Beach 116th Street (Hoyt–Schermerhorn Streets)
NYCS C toward Euclid Avenue (Hoyt–Schermerhorn Streets)
Island platform, doors will open on the left, right Handicapped/disabled access
Southbound NYCS F toward Coney Island – Stillwell Avenue (Bergen Street)
B3 Northbound NYCS R toward Court Street weekdays (Terminus)
Island platform, doors will open on the left Handicapped/disabled access
Southbound NYCS R toward Bay Ridge – 95th Street weekdays (DeKalb Avenue)


BMT platform[edit]

Jay Street – MetroTech
NYCS R
New York City Subway rapid transit station
Jay St-BMT Platform.JPG
Station statistics
Division B (BMT)
Line BMT Fourth Avenue Line
Services       R weekdays except late nights (weekdays except late nights)
Platforms 1 island platform
Tracks 2
Other information
Opened March 11, 1920; 94 years ago (1920-03-11)
Accessible Handicapped/disabled access
Former/other names Lawrence Street – MetroTech
Station succession
Next north Court Street: R weekdays except late nights
Next south DeKalb Avenue: R weekdays except late nights


Next Handicapped/disabled access north none
14th Street – Union Square (via tunnel): no regular service
Next Handicapped/disabled access south DeKalb Avenue: R weekdays except late nights

Jay Street – MetroTech on the BMT Fourth Avenue Line has an island platform supported by green I-beam columns and two tracks.[7] Platform extensions are visible at the north end.

The full-time entrance is at Lawrence and Willoughby Streets near the west end. It has two platforms stairs facing the opposite direction, a small turnstile bank, token booth, and four stairs to the two eastern corners of the aforementioned intersection.

There is an additional full-height turnstile entrance at the east end. It formerly contained a booth and has two street stairs to Bridge and Willoughby Streets, high turnstiles, and two platform stairs. This fare control area was the first in the system to have its service gate converted to an emergency exit.

A narrow mezzanine above the platform connects both fare control areas. It still has its original directional signs labeled as "to Lawrence Street" and "to Bridge Street".

The platform has a narrow up-only escalator that bypasses the full-time fare control area and leads to a small landing with two high exit-only gates. A short staircase then goes to the landing of the southeast street stairs.

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.

Gallery[edit]


IND platforms[edit]

Jay Street – MetroTech
NYCS A NYCS C NYCS F
New York City Subway rapid transit station
Jay St Metro Tech IND NB jeh.jpg
Northbound station platform with a Jamaica-bound NYCS F train of R160 cars.
Station statistics
Division B (IND)
Line IND Fulton Street Line
IND Culver Line
Services       A all times (all times)
      C all except late nights (all except late nights)
      F all times (all times)
Platforms 2 island platforms
cross-platform interchange
Tracks 4
Other information
Opened February 1, 1933; 81 years ago (1933-02-01)[8]
Accessible Handicapped/disabled access
Former/other names Jay Street – Borough Hall
Station succession
Next north High Street (Eighth): A all times C all except late nights
York Street (Sixth): F all times
Next south Hoyt–Schermerhorn Streets (Fulton): A all times C all except late nights
Bergen Street (Culver local): F all times
Bergen Street (Culver express): no regular service


Next Handicapped/disabled access north Fulton Street: A all times C all except late nights
Broadway – Lafayette Street (Sixth): F all times
Next Handicapped/disabled access south Franklin Avenue (via Fulton local): A late nights C all except late nights
Utica Avenue (via Fulton express): A all except late nights
Church Avenue (via Culver): F all times

Jay Street – MetroTech on the IND Fulton Street and Culver Lines has four tracks with two island platforms. Fulton Street trains (A and C trains) use the center "express" tracks, while Culver Line trains (F train) use the outer "local" tracks. Although current service patterns route all IND Eighth Avenue Line trains to the Fulton Street Line and all IND Sixth Avenue Line trains to the Culver Line, switches north of the station permit Eighth Avenue–Culver or Sixth Avenue–Fulton Street service; these switches are currently only used during service disruptions.

The station has blue columns on the Manhattan-bound platform and white tile columns on the Brooklyn-bound one. Before renovations, the trimline on the platform walls was two-tone Cobalt Blue with “JAY” tiled in white lettering on a black background underneath. After the renovations, the blue trim-line was widened and a double border of Heather Blue and black was added. The new blue tile in the centre of the trim-line is also somewhat darker than the original, the new color being shown as "Midnight Blue".

Each platform has six staircases and one elevator leading up to the full-length mezzanine. The full-time entrance is at the center and has a turnstile bank, token booth, and a single street stair leading to the northeast corner of Willoughby and Jay Streets, while a set of staircases and escalators and one elevator lead to the northwest corner underneath the former headquarters of the Independent Subway System.

The other two entrances/exits are unstaffed. The one at the north end has a weekday-only turnstile bank and token booth, full height turnstiles, and a wide staircase to MetroTech Center and set of stairs and escalators to New York City Transit Headquarters at 370 Jay Street. The entrance/exit at the south end has only full height turnstiles and two staircases leading to either side of Jay and Fulton Streets.

The southern portion of the mezzanine has an artwork installed in 2009 called Departures and Arrivals by Ben Snead. It consists of glass mosaic depicting animals including starlings, sparrows, lion fish, parrots, tiger beetles, and koi fish.

Until 1969, a free transfer was available to/from the BMT Myrtle Avenue Line at Bridge–Jay Streets and also issued at stations from Sumner Avenue on south. When the Myrtle Avenue Line south of Myrtle Avenue closed, the transfer was issued to the B54 bus, which ran along the former route. Today, the MetroCard provides free transfer between bus and subway throughout the system.

Gallery[edit]


Money train platforms[edit]

Until their retirement in January 2006,[9] IND "money trains" made their deposits from the northbound IND Culver line track. The still visible door on the wall is where they connected to the vaults above before armored trucks replaced them. BMT trains made their deposits at a special platform just west of the BMT station directly underneath. A special platform is also in the IRT Eastern Parkway Line tunnel that passes through this area for the same purpose.

Nearby points of interest[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Mancini, John (December 10, 2010). "MTA Unveils New Jay Street/MetroTech Station In Downtown Brooklyn". NY1. Retrieved 2010-12-12. 
  2. ^ "Facts and Figures: Annual Subway Ridership". New York: Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Retrieved 2014-03-26. 
  3. ^ Campbell, Andy (October 13, 2010). "Jay Street to drop 'Boro Hall' and add 'Metrotech&apos". New York Post. 
  4. ^ John Mancini (December 3, 2010). "Long-Awaited Subway Transfers To Open In Brooklyn, Queens". NY1. Retrieved December 12, 2010. 
  5. ^ "Welcome to the New Jay Street/MetroTech Station!". MTA.info. December 10, 2010. Retrieved 2010-12-12. 
  6. ^ "Introducing Jay St-MetroTech Station". MTA.info YouTube page. December 10, 2010. Retrieved 2010-12-12. 
  7. ^ Lawrence Street/MetroTech NYCSubway Retrieved 2009-06-24
  8. ^ New York Times, City Opens Subway to Brooklyn Today, February 1, 1933, page 19
  9. ^ Vandam, Jeff (2006-12-31). "Cash and Carry". New York Times. Retrieved 2010-12-24. "That may be why few New Yorkers probably noticed the retirement last January of this underground cash cache, done in by the arrival of the MetroCard and machines that allowed people to buy them by credit card." 

External links[edit]

External video
Jay St-Lawrence St Transfer Project, Metropolitan Transportation Authority; July 2, 2010; 4:44 YouTube video clip (during construction phase of project)
Introducing Jay St-MetroTech Station, Metropolitan Transportation Authority; December 10, 2010; 1:41 YouTube video clip (completion of underground transfer between IND (A, C, F) and BMT (N, R) stations)