Middle Village – Metropolitan Avenue (BMT Myrtle Avenue Line)
View of Middle Village – Metropolitan Avenue Subway Station from across Metropolitan Avenue (Note: Brown M logo indicates former Nassau Street Line service.)
|Address||67-28 Metropolitan Avenue
Middle Village, NY 11379
|Line||BMT Myrtle Avenue Line|
|Services||M (all times)|
|Structure||Embankment; north end at street level|
|Platforms||1 island platform|
|Opened||August 9, 1915|
|Passengers (2013)||1,200,171 0.9%|
|Rank||334 out of 421|
Middle Village – Metropolitan Avenue is a terminal station of the BMT Myrtle Avenue Line of the New York City Subway. Located at the intersection of Metropolitan Avenue and Rentar Plaza in Middle Village, Queens, it is served by the M train at all times.
This station opened on August 9, 1915 and is built on an embankment with the north end at street level. By railroad and service directions, it is the southern terminal of the Myrtle Avenue Line and M train, respectively. However, it is often considered the line's "northern" terminal, being that it was the north terminal of the M train by service direction before June 27, 2010. During the weekends and late nights, this is also the M train's northern terminal by railroad direction, as the service's other termini, Myrtle Avenue during late nights and Essex Street on weekends, are geographically further south.
The station has two tracks and an island platform. The tracks end at bumper blocks at the north end of the platform. On July 16, 1974, a fire completely destroyed the original wooden platform and station house along with R27 cars 8202, 8203, 8237 and R30 car 8512 along with some fire damage done to R32 cars 3658, 3659, 3694 and 3695, and the station had to be completely rebuilt.
It reopened in 1980 with a concrete platform and benches. A steel canopy with fluorescent lights and supported by silver columns covers the entire platform. The ground-level station house is made of bricks and located at the eastern corner of Rentar Plaza and Metropolitan Avenue. It has two pairs of doors leading to the platform, turnstile bank and token booth. Also, there are two pairs of doors out to the street corner and another door along Metropolitan Avenue. Because the station house is at ground level and the platform extends out of the station house, this station is fully ADA-accessible without the use of elevators.
On the side of the westernmost track opposite from the platform is an employee-only facility. The control tower for the Myrtle Avenue Line is at the south end of the platform.
Just to the south of the station lies the Fresh Pond Yard. It is only accessible from this station, so trains coming from Manhattan and Brooklyn must first platform here, and then reverse into the yard.
|Exit/ Entrance||Fare control, station agent, platform level
(Station at street level)
|Track 2||← toward 71st Avenue (weekdays), Essex Street (weekends), Myrtle Avenue (late nights) (Fresh Pond Road)|
|Island platform, doors will open on the left, right|
|Track 1||← toward 71st Avenue (weekdays), Essex Street (weekends), Myrtle Avenue (late nights) (Fresh Pond Road)|
- "Facts and Figures: Annual Subway Ridership". New York City Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Retrieved 2014-03-26.
- nycsubway.org—BMT Myrtle Avenue Line: Metropolitan Avenue
- Station Reporter — M train
- The Subway Nut — Middle Village – Metropolitan Avenue Pictures
- Metropolitan Avenue entrance from Google Maps Street View