Myrtle Avenue (BMT Jamaica Line)

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For the station to the east also served by the M train, see Myrtle–Wyckoff Avenues (BMT Myrtle Avenue Line).
Myrtle Avenue
New York City Subway rapid transit station
Myrtle J BMT patform jeh.JPG
Lower platforms (in operation)
Station statistics
Address Myrtle Avenue & Broadway
Brooklyn, NY 11206
Borough Brooklyn
Locale Bedford-Stuyvesant, Bushwick
Coordinates 40°41′49″N 73°56′07″W / 40.696941°N 73.935285°W / 40.696941; -73.935285Coordinates: 40°41′49″N 73°56′07″W / 40.696941°N 73.935285°W / 40.696941; -73.935285
Division B (BMT)
Line BMT Jamaica Line
Services       J all times (all times)
      M all times (all times)
      Z rush hours, peak direction (rush hours, peak direction)
Structure Elevated
Levels 2 (upper level abandoned)
Platforms 3 island platforms (2 in service (lower level), 1 disused (upper level))
cross-platform interchange (lower level)
Tracks 3 (lower level), 2 (upper level)
Other information
Opened September 16, 1888; 126 years ago (1888-09-16) (lower level)[citation needed]
December 19, 1889; 125 years ago (1889-12-19) (upper level)
Closed October 4, 1969; 45 years ago (1969-10-04) (upper level)
Former/other names Myrtle Avenue – Broadway
Passengers (2013) 3,562,631[1] Increase 9.7%
Rank 141 out of 421
Station succession
Preceding station   MTA NYC logo.svg New York City Subway   Following station
toward Park Row
BMT Myrtle Avenue Line
Terminus M late nights only
BMT Jamaica Line
M all times except late nights
BMT Jamaica Line
J all times except weekdays 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., peak direction
Park Avenue
BMT Jamaica Line
BMT Jamaica Line
(express & skip-stop)
J weekdays until 8:00 p.m., peak direction
BMT Jamaica Line
(express & skip-stop)
Z rush hours, peak direction
no regular service

Myrtle Avenue (announced as Myrtle Avenue – Broadway on the R160s to distinguish it from the nearby Myrtle–Wyckoff Avenues station) is a two-level express station on the BMT Jamaica Line of the New York City Subway. Located at the intersection of Myrtle Avenue and Broadway in Brooklyn, it is served by J and M trains at all times and the Z during rush hours in peak direction. All service is on the lower level of the station. The upper level, previously serving the BMT Myrtle Avenue Line to Downtown Brooklyn and Lower Manhattan, carries no tracks and is now abandoned. Just east of the station is an at-grade junction with slip switches between the BMT Myrtle Avenue and BMT Jamaica Lines.

Station layout[edit]

3F Former southbound
Myrtle Avenue El
Island platform, disused
Former northbound
Myrtle Avenue El
2F Westbound local[note 1] NYCS J toward Broad Street (off-peak weekdays) or Chambers Street (weekends) (Flushing Avenue)
NYCS M toward 71st Avenue (weekdays), Essex Street (weekends) (Flushing Avenue)
Island platform, doors will open on the left, right
Center track[note 2] NYCS J NYCS Z toward Broad Street (AM rush) (Marcy Avenue)
NYCS J NYCS Z toward Jamaica Center – Parsons/Archer (PM rush) (Kosciuszko Street (J local) or Gates Avenue (Z skip-stop local); no service to Broadway Junction (express))
NYCS M toward Metropolitan Avenue (late nights) (Central Avenue)
Island platform, doors will open on the left, right
Eastbound local[note 1] NYCS J toward Jamaica Center – Parsons/Archer (off-peak) (Kosciuszko Street)
NYCS M toward Metropolitan Avenue (all except late nights) (Central Avenue)
1F Mezzanine Fare control, station agent
G Street Level Exit / Entrance

Lower level[edit]

This elevated station, opened on September 16, 1888 on the lower level, has three tracks and two island platforms. J and Z trains use the middle track for peak-direction express service on weekdays while M trains use it as a terminal track for their late night shuttle service to Middle Village – Metropolitan Avenue. For the rest of the time, all trains are on the local tracks. East of this station, J and Z trains use the local track, continuing on the Jamaica Line to Queens; M trains use an "S" curve that connects the Jamaica Line to the Myrtle Avenue Line and continue to Metropolitan Avenue. This is one of the few remaining level junctions in the subway as well as one of the few places on revenue tracks with slip switches.[2][3] This can be a bottleneck for all trains in both directions.

Both platforms have brown canopies with green support columns and frames for their entire length except for a small section at either ends. The station signs are in the standard black plates in white lettering.

This station has an elevated station house to the west underneath the skeletal remains of the BMT Myrtle Avenue Line. Two staircases from each platform go down to an elevated crossunder, where a shorter staircase on the Queens-bound side leads to the station house's waiting area. Outside the turnstile bank, there is a token booth and two staircases going down to either western corners of Myrtle Avenue and Broadway.

The 1999 artwork here is called Jammin' Under the El by Verna Hart. It consists of stained glass windows on the platforms' sign structures as well as the station house depicting various scenes related to music.

Upper level[edit]

The upper level station ("Broadway" on signage) opened on April 27, 1889, and created a transfer opportunity to the BMT Jamaica Line. The previous station located nearby at Stuyvesant Avenue was then closed. The upper level station contained two tracks and an island platform, with stairs to both of the existing platforms on the lower level. The Myrtle Avenue upper level was extended to Wyckoff Avenue on July 21, 1889.[4] The BMT Myrtle Avenue Line from Broadway to Bridge–Jay Streets closed on October 4, 1969.



  1. ^ a b This is a wrong-way concurrency in railroad direction.
  2. ^ This track is used by J Z trains in the peak direction during rush hours, with the next Jamaica-bound stop being a skip-stop local station, and by M trains during late nights.


  1. ^ "Facts and Figures: Annual Subway Ridership". New York City Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Retrieved 2014-03-28. 
  2. ^ BMT Nassau St./Jamaica Line: Myrtle Avenue at; see photos on that page.
  3. ^ Video on YouTube
  4. ^ "Lost the Second Game". Brooklyn Daily Eagle (Brooklyn, NY). July 21, 1889. p. 2. 

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