86th Street (BMT Fourth Avenue Line)

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86th Street
New York City Subway rapid transit station
86th Street - Platform.jpg
Station statistics
Address 86th Street & Fourth Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11209
Borough Brooklyn
Locale Bay Ridge
Coordinates 40°37′21.70″N 74°1′42.18″W / 40.6226944°N 74.0283833°W / 40.6226944; -74.0283833Coordinates: 40°37′21.70″N 74°1′42.18″W / 40.6226944°N 74.0283833°W / 40.6226944; -74.0283833
Division B (BMT)
Line BMT Fourth Avenue Line
Services       R all times (all times)
Structure Underground
Platforms 1 island platform
Tracks 2
Other information
Opened January 15, 1916 (99 years ago) (1916-01-15)[1]
Former/other names 86th Street - Bay Ridge[2]
Passengers (2014) 3,753,132[3]Increase 2.5%
Rank 137 out of 421
Station succession
Next north 77th Street: R all times
Next south Bay Ridge – 95th Street: R all times

86th Street is a station on the BMT Fourth Avenue Line of the New York City Subway, located at 86th Street and Fourth Avenue in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn. It is served by the R train at all times.

This underground station, opened on January 15, 1916,[1] and has two tracks and a single island platform. The platform and mezzanines above have dark green columns, some of which have the standard black station name plate with white lettering. The track walls are currently tiled, formerly black with dark green and brown paint except for a small section at the extreme north end. The platform has several employee-facilities that have a mosaic trim line.

This station has two entrance/exits. The full-time one is at the south end. Two staircases from the platform go up to a mezzanine that has a turnstile bank and bodega within fare control. Outside fare control, there is a token booth and two staircases going up to either southern corners of 86th Street and Fourth Avenue.[4] The station's other fare control area is unstaffed. Two staircases from the platform, one of which is now closed, go up to a mezzanine that has two High Entry/Exit Turnstiles and a single staircase going up to the southwest corner of 85th Street and Fourth Avenue. Both mezzanines have their original mosaic trim line.[5]

The station was originally planned to be a four-track express station. The platform is located between what would be the two southbound tracks as north of this station, the current southbound track swings out around the platform while the northbound one remains straight. The additional two tracks would be built on the eastern side of Fourth Avenue.[1][6][7] There are also large portions of the mezzanines that are now used for employees only.[6]

This station was the original terminal for the BMT Fourth Avenue Line until Bay Ridge – 95th Street opened on October 25, 1925.[8]

In 2007, then-13th District Congressman Vito Fossella and 22nd District State Senator Marty Golden secured funding for an $13.8 million renovation, completed in 2011. The renovation repaired staircases, rebuilt the station's ventilation, and installed new tiling for walls and floors as well as ADA-compliant yellow safety treads along the platform edges. The platform walls were originally tiled, but removed during renovations in the 1970s. The modern renovation restored these tiles, and added an Arts for Transit glass mosaic inspired by the old homes of the Bay Ridge neighborhood.[5][9][10][11][12] Future plans call for the addition of elevators to the platform and street, which would make the station fully ADA-accessible.[13]

The station serves as a bus hub and terminal for several New York City Transit lines, including the S53 local and S93 limited buses and the S79 Select Bus Service all to Staten Island.[2][4][14]

Station layout[edit]

G Street Level Exit/Entrance
B1 Mezzanine Fare control, station agent
B2 Northbound NYCS-bull-trans-R.svg toward Forest Hills – 71st Avenue, (36th Street late nights) (77th Street)
Island platform, doors will open on the left
Southbound NYCS-bull-trans-R.svg toward Bay Ridge – 95th Street (Terminus)



  1. ^ a b c "Subway Running To Eighty-Sixth Street Starts Building Boom In Bay Ridge". http://bklyn.newspapers.com. Brooklyn Daily Eagle. January 15, 1916. Retrieved 29 June 2015. 
  2. ^ a b "Select Bus Service has arrived on S79". mta.info. Metropolitan Transit Authority (New York). September 3, 2012. Retrieved 5 July 2015. 
  3. ^ "Facts and Figures: Annual Subway Ridership". New York: Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Retrieved 2015-04-29. 
  4. ^ a b "MTA Neighborhood Maps: Bay Ridge" (PDF). mta.info. Metropolitan Transportation Authority (New York). 2015. Retrieved 29 June 2015. 
  5. ^ a b Golden, Martin J. (January 25, 2007). "Congressman Fossella And Senator Golden Announce Agreement For Full Renovation Of The 86th Street Subway Station". nysenate.gov. New York State Senate. Retrieved 5 July 2015. 
  6. ^ a b "Brooklyn Subway Extension Plan: Fourth Ave. Line to 86th St., Tunnel to Staten Island, and Eventually a Through Route to Coney Island". nytimes.com. The New York Times. February 16, 1912. Retrieved 28 June 2015. 
  7. ^ "www.nycsubway.org". www.nycsubway.org. 
  8. ^ "Subway Bids Announced: For 95th Street Terminal, Brooklyn, and Corona Yard". nytimes.com. The New York Times. March 1, 1925. Retrieved 28 June 2015. 
  9. ^ Golden, Martin J. (September 23, 2008). "Senator Golden Announces Funding For Repairs At 86th Street Station". nysenate.gov. New York State Senate. Retrieved 5 July 2015. 
  10. ^ Chapman, Ben (March 3, 2011). "Brooklyn artist has heart of glass: Working on mural for subway station". nydailynews.com. Daily News (New York). Retrieved 5 July 2015. 
  11. ^ Fink, Homer (March 3, 2011). "Brooklyn Heights Artist Brightens Up Bay Ridge Subway". brooklynheightsblog.com. Brooklyn Heights Blog. Retrieved 5 July 2015. 
  12. ^ "Brooklyn Subway Station To Undergo $8.5 Million Makeover". ny1.com. NY1. January 26, 2007. Archived from the original on 2007-10-10. Retrieved 7 July 2015. 
  13. ^ Katinas, Paula (February 25, 2013). "Subway riders form alliance to fight for better service in Bay Ridge". brooklyneagle.com. Brooklyn Eagle. Retrieved 5 July 2015. 
  14. ^ "Brooklyn Bus Map" (PDF). mta.info. Metropolitan Transit Authority (New York). July 2015. Retrieved 5 July 2015. 

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