86th Street (BMT Fourth Avenue Line)

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86th Street
"R" train
New York City Subway rapid transit station
86th Street - Platform.jpg
Station platform
Station statistics
Address 86th Street & Fourth Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11209
Borough Brooklyn
Locale Bay Ridge
Coordinates 40°37′21.7″N 74°1′42.18″W / 40.622694°N 74.0283833°W / 40.622694; -74.0283833Coordinates: 40°37′21.7″N 74°1′42.18″W / 40.622694°N 74.0283833°W / 40.622694; -74.0283833
Division B (BMT)
Line BMT Fourth Avenue Line
Services       R all times (all times)
Transit connections Bus transport New York City Bus: B1, B16, B63 (on Fifth Avenue), S53, S79 SBS, S93
Structure Underground
Platforms 1 island platform
Tracks 2
Other information
Opened January 15, 1916 (101 years ago) (1916-01-15)[1]
Station code 038[3]
Accessible not ADA-accessible; accessibility planned
Wireless service Wi-Fi and cellular service is provided at this station[4]
Former/other names 86th Street - Bay Ridge[2]
Passengers (2016) 3,752,400[5]Increase 0.1%
Rank 138 out of 422
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.

Station layout[edit]

Track layout
to 77 St
to 95 St
G Street Level Exit/Entrance
B1 Mezzanine Fare control, station agent
B2 Northbound "R" train toward Forest Hills–71st Avenue (Whitehall Street late nights) (77th Street)
Island platform, doors will open on the left
Southbound "R" train toward Bay Ridge–95th Street (Terminus)

This underground station, opened on January 15, 1916,[1][6] was the original terminal for the BMT Fourth Avenue Line until Bay Ridge–95th Street opened on October 25, 1925.[7] It has two tracks and a single island platform.[8]

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.

Stairs at the SE corner of 86th Street & 4th Avenue

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.[8] The additional two tracks would be built on the eastern side of Fourth Avenue.[1][9][10] There are also large portions of the mezzanines that are now used for employees only.[9]


This station has two entrances/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.[11]

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.[12]


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.[12][13][14][15][16]

Future plans call for the addition of elevators to the platform and street, which would make the station fully compliant with accessibility guidelines under the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.[17]

Bus stop[edit]

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 to Staten Island.[2][11][18][19]

Bus stop location Route Terminus[18][19]
86th Street
at 4th Avenue
SE corner
B1 Manhattan Beach
Oriental Boulevard and Mackenzie Street
B16 Prospect Lefferts Gardens
Prospect Park Subway Station
86th Street
at 4th Avenue
NW corner
B16 Fort Hamilton
4th Avenue and Shore Road
4th Avenue
at 87th Street
NW corner
S53 Port Richmond
Port Richmond Terminal
Port Richmond Avenue and Richmond Terrace
S93 College of Staten Island
Administrative buildings
4th Avenue
at 86th Street
SE corner
S79 SBS Staten Island Mall
Marsh Avenue south of Ring Road[2]


  1. ^ a b c "Subway Running To Eighty-Sixth Street Starts Building Boom In Bay Ridge". Brooklyn Daily Eagle. January 15, 1916. Retrieved 29 June 2015 – via Newspapers.com. 
  2. ^ a b c "Select Bus Service has arrived on S79". mta.info. Metropolitan Transportation Authority. September 3, 2012. Retrieved 5 July 2015. 
  3. ^ "Station Developers' Information". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Retrieved June 13, 2017. 
  4. ^ "NYC Subway Wireless – Active Stations". Transit Wireless Wifi. Retrieved 2016-05-18.
  5. ^ "Facts and Figures: Annual Subway Ridership 2011–2016". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. May 31, 2017. Retrieved June 1, 2017. 
  6. ^ Senate, New York (State) Legislature (1917-01-01). Documents of the Senate of the State of New York. 
  7. ^ "Subway Bids Announced: For 95th Street Terminal, Brooklyn, and Corona Yard". nytimes.com. The New York Times. March 1, 1925. Retrieved 28 June 2015. 
  8. ^ a b Dougherty, Peter (2006) [2002]. Tracks of the New York City Subway 2006 (3rd ed.). Dougherty. OCLC 49777633 – via Google Books. 
  9. ^ 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. 
  10. ^ "www.nycsubway.org". www.nycsubway.org. 
  11. ^ a b "MTA Neighborhood Maps: Bay Ridge" (PDF). mta.info. Metropolitan Transportation Authority. 2015. Retrieved 29 June 2015. 
  12. ^ 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. 
  13. ^ 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. 
  14. ^ 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. 
  15. ^ Fink, Homer (March 3, 2011). "Brooklyn Heights Artist Brightens Up Bay Ridge Subway". brooklynheightsblog.com. Brooklyn Heights Blog. Retrieved 5 July 2015. 
  16. ^ "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. 
  17. ^ 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. 
  18. ^ a b "Brooklyn Bus Map" (PDF). Metropolitan Transportation Authority. November 2016. Retrieved July 17, 2017. 
  19. ^ a b "Staten Island Bus Map" (PDF). Metropolitan Transportation Authority. December 2016. Retrieved July 17, 2017. 

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