Avenue I (IND Culver Line)

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Avenue I
"F" train
New York City Subway rapid transit station
Avenue I NYC Subway Station by David Shankbone.JPG
Station statistics
Address Avenue I & McDonald Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11230
Borough Brooklyn
Locale Midwood
Coordinates 40°37′33.32″N 73°58′34.39″W / 40.6259222°N 73.9762194°W / 40.6259222; -73.9762194Coordinates: 40°37′33.32″N 73°58′34.39″W / 40.6259222°N 73.9762194°W / 40.6259222; -73.9762194
Division B (IND, formerly BMT)
Line IND Culver Line
Services       F all times (all times)
Transit connections Bus transport NYCT Bus: B11[1][2]
Structure Elevated
Platforms 2 side platforms
Tracks 3 (2 in regular service)
Other information
Opened March 16, 1919 (98 years ago) (1919-03-16)
Former/other names Parkville
Passengers (2015) 672,710[3]Decrease 3.4%
Rank 394 out of 422
Station succession
Next north 18th Avenue: F all times (no northbound service due to construction)
Next south Bay Parkway: F all times

Avenue I is a local station on the IND Culver Line of the New York City Subway. Located at the intersection of Avenue I and McDonald Avenue in Midwood, Brooklyn,[4] it is served by the F at all times.[5]


Track layout
to 18 Av
to Bay Pkwy

This station opened at 3:00 a.m. on March 16, 1919 as part of the opening of the first section of the BMT Culver Line. The initial section began at the Ninth Avenue station and ended at the Kings Highway station.[6][7] The line was operated as a branch of the Fifth Avenue Elevated line, with a free transfer at Ninth Avenue to the West End Line into the Fourth Avenue Subway. The opening of the line resulted in reduced travel times between Manhattan and Kings Highway. Construction on the line began in 1915, and cost a total of $3,300,000.[8][9][10][11] Trains from this station began using the Fourth Avenue Subway to the Nassau Street Loop in Lower Manhattan when that line opened on May 30, 1931;[12] the Fifth Avenue Elevated was closed on May 31, 1940 and elevated service ceased stopping here.[13][14] On October 30, 1954,[15][16] the connection between the IND Brooklyn Line at Church Avenue and the BMT Culver Line at Ditmas Avenue opened. With the connection completed, all service at the stations on the former BMT Culver Line, including this one, were from then on served by IND trains.[17]

From June 1968[18] to 1987, express service on the elevated portion of the line from Church Avenue to Kings Highway operated in the peak direction (to Manhattan AM; to Brooklyn PM), with some F trains running local and some running express. This station was one of the skipped local stations.[19][20] Express service ended in 1987, largely due to budget constraints and complaints from passengers at local stations. Express service on the elevated Culver Line was ended due to necessary structural work, but never restored.[19][20][21][22]

Station layout[edit]

Platform level
Side platform, not in service
Northbound local No service (18th Avenue)
Peak-direction express "F" train does not stop here
Southbound local "F" train toward Coney Island–Stillwell Avenue (Bay Parkway)
Side platform, doors will open on the right
M Mezzanine to entrances/exits, station agent, MetroCard vending machines
G Street Level Entrances/Exits
Western stair

This station has two side platforms and three tracks with the middle track normally unused.[23][24][25] The two platforms have beige windscreens and green canopies that run for nearly the entire length. The north end contains black waist-level fences only.[26]

From June 7, 2016, to May 1, 2017, the southbound platform at this station was closed for renovations.[27][28] The Manhattan-bound platform will be closed from May 22, 2017 to early 2018.[29][30]


This station has two entrances with the full-time one at the north end. From each platform, one staircase leads down to an elevated stationhouse beneath the tracks, where a bank of turnstiles and token booth is present. Outside fare control are two street stairs to the two northern corners Avenue I and McDonald Avenue.[4][26]

At the south end of the station are unstaffed exits leading to Avenue J.[4] From each platform, a single staircase goes down to a short landing outside of a sealed mezzanine where a full-height turnstile and emergency gate provide exit from the system. Another staircase then goes down to the street. The Coney Island-bound side is exit-only while the Manhattan-bound side is HEET turnstile access. The mezzanine, now used as a station facility, once had a booth.[26]


  1. ^ B11 bus schedule MTA Regional Bus Operations.
  2. ^ "Brooklyn Bus Map" (PDF). mta.info. Metropolitan Transportation Authority. March 2016. Retrieved October 9, 2016. 
  3. ^ "Facts and Figures: Annual Subway Ridership". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Retrieved April 19, 2016. 
  4. ^ a b c "MTA Neighborhood Maps: Borough Park" (PDF). mta.info. Metropolitan Transportation Authority. 2015. Retrieved January 1, 2017. 
  5. ^ "F Subway Timetable, Effective November 7, 2016" (PDF). New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Retrieved December 28, 2016. 
  6. ^ Legislative Documents. J.B. Lyon Company. January 1, 1920. 
  7. ^ Eisenstadt, Peter R.; Moss, Laura-Eve (January 1, 2005). The Encyclopedia of New York State. Syracuse University Press. ISBN 9780815608080. 
  8. ^ "B.R.T. Will Open Culver Line Elevated Road as Far as Kings Highway on Sunday Next". Retrieved October 9, 2016. 
  9. ^ "CULVER LINE OPEN TODAY.; Time of First Train on Elevated Set for 3 A. M.". Retrieved October 9, 2016. 
  10. ^ Frederick J. H. Kracke, Public Service Commissioner, New York Times, New Rapid Transit Link in Operation, March 16, 1919, page 106
  11. ^ New York Times, Culver Elevated Opens, March 17, 1919, page 21
  12. ^ New York Times, Nassau St. Service Outlined by B. M. T., May 21, 1931, page 29
  13. ^ Chiasson, George (May 2010). "A History of the F (and V) Train Service". New York Division Bulletin. Electric Railroaders' Association. 53 (5): 1, 4. 
  14. ^ New York Times, Last Train is Run on Fulton St. 'El', June 1, 1940, page 11
  15. ^ Chiasson, George (May 2010). "A History of the F (and V) Train Service". New York Division Bulletin. Electric Railroaders' Association. 53 (5): 1, 4. 
  16. ^ Culver Line Ceremonies
  17. ^ New York Times, Adequate Transit Promised for City, October 29, 1954, page 25
  18. ^ "'F' Line Rush-Hour Service Will Be Added in Brooklyn". The New York Times. June 8, 1969. Retrieved August 26, 2016. 
  19. ^ a b "Review of F Line Operations, Ridership, and Infrastructure" (PDF). nysenate.gov. MTA New York City Transit Authority. October 7, 2009. Archived from the original (PDF) on May 31, 2010. Retrieved July 28, 2015. 
  20. ^ a b "Feasibility and Analysis of F Express Service in Brooklyn" (PDF). Metropolitan Transportation Authority. May 2016. Retrieved June 24, 2016. 
  21. ^ Gerberer, Raanan (March 6, 2013). "LIGHT AT END OF TUNNEL: F Train Express may return". brooklyneagle.com. Brooklyn Eagle. Retrieved July 28, 2015. 
  22. ^ Umanov, Ben (September 22, 2014). "F Train Express Service Might be Coming Back to Brooklyn". gowanusyourfaceoff.com. Gowanus Your Face OFf. Retrieved July 28, 2015. 
  23. ^ Dougherty, Peter (2006) [2002]. Tracks of the New York City Subway 2006 (3rd ed.). Dougherty. OCLC 49777633 – via Google Books. 
  24. ^ Marrero, Robert (January 1, 2017). "472 Stations, 850 Miles" (PDF). B24 Blog, via Dropbox. Retrieved October 9, 2015. 
  25. ^ "Feasibility and Analysis of F Express Service in Brooklyn" (PDF). Metropolitan Transportation Authority. May 2016. Retrieved June 24, 2016. 
  26. ^ a b c Cox, Jeremiah. "Avenue I (F) - The SubwayNut". www.subwaynut.com. Retrieved October 9, 2016. 
  27. ^ "Feasibility and Analysis of F Express Service in Brooklyn" (PDF). Metropolitan Transportation Authority. May 2016. Retrieved June 24, 2016. 
  28. ^ "Coney Island-bound F subway trains will not stop at Avenue I, Bay Pkwy, Avenue N, Avenue P, Avenue U, and Avenue X until early 2017". web.mta.info. Metropolitan Transportation Authority. 2016. Archived from the original on May 27, 2016. Retrieved October 9, 2016. 
  29. ^ "New York City Subway Map" (PDF). mta.info. Metropolitan Transportation Authority. May 1, 2017. Archived from the original (PDF) on May 10, 2017. Retrieved May 2, 2017. 
  30. ^ "$140 Million Culver F subway Line Station Renewal Project Begins Next Phase". web.mta.info. Metropolitan Transportation Authority. May 18, 2017. Retrieved May 18, 2017. 

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