Bay Ridge Avenue (BMT Fourth Avenue Line)

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Bay Ridge Avenue
ZZZtemporarily closed for construction
New York City Subway rapid transit station
Bay Ridge Avenue - Uptown Platform.jpg
Manhattan-bound platform
Station statistics
Address Bay Ridge Avenue & Fourth Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11220
Borough Brooklyn
Locale Bay Ridge
Coordinates 40°38′1.24″N 74°1′25.87″W / 40.6336778°N 74.0238528°W / 40.6336778; -74.0238528Coordinates: 40°38′1.24″N 74°1′25.87″W / 40.6336778°N 74.0238528°W / 40.6336778; -74.0238528
Division B (BMT)
Line BMT Fourth Avenue Line
Services ZZZtemporarily closed for construction
Transit connections Bus transport New York City Bus: B9, B63 (on Fifth Avenue), B64, B70
Structure Underground
Platforms 2 side platforms
Tracks 2
Other information
Opened January 15, 1916 (101 years ago) (1916-01-15)[1]
Rebuilt April 29, 2017; 2 months ago (2017-04-29) to October 2017; 3 months' time (2017-10)
Station code [2]
Wireless service Wi-Fi and cellular service is provided at this station[3]
Passengers (2016) 2,622,438[4]Steady 0%
Rank 192 out of 422
Station succession
Next north 59th Street: R all times
Next south 77th Street: R all times

Bay Ridge Avenue is a station on the BMT Fourth Avenue Line of the New York City Subway, located at the intersection of Bay Ridge Avenue and Fourth Avenue in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn. It is temporarily closed from April to October 2017, but under its normal service pattern is served by the R train at all times.[5]


This station opened on January 15, 1916 as part of an extension of the BMT Fourth Avenue Line from 59th Street to 86th Street.[1][6]

Station renovation[edit]

Under the 2015–2019 MTA Capital Plan, the station, along with thirty other New York City Subway stations, will undergo a complete overhaul and would be entirely closed for up to six months. Updates would include cellular service, Wi-Fi, charging stations, improved signage, and improved station lighting.[7][8] From January to May 2016, Grimshaw Architects worked on a design for the station's renovation, with Arup Group acting as a consultant. The award for Package 1 of the renovations, which will cover renovations at the Prospect Avenue, 53rd Street, and Bay Ridge Avenue stations on the BMT Fourth Avenue Line, was awarded on November 30, 2016.[9] The station is closed on April 29, 2017 for these renovations and is expected to reopen in October 2017.[10][11]

Station layout[edit]

Track layout
to 59 St
to 77 St
G Street Level Exit/Entrance
B1 Mezzanine Fare control, station agent
B2 Side platform, not in service
Northbound "R" train does not stop here (59th Street)
Southbound "R" train does not stop here (77th Street)
Side platform, not in service
The 68th Street exit-only staircase

This underground station has two tracks and two side platforms.[12] The station's mezzanine is above the platforms with two staircases leading to each.[13][14] Only the 95th Street-bound platform has columns, except for the extreme ends of the platform, which have no columns.[15] All of the columns are painted blue and are standard I-beams. All columns have "Bay Ridge Av" signs on them.[16]

There is space for an additional trackway under the northbound platform. The station is built on the west side of Fourth Avenue due to plans for a possible extension of the express tracks south of 59th Street.[17] As a result of the possibility of the extension of the express tracks, there is space underneath the northbound platform for an additional trackway at this station for the Bay Ridge-bound express track. This also can be found at 77th Street. Further evidence of the provisions for tracks on the east side of Fourth Avenue can be seen north of this station, where the subway is carried in the lower deck of a bridge (Fourth Avenue) over the LIRR Bay Ridge Branch cut.[18] On this cut it can be seen that the bridge has four trackways of which only the western two are used. The tunnel leading up to each side of the bridge was built for two tracks only.[19][20] Daylight can briefly be seen from the bridge.[21]

This station was overhauled in the late 1970s, which included fixing the station's structure and overall appearance. The original trim lines were replaced with gray and blue cinderblock tiles. The staircases were repaired and new platform edges were installed. The blue cinderblock field contains the station signs and white text pointing to the exits. The landing in the southbound platform's exit-only is the only area in the station that contains the original 1915 trim line with "B.R." tiled on it.[22][23]


From the mezzanine outside of fare control, two staircases lead to either southern corners of Bay Ridge and Fourth Avenues.[24] The 95th Street-bound platform has an additional exit-only near the north end; a single-platform level turnstile leads to a small landing, where a double-flight staircase goes up to the northwest corner of 68th Street and Fourth Avenue.[25][26]


  1. ^ a b "Subway Running To Eighty-Sixth Street Starts Building Boom In Bay Ridge". Brooklyn Daily Eagle. January 15, 1916. Retrieved June 29, 2015 – via 
  2. ^ "Station Developers' Information". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Retrieved June 13, 2017. 
  3. ^ "NYC Subway Wireless – Active Stations". Transit Wireless Wifi. Retrieved 2016-05-18.
  4. ^ "Facts and Figures: Annual Subway Ridership 2011–2016". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. May 31, 2017. Retrieved June 1, 2017. 
  5. ^ "R Train Timetable Subway Timetable January 1, 2017" (PDF). Metropolitan Transportation Authority. January 1, 2017. Retrieved March 26, 2017. 
  6. ^ Senate, New York (State) Legislature (January 1, 1917). Documents of the Senate of the State of New York. 
  7. ^ "MTA Will Completely Close 30 Subway Stations For Months-Long "Revamp"". Gothamist. Retrieved July 18, 2016. 
  8. ^ "MTAStations" (PDF). Government of the State of New York. Retrieved July 18, 2016. 
  9. ^ "Capital Program Oversight Committee Meeting" (PDF). Metropolitan Transportation Authority. November 2016. Retrieved November 27, 2016. 
  10. ^ Spivack, Caroline (January 16, 2017). "Shuttle scuttle: Riders demand extra buses during three subway stations’ closure". Brooklyn Paper. Retrieved January 27, 2017. 
  11. ^ "MTA will close these Brooklyn subway stops to facilitate upgrades". Curbed NY. March 22, 2017. Retrieved March 24, 2017. 
  12. ^ Dougherty, Peter (2006) [2002]. Tracks of the New York City Subway 2006 (3rd ed.). Dougherty. OCLC 49777633 – via Google Books. 
  13. ^ Cox, Jeremiah (June 9, 2009). "Looking towards a boring 1970s cinderblocked wall and the two staircases down to the 95 St-bound platform at Bay Ridge Avenue.". Retrieved March 30, 2017. 
  14. ^ Cox, Jeremiah (June 9, 2009). "Looking across to the Manhattan-bound platform with the two staircases that lead up to the mezzanine at Bay Ridge Avenue visible.". Retrieved March 30, 2017. 
  15. ^ Cox, Jeremiah (June 9, 2009). "Looking across the tracks to the columnless Manhattan-bound platform at Bay Ridge Av". Retrieved March 30, 2017. 
  16. ^ Cox, Jeremiah (June 9, 2009). "A close up of a Bay Ridge Av column sign.". Retrieved March 30, 2017. 
  17. ^ "Brooklyn Subway Extension Plan: Fourth Ave. Line to 86th St., Tunnel to Staten Island, and Eventually a Through Route to Coney Island". The New York Times. February 16, 1912. Retrieved June 28, 2015. 
  18. ^ Video on YouTube
  19. ^ Anastasio, Joe (June 12, 2006). "The Ridge Bridge". LTV Squad. Retrieved March 30, 2017. 
  20. ^ " BMT 4th Avenue Line". Retrieved March 30, 2017. 
  21. ^ "Bay Ridge Bridge". Photobucket. 2006. Retrieved March 30, 2017. 
  22. ^ Cox, Jeremiah (June 9, 2009). "A view of almost all of the trim-line left on the Brooklyn-bound platform, outside of fare control at the 68 Street exit at Bay Ridge Avenue.". Retrieved March 30, 2017. 
  23. ^ Cox, Jeremiah (June 9, 2009). "A close up of the letters BR in the platform's only intact trim area, on the outside area of the High Exit Turnstile exit only exit to 68 St at Bay Ridge Avenue.". Retrieved March 30, 2017. 
  24. ^ Cox, Jeremiah (June 9, 2009). "One of the two entrance staircases to Bay Ridge Avenue, down to the station's small mezzanine area.". Retrieved March 30, 2017. 
  25. ^ Cox, Jeremiah (June 9, 2009). "Approaching the High Exit gate exit to 68 St & 4 Avenue at Bay Ridge Avenue.". Retrieved March 30, 2017. 
  26. ^ "MTA Neighborhood Maps: Bay Ridge" (PDF). Metropolitan Transportation Authority. 2015. Retrieved August 2, 2015. 

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