Bedford Avenue (BMT Canarsie Line)

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Bedford Avenue
"L" train
New York City Subway rapid transit station
NYCS BMT Canarsie Bedford.jpg
Station platform
Station statistics
Address Bedford Avenue & North Seventh Street
Brooklyn, NY 11211
Borough Brooklyn
Locale Williamsburg
Coordinates 40°43′04″N 73°57′27″W / 40.71772°N 73.95756°W / 40.71772; -73.95756Coordinates: 40°43′04″N 73°57′27″W / 40.71772°N 73.95756°W / 40.71772; -73.95756
Division B (BMT)
Line       BMT Canarsie Line
Services       L all times (all times)
Transit connections Bus transport NYCT Bus: B62
Structure Underground
Platforms 1 island platform
Tracks 2
Other information
Opened June 30, 1924; 92 years ago (1924-06-30)
Rebuilt July 1, 2019; 2 years' time (2019-07-01) to December 31, 2020; 3 years' time (2020-12-31)
Wireless service Wi-Fi and cellular service is provided at this station[1]
Passengers (2016) 9,688,560[2]Increase 3.2%
Rank 31 out of 422
Station succession
Next north First Avenue: L all times
Next south Lorimer Street: L all times

Bedford Avenue is a station on the BMT Canarsie Line of the New York City Subway. Located at the intersection of Bedford Avenue and North Seventh Street in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Williamsburg, it is served by the L train at all times. With an annual total of 9,388,289 passengers for 2015, Bedford Avenue is the busiest subway station in Brooklyn outside of the borough's central business district, as well as the busiest station in Brooklyn served by one subway service.[2]


Track layout
to 1 Av
to Lorimer St
Entrance at the northeastern corner of Bedford Avenue and North Seventh Street

Bedford Avenue opened on June 30, 1924, as part of the initial segment of the underground Canarsie Line that originally stretched from Sixth Avenue station in Manhattan to Montrose Avenue station,[3] built by the Brooklyn–Manhattan Transit Corporation (BMT) under the system of Dual Contracts.[4][5][6]


Bedford Avenue has experienced a surge in ridership along with the recent gentrification of Williamsburg. In the 1970s, the station had a fairly low annual ridership of 1.2 million, amounting to an average of 3,000 entries during weekdays.[7] In 2000, there were 3,783,000 boardings recorded at the station,[8] but after the neighborhood was re-zoned in 2005, the MTA noted even higher ridership. By 2007, ridership had increased over 50%, to 5,776,000 annual passengers.[9] In 2008, Bedford Avenue was used by more than 6 million people, making it the 53rd most-used subway station in New York City and one of the busiest in Brooklyn.[10] In 2016, approximately 9.7 million riders used this station.[2]

Growing passenger numbers along the line, partly influenced by Bedford Avenue station, have made the L train one of the most overcrowded in the system, a fact that has adverse effects on riders.[11] For the first time, Bedford Avenue broke seven million entries in 2010, receiving press for its particularly high weekend passenger volume.[12] Crowding has become such an issue that politicians have called upon the MTA to "create a schedule that is more reflective of ridership patterns."[13]

Station layout[edit]

G Street Level Exit/Entrance
B1 Mezzanine Fare control, station agent
Platform level
Northbound "L" train toward Eighth Avenue (First Avenue)
Island platform, doors will open on the left
Southbound "L" train toward Canarsie – Rockaway Parkway (Lorimer Street)

At platform level, Bedford Avenue utilizes a simple island platform setup with two tracks.[14] Trains to Canarsie use track Q1 with trains to Manhattan using track Q2; the Q- prefix denotes that the track is on the Canarsie Line, but this is only used by MTA officials and not by the general public. Bedford Avenue station has a brown-and-green mosaic pattern with geometric shapes and embellished "B" ornamentations.[14]

In 2019, as part of the wide scope in the rebuilding of the Canarsie Tubes that were damaged during Hurricane Sandy, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority will renovate the Bedford Avenue station. At the Bedford Avenue entrance, two new street-level stairways will be built, platform stair capacity would be increased, the mezzanine would be expanded, turnstiles would be added, and new elevators would be built. At the Driggs Avenue entrance, two new street-level stairways would be added, the mezzanine area would be redesigned with additional turnstiles installed, and a new platform stairway would be built.[15]


Street stair

There are two sets of entrance and exit points. The western exits are one stair each to the southern and eastern corners of Bedford Avenue and North 7th Street and contains a 24-hour booth. The eastern exits are one stair each to the southern and eastern corners of North 7th Street and Driggs Avenue.[16]

In popular culture[edit]

In the Netflix TV series Marvel's Daredevil, a scene in "Into the Ring" has Foggy Nelson meet with Sgt. Brett Mahoney outside the entrances to Bedford Avenue, with the signage on the stairwell altered to dress it up as 50th Street on the IND Eighth Avenue Line.


  1. ^ "NYC Subway Wireless – Active Stations". Transit Wireless Wifi. Retrieved 2016-05-18.
  2. ^ a b c "Facts and Figures: Annual Subway Ridership 2011–2016". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. May 31, 2017. Retrieved June 1, 2017. 
  3. ^ Celebrate Opening of Subway Link, New York Times July 1, 1924 page 23
  4. ^ — The Dual System of Rapid Transit (1912)
  5. ^ "Celebrate Opening of Subway Link". The New York Times. July 1, 1924. Retrieved February 13, 2010. 
  6. ^ "Subway Tunnel Through". The New York Times. August 8, 1919. Retrieved February 28, 2010. 
  7. ^ "Spark It Up". Frumination. May 7, 2009. Archived from the original on October 18, 2011. Retrieved July 27, 2016. 
  8. ^ 1904-2006 ridership figures Metropolitan Transportation Authority Retrieved 2009-08-07
  9. ^ "2007 ridership by subway station". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Archived from the original on 29 May 2009. Retrieved 2009-05-07. 
  10. ^ "2008 subway ridership". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Archived from the original on 12 May 2009. Retrieved 2009-05-07. 
  11. ^ ‘L’ is for Likeable, Say Straphangers Brooklyn Eagle Retrieved 2009-08-07
  12. ^ Grynbaum, Michael M. (2011-07-10). "With weekends not sleepy anymore, subway faces a test". New York Times. Archived from the original on July 16, 2011. Retrieved 2011-08-22. 
  13. ^ "Squadron: "Review weekend ridership on the L, F."". New York Times. Retrieved 2011-08-22. 
  14. ^ a b BMT Canarsie Line: Bedford Avenue NYCSubway Retrieved 2009-08-08
  15. ^ " | Superstorm Sandy: One Year Later". Retrieved 2016-06-05. 
  16. ^ "MTA Neighborhood Maps: Williamsburg & Bedford Stuyvesant" (PDF). Metropolitan Transportation Authority. 2015. Retrieved 20 July 2016. 

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