Bergen Street (IRT Eastern Parkway Line)

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 Bergen Street
 "2" train​​"3" train
MTA NYC logo.svg New York City Subway station (rapid transit)
Bergenirtstair.jpg
Station statistics
AddressBergen Street & Flatbush Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11217
BoroughBrooklyn
LocalePark Slope
Coordinates40°40′51″N 73°58′30″W / 40.680833°N 73.97511°W / 40.680833; -73.97511Coordinates: 40°40′51″N 73°58′30″W / 40.680833°N 73.97511°W / 40.680833; -73.97511
DivisionA (IRT)
LineIRT Eastern Parkway Line
Services      2 all times (all times)
      3 all except late nights (all except late nights)
      4 late nights (late nights)
Transit connectionsBus transport NYCT Bus: B41, B65, B67
StructureUnderground
Platforms2 side platforms
Tracks6
Other information
OpenedOctober 10, 1920 (98 years ago) (1920-10-10)
Station code339[1]
Wireless serviceWi-Fi and cellular service is provided at this station[2]
Traffic
Passengers (2017)1,180,684[3]Decrease 4.1%
Rank331 out of 425
Station succession
Next northAtlantic Avenue–Barclays Center: 2 all times3 all except late nights4 late nights
Next southGrand Army Plaza: 2 all times3 all except late nights4 late nights

Bergen Street is a local station on the IRT Eastern Parkway Line of the New York City Subway, located at Bergen Street and Flatbush Avenue in Park Slope, Brooklyn. It is served by the 2 at all times, the 3 at all times except late nights, and the 4 train during late nights.

History[edit]

The Bergen Street, Grand Army Plaza, and Eastern Parkway–Brooklyn Museum stations opened on October 9, 1920.[4] Service on the IRT Eastern Parkway Line had been extended from Atlantic Avenue to Utica Avenue in August 1920,[5] but the three stations were not ready to open with the rest of the line.[4] This extension was part of an expansion of the subway system known as the Dual Contracts which built not only IRT lines in Brooklyn but also those for the BMT. The BMT Brighton Line was already in use at the time but used trackage that is now part of the Franklin Avenue Shuttle; the opening of the subway line beneath Flatbush Avenue provided a more direct route to Downtown Brooklyn and, eventually, Manhattan.[4][6]

During the 1964–1965 fiscal year, the platforms at Bergen Street, along with those at four other stations on the Eastern Parkway Line, were lengthened to 525 feet to accommodate a ten-car train of 51-foot IRT cars.[7]

Station layout[edit]

Track layout
G Street Level Exit/Entrance
B1 Side platform, doors will open on the right
Northbound local "2" train toward Wakefield–241st Street (Atlantic Avenue–Barclays Center)
"3" train toward Harlem–148th Street ("4" train toward Woodlawn late nights) (Atlantic Avenue–Barclays Center)
Curtain wall
Northbound express "4" train "5" train do not stop here
Northbound Brighton Line "B" train "Q" train do not stop here (Atlantic Avenue–Barclays Center)
Southbound Brighton Line "B" train "Q" train do not stop here (Seventh Avenue)
Southbound express "4" train "5" train do not stop here →
Curtain wall
Southbound local "2" train toward Brooklyn College–Flatbush Avenue (Grand Army Plaza)
"3" train ("4" train late nights) toward New Lots Avenue (Grand Army Plaza)
Side platform, doors will open on the right

The station contains six tracks and two side platforms: the outermost tracks are used by the IRT local trains. To the inside are the IRT express tracks, which slant upward to the inside of the outer local tracks. In between the express tracks are the BMT Brighton Line tracks. Those routes were built at the same time as the tracks at this station as part of the Dual Contracts. A full curtain wall separates the local from the express tracks, though a gap exists in the curtain wall at the end of the station.

Both platforms have their original mosaics. The name tablets read "BERGEN ST." in gold Times New Roman font on a blue background and multi-layered green border. The trim line is green with "B" tablets on them on a blue background at regular intervals. At either ends of both platforms, where they were extended in 1964–1965,[7] there are cinderblock tiles with signs reading "BERGEN ST" in sans serif font on a maroon background.

The platforms only have columns at the fare control areas and they are i-beam columns painted green.

Exits[edit]

Each platform has one same-level fare control area at the center and there are no crossovers or crossunders. The Manhattan-bound platform has the full-time turnstile bank and token booth and two staircases going up to either eastern corners of Bergen Street and Flatbush Avenue. The southbound platform's fare control area is unstaffed, containing a bank of three regular turnstiles, two exit-only turnstiles, and two High Entry/Exit Turnstiles. Outside fare control are two staircases going up to the southwest corner of Flatbush Avenue and Bergen Street and a passageway leading to another staircase going up to the northwest corner.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Station Developers' Information". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Retrieved June 13, 2017.
  2. ^ "NYC Subway Wireless – Active Stations". Transit Wireless Wifi. Retrieved May 18, 2016.
  3. ^ "Facts and Figures: Annual Subway Ridership 2012–2017". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. July 12, 2018. Retrieved July 12, 2018.
  4. ^ a b c "Subway Stations Opened: Last Three in Eastern Parkway Branch of I.R.T. Put Into Service" (PDF). New York Times. October 11, 1920. Retrieved December 20, 2015.
  5. ^ "More Interborough Service for Brooklyn 2 New Lines". pudl.princeton.edu. Interborough Rapid Transit Company. August 23, 1920. Retrieved September 19, 2016.
  6. ^ "IRT Brooklyn Line Opened 90 Years Ago". New York Division Bulletin. New York Division, Electric Railroaders' Association. 53 (9). September 2010. Retrieved August 31, 2016 – via Issuu.
  7. ^ a b Annual Report 1964–1965. New York City Transit Authority. 1965.
  8. ^ "MTA Neighborhood Maps: Park Slope/Prospect Park" (PDF). mta.info. Metropolitan Transportation Authority. 2015. Retrieved 2 August 2015.

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