Broad Street station (BMT Nassau Street Line)

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 Broad Street
 "J" train"Z" train
MTA NYC logo.svg New York City Subway station (rapid transit)
Broad Street (J-Z platform)v2.JPG
Southbound/terminating platform
Station statistics
AddressBroad Street & Wall Street
New York, NY 10005
LocaleFinancial District
Coordinates40°42′25″N 74°00′39″W / 40.707059°N 74.01073°W / 40.707059; -74.01073Coordinates: 40°42′25″N 74°00′39″W / 40.707059°N 74.01073°W / 40.707059; -74.01073
DivisionB (BMT)
Line      BMT Nassau Street Line
Services      J all times (all times)
      Z rush hours, peak direction (rush hours, peak direction)
Transit connectionsFerry transportation Staten Island Ferry at Whitehall Terminal
Platforms2 side platforms
Other information
OpenedMay 29, 1931; 88 years ago (1931-05-29)[1]
Station code107[2]
Accessiblenot ADA-accessible; accessibility planned
OMNY acceptedNo
Opposite-direction transfer availableYes
Passengers (2018)1,967,616[3]Decrease 4.3%
Rank242 out of 424
Station succession
Next northFulton Street: J all timesZ rush hours, peak direction
Next south(Terminal): J all timesZ rush hours, peak direction
Court Street: no regular service

Broad Street is a station on the BMT Nassau Street Line of the New York City Subway located at the intersection of Broad and Wall Streets in the Financial District of Manhattan. It serves as the southern terminal for J trains at all times, and Z trains during rush hours in the peak direction.


Track layout

On March 19, 1913, the Brooklyn Rapid Transit Company (later reorganized as the Brooklyn–Manhattan Transit Corporation, or BMT) and the city signed Contract 4 of the Dual Contracts, which provided for the construction of certain lines. Most of the construction was completed by 1924, but the BMT Nassau Street Line was not yet completed. The BMT chairman Gerhard Dahl was persistent at requesting that the city build the line, but Mayor John Hylan refused to act during his final two years as mayor. Once James Walker succeeded him as mayor, contracts for the project were awarded, with the portion south of Liberty Street being awarded to Moranti and Raymond.[4]

Work was projected to be completed in 39 months, and in March 1929, sixty percent of the work had been finished. Nassau Street is only 34 feet (10 m) wide, and the subway floor was only 20 feet (6.1 m) below building foundations. As a result, 89 buildings had to be underpinned to ensure that they would stay on their foundations. Construction had to be done 20 feet below the active IRT Lexington Avenue Line. An area filled with quicksand with water, that used to belong to a spring, was found between John Street and Broad Street. Construction was done at night so as to not disturb workers in the Financial District. The whole cost of the construction of the line was $10,072,000 for the 0.9 miles (1.4 km) extension, or $2,068 a foot, which was three times the normal cost of construction at the time.[4]

The Broad Street station opened on May 29, 1930, to complete the BMT Nassau Street Line, or "Nassau Street Loop", from its previous terminus at Chambers Street through this station and to a connection to the Montague Street Tunnel, which allowed trains to run to Brooklyn.[5] The line's completion allowed subway trains to operate via the Culver Line, whose operation used to consist of elevated trains that ran to Ninth Avenue, where transfers were made to West End subway trains. The new line provided an additional ten percent capacity more than the existing service through DeKalb Avenue. Service on the Jamaica Line was extended to operate to this station.[6]

Grecian revival tablet and frieze circa 1996 from original Vickers design

Despite being actually located on Wall Street, this station was named after Broad Street. This was to distinguish it from the two other stations of that name on the Lexington Avenue Line and Broadway–Seventh Avenue Line, located at Wall Street/Broadway and Wall Street/William Street, respectively.[7]

From September 30, 1990 to June 14, 2015, when weekend J service was extended back to Broad Street, this station was closed during weekends,[8][9][9][10][11][12] making Broad Street and the station directly to its north, Fulton Street, two of the four New York City Subway stations that lacked full-time service (the remaining two being the platforms for the IRT 42nd Street Shuttle).

Station layout[edit]

G Street Level Exit/ Entrance
M Mezzanine Fare control, station agent
Out-of-system transfer to Wall Street
Platform level
Side platform, doors will open on the right
Northbound "J" train ("Z" train PM rush hours) toward Jamaica Center–Parsons/Archer (Fulton Street)
Southbound "J" train ("Z" train AM rush hours) termination track →
(No regular service: Court Street)
Side platform, doors will open on the right
A consist of R42 cars in J service at Broad Street

This station has two tracks and two side platforms. South of this station, there are two center stub tracks ending at bumper blocks used for laying-up and relaying trains. Further south, the two tracks of the BMT Nassau Street Line merge with the BMT Broadway Line via a flying junction as it enters the Montague Street Tunnel into Downtown Brooklyn. No regular service has used this connection since the M train was re-routed from the Nassau Street Line to the IND Sixth Avenue Line in June 2010.[13][14]

Trains terminate on the southbound track, then continue to one of the two relay tracks before returning on the northbound track to start northbound service to northern Brooklyn and Queens.[15]

This station was renovated in the late 1990s and a mosaic design was added the platform walls. Beneath a small green and gold trim-line is a larger gold trim-line with a maroon border and white "B" and "BROAD ST" tablets on a blue-green background at regular intervals.[16]


This station has three entrances/exits. The full-time entrance/exit is at the north end above the platforms. Two staircases from each side go up to a mezzanine containing a turnstile bank and station agent's booth. Outside of fare control, two street stairs go up to the southeastern corner of Wall and Broad Streets.[17] Two more street stairs go up to the southwestern corner of the same intersection and lie outside of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE). After the September 11 attacks in 2001, the stair facing away from Wall Street was closed off by the New York City Police Department, which had instituted a security zone around the NYSE.[4][16] In 2012, the stair facing towards Wall Street was closed when the security zone was reorganized.[18] In 2017, the two exits were proposed to be sealed as part of general improvements in that area, but no action was taken.[19] In 2019, the MTA again proposed permanently closing and removing the stairways to allow the NYSE to improve the streetscape just outside the building.[18]

The other two fare entrances/exits are unstaffed and at platform level. The northbound platform has a part-time bank of both regular and HEET turnstiles and three street stairs, one to the northeastern corner of Exchange Place and Broad Street, and two along Broad Street between Exchange Place and Beaver Street.[17] The southbound platform has turnstiles that were originally HEET access, but were converted to exit-only following the elimination of through-service at this station. Two staircases to Broad Street between Exchange Place and Beaver Street;[17] a third on the southwestern corner of Exchange Place and Broad Street was closed and sealed. There is another exit-only staircase here leading to the northwestern corner of Broad Street and Exchange Place. It was previously closed by the New York City Police Department as well, but was reopened when security zone was reorganized.[16]

Entrance next to 23 Wall Street, following the restoration of full-time service to the station

Outside of fare control, the station's main entrance/exit has a long passage that is only open weekdays from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. It runs north three blocks to the basement of One Chase Manhattan Plaza, where two sets of doors and a wide staircase lead to an unmarked entrance/exit at the east side of Nassau Street at Cedar Street.[17] The passage also has two closed exits; one led to the northwestern corner of Wall Street and Nassau Street and is now sealed. The other led to the northwestern corner of Cedar Street and Nassau Street, and has since been repurposed into an emergency exit. Halfway through the passage, a short staircase from the west side leads up to a narrower passageway that runs through the basement of the Equitable Building before two offset High Entrance/Exit Turnstiles provide entrance to Wall Street on the IRT Lexington Avenue Line[17] Inside fare control, the passage splits in half with each branch leading to either side platform of Wall Street. Free connections between the BMT Nassau Street Line and IRT Lexington Avenue Line are available at the next three stations north (Fulton Street, Chambers Street, and Canal Street).[20]

Proposed elevators[edit]

A proposed new skyscraper at 45 Broad Street will provisionally include an entrance to the station that contains elevators, making the station compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.[21] The plans call for two elevators, one for each platform, at the northeastern and southwestern corners of Broad Street and Exchange Place.[22] The New York City Council approved the construction of the elevators in July 2018, and granted the developers 71,391 additional square feet in zoning rights in exchange for building the elevators.[23]

Residents and tenants of 15 and 30 Broad Street opposed construction of glass-and-metal elevators, citing they posed a risk for terrorist attacks. The two buildings hired a security consultant who determined they are a terrorist risk. However, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority hired its own security consultant who found they would not make the area more prone to terrorist attacks. Regular riders at the Broad Street station also advocated for the elevators because only five of the 30 stations served by the J and Z trains are currently wheelchair-accessible, two each in Brooklyn and Queens and one (Fulton Street) was in Manhattan.[24]

Lower Manhattan transit
Brooklyn Bridge–City Hall  4  5  (  6 )
 1  2  3  Chambers Street
Chambers Street  J  Z 
 A  C  (  E ) Chambers Street–WTC
City Hall  R  W 
 2  3  Park Place
Cortlandt Street  R  W 
Fulton Street  2  3  4  5  A  C  J  Z 
Rector Street  R  W 
 4  5  Wall Street
Wall Street  2  3 
 4  5  Bowling Green
Broad Street (  J  Z )


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