Broadway (BMT Astoria Line)

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Temporarily closed New York City Subway station
NYCS BMT Astoria Broadway.jpg
Station statistics
Address Broadway & 31st Street
Astoria, NY 11106
Borough Queens
Locale Astoria
Coordinates 40°45′43″N 73°55′31″W / 40.761951°N 73.925414°W / 40.761951; -73.925414Coordinates: 40°45′43″N 73°55′31″W / 40.761951°N 73.925414°W / 40.761951; -73.925414
Division B (BMT)
Line BMT Astoria Line
Services none
Transit connections Bus transport MTA Bus: Q102, Q104
Structure Elevated
Platforms 2 side platforms
Tracks 3 (2 in regular service)
Other information
Opened February 1, 1917; 101 years ago (1917-02-01)
Closed July 2, 2018; 42 days ago (2018-07-02) (reconstruction)
Rebuilt February 2019; 6 months' time (2019-02)
Station code 004[1]
Passengers (2017) 4,060,805[2]Decrease 3.1%
Rank 121 out of 425
Station succession
Next north 30th Avenue: no regular service
Next south 36th Avenue: no regular service

Broadway is a local station on the BMT Astoria Line of the New York City Subway. Located above 31st Street at Broadway in Astoria, Queens, it is closed for renovations until February 2019. Under normal service patterns, the station is served by the N train at all times, as well as by the W train on weekdays.


This station opened on February 1, 1917, along with the rest of the Astoria Line, which was originally part of the IRT, as a spur off the IRT Queensboro Line, now the IRT Flushing Line. Trains ran between Grand Central and Astoria.[3][4] On July 23, 1917, the Queensboro Bridge spur of the elevated IRT Second Avenue Line opened. At that time, all elevated trains to Queensboro Plaza used the Astoria Line while all subway trains used the Corona Line, though this was later changed with trains alternating between branches.[4][5] This station started to be served by BMT shuttles using elevated cars on April 8, 1923.[6]

On October 17, 1949, the Astoria Line became BMT-only as the tracks at Queensboro Plaza were consolidated and the the platforms on the Astoria Line were shaved back to allow through BMT trains to operate on it. Service was initially provied by the Brighton Local (BMT 1) weekdays & Broadway - Fourth Avenue Local (BMT 2) at all times.[7]

Station renovations[edit]

The platforms at this station, along with six others on the Astoria Line, were lengthened to 610 feet (190 m) to accommodate ten-car trains in 1950.[8]:23 The project cost $863,000. Signals on the line had to be modified to take into account the platform extensions.[9]:633, 729

Under the 2015–2019 MTA Capital Plan, this station, along with 32 others, will undergo a complete overhaul as part of the Enhanced Station Initiative. Updates would include cellular service, Wi-Fi, USB charging stations, interactive service advisories and maps, improved signage, and improved station lighting.[10][11] The award for Package 2 of the renovations, which will cover renovations at the 30th Avenue, Broadway, 36th Avenue, and 39th Avenue stations, was awarded on April 14, 2017, to Skanska USA.[12] This station, along with 39th Avenue, closed entirely from July 2, 2018 and will reopen in February 2019.[13] A new street entrance will be added to improve access.[14]

Station layout[edit]

Track layout
Side platform, temporarily closed for construction
Southbound local "N" train "W" train do not stop here (36th Avenue)
Peak-direction express No regular service
Northbound local "N" train "W" train do not stop here (30th Avenue)
Side platform, temporarily closed for construction
M Mezzanine to entrances/exits, station agent, MetroCard vending machines
G Street Level Entrances/Exits

This station has two side platforms and three tracks. The center track is not used in revenue service, but it had been used regularly as recently as 2002.[15] The station contains wooden canopies with transite and wooden mezzanines, but only the southbound platform has windscreens.[16] The station has a narrow crossover in its mezzanine that allows for passengers to change their direction of travel at the station.[17]


The mezzanine is configured like 30th Avenue. Outside of fare control, street stairs descend to all corners of Broadway and 31st Street except the northeast one.[18][19] A temporary exit-only from the northbound platform descends to the east side of 31st Street between Broadway and 34th Avenue.[20]


  1. ^ "Station Developers' Information". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Retrieved June 13, 2017. 
  2. ^ "Facts and Figures: Annual Subway Ridership 2012–2017". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. July 12, 2018. Retrieved July 12, 2018. 
  3. ^ "First Train Runs On Elevated Line to Astoria Section". Brooklyn Daily Eagle. February 1, 1917. Retrieved June 29, 2015 – via 
  4. ^ a b Annual report. 1916-1917. New York: Interborough Rapid Transit Company. 1917. 
  5. ^ "Subway Link Over Queensboro Bridge". The New York Times. July 22, 1917. p. 31. Retrieved December 18, 2011. 
  6. ^ "Additional Subway Service to Borough of Queens". The New York Times. April 8, 1923. p. RE1. Retrieved December 18, 2011. 
  7. ^ "Direct Subway Runs to Flushing, Astoria". The New York Times. October 15, 1949. p. 17. Retrieved December 18, 2011. 
  8. ^ Association, General Contractors (1950). Bulletin. 
  9. ^ Transportation, New York (N Y. ) Board of (1950). Proceedings ... 
  10. ^ "MTA Will Completely Close 30 Subway Stations For Months-Long "Revamp"". Gothamist. Archived from the original on August 1, 2016. Retrieved July 18, 2016. 
  11. ^ "MTAStations" (PDF). Government of the State of New York. Retrieved July 18, 2016. 
  12. ^ "Capital Program Oversight Committee Meeting" (PDF). Metropolitan Transportation Authority. April 2017. p. 17. Retrieved April 24, 2017. 
  13. ^ "Broadway and 39 Av stations will temporarily close for extensive renovation All times beginning 5 AM, July 2, until February 2019". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. June 2018. Retrieved June 18, 2018. 
  14. ^ "Broadway & 39 Av NW Stations to Undergo Extensive Repairs & Renovations". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. June 8, 2018. Retrieved June 8, 2018. 
  15. ^ Dougherty, Peter (2006) [2002]. Tracks of the New York City Subway 2006 (3rd ed.). Dougherty. OCLC 49777633 – via Google Books. 
  16. ^ Cox, Jeremiah (May 26, 2010). "Looking across to the narrow end of the windscreened Manhattan-bound platform". Retrieved August 8, 2017. 
  17. ^ Cox, Jeremiah (May 26, 2010). "Approaching the turnstiles from the Astoria-bound side, notice the sign for the narrow fenced in passageway to crossunder and change direction". Retrieved August 8, 2017. 
  18. ^ "MTA Neighborhood Maps: Astoria" (PDF). Metropolitan Transportation Authority. 2015. Retrieved September 27, 2015. 
  19. ^ Cox, Jeremiah (August 5, 2009). "A street level view of Broadway Station". Retrieved August 8, 2017. 
  20. ^ "Capital Program Oversight Committee Meeting" (PDF). Metropolitan Transportation Authority. November 13, 2017. p. 25. Retrieved November 19, 2017. 

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