Cortlandt Street (BMT Broadway Line)

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Cortlandt Street
NYCS-bull-trans-N.svg NYCS-bull-trans-R.svg NYCS-bull-trans-W.svg
New York City Subway rapid transit station
Cortlandt Street platform.JPG
Uptown (northbound) platform
Station statistics
Address Cortlandt Street & Church Street
New York, NY 10280
Borough Manhattan
Locale Financial District, World Trade Center
Coordinates 40°42′39″N 74°00′40″W / 40.710735°N 74.011245°W / 40.710735; -74.011245Coordinates: 40°42′39″N 74°00′40″W / 40.710735°N 74.011245°W / 40.710735; -74.011245
Division B (BMT)
Line       BMT Broadway Line
Services       N late nights (late nights)
      R all except late nights (all except late nights)
      W weekdays only (weekdays only)
Transit connections Bus transport New York City Bus: M55, X27, X28
Bus transport MTA Bus: BM1, BM2, BM3, BM4
Port Authority Trans-Hudson PATH: NWK–WTC and HOB–WTC (at World Trade Center)
Structure Underground
Platforms 2 side platforms
Tracks 2
Other information
Opened January 5, 1918; 99 years ago (1918-01-05)[1] (original)
September 15, 2002; 14 years ago (2002-09-15) (first reopening)
Closed September 11, 2001; 15 years ago (2001-09-11) (first closing)
August 20, 2005; 11 years ago (2005-08-20) (second closing)
Rebuilt November 25, 2009; 7 years ago (2009-11-25) (northbound platform)[2]
September 6, 2011; 5 years ago (2011-09-06) (southbound platform)[3][4]
Accessible This station is compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990
Wireless service Wi-Fi and cellular service is provided at this station[5]
Former/other names Cortlandt Street–World Trade Center
Passengers (2015) 2,713,532[6]Increase 80.9%
Rank 185 out of 425
Station succession
Next north City Hall: N late nights R all except late nights W weekdays only
Next south Rector Street: N late nights R all except late nights W weekdays only

Next adjacent station compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 north 14th Street–Union Square: N late nights R all except late nights W weekdays only
Next adjacent station compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 south Jay Street–MetroTech: N late nights R all times
none: W weekdays only

Cortlandt Street is a local station on the BMT Broadway Line of the New York City Subway. Originally opened in 1918, the station is located under Church Street, between Fulton and Cortlandt Streets in the Financial District of Lower Manhattan. It is served by the R train at all times except late nights, when the N train takes over service. The W train also serves this station on weekdays.

Station layout[edit]

Track layout
to City Hall
to Rector St
G Street Level Exit/Entrance
Handicapped/disabled access (Elevator at SW and NE corners of Dey Street and Broadway for southbound and northbound services respectively. Out-of-system transfer made to NYCS-bull-trans-2.svg NYCS-bull-trans-3.svg NYCS-bull-trans-4.svg NYCS-bull-trans-5.svg NYCS-bull-trans-A.svg NYCS-bull-trans-C.svg NYCS-bull-trans-J.svg NYCS-bull-trans-Z.svg services at Fulton Street via Fulton Center)
Platform level
Side platform, doors will open on the right Handicapped/disabled access
Northbound NYCS-bull-trans-R.svg toward Forest Hills–71st Avenue (City Hall)
NYCS-bull-trans-W.svg weekdays (NYCS-bull-trans-N.svg late nights) toward Ditmars Boulevard (City Hall)
Southbound NYCS-bull-trans-R.svg toward Bay Ridge–95th Street (Rector Street)
NYCS-bull-trans-W.svg toward Whitehall Street-South Ferry weekdays (Rector Street)
NYCS-bull-trans-N.svg toward Coney Island–Stillwell Avenue late nights (Rector Street) →
Side platform, doors will open on the right Handicapped/disabled access
B2 Crossunder, Exit/Entrance via Dey Street Passageway

This underground station, opened on January 5, 1918,[1] has two tracks and two side platforms. It is the closest station on the BMT Broadway Line to the World Trade Center, and an exit at the north end once led to the original World Trade Center's lower concourse.


There are three street stair exits, all on the east side of Church Street:[7]

  • NE corner of Church and Dey Streets
  • SE corner of Church and Dey Streets
  • NE corner of Church and Cortlandt Streets

Both platforms are connected to the World Trade Center Transportation Hub via an underpass and to the Fulton Center via the Dey Street Passageway. This station is ADA-accessible via the latter connection.[7] An underground passageway also leads to One Liberty Plaza.[7]

Station work[edit]

New Entrance
Ribbon cutting for the reopening of the southbound platform.


The station was overhauled in the late 1970s, with repairs made to the structural and cosmetic appearance. The original BMT wall tiles were covered over with the MTA's then-standard large rectangular wall tiles, with bolted-on signs replacing the "Cortlandt Street" mosaics in the wall. Lighting was converted from incandescent to fluorescent and staircases and platform edges were repaired. Much of the cosmetic change that came with this renovation was undone in a subsequent 1998–1999 renovation. In addition to "state-of-repair" work and upgrades for ADA accessibility, the station's original 1918 tilework was restored. Other improvements were made to the public address system, directional signage, and concrete trackbeds.

The Dey Street Passageway, outside of the fare control, connects the Fulton Street station complex to the Cortlandt Street station and to the World Trade Center Transportation Hub. It opened on November 10, 2014, while the World Trade Center was still under construction.[8]


The station sustained significant damage during the collapse of the adjacent World Trade Center towers on September 11, 2001. It was closed for repairs, which included removal of debris, fixing structural damage, and restoring the track beds, which had suffered flood damage in the aftermath of the collapse. The station reopened on September 15, 2002.

On August 20, 2005, the station was closed again for installation of the Dey Street Passageway below Dey Street as part of the Fulton Center project. At the same time, the station is to be made ADA-accessible in both directions. Previously, the station was accessible on the southbound side only via the temporary PATH World Trade Center station's elevator. MTA posters and flyers at that time indicated the station would reopen in the spring of 2006, and later by spring of 2007, but neither reopening schedules occurred.[9] The northbound side of the station finally reopened on November 25, 2009.[10][11] The southbound platform reopened on September 6, 2011, while continuing excavation along the Church Street side of the World Trade Center site was being performed.[12][3][4]

Image gallery[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Open New Subway to Times Square". New York Times. 1918-01-06. Retrieved 2007-04-12. 
  2. ^ "Cortlandt Street R/W Subway Station Reopens". New York City Transit Authority. Retrieved 2009-11-26. 
  3. ^ a b "Cortlandt St. R Station Re-Opens". September 6, 2011. Retrieved 2011-09-07. 
  4. ^ a b Fink, Zack (September 6, 2011). "Lower Manhattan Subway Stop Fully Reopened". NY1. Retrieved 2011-09-07. 
  5. ^ "NYC Subway Wireless – Active Stations". Transit Wireless Wifi. Retrieved 2016-05-18.
  6. ^ "Facts and Figures: Annual Subway Ridership". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Retrieved 2016-04-19. 
  7. ^ a b c "MTA Neighborhood Maps: Lower Manhattan" (PDF). Metropolitan Transportation Authority. 2015. Retrieved August 21, 2015. 
  8. ^ "Fulton Street Transit Center, Final Environmental Impact Statement and Section 4(f) Evaluation, Ch. 3, p. 3-21" (PDF). 
  9. ^ "Cortlandt St station remains closed" (PDF). New York City Transit Authority. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2007-09-26. Retrieved 2007-04-12. 
  10. ^ "MTA Chairman Reopens R/W Cortlandt Street Station". NY1 News. Retrieved 25 November 2009. 
  11. ^ "Cortlandt St Northbound Subway Platform Reopens". Lower Manhattan Construction Command Center/LMDC. Retrieved 2009-11-22. 
  12. ^ Fermino, Jennifer (August 3, 2011). "G. Zero station set to reopen". New York Post. Retrieved September 6, 2011. 

External links[edit]

External video
Ten Years Later: MTA Reflects on 9/11, Metropolitan Transportation Authority; September 7, 2011; 4:21 YouTube video clip