Kings Highway (BMT Brighton Line)

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This article is about the New York City Subway station in Brooklyn at East 16th Street. For other stations of the same name, see Kings Highway (New York City Subway).
Kings Highway
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New York City Subway rapid transit station
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Station statistics
Address Kings Highway & East 16th Street
Brooklyn, NY 11229
Borough Brooklyn
Locale Midwood, Sheepshead Bay
Coordinates 40°36′33″N 73°57′32″W / 40.609229°N 73.95884°W / 40.609229; -73.95884Coordinates: 40°36′33″N 73°57′32″W / 40.609229°N 73.95884°W / 40.609229; -73.95884
Division B (BMT)
Line BMT Brighton Line
Services       B weekdays until 11:00 p.m. (weekdays until 11:00 p.m.)
      Q all times (all times)
Transit connections Bus transport NYCT Bus: B2, B7, B31, B82
Bus transport MTA Bus: B100
Structure Embankment
Platforms 2 island platforms
cross-platform interchange
Tracks 4
Other information
Opened original station: July 2, 1878; 138 years ago (1878-07-02)
Rebuilt current station: 1908; 109 years ago (1908)
Accessible This station is compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990
Passengers (2015) 5,905,481[1]Increase 3.7%
Rank 74 out of 425
Station succession
Next north Avenue M (local): Q all times
Newkirk Plaza (express): B weekdays until 11:00 p.m.
Next south Avenue U (local): Q all times
Sheepshead Bay (express): B weekdays until 11:00 p.m.

Next adjacent station compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 north Prospect Park: B weekdays until 11:00 p.m. Q all times
Next adjacent station compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 south Coney Island–Stillwell Avenue: Q all times

Kings Highway is an express station on the BMT Brighton Line of the New York City Subway. Served by the Q train at all times and by the B on weekdays, it is located at Kings Highway between East 15th and East 16th Streets on the border of Midwood and Sheepshead Bay neighborhoods of Brooklyn.

Station layout[edit]

Track layout
to Newkirk Plz
to Av M
to Av U
to Sheepshead Bay
The southbound platform in February 2014, after the reconstruction project.
2F Northbound local NYCS-bull-trans-Q.svg toward 96th Street (Avenue M)
Island platform, doors will open on left, right Handicapped/disabled access
Northbound express NYCS-bull-trans-B.svg toward 145th Street (Bedford Park Boulevard rush hours), weekdays (Newkirk Plaza)
Southbound express NYCS-bull-trans-B.svg toward Brighton Beach weekdays (Sheepshead Bay)
Island platform, doors will open on left, right Handicapped/disabled access
Southbound local NYCS-bull-trans-Q.svg toward Coney Island–Stillwell Avenue (Avenue U)
G Street Level Entrances/Exits
Station house to entrances/exits, station agent, MetroCard vending machines
Handicapped/disabled access (Elevators inside station house on north side of Kings Highway between 15th and 16th Streets)

This station has four tracks and two island platforms.[2] The two platforms are offset from each other, with the northbound platform located roughly 75 feet further north than the southbound platform. It has three fare control areas at street level—two to Kings Highway/East 16th Street and one to Quentin Road/East 16th Street. The two mezzanines at Kings Highway, located directly underneath the subway embankment, were constructed in the original BMT format, but fully renovated in the 1980s, during which two identical sets of porcelain enamel artwork (Kings Highway Hieroglyphs by Rhoda Andors) were installed, one set in each mezzanine.

South of Kings Highway are diamond crossover switches that allow trains to switch from the local tracks to the express ones, and vice versa. Before Brighton signal replacement during the 1990s, a switch tower was in operation about 150 feet south of the station, facing the southbound local track; this tower has been abandoned, and control of the switches has passed to a master tower at DeKalb Avenue. During the signal replacement, a new signal electrical tower was installed over the express tracks at the south end of the station.[2]

This station underwent reconstruction from 2009–2011, which included installation of ADA-accessible elevators to the full-time fare control area and rebuilding of the platforms and station houses. A temporary platform was used to provide service that would normally stop at the closed platform.


The entrance on the south side is normally the full-time entrance/exit, containing a turnstile bank, token booth, two staircases to each platform, and one exit-only turnstile from the Coney Island-bound platform. The one on the north is HEET access only, containing three turnstiles, a staircase to each platform and its MetroCard Vending Machines were installed on the sidewalk.[3]

The part-time Quentin Road station house, located to the east of the embankment, has a turnstile bank, part-time booth, and two staircases to each platform. It was built after the station's opening to accommodate growing passenger flow as evidenced by its newer-style tiling and signage. Platform extensions are clearly present at the north end of the station. It has a token booth, turnstile bank, and two staircases to each platform with the southbound side requiring a short walk.[3]



  1. ^ "Facts and Figures: Annual Subway Ridership". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Retrieved 2016-04-19. 
  2. ^ a b Marrero, Robert (2017-01-01). "472 Stations, 850 Miles" (PDF). B24 Blog, via Dropbox. Retrieved 2015-10-09. 
  3. ^ a b "MTA Neighborhood Maps: Midwood" (PDF). Metropolitan Transportation Authority. 2015. Retrieved 2 August 2015. 

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