Kings Highway (IND Culver Line)

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This article is about the New York City Subway station in Brooklyn at McDonald Avenue. For other stations of the same name, see Kings Highway (New York City Subway).
Kings Highway
New York City Subway rapid transit station
Kings Hwy NYC Subway Station by David Shankbone.JPG
Station statistics
Address Kings Highway & McDonald Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11223
Borough Brooklyn
Locale Gravesend, Midwood
Coordinates 40°36′11.47″N 73°58′20.44″W / 40.6031861°N 73.9723444°W / 40.6031861; -73.9723444Coordinates: 40°36′11.47″N 73°58′20.44″W / 40.6031861°N 73.9723444°W / 40.6031861; -73.9723444
Division B (IND, formerly BMT)
Line IND Culver Line
Services       F all times (all times)
Transit connections Bus transport NYCT Bus: B82
Structure Elevated
Platforms 2 island platforms
cross-platform interchange
Tracks 3
Other information
Opened March 16, 1919; 98 years ago (1919-03-16)
Passengers (2015) 1,202,640[1]Increase 5.7%
Rank 340 out of 425
Station succession
Next north Avenue P (local): F all times
18th Avenue (express): no regular service
Next south Avenue U: F all times
Neptune Avenue (express): no regular service

Kings Highway is an express station on the IND Culver Line of the New York City Subway. Served by the F train at all times, it is located at Kings Highway and McDonald Avenue in the Gravesend neighborhood of Brooklyn. The center express track is only used during service changes, and construction events. The station is used to short turn some rush-hour trains, however this has been suspended due to ongoing construction.

Station layout[edit]

Track layout
to 18 Av
to Av P
to Av U
to Neptune Av
Platform level
Northbound local NYCS-bull-trans-F.svg toward Jamaica–179th Street (Avenue P)
Island platform, doors will open on the left
Peak-direction express NYCS-bull-trans-F.svg toward Coney Island–Stillwell Avenue (Neptune Avenue)
NYCS-bull-trans-F.svg termination track (some rush-hour trains) →
Island platform, being renovated until early 2017
Southbound local No regular service (Avenue U)
M Mezzanine to entrances/exits, station agent, MetroCard vending machines
G Street Level Entrances/Exits

The station has three tracks and two island platforms.[2] Each platform contains a green canopy with black roofs that run for the entire length except near the north ends, where a control tower is present on the Coney Island-bound platform.

Trains going to Coney Island (southbound) or Manhattan and Queens (northbound) use the local tracks. The center express track is normally used only during rush hours to short turn trains not going to Stillwell Avenue. There are platform signs informing riders that some rush hour 179th Street-bound trains are available from the center track, however due to construction, all southbound F trains stop on the express track, and the southbound platform is not in service until early 2017.[2]

There are no express stations south of this station. Instead, the center track offers the option of switching to either local tracks. Diamond crossover switches exist between the center and southbound tracks at both ends of the station. Switches exist at both ends of the station allowing northbound trains to switch from the express track to the northbound local track. Additional switches exist between Avenue U and Avenue X (one each from the center track to the northbound and southbound tracks), and south of Avenue X merging into the southbound local track and the yard leads towards the Coney Island Yard.[2] The current track configurations allow trains to terminate and reverse at Kings Highway, but do not allow northbound local trains from Coney Island to run express north of Kings Highway without skipping Avenue U; these switches previously existed,[2][3] but were removed during track rehabilitation projects in the 1990s.[2]

Stations along the three-tracked stretch of the Culver Line, including this station (excluding Ditmas Avenue, which had already been rehabilitated) are being renovated from June 7, 2016 to at least 2017, with the center track being used to bypass the portions of the stations that are under renovation. The entire cost of the station renewal project is $140 million.[4][5]


This station has two entrances with the primary one at the northern end. From each platform, a single staircase goes down to an elevated station-house beneath the tracks. Inside is a token booth and regular turnstile bank. Outside fare control, two staircases go down to either southern corner of McDonald Avenue and Kings Highway.[6]

An un-staffed entrance is at the south end of the station. From each platform, a single staircase goes down to an elevated station-house beneath the tracks. Inside are two HEET turnstiles. Outside of fare control, two staircases go down to either northern corner of McDonald Avenue and Avenue S.[6]


  1. ^ "Facts and Figures: Annual Subway Ridership". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Retrieved April 19, 2016. 
  2. ^ a b c d e "Feasibility and Analysis of F Express Service in Brooklyn" (PDF). Metropolitan Transportation Authority. May 2016. Retrieved June 24, 2016. 
  3. ^ Linder, Bernard; Erlitz, Jeffrey (September 2000). "Culver Line Track Plans". New York Division Bulletin. Electric Railroader's Association. 43 (9): 3. Retrieved July 26, 2016. 
  4. ^ "Feasibility and Analysis of F Express Service in Brooklyn" (PDF). Metropolitan Transportation Authority. May 2016. Retrieved June 24, 2016. 
  5. ^ "Coney Island-bound F subway trains will not stop at Avenue I, Bay Pkwy, Avenue N, Avenue P, Avenue U, and Avenue X until early 2017". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. 2016. Retrieved October 9, 2016. 
  6. ^ a b "MTA Neighborhood Maps: Midwood" (PDF). Metropolitan Transportation Authority. 2015. Retrieved August 2, 2015. 

External links[edit]

Southwest stair at Avenue S