Metropolitan Avenue/Lorimer Street station

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 Metropolitan Avenue/
 Lorimer Street
 "G" train"L" train
MTA NYC logo.svg New York City Subway station complex
Metropolitan Av entrance vc.jpg
Station statistics
AddressMetropolitan Avenue between Lorimer Street & Union Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11211
BoroughBrooklyn
LocaleWilliamsburg
Coordinates40°42′46″N 73°57′05″W / 40.712752°N 73.951464°W / 40.712752; -73.951464Coordinates: 40°42′46″N 73°57′05″W / 40.712752°N 73.951464°W / 40.712752; -73.951464
DivisionBMT/IND[1]
Line      BMT Canarsie Line
      IND Crosstown Line
Services      G all times (all times)​
      L all times (all times)
Transit connectionsBus transport NYCT Bus: B24, B48, Q59, Williamsburg Link (B91A)
Levels2
Other information
OpenedJuly 1, 1948; 71 years ago (1948-07-01)
Station code629[2]
Accessiblenot ADA-accessible; accessibility planned
Wireless serviceWi-Fi and cellular service is provided at this station[3]
Traffic
Passengers (2018)4,821,359 (station complex)[4]Decrease 3.8%
Rank94 out of 424

Metropolitan Avenue/Lorimer Street is an underground New York City Subway station complex shared by the BMT Canarsie Line and the IND Crosstown Line. Located in the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn, the complex is served by the G and L trains at all times.

The BMT Canarsie Line platforms, which are named Lorimer Street, are located above the IND Crosstown Line platforms, which are named Metropolitan Avenue. The Canarsie Line station opened in 1924, and the Crosstown Line station opened in 1937. Free transfers between the stations started in 1948.

Station layout[edit]

G Street Level Entrances/Exits
B1 Side platform, doors will open on the right
Northbound "L" train toward Eighth Avenue (Bedford Avenue)
"L" train termination track (selected weekend and late-night trains)
Southbound "L" train toward Canarsie (Graham Avenue)
Side platform, doors will open on the right
B2 Mezzanine to entrances/exits, station agent, MetroCard vending machines
B3 Side platform, doors will open on the right
Northbound "G" train toward Court Square (Nassau Avenue)
Southbound "G" train toward Church Avenue (Broadway)
Side platform, doors will open on the right

The L-shaped passageway, located above the Crosstown Line at its northern end and below the Canarsie Line at its western end, also serves as the mezzanine for the Crosstown Line lower level. When viewed from the Crosstown Line mezzanine, the passageway splits up as the right half leads to a ramp for Canarsie-bound trains while the left half leads to a crossunder to Eighth Avenue-bound trains.

Originally, passengers who wished to transfer between the Canarsie and Crosstown lines had to pay a separate fare, because the Brooklyn–Manhattan Transit Corporation (operator of the Canarsie Line) and the Independent Subway System (the Crosstown Line's operator) were competing companies. On July 1, 1948, eight years after the three operators of New York's subways were unified into a single entity, the transfer passageway was reconfigured to be inside fare control, thus permitting free transfers between lines.[1][5]

The 2000 artwork in the transfer passageway and the Crosstown Line mezzanine is called Signs of Life by Jackie Chang. A precinct of the New York City Transit Police is also located on the Crosstown Line mezzanine.

Exits[edit]

The main entrances at the corner of Metropolitan and Union Avenues lead to the transfer corridor between the lines.[6] The high entry-exit turnstiles in the transfer corridor would be replaced with waist-high "low turnstiles" to accommodate increased passenger flow.[7]

Each platform has a second set of entrances. The BMT platforms have a second set to the eastern corners of Lorimer Street and Metropolitan Avenue at their east ends. The IND platforms have one stair leading to the northwest corner of Union Avenue and Hope Street and another leading to the northeast corner of Union Avenue and Powers Street. The exits to Powers and Hope Streets were previously closed, blocked by metal street grates, and used as emergency exits.[7] They were reopened on February 28, 2019 to accommodate the increased volume of passengers transferring between the Crosstown and Canarsie Line stations due to the 14th Street Tunnel shutdown.[8] Originally, only one of these exits was planned to be reopened.[9]

Despite the IND station's name on tiling, there is no longer an open exit to Grand Street. A passageway beyond the Hope and Powers Streets exits leads to two more exits that led to both northern corners of Grand Street and Union Avenue.[10][11][12] While the exit to the northeastern corner is also blocked by a metal sheet grate, the exit to the northwestern corner has been sealed and is inaccessible from street level.[10][13] Photos of the southern portion of the mezzanine during its closure show signage directing to at least one exit at Grand Street, indicating it was likely open until this portion of the mezzanine was closed off.[14]

The BMT station also has two closed exits; they led to the western corners of Lorimer Street and Metropolitan Avenue. They are also currently used as emergency exits.

The transfer mezzanine also features one closed staircase to the southeastern corner of Metropolitan Avenue and Union Avenue.

BMT Canarsie Line platforms[edit]

 Lorimer Street
 "L" train
MTA NYC logo.svg New York City Subway station (rapid transit)
Lorimer Street BMT IMG 9155.JPG
Station statistics
DivisionB (BMT)
Line      BMT Canarsie Line
Services      L all times (all times)
StructureUnderground
Platforms2 side platforms
Tracks2
Other information
OpenedJune 30, 1924; 95 years ago (1924-06-30)
Station code121[2]
Accessiblenot ADA-accessible; accessibility planned
Wireless serviceWi-Fi and cellular service is provided at this station[3]
Station succession
Next westBedford Avenue: L all times
Next eastGraham Avenue: L all times
Track layout

Lorimer Street on the BMT Canarsie Line has two tracks and two side platforms. It opened on June 30, 1924, as part of the initial segment of the underground Canarsie Line, a product of the Dual Contracts, stretching from Sixth Avenue in Manhattan to Montrose Avenue.[15][16]

The Lorimer Street entry point has a mezzanine above the station. There is also another entrance at Union Avenue that leads directly to the Manhattan-bound platform. The transfer to the Crosstown Line is toward the Union Avenue (western; railroad northern) end of the station, where passageways descend from each platform to the Union Avenue mezzanine.

Image gallery[edit]

IND Crosstown Line platforms[edit]

 Metropolitan Avenue
 "G" train
MTA NYC logo.svg New York City Subway station (rapid transit)
Metropolitan Ave vc.jpg
Platform
Station statistics
DivisionB (IND)
Line      IND Crosstown Line
Services      G all times (all times)
StructureUnderground
Platforms2 side platforms
Tracks2
Other information
OpenedJuly 1, 1937; 82 years ago (1937-07-01)[17]
Station code285[2]
Accessiblenot ADA-accessible; accessibility planned
Wireless serviceWi-Fi and cellular service is provided at this station[3]
Former/other namesMetropolitan Avenue–Grand Street
Station succession
Next northNassau Avenue: G all times
Next southBroadway: G all times
Track layout

Metropolitan Avenue on the IND Crosstown Line opened on July 1, 1937 as part of the extension of the Crosstown Line from Nassau Avenue to Hoyt-Schermerhorn Streets.[17] The station also has two tracks and two side platforms.[18] Station tile signage retains the original name of the station: Metropolitan Avenue–Grand Street. IND icon tiles indicate "To Street and Transfer."[19] Two staircases from the north end of either platform lead to the mezzanine and transfer passageway to the BMT Canarsie Line.[18][20]

The mezzanine is full-length, but has been reduced in size. A central portion was closed in the late 1990s and is now occupied by a police facility, employee space, and offices.[19] The south portion was also previously closed and used as storage space, but was reopened on February 28, 2019 in preparation for the 14th Street Tunnel shutdown in April 2019. A previously removed staircase between the southbound platform and the mezzanine was also built.[21]

Image gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Transfer Points Under Higher Fare: Board of Transportation Lists Stations and Intersections for Combined Rides". New York Times. June 30, 1948. p. 19. Retrieved May 5, 2010.
  2. ^ a b c "Station Developers' Information". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Retrieved June 13, 2017.
  3. ^ a b c "NYC Subway Wireless – Active Stations". Transit Wireless Wifi. Retrieved May 18, 2016.
  4. ^ "Facts and Figures: Annual Subway Ridership 2013–2018". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. July 18, 2019. Retrieved July 18, 2019.
  5. ^ Sparberg, Andrew J. (October 1, 2014). From a Nickel to a Token: The Journey from Board of Transportation to MTA. Fordham University Press. ISBN 9780823261901.
  6. ^ "MTA Neighborhood Maps: Williamsburg & Bedford Stuyvesant" (PDF). mta.info. Metropolitan Transportation Authority. 2015. Retrieved July 20, 2016.
  7. ^ a b New York City Transit Authority (July 2018). "MTA New York City Transit Canarsie Tunnel Project Supplemental Environmental Assessment and Section 4(f) Review: Final Report" (PDF). mta.info. Metropolitan Transportation Authority. pp. 15–16. Retrieved July 27, 2018.
  8. ^ "MTA Reopens 2 Station Entrances at Metropolitan Av/ Lorimer St Station". Greenpoint Post. March 1, 2019. Retrieved March 1, 2019.
  9. ^ Kabak, Benjamin (December 13, 2017). "First Look: DOT, MTA present initial plans for L train shutdown". Second Ave. Sagas. Retrieved December 16, 2017.
  10. ^ a b Hogan, Gwynne (February 29, 2016). "Open Shuttered Subway Entrances Before L Train Shutdown, Advocates Urge". DNAinfo.com. Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Archived from the original on August 21, 2016. Retrieved July 5, 2016. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  11. ^ "Closed subway entrances". WNYC (AM). October 31, 2015. Retrieved July 4, 2016.
  12. ^ https://www.flickr.com/photos/benyankee/8412266672
  13. ^ Harshbarger, Rebecca (November 1, 2015). "NYC subway station entrances closed despite ridership spike: over one in four". AM New York. Retrieved July 5, 2016.
  14. ^ Kabak, Benjamin (January 24, 2013). "Inside Metropolitan Avenue's shuttered G passageway". Second Ave. Sagas. Retrieved March 30, 2019.
  15. ^ "Subway Tunnel Through". The New York Times. August 8, 1919. Retrieved February 28, 2010.
  16. ^ "Celebrate Opening of Subway Link". The New York Times. July 1, 1924. Retrieved February 13, 2010.
  17. ^ a b "New Crosstown Subway Line Is Opened". Brooklyn Daily Eagle. July 1, 1937. Retrieved December 24, 2015.
  18. ^ a b "Review of the G Line: Appendices" (PDF). Metropolitan Transportation Authority. July 10, 2013. Retrieved October 28, 2015.
  19. ^ a b Kabak, Benjamin (January 24, 2013). "Inside Metropolitan Avenue's shuttered G passageway". Second Avenue Sagas. Retrieved July 5, 2016.
  20. ^ "Review of the G Line" (PDF). mta.info. Metropolitan Transportation Authority. July 10, 2013. Retrieved August 2, 2015.
  21. ^ "Station Capacity Enhancements at Metropolitan Avenue". web.mta.info. Metropolitan Transportation Authority. December 31, 2017. Retrieved February 18, 2018.

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