Myrtle–Wyckoff Avenues (New York City Subway)

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Myrtle–Wyckoff Avenues
"L" train "M" train
New York City Subway rapid transit station complex
Myrtle–Wyckoff Avenues - Stationhouse.jpg
Head house on the southwest corner of Wyckoff and Myrtle Avenues
Station statistics
Address Myrtle Avenue & Wyckoff Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11237
Queens, NY 11385
Borough On the border of Brooklyn and Queens
Locale Bushwick, Brooklyn; Ridgewood, Queens
Coordinates 40°41′58″N 73°54′40″W / 40.699511°N 73.911166°W / 40.699511; -73.911166Coordinates: 40°41′58″N 73°54′40″W / 40.699511°N 73.911166°W / 40.699511; -73.911166
Division B (BMT)
Line       BMT Canarsie Line
BMT Myrtle Avenue Line
Services       L all times (all times)
      M all times (all times)
Transit connections Bus transport New York City Bus: B13, B26, B52, B54, Q55, Q58
Levels 2
Other information
Accessible This station is compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 ADA-accessible
Wireless service Wi-Fi and cellular service is provided at this station[1]
Traffic
Passengers (2015) 6,464,630 (station complex)[2]Increase 1.3%
Rank 69 out of 422

Myrtle–Wyckoff Avenues is a New York City Subway station complex formed by the intersecting stations of the BMT Canarsie Line and the BMT Myrtle Avenue Line. Served by the L and M trains at all times, it is located at Myrtle Avenue and Wyckoff Avenue in the Bushwick neighborhood of Brooklyn and the Ridgewood neighborhood of Queens (since Wyckoff Avenue between Gates Avenue and Eldert Street forms the border between Brooklyn and Queens). The complex is connected by a set of stairs and several elevators and escalators between the elevated and underground levels. The station was renovated completely from 2004 to 2008.

Since many buses stop here, the MTA opened the Ridgewood Intermodal Terminal on August 20, 2010.[3] Palmetto Street was shuttered to all traffic except for buses in order for the B26, B52, B54, Q55 and Q58 buses to terminate closer together, and to increase accessibility and convenience for bus, elevated, and subway transfers. However, neither the elevated BMT Myrtle Avenue Line nor the underground BMT Canarsie Line terminate here, merely the bus lines, excluding the B13, which passes through the terminal.[4]

Station layout[edit]

2F Westbound "M" train toward 71st Avenue (weekdays), Essex Street (weekends), Myrtle Avenue (late nights) (Knickerbocker Avenue)
Island platform, doors will open on the left Handicapped/disabled access
Former center track
Island platform, doors will open on the left Handicapped/disabled access
Eastbound "M" train toward Metropolitan Avenue (Seneca Avenue)
1F Mezzanine Escalators, elevators, and stairs to station house and platforms
G Street Level Exit/Entrance, fare control, station agent, MetroCard vending machines
Handicapped/disabled access (Enter through station house entrances at the intersection of Myrtle/Wyckoff Avenues; elevator to platforms inside station house)
B1 Mezzanine Fare control, station agent for Canarsie Line only
Escalators, elevators, and stairs to station house and platforms
B2 Northbound "L" train toward Eighth Avenue (DeKalb Avenue)
Island platform, doors will open on the left Handicapped/disabled access
Southbound "L" train toward Canarsie – Rockaway Parkway (Halsey Street)
"L" train alighting passengers only (occasional rush-hour trips) →
The upper mezzanine

The stations are connected via several sets of stairs, elevators, and escalators. There is an underground, lower mezzanine for the Canarsie Line, and an aboveground, upper mezzanine for the Myrtle Avenue Line. The main fare control is at street level, through the station house, though another fare control exists on the lower mezzanine for the Canarsie Line platform only. There are three elevators: one from the Canarsie Line to the lower mezzanine; one from the lower mezzanine to street level and the upper mezzanine; and one from the upper mezzanine to the Myrtle Avenue Line. There are also escalators from the lower to the upper mezzanine. The lower mezzanine is full-length, but the upper mezzanine consists of little more than a landing for the stairs, escalators, and elevators below the middle of the Myrtle Avenue Line platform.

Beginning in 2004, the station underwent rehabilitation that included structural steel repairs and significant expansion. The work, completed by Judlau Contracting in May 2008, cost $51 million.[5] From 2000 to 2008, Dattner Architects had a joint venture with Parsons Brinckerhoff to build the station's new station building.[6] On April 19, 2007, the newly expanded main station building at the triangle of Myrtle, Gates and Wyckoff Avenues was formally opened. Improvements to the complex included lighting upgrades, stairway reconfigurations, new interior finishes, and a new communication system. In the fall of 2007, the station became ADA-accessible as three new elevators were put into service. A glass-enclosed rotunda adorns the front of the building.[7]

The new headhouse's ceiling is capped by a mosaic, "From Earth to Sky" by Cadence Giersbach.[8] The artwork was completed under the MTA Arts & Design program.[9]

Exits[edit]

The Myrtle Avenue Line's only entrance/exit is through the station house. The Canarsie Line has four additional exits; one on the western corner of Wyckoff and Gates Avenues; two on the northern corner of Wyckoff Avenue and Palmetto Street; and one at the southeastern corner of Myrtle and Wyckoff Avenues.[10]

BMT Myrtle Avenue Line platforms[edit]

Myrtle–Wyckoff Avenues
"M" train
New York City Subway rapid transit station
MyrtleWyck.jpg
Station statistics
Division B (BMT)
Line BMT Myrtle Avenue Line
Services       M all times (all times)
Structure Elevated
Platforms 1 island platform
Tracks 2
Other information
Opened December 19, 1889; 127 years ago (1889-12-19)
Accessible This station is compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 ADA-accessible
Wireless service Wi-Fi and cellular service is provided at this station[1]
Former/other names Wyckoff Avenue
Station succession
Preceding station   MTA NYC logo.svg New York City Subway   Following station
BMT Myrtle Avenue Line
M all times
toward 71st Avenue
Handicapped/disabled access
Terminus
Track layout
to Seneca Av
to Knickerbocker Av
The center trackway at Wyckoff Avenue

Myrtle–Wyckoff Avenues on the BMT Myrtle Avenue Line (originally named Wyckoff Avenue) is an elevated station located entirely in Brooklyn (unlike the Canarsie Line station, which is located partially in Brooklyn and partially in Queens). At the time of its opening on December 19, 1889,[11] it had a single island platform with two tracks. Originally, the line stub ended at the original Wyckoff station which was past the present curve that is just east of this station. It was subsequently extended in 1906 to the street level right-of-way to Metropolitan Avenue,[12] and again in the 1910s during the Dual Contracts era onto the present elevated structure.

On July 29, 1914, the station was reconfigured to two island platforms in order to accommodate an additional express track to Broadway – Myrtle Avenue. (The remainder of the line east of this station is a two-track configuration.) When the elevated was rebuilt to three tracks in 1914, the BMT Canarsie Line was still planned to be on an elevated line between Montrose Avenue and Broadway Junction. The express track was in anticipation of a potentially different service pattern and the anticipation of a Canarsie Line on Wyckoff Avenue that would have had track connections just east of this station between the two lines.

The tower that existed east of this station[13] was also built in anticipation of a junction between this line and an elevated Canarsie line. The Wyckoff tower never had an interlocking machine installed, but was used as an office instead.

By 1946, the center track was removed, the two platforms were joined together by a wooden walkway near the station's two staircases, which was later replaced by a concrete connection. Railings were installed where the center track right of way remained exposed. In the 2000s station reconstruction, the double staircases were replaced with a single wide staircase. This staircase, located toward the north end of the station, is the station's only connection to the rest of the complex.[14][15]

BMT Canarsie Line platform[edit]

Myrtle–Wyckoff Avenues
"L" train
New York City Subway rapid transit station
Myrtle–Wyckoff Avenues - Canarsie Platform.jpg
Station statistics
Division B (BMT)
Line       BMT Canarsie Line
Services       L all times (all times)
Structure Underground
Platforms 1 island platform
Tracks 2
Other information
Opened July 14, 1928; 88 years ago (1928-07-14)
Accessible This station is compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 ADA-accessible
Wireless service Wi-Fi and cellular service is provided at this station[1]
Former/other names Myrtle Avenue
Station succession
Next north DeKalb Avenue: L all times
Next south Halsey Street: L all times


Next adjacent station compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 north Union Square: L all times
Next adjacent station compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 south Canarsie–Rockaway Parkway: L all times
Track layout
to DeKalb Av
to Halsey St
The "Train Locator Console" video screen shows where trains on the Canarsie Line are located.[16]

Myrtle–Wyckoff Avenues on the BMT Canarsie Line (originally named Myrtle Avenue) is an underground station, was opened on July 14, 1928,[17] and has two tracks with an island platform. A mosaic band is set at eye level, rather than high up on the wall, with brick red, yellow, tan and light blue offset by indigo and maroon. Unlike other Canarsie Line island platform stations, there are no visible girders in the walls. The ceiling is also lower than those at the other island platform stations. For most of the distance between here and Wilson Avenue, the Canarsie-bound side is located in Brooklyn, while the Manhattan-bound side is in Queens.

South of this station there is a third track for layups or storage, which is also used for trains terminating here.

Ridgewood Intermodal Terminal[edit]

Adjacent to this station is the Ridgewood Intermodal Terminal, a major central bus station that opened on August 20, 2010 at a cost of $4.5 million. Located on Palmetto Street, the facility is bordered on the south by the intersection of Myrtle and Wyckoff Avenues and on the north by St. Nicholas Avenue. Palmetto Street is closed to all traffic except for NYC Transit buses and deliveries.[3][4]

The terminal features reconstructed roadway and sidewalks between Wyckoff and St. Nicholas Avenues on Palmetto Street. Concrete bus pads are on the roadway along both sides of Palmetto Street for the length of the block. Sidewalk canopies suspended from the elevated structure of the Myrtle Avenue Line on both sides of Palmetto Street provide shelter from the weather elements. Other features include sidewalk benches and new lighting to improve the waiting environment for customers, new bus stop signage, bus holding lights linked to the Canarsie Line (they will be activated as part of a subsequent signal system), and a new dispatcher’s booth for NYC Transit employees.

The six NYC Transit bus lines served in this terminal now provide easier transfers to the subway and between the bus routes.[18]

Lane Route Terminus
A B13
NB only
Wyckoff Heights, Brooklyn
Wyckoff Avenue and DeKalb Avenue
B Q55 Richmond Hill, Queens
Jamaica Avenue and Myrtle Avenue
C B54 Downtown Brooklyn
MetroTech Center
D
Drop-off only.
E Q58
Local and
Limited-stops
Flushing, Queens
41st Road and Main Street
F B13
SB only
Spring Creek, Brooklyn
Gateway Center Mall
B26 Downtown Brooklyn via Halsey and Fulton Streets
Cadman Plaza and Tillary Street
G B52 Downtown Brooklyn via Gates Avenue
Cadman Plaza and Tillary Street

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "NYC Subway Wireless – Active Stations". Transit Wireless Wifi. Retrieved 2016-05-18.
  2. ^ "Facts and Figures: Annual Subway Ridership". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Retrieved 2016-04-19. 
  3. ^ a b "MTA opens $10M Ridgewood Intermodal Terminal - When the combined powers of mother nature and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority go awry straphangers living in two-fare zones often pay the highest price. Those are the people who must take a ...". www.queensledger.com. Retrieved 2016-02-10. 
  4. ^ a b "Transit opens new Ridgewood Intermodal Terminal". Second Ave. Sagas. Retrieved 2016-02-10. 
  5. ^ NY Construction.com Best of 2008 Awards: Myrtle-Wyckoff Station Rehabilitation
  6. ^ http://culturenow.org/entry&permalink=08809&seo=Myrtle-Wyckoff-Station-Complex_Parsons-Brinckerhoff-and-Dattner-Architects
  7. ^ "MTA | Press Release | NYC Transit | A Station Grows in Brooklyn New Myrtle - Wyckoff Avenue Complex Opens". www.mta.info. Retrieved 2016-02-10. 
  8. ^ http://www.nycsubway.org/wiki/Artwork:_From_Earth_To_Sky_(Cadence_Giersbach)
  9. ^ http://web.mta.info/mta/aft/permanentart/permart.html?agency=nyct&line=L&artist=1&station=6
  10. ^ "MTA Neighborhood Maps: Bushwick" (PDF). mta.info. Metropolitan Transportation Authority. 2015. Retrieved 20 July 2016. 
  11. ^ "Brooklyn Lutheran Cemetary surface ROW Photo Page". www.mosholu.mysite.com. Retrieved 2016-02-10. 
  12. ^ "New L Train Service to Lutheran Cemetery: B.R.T. Opens a Line To-morrow That Takes Passengers Into Queens County.". Brooklyn Daily Eagle. September 30, 1906. p. 33. Retrieved 28 September 2015 – via Newspapers.com. 
  13. ^ http://www.nycsubway.org/perl/show?1410
  14. ^ Showing Image 63004
  15. ^ "A Station Grows in Brooklyn New Myrtle–Wyckoff Avenue Complex Opens" (Press release). Metropolitan Transportation Authority. 2007-04-19. Retrieved 2007-06-01. 
  16. ^ "MTA New York City Transit Begins Using Video Screens in Pilot Program to Provide Real-Time Information on the L Line" (Press release). Metropolitan Transportation Authority. 2009-02-05. Retrieved 2009-12-30. 
  17. ^ "Last Link of New 14th St-E.D. Subway To Be Opened Today: First Train This Afternoon Will Carry Officials – Citizens to Celebrate". Brooklyn Daily Eagle. July 14, 1928. Retrieved 25 August 2015. 
  18. ^ "MTA | news | New Ridgewood Intermodal Terminal". new.mta.info. Retrieved 2016-02-10. 

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