Myrtle Avenue (BMT Jamaica Line)

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Myrtle Avenue
NYCS-bull-trans-J.svg NYCS-bull-trans-M.svg NYCS-bull-trans-Z.svg
New York City Subway rapid transit station
Myrtle Avenue geometry 2 vc.jpg
Station entrance, before the M train was relocated to the IND Sixth Avenue Line in Manhattan.
Station statistics
Address Myrtle Avenue & Broadway
Brooklyn, NY 11206
Borough Brooklyn
Locale Bedford-Stuyvesant, Bushwick
Coordinates 40°41′49″N 73°56′7″W / 40.69694°N 73.93528°W / 40.69694; -73.93528Coordinates: 40°41′49″N 73°56′7″W / 40.69694°N 73.93528°W / 40.69694; -73.93528
Division B (BMT)
Line BMT Jamaica Line
Services       J all times (all times)
      M all times (all times)
      Z rush hours, peak direction (rush hours, peak direction)
Transit connections Bus transport NYCT Bus: 20 airtransportation.svg B15, B46, B47, B54
Structure Elevated
Levels 2 (upper level abandoned)
Platforms 3 island platforms (2 in service (lower level), 1 disused (upper level))
cross-platform interchange (lower level)
Tracks 3 (lower level), 2 (upper level; removed)
Other information
Opened June 25, 1888; 128 years ago (1888-06-25) (lower level)[1]
April 27, 1889; 127 years ago (1889-04-27) (upper level)
Closed October 4, 1969; 47 years ago (1969-10-04) (upper level)
Accessibility Cross-platform wheelchair transfer available
Former/other names Myrtle Avenue–Broadway
Passengers (2015) 3,687,468[2]Increase 4.6%
Rank 141 out of 425
Station succession
Preceding station   MTA NYC logo.svg New York City Subway   Following station
toward Park Row
BMT Myrtle Avenue Line
Terminus M late nights only
toward 71st Avenue
BMT Jamaica Line
M all times except late nights
toward Broad Street
BMT Jamaica Line
J all times except weekdays 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., peak direction
BMT Jamaica Line
toward Broad Street
BMT Jamaica Line
(express & skip-stop)
J weekdays until 8:00 p.m., peak direction
BMT Jamaica Line
(express & skip-stop)
Z rush hours, peak direction
no regular service

Myrtle Avenue (announced on trains as Myrtle Avenue–Broadway) is a New York City Subway express station on the BMT Jamaica Line. Located at the intersection of Myrtle Avenue and Broadway in Brooklyn, it is served by J and M trains at all times and the Z during rush hours in peak direction. The station has two platform levels, but all regular passenger service is on the lower platform level of the station. The station has an abandoned upper platform level which previously served the BMT Myrtle Avenue Line to Downtown Brooklyn and Lower Manhattan via the Brooklyn Bridge. Just east of the station, the BMT Myrtle Avenue Line diverges from the BMT Jamaica Line via slip switches in an at-grade junction.

Station layout[edit]

3F Former southbound
Myrtle Avenue El
No track or roadbed
Island platform, disused
Former northbound
Myrtle Avenue El
No track or roadbed
2F Westbound local[note 1] NYCS-bull-trans-J.svg toward Broad Street (off-peak) (Flushing Avenue)
NYCS-bull-trans-M.svg toward 71st Avenue (weekdays), Essex Street (weekends) (Flushing Avenue)
Island platform, doors will open on the left, right
Center track[note 2] NYCS-bull-trans-J.svg NYCS-bull-trans-Z.svg toward Broad Street (AM rush) (Marcy Avenue)
NYCS-bull-trans-J.svg NYCS-bull-trans-Z.svg toward Jamaica Center–Parsons/Archer (PM rush) (Kosciuszko Street (J local) or Gates Avenue (Z skip-stop local); no service to Broadway Junction (express))
NYCS-bull-trans-M.svg toward Metropolitan Avenue (late nights) (Central Avenue)
Island platform, doors will open on the left, right
Eastbound local[note 1] NYCS-bull-trans-J.svg toward Jamaica Center–Parsons/Archer (off-peak) (Kosciuszko Street)
NYCS-bull-trans-M.svg toward Metropolitan Avenue (all except late nights) (Central Avenue)
1F Mezzanine Fare control, station agent
G Street Level Exit / Entrance

Lower level[edit]

A weekend R160A M shuttle train on the center track prior to the extension of weekend M service from Myrtle Avenue to Essex Street

This elevated station, opened on September 16, 1888 on the lower level, has three tracks and two island platforms. J and Z trains use the middle track for peak-direction express service on weekdays while M trains use it as a terminal track for their late night shuttle service to Metropolitan Avenue. For the rest of the time, all trains are on the local tracks. East of this station, J and Z trains use the local track, continuing on the Jamaica Line to Queens; M trains use an "S" curve that connects the Jamaica Line to the Myrtle Avenue Line and continue to Metropolitan Avenue. This is one of the few remaining level junctions in the subway as well as one of the few places on revenue tracks with slip switches.[3][4] This can be a bottleneck for any arriving train around here in either direction.

This station is announced as Myrtle Avenue–Broadway in R143 and R160 cars to distinguish it from the nearby Myrtle–Wyckoff Avenues station.

Both platforms have brown canopies with green support columns and frames for their entire length except for a small section at either end. The station signs are in the standard black plates in white lettering.

The 1999 artwork here is called Jammin' Under the El by Verna Hart. It consists of stained glass windows on the platforms' sign structures as well as the station house depicting various scenes related to music.

Upper level[edit]

The abandoned upper level

The upper level station (which was marked on signs as Broadway) opened on April 27, 1889, and created a transfer opportunity to the BMT Jamaica Line. The previous station located nearby at Stuyvesant Avenue was then closed. The upper level station contained two tracks and an island platform, with stairs to both of the existing platforms on the lower level. The Myrtle Avenue upper level was extended to Wyckoff Avenue on July 21, 1889.[5] The BMT Myrtle Avenue Line from Broadway to Bridge–Jay Streets closed on October 4, 1969, and was replaced via transfer to the B54 bus toward Jay Street.


The lower level station has an elevated station house to the west underneath the skeletal remains of the BMT Myrtle Avenue Line. Two staircases from each platform go down to an elevated cross-under, where a shorter staircase on the Queens-bound side leads to the station house's waiting area. Outside the turnstile bank, there is a token booth and two staircases going down to either of the western corners at Myrtle Avenue and Broadway.[6]


  1. ^ a b This is a wrong-way concurrency in railroad direction.
  2. ^ This track is used by J Z trains in the peak direction during rush hours, with the next Jamaica-bound stop being a skip-stop local station, and by M trains during late nights.


  1. ^ "The Broadway Line Opened". Brooklyn Daily Eagle. Brooklyn, NY. June 25, 1888. p. 6. 
  2. ^ "Facts and Figures: Annual Subway Ridership". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Retrieved 2016-04-19. 
  3. ^ BMT Nassau St./Jamaica Line: Myrtle Avenue at; see photos on that page.
  4. ^ Video on YouTube
  5. ^ "Lost the Second Game". Brooklyn Daily Eagle. Brooklyn, NY. July 21, 1889. p. 2. 
  6. ^ "MTA Neighborhood Maps: Bushwick" (PDF). Metropolitan Transportation Authority. 2015. Retrieved 20 July 2016. 

External links[edit]

Station entrance