Prospect Avenue (BMT Fourth Avenue Line)

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 Prospect Avenue
 "R" train
New York City Subway station
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Southbound platform
Station statistics
Address Prospect Avenue & Fourth Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11215
Borough Brooklyn
Locale Gowanus, Greenwood Heights, Park Slope, South Park Slope
Coordinates 40°40′00″N 73°59′39″W / 40.666789°N 73.994079°W / 40.666789; -73.994079Coordinates: 40°40′00″N 73°59′39″W / 40.666789°N 73.994079°W / 40.666789; -73.994079
Division B (BMT)
Line BMT Fourth Avenue Line
Services       D late nights (late nights)
      N late nights (late nights)
      R all times (all times)
      W limited rush hour service only (limited rush hour service only)
Transit connections Bus transport NYCT Bus: B37 (on Third Avenue); B63 (on Fifth Avenue)
Structure Underground
Platforms 2 side platforms
Tracks 4
Other information
Opened June 22, 1915; 103 years ago (June 22, 1915)[1]
Closed June 5, 2017; 13 months ago (2017-06-05) (reconstruction)
Rebuilt November 2, 2017; 8 months ago (2017-11-02)
Station code 030[2]
Wireless service Wi-Fi and cellular service is provided at this station[3]
Traffic
Passengers (2017) 961,733[4]Decrease 45.3%
Rank 367 out of 425
Station succession
Next north Ninth Street: D late nightsN late nightsR all timesW limited rush hour service only
Next south 25th Street: D late nightsN late nightsR all timesW limited rush hour service only

Prospect Avenue is a local New York City Subway station on the BMT Fourth Avenue Line in Brooklyn. It is located at Prospect Avenue and Fourth Avenue near the convergence of Gowanus, Greenwood Heights, Park Slope, and South Park Slope. It is served by the R train at all times. The D and N trains also stop here during late nights, and a few rush-hour W trains stop here in the peak direction.

History[edit]

The station prior to renovation

Prospect Avenue opened on June 22, 1915 as part of the initial portion of the BMT Fourth Avenue Line to 59th Street.[1] It was overhauled in the late 1970s. The Transit Authority repaired the station's structure and appearance, particularly the staircases and platform edges. The overhaul also replaced the original wall tiles, trim line, signs, and incandescent lighting.[citation needed]

Under the 2015–2019 MTA Capital Plan, the station, along with thirty other New York City Subway stations, underwent a complete overhaul as part of the Enhanced Station Initiative and was entirely closed for 5 months. Updates included cellular service, Wi-Fi, USB charging stations, interactive service advisories and maps.[5][6] From January to May 2016, Grimshaw Architects worked on a design for the station's renovation, with Arup Group acting as a consultant.[7] The award for Package 1 of the renovations, which covers renovations at the Prospect Avenue, 53rd Street, and Bay Ridge Avenue stations on the BMT Fourth Avenue Line, was awarded on November 30, 2016.[7] The station closed on June 5, 2017 for these renovations,[8][9][10] and reopened on November 2, 2017, a month ahead of schedule.[11] Citnalta-Forte Joint Venture was selected to renovate the three stations under a $72 million design–build contract, the first such contract in the subway system's history.[12]

Station layout[edit]

Track layout
to 9 St
G Street level Exit/entrance
M Mezzanine Fare control, station agent, MetroCard machines
P
Platform level
Side platform, doors will open on the right
Northbound local "R" train toward Forest Hills–71st Avenue (Whitehall Street nights) (Ninth Street)
"D" train toward Norwood–205th Street late nights (Ninth Street)
"N" train late nights, "W" train rush hours toward Astoria–Ditmars Boulevard (Ninth Street)
Northbound express "D" train "N" train do not stop here
Southbound express "D" train "N" train do not stop here →
Southbound local "R" train toward Bay Ridge–95th Street (25th Street)
"D" train via West End, "N" train via Sea Beach toward Coney Island–Stillwell Avenue late nights (25th Street)
"W" train toward Bay Parkway rush hours (25th Street)
Side platform, doors will open on the right
Entrance to the southbound platform on the west side of Fourth Avenue

This underground station is a local station with four tracks and two side platforms with a full curtain wall separating the local and express tracks.

The platforms have no columns except on the north ends, where the platforms were extended in the 1960s to accommodate the current standard B Division train length of 600 feet. These I-beam columns are cream colored. During the 1970s renovation the original trim line along the platforms was replaced with cinder block tiles, which are colored white. The slightly recessed cinder-block areas where the platform signs are located were originally painted blue. During the 2017 renovation, the cinder block tiles were restored and new black floor tiles and yellow platform treads were installed. The blue cinder block recessions were covered with small black mosaic tiles.

The 2017 artwork at this station consists of mosaics by Monika Bravo.[13] They signify local landmarks such as the Brooklyn Army Terminal.[14]

Exits[edit]

The station's only fare controls are platform-level near the center. Until the 2017 renovations, they had their original trim line, colored brown with "P" at regular intervals, a bank of turnstiles, and token booth. The Manhattan-bound side has two street stairs to the east sidewalk of Fourth Avenue near the Prospect Expressway, while the Bay Ridge-bound side has one to the west sidewalk.[15] There are no crossovers or crossunders to allow free transfer between directions.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Through Tube to Coney, 48 Minutes: First Train on Fourth Avenue Route Beats West End Line Eleven Minutes". Brooklyn Daily Eagle. June 22, 1915. Retrieved June 29, 2015 – via Newspapers.com. 
  2. ^ "Station Developers' Information". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Retrieved June 13, 2017. 
  3. ^ "NYC Subway Wireless – Active Stations". Transit Wireless Wifi. Retrieved May 18, 2016.
  4. ^ "Facts and Figures: Annual Subway Ridership 2012–2017". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. July 12, 2018. Retrieved July 12, 2018. 
  5. ^ "MTA Will Completely Close 30 Subway Stations For Months-Long "Revamp"". Gothamist. January 8, 2016. Archived from the original on August 1, 2016. Retrieved July 18, 2016. 
  6. ^ "MTAStations" (PDF). governor.ny.gov. Government of the State of New York. Retrieved July 18, 2016. 
  7. ^ a b "Capital Program Oversight Committee Meeting" (PDF). mta.info. Metropolitan Transportation Authority. November 2016. Retrieved November 27, 2016. 
  8. ^ Spivack, Caroline (January 16, 2017). "Shuttle scuttle: Riders demand extra buses during three subway stations' closure". Brooklyn Paper. Retrieved January 27, 2017. 
  9. ^ "MTA will close these Brooklyn subway stops to facilitate upgrades". Curbed NY. March 22, 2017. Retrieved March 24, 2017. 
  10. ^ "Prospect Av R Station to Close for Major Renovation". www.mta.info. Metropolitan Transportation Authority. May 25, 2017. Retrieved May 26, 2017. 
  11. ^ Barone, Vincent (2017-11-02). "Prospect Avenue subway station reopens with modern amenities". am New York. Retrieved 2017-11-03. 
  12. ^ "Three Brooklyn R Stations are First in Major Subway Station Modernization Project". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. March 22, 2017. Retrieved August 31, 2017. 
  13. ^ Plitt, Amy (2017-11-03). "Brooklyn's Prospect Ave subway station reopens after six-month revamp". Curbed NY. Retrieved 2017-11-04. 
  14. ^ Mixson, Colin (November 3, 2017). "Back on tracks: Refurbished Prospect Avenue station reopens, delighting local straphangers". Brooklyn Paper. Retrieved 2017-11-04. 
  15. ^ "MTA Neighborhood Maps: Park Slope" (PDF). mta.info. Metropolitan Transportation Authority. 2015. Retrieved August 2, 2015. 

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