Rector Street (BMT Broadway Line)

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Rector Street
"R" train"W" train
New York City Subway rapid transit station
Rector Street - Broadway Line platform.jpg
Station platforms and tracks
Station statistics
Address Rector Street & Trinity Place
New York, NY 10006
Borough Manhattan
Locale Financial District
Coordinates 40°42′28″N 74°00′47″W / 40.70771°N 74.013004°W / 40.70771; -74.013004Coordinates: 40°42′28″N 74°00′47″W / 40.70771°N 74.013004°W / 40.70771; -74.013004
Division B (BMT)
Line       BMT Broadway Line
Services       N late nights (late nights)
      R all except late nights (all except late nights)
      W weekdays only (weekdays only)
Transit connections Bus transport New York City Bus: M55, X27, X28
Bus transport MTA Bus: BM1, BM2, BM3, BM4
Structure Underground
Platforms 2 side platforms
Tracks 2
Other information
Opened January 5, 1918; 99 years ago (January 5, 1918)[1]
Wireless service Wi-Fi and cellular service is provided at this station[2]
Passengers (2016) 2,038,348[3]Increase 7.5%
Rank 244 out of 422
Station succession
Next north Cortlandt Street: N late nightsR all except late nightsW weekdays only
Next south Whitehall Street–South Ferry: N late nightsR all except late nightsW weekdays only

Rector Street is a local station on the BMT Broadway Line of the New York City Subway. Located at the corner of Rector Street and Trinity Place in Financial District, Lower Manhattan, the station is served by the R train at all times except late nights, when the N train takes over service. The W train also serves this station on weekdays.

Station layout[edit]

Track layout
G Street Level Exit/Entrance
Platform level
Side platform, doors will open on the right
Northbound "R" train towards Forest Hills–71st Avenue (Cortlandt Street)
"N" train late nights, "W" train weekdays towards Ditmars Boulevard (Cortlandt Street)
Southbound "R" train towards Bay Ridge–95th Street (Whitehall Street)
"N" train towards Coney Island late nights (Whitehall Street)
"W" train towards Whitehall Street–South Ferry weekdays (Terminus)
Side platform, doors will open on the right
Uptown R train of R46 cars arriving

Since the station is on a grade, there is a noticeable slant. The station has two side platforms, and there are no overpasses, underpasses, or mezzanines to connect the platforms within fare control. This station was overhauled in the late 1970s. The overhaul changed the station's structure and the overall appearance, replacing the original wall tiles, old signs, and incandescent lighting to the 1970s-style wall tiles, signs and fluorescent lights. It also modernized staircases and platform edges. The blue tiles, which are not standard in BMT stations, provide the backdrop to the lettering, similar to Prospect Avenue station in Brooklyn.

The uptown platform maintains one old style sign while at the north end of the downtown/Brooklyn platform is an entire closed off portion of a defunct platform. There are several (painted over) old style Rector Street mosaic signs on this platform.


Each platform has its own platform-level fare controls. The full-time exit is at the north end of the station, at Rector Street and Trinity Place. The uptown platform contains a token booth and three street stairs: two to the northeast corner of the aforementioned intersection, and one to the southeast corner. The downtown platform is unstaffed and has four street stairs: two to the southwest corner and two to the northwest corner.[4][5]

Just south of the fare control for the downtown platform, there are two exit-only turnstiles leading to an exit-only stair to the western side of Trinity Place.[4][5]

At the extreme south end of the station, there is another street stair from the uptown platform to the northwest corner of Greenwich and Morris Streets.[4][5]

Image gallery[edit]


  1. ^ New York Times, Open New Subway to Times Square, January 6, 1918
  2. ^ "NYC Subway Wireless – Active Stations". Transit Wireless Wifi. Retrieved 2016-05-18.
  3. ^ "Facts and Figures: Annual Subway Ridership 2011–2016". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. May 31, 2017. Retrieved June 1, 2017. 
  4. ^ a b c Cox, Jeremiah. "Rector Street (R)". The SubwayNut. Retrieved January 2, 2017. 
  5. ^ a b c "MTA Neighborhood Maps: Lower Manhattan" (PDF). Metropolitan Transportation Authority. 2015. Retrieved August 21, 2015. 

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