Rector Street station (BMT Broadway Line)

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 Rector Street
 "R" train"W" train
MTA NYC logo.svg New York City Subway station (rapid transit)
Rector Street - Broadway Line platform.jpg
Station platforms and tracks
Station statistics
AddressRector Street & Trinity Place
New York, NY 10006
LocaleFinancial District
Coordinates40°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
DivisionB (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 connectionsBus transport New York City Bus: M55, X27, X28
Bus transport MTA Bus: BM1, BM2, BM3, BM4
Platforms2 side platforms
Other information
OpenedJanuary 5, 1918; 102 years ago (January 5, 1918)[1]
Accessiblenot ADA-accessible; accessibility planned (Elevator under construction for downtown platform only[2])
Wireless serviceWi-Fi and cellular service is provided at this station[3]
OMNY acceptedNo
Opposite-direction transfer availableNo
Passengers (2018)2,154,295[4]Decrease 2.7%
Rank218 out of 424
Station succession
Next northCortlandt Street: N late nightsR all except late nightsW weekdays only
Next southWhitehall 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 toward Forest Hills–71st Avenue (Cortlandt Street)
"N" train late nights, "W" train weekdays toward Ditmars Boulevard (Cortlandt Street)
Southbound "R" train toward Bay Ridge–95th Street (Whitehall Street)
"N" train toward 86th Street–Gravesend late nights (Whitehall Street)
"W" train toward 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. The station was overhauled in the late 1970s. The original trim lines were replaced with white cinderblock tiles, except for small recesses in the walls, which contain blue-painted cinderblock tiles. The staircases were repaired and new platform edges were installed. The blue cinderblock field contains the station-name signs and white text pointing to the exits. The renovation also replaced incandescent lighting with fluorescent lighting.

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 the 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.[5][6]

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.[5][6]

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.[5][6]

The downtown platform will become ADA-accessible with the construction of an elevator leading from Trinity Place to the downtown platform. The elevator's installation was required per zoning regulations, which mandated that the developers of 77 Greenwich Street fund transit improvements at the station.[2]

Lower Manhattan transit
Brooklyn Bridge–City Hall  4  5  (  6 )
 1  2  3  Chambers Street
Chambers Street  J  Z 
 A  C  (  E ) Chambers Street–WTC
City Hall  R  W 
 2  3  Park Place
Cortlandt Street  R  W 
Fulton Street  2  3  4  5  A  C  J  Z 
Rector Street  R  W 
 4  5  Wall Street
Wall Street  2  3 
 4  5  Bowling Green
Broad Street (  J  Z )

Image gallery[edit]


  1. ^ The New York Times, Open New Subway to Times Square, January 6, 1918
  2. ^ a b "TPHS / Trinity Place Holdings Inc. FORM 10-Q (Quarterly Report) - May 10, 2018 -". United States Securities And Exchange Commission. Retrieved April 18, 2019.
  3. ^ "NYC Subway Wireless – Active Stations". Transit Wireless Wifi. Retrieved November 13, 2019.
  4. ^ "Facts and Figures: Annual Subway Ridership 2013–2018". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. July 18, 2019. Retrieved July 18, 2019.
  5. ^ a b c Cox, Jeremiah. "Rector Street (R)". The SubwayNut. Retrieved January 2, 2017.
  6. ^ a b c "MTA Neighborhood Maps: Lower Manhattan" (PDF). Metropolitan Transportation Authority. 2015. Retrieved August 21, 2015.

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