Saratoga Avenue (IRT New Lots Line)

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Saratoga Avenue
"3" train
New York City Subway rapid transit station
Saratoga Av Livonia IRT sta jeh.jpg
Station statistics
Address Saratoga Avenue & Livonia Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11212
Borough Brooklyn
Locale Brownsville
Coordinates 40°39′42″N 73°54′56″W / 40.661531°N 73.915586°W / 40.661531; -73.915586Coordinates: 40°39′42″N 73°54′56″W / 40.661531°N 73.915586°W / 40.661531; -73.915586
Division A (IRT)
Line IRT New Lots Line
Services       2 special rush hour trips (special rush hour trips)
      3 weekdays only (weekdays only)
      4 weekends, late nights, and special rush hour trips (weekends, late nights, and special rush hour trips)
      5 special rush hour trips (special rush hour trips)
Transit connections Bus transport NYCT Bus: B7
Structure Elevated
Platforms 2 side platforms
Tracks 2
Other information
Opened November 22, 1920; 96 years ago (November 22, 1920)
Rebuilt April 11, 2016; 15 months ago (April 11, 2016) to September 19, 2016; 10 months ago (September 19, 2016)
Station code 347[1]
Passengers (2016) 1,208,956[2]Decrease 50.5%
Rank 336 out of 422
Station succession
Next north Sutter Avenue–Rutland Road: 2 special rush hour trips 3 weekdays only 4 weekends, late nights, and special rush hour trips 5 special rush hour trips
Next south Rockaway Avenue: 2 special rush hour trips 3 weekdays only 4 weekends, late nights, and special rush hour trips 5 special rush hour trips

Saratoga Avenue is a station on the IRT New Lots Line of the New York City Subway. Located at the intersection of Saratoga Avenue and Livonia Avenue in Brownsville, Brooklyn, it is served by the 3 train at all times except late nights and weekends, when the 4 train takes over service.[3] Occasional 2, 4 and 5 trains serve this station during rush hours.

Station layout[edit]

Track layout
to Sutter Av–Rutland Rd
to Rockaway Av
Platform level
Side platform, doors will open on the right
Northbound "3" train weekdays toward Harlem–148th Street ("4" train toward Woodlawn late nights, weekends, and rush hours) (Sutter Avenue–Rutland Road)[4]
Center trackway No track or roadbed
Southbound "3" train weekdays ("4" train late nights, weekends, and rush hours) toward New Lots Avenue (Rockaway Avenue)[5]
Side platform, doors will open on the right
M Mezzanine Station agent, MetroCard vending machines, fare control
G Street Level Exit/ Entrance

This elevated station, opened on November 22, 1920,[6] has two side platforms and two tracks with space for a center track that was never installed. Both platforms are longer than the standard IRT train length of 510 feet and have beige windscreens and brown and red canopies with green canopies with green frames and support columns for their entire length except for a small section at the west (railroad north) end. Here, they have waist-high black steel fences with two lampposts and one standard black station sign in white lettering in-between them. The windscreens and canopy frames also have black and white station signs.

The station house has several enamel white-on-navy blue "To Street" porcelain signs directing passengers to the street stairs,[7] one of which also has porcelain signs of the same style at the bottom of the canopy that says, "Interborough Rapid Transit Company: To All Trains."[8]


The station's only entrance/exit is an elevated station house beneath the tracks at the extreme east (railroad south) end. Inside fare control, it has a waiting area that allows a free transfer between directions, one staircase to the Manhattan-bound platform and two to the New Lots Avenue-bound one. One of those staircases is built adjacent to the platform instead of directly on it and connected to the station house with a wooden elevated passageway. Outside fare control, there is a turnstile bank, token booth, and three staircases going down to all corners of Saratoga and Livonia Avenues except the northeast one.[9]

Beginning on April 11, 2016 and continuing until September 19, 2016, Saratoga Avenue and Pennsylvania Avenue were closed for renovation.[10]


  1. ^ "Station Developers' Information". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Retrieved June 13, 2017. 
  2. ^ "Facts and Figures: Annual Subway Ridership 2011–2016". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. May 31, 2017. Retrieved June 1, 2017. 
  3. ^ "Clark St Tunnel Reconstruction Weekend Service Changes". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. June 8, 2017. Retrieved June 8, 2017. 
  4. ^ Occasional PM rush hour 2 trains to Wakefield–241st Street, one AM rush hour 4 train to Woodlawn, and one AM rush hour 5 trains to both East 180th Street and Dyre Avenue also serve the station during rush hours.
  5. ^ Occasional AM rush hour 2 and PM rush hour 4 trains also serve this station.
  6. ^ "Annual report. 1920-1921.". HathiTrust. Interborough Rapid Transit. Retrieved 2016-09-05. 
  7. ^ "To Street" porcelain sign (The Subway Nut)
  8. ^ IRT "To All Trains" porcelain sign (The Subway Nut)
  9. ^ "MTA Neighborhood Maps: Brownsville" (PDF). Metropolitan Transportation Authority. 2015. Retrieved 19 July 2015. 
  10. ^ The Stations Were Closed for Renewal Work Since April, MTA, September 16, 2016.

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