Seventh Avenue (BMT Brighton Line)

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Seventh Avenue
"B" train"Q" train
New York City Subway rapid transit station
NYCS BMT Brighton 7thAve.jpg
Station statistics
Address Seventh Avenue, Park Place & Flatbush Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11217
Borough Brooklyn
Locale Park Slope, Prospect Heights
Coordinates 40°40′46″N 73°58′25″W / 40.679352°N 73.973694°W / 40.679352; -73.973694Coordinates: 40°40′46″N 73°58′25″W / 40.679352°N 73.973694°W / 40.679352; -73.973694
Division B (BMT)
Line BMT Brighton Line
Services       B weekdays until 11:00 p.m. (weekdays until 11:00 p.m.)
      Q all times (all times)
Transit connections Bus transport NYCT Bus: B41, B67, B69
Structure Underground
Platforms 2 side platforms
Tracks 2
Other information
Opened August 1, 1920; 97 years ago (August 1, 1920)[1]
Station code 041[2]
Wireless service Wi-Fi and cellular service is provided at this station[3]
Traffic
Passengers (2016) 2,943,272[4]Decrease 1.2%
Rank 176 out of 422
Station succession
Next north Atlantic Avenue–Barclays Center: B weekdays until 11:00 p.m.Q all times
Next south Prospect Park: B weekdays until 11:00 p.m.Q all times

Seventh Avenue is a station on the BMT Brighton Line of the New York City Subway, located at the intersection of Seventh Avenue, Park Place and Flatbush Avenue in Park Slope and Prospect Heights, Brooklyn. It is served by the Q train at all times and the B train on weekdays. This is one of two stations on the B train named "Seventh Avenue"; the other is Seventh Avenue–53rd Street on the IND Sixth Avenue Line in Manhattan.

History[edit]

Track layout

Although on the BMT Brighton Line, Seventh Avenue was built almost fifty years after the main segment of the line from Prospect Park to Brighton Beach opened in 1878. Prior to its opening, trains on the line used what is now the Franklin Avenue Shuttle and a connection to the elevated BMT Fulton Street Line on their way to the line's terminus at Fulton Ferry in Brooklyn or Park Row in Manhattan.[5]

The station is a product of the Dual Contracts, a 1913 group of contracts that provided for the construction of BMT (as well as IRT) underground lines in Manhattan and Queens. The first of these was the BMT Broadway Line which ran from its northern terminus at Times Square–42nd Street to its southern end at Whitehall Street in 1918. The Montague Street Tunnel, which linked Whitehall Street to Prospect Park station and would be the location for Seventh Avenue, opened on August 1, 1920, and moved trains from the elevated Franklin Avenue Line to the new underground line.[1]

During the 1964–1965 fiscal year, the platforms at Seventh Avenue, along with those at six other stations on the Brighton Line, were lengthened to 615 feet to accommodate a ten-car train of 60-foot IND cars, or a nine-car train of 67-foot BMT cars.[6]

Station layout[edit]

G Street Level Exit/ Entrance
B1 Mezzanine Fare control, station agent
B2
Platform Level
Northbound local "2" train "3" train do not stop here (Bergen Street)
Side platform, doors will open on the right
Northbound "B" train toward Bedford Park Boulevard rush hours, 145th Street weekdays (Atlantic Avenue–Barclays Center)
"Q" train toward 96th Street (Atlantic Avenue–Barclays Center)
Southbound "B" train toward Brighton Beach weekdays (Prospect Park)
"Q" train toward Coney Island–Stillwell Avenue (Prospect Park)
Side platform, doors will open on the right
Southbound local "2" train "3" train do not stop here (Grand Army Plaza)
B3
Lower Level
[7]
Northbound express "4" train "5" train do not stop here
Southbound express "4" train "5" train do not stop here →

Seventh Avenue station has two tracks and two side platforms.[8] Each platform has two closed staircases that lead to a closed portion of the mezzanine above the platforms. Just north of the station, next to the southbound track, an opening in the tunnel allows a view of the southbound local track of the IRT Eastern Parkway Line.

At this point in the complex Flatbush Avenue tunnel, the IRT local tracks are to the outside of the Brighton line tracks, while the IRT express tracks run at a lower level, below the station, with emergency exits furnished from same on both platforms at this station.[7]

Exits[edit]

This station has two entrances and exits. One stair goes up to the south sidewalk of Park Place east of Flatbush Avenue, while the other stair goes to the south sidewalk of Flatbush Avenue southeast of Park Place.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "New Subways Add Seven More Miles to BRT on Aug 1". Brooklyn Daily Eagle. July 25, 1920. Retrieved August 19, 2016 – via newspapers.com. 
  2. ^ "Station Developers' Information". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Retrieved June 13, 2017. 
  3. ^ "NYC Subway Wireless – Active Stations". Transit Wireless Wifi. Retrieved 2016-05-18.
  4. ^ "Facts and Figures: Annual Subway Ridership 2011–2016". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. May 31, 2017. Retrieved June 1, 2017. 
  5. ^ 1912 BMT network map NYCSubway Retrieved 2009-07-20
  6. ^ Annual Report 1964–1965. New York City Transit Authority. 1965. 
  7. ^ a b Dual Contracts construction map
  8. ^ Dougherty, Peter (2006) [2002]. Tracks of the New York City Subway 2006 (3rd ed.). Dougherty. OCLC 49777633 – via Google Books. 
  9. ^ "MTA Neighborhood Maps: Park Slope/Prospect Park" (PDF). mta.info. Metropolitan Transportation Authority. 2015. Retrieved 2 August 2015. 

External links[edit]

Southbound platform