Utica Avenue

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Utica Avenue is a major avenue in Brooklyn, New York City, New York, United States. It is one of several named for the city of Utica in Upstate New York. It runs north–south and occupies the position of East 50th Street in the Brooklyn street grid, with East 49th Street to its west and East 51st Street to its east for most of its path. The south end of Utica Avenue is at Flatbush Avenue; its north end is at Fulton Street, beyond which it is continued by Malcolm X Boulevard (formerly Reid Avenue) in Bedford–Stuyvesant. Malcolm X Boulevard continues to Broadway, where it terminates on Broadway between Lawton Street and Hart Street.

The avenue runs primarily through the neighborhoods of Flatlands, Flatbush, and Crown Heights, intersecting with other main streets such as Flatlands Avenue, Kings Highway, and Linden Boulevard. Utica Avenue is a four-lane avenue throughout its entire stretch, and an important commercial street.

Public transportation[edit]

Utica Avenue is served by the New York City Subway's IRT Eastern Parkway Line (3​ and 4 trains) at the Crown Heights–Utica Avenue station at Eastern Parkway[1] and by the IND Fulton Street Line (A and ​C trains) at the Utica Avenue station on Fulton Street.[2] It is also served by the B46 and B46 SBS bus lines.[3] The southbound B17 uses Utica Avenue between Eastern Parkway and Remsen Avenue.

Proposed subway extension[edit]

Many proposals have been made for a subway under Utica Avenue, beginning as early as 1919.[4] These proposals include a line suggested in 1929 as part of the IND Second System,[5] and in 1968 under the Program for Action.[6]

In April 2015, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a new plan for building a subway line under Utica Avenue as a branch of the IRT Eastern Parkway Line to Flatbush Avenue, near Kings Plaza.[7][8] The MTA Board allocated $5 million for a feasibility study, the Utica Avenue Subway Extension Study, for this proposal in the MTA's 2015–2019 Capital Program.[9] In August 2016, it was reported that the MTA was looking into an extension of the IRT Nostrand Avenue Line along Flatbush Avenue to Marine Park, which would allow trains to serve Kings Plaza.[10] Planning on the Utica Avenue Line stalled[11][12] because it was no longer viewed as a priority by the MTA.[13] However, planning resumed in April 2019 when New York City Transit joined city agencies in launching the Utica Avenue Transit Improvement Study. The study will look into a subway extension, improved bus rapid transit, and a new light rail line. On April 8, 2019, the MTA started to meet with local officials and survey local residents.[14] Since the study occurred concurrently with the redesign of Brooklyn bus routes, the MTA decided to prioritize the Utica Avenue transit study.[15]


  1. ^ nycsubway.org – Utica Avenue: Brooklyn IRT
  2. ^ nycsubway.org – Utica Avenue: Fulton Street Subway
  3. ^ MTA Regional Bus Operations. "B46 bus schedule".
  4. ^ "Transit Outlook Bright in Brooklyn – First Branch Lines on Assessment Plan Likely to be Built in That Borough". The New York Times. March 6, 1910. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved August 9, 2016.
  5. ^ "100 Miles of Subway in New City Project; 52 of them in Queens". The New York Times. 1929-09-16. Retrieved 2020-02-14.
  6. ^ Witkin, Richard (1968-02-29). "$2.9-BILLION TRANSIT PLAN FOR NEW YORK AREA LINKS SUBWAYS, RAILS, AIRPORTS". The New York Times. Retrieved 2020-02-14.
  7. ^ Fitzsimmons, Emma G. (April 22, 2015). "Mayor de Blasio Revives Plan for a Utica Avenue Subway Line". The New York Times. Retrieved April 23, 2015.
  8. ^ Fermino, Jennifer (April 22, 2015). "De Blasio unveils 'One New York' plan combining efforts to fight poverty, improve environment, add transit". New York Daily News. Retrieved April 23, 2015.
  9. ^ "MTA Capital Program 2015-2019 Renew. Enhance. Expand.Amendment No. 2 As Proposed to the MTA Board May 2017" (PDF). mta.info. May 24, 2017. Retrieved May 24, 2017.
  10. ^ "MTA looks into possible new subway line to Marine Park". news12.com. News 12 Brooklyn. August 8, 2016. Archived from the original on August 12, 2016. Retrieved August 9, 2016.
  11. ^ Penner, Larry (December 27, 2017). "Is Mayor Bill de Blasio's Utica Avenue Brooklyn subway extension dead?". Metro US. Retrieved January 4, 2018.
  12. ^ Burger, Elena (February 21, 2017). "Little Progress on Utica Avenue Subway Expansion". Gotham Gazette. Retrieved January 4, 2018.
  13. ^ Jacobson, Savannah (March 25, 2019). "City Transportation Commissioner on Managing the Streets, Expanding the Subway, & More". Gotham Gazette. Retrieved April 7, 2019.
  14. ^ Rivoli, Dan (April 5, 2019). "MTA to Study if a Utica Avenue Subway Extension is Worth Pursuing". ny1.com. Retrieved April 7, 2019.
  15. ^ Hallum, Mark (2020-02-13). "Utica Avenue transit study to inform MTA leading into Brooklyn Bus Redesign". amNewYork. Retrieved 2020-02-14.

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