Bay Ridge Avenue (BMT Fourth Avenue Line)

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Bay Ridge Avenue
New York City Subway rapid transit station
Bay Ridge Avenue - Uptown Platform.jpg
Manhattan-bound platform
Station statistics
Address Bay Ridge Avenue & Fourth Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11220
Borough Brooklyn
Locale Bay Ridge
Coordinates 40°38′1.24″N 74°1′25.87″W / 40.6336778°N 74.0238528°W / 40.6336778; -74.0238528Coordinates: 40°38′1.24″N 74°1′25.87″W / 40.6336778°N 74.0238528°W / 40.6336778; -74.0238528
Division B (BMT)
Line BMT Fourth Avenue Line
Services       R all times (all times)
Transit connections Bus transport New York City Bus: B9, B63 (on Fifth Avenue), B64, B70
Structure Underground
Platforms 2 side platforms
Tracks 2
Other information
Opened January 15, 1916 (101 years ago) (1916-01-15)[1]
Wireless service Wi-Fi and cellular service is provided at this station[2]
Passengers (2015) 2,623,309[3]Increase 1%
Rank 190 out of 425
Station succession
Next north 59th Street: R all times
Next south 77th Street: R all times

Bay Ridge Avenue is a station on the BMT Fourth Avenue Line of the New York City Subway, located at the intersection of Bay Ridge Avenue and Fourth Avenue in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn. It is served by the R train at all times.

Station layout[edit]

Track layout
to 59 St
to 77 St
G Street Level Exit/Entrance
B1 Mezzanine Fare control, station agent
B2 Side platform, doors will open on the right
Northbound NYCS-bull-trans-R.svg toward Forest Hills–71st Avenue (Whitehall Street late nights) (59th Street)
Southbound NYCS-bull-trans-R.svg toward Bay Ridge–95th Street (77th Street)
Side platform, doors will open on the right
The 68th Street exit-only staircase

This underground station, which opened on January 15, 1916,[1][4] has two tracks and two side platforms.[5] The station's mezzanine is above the platforms with two staircases leading to each. Only the 95th Street-bound platform has columns, except for the extreme ends of the platform, which have no columns. All of the columns are painted blue and are standard I-beams. All columns have "Bay Ridge Av" signs on them.

There is space for an additional trackway under the northbound platform. The station is built on the west side of Fourth Avenue due to plans for a possible extension of the express tracks south of 59th Street.[6] As a result of the possibility of the extension of the express tracks, there is space underneath the northbound platform for an additional trackway at this station for the Bay Ridge-bound express track. This also can be found at 77th Street. Further evidence of the provisions for tracks on the east side of Fourth Avenue can be seen north of this station, where the subway is carried in the lower deck of a bridge (Fourth Avenue) over the LIRR Bay Ridge Branch cut.[7] On this cut it can be seen that the bridge has four trackways of which only the western two are used. The tunnel leading up to each side of the bridge was built for two tracks only.

This station was overhauled in the late 1970s, which included fixing the station's structure and overall appearance. The original trim lines were replaced with gray and blue cinderblock tiles. The staircases were repaired and new platform edges were installed. The blue cinderblock field contains the station signs and white text pointing to the exits. The landing in the southbound platform's exit-only is the only area in the station that contains the original 1915 trim line with "B.R." tiled on it.

Under the 2015–2019 MTA Capital Plan, the station, along with thirty other New York City Subway stations, will undergo a complete overhaul and would be entirely closed for up to six months. Updates would include cellular service, Wi-Fi, charging stations, improved signage, and improved station lighting.[8][9] From January to May 2016, Grimshaw Architects worked on a design for the station's renovation, with Arup Group acting as a consultant. The award for Package 1 of the renovations, which will cover renovations at the Prospect Avenue, 53rd Street, and Bay Ridge Avenue stations on the BMT Fourth Avenue Line, was awarded on November 30, 2016.[10] The station will be closed from April 29, 2017, to October 2017 for these renovations.[11][12]


From the mezzanine outside of fare control, two staircases lead to either southern corners of Bay Ridge and Fourth Avenues. The 95th Street-bound platform has an additional exit-only near the north end; a single-platform level turnstile leads to a small landing, where a double-flight staircase goes up to the northwest corner of 68th Street and Fourth Avenue.[13]


  1. ^ a b "Subway Running To Eighty-Sixth Street Starts Building Boom In Bay Ridge". Brooklyn Daily Eagle. January 15, 1916. Retrieved 29 June 2015 – via 
  2. ^ "NYC Subway Wireless – Active Stations". Transit Wireless Wifi. Retrieved 2016-05-18.
  3. ^ "Facts and Figures: Annual Subway Ridership". New York: Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Retrieved 2016-04-19. 
  4. ^ Senate, New York (State) Legislature (1917-01-01). Documents of the Senate of the State of New York. 
  5. ^ Marrero, Robert (2017-01-01). "472 Stations, 850 Miles" (PDF). B24 Blog, via Dropbox. Retrieved 2015-10-09. 
  6. ^ "Brooklyn Subway Extension Plan: Fourth Ave. Line to 86th St., Tunnel to Staten Island, and Eventually a Through Route to Coney Island". The New York Times. February 16, 1912. Retrieved 28 June 2015. 
  7. ^ Video on YouTube
  8. ^ "MTA Will Completely Close 30 Subway Stations For Months-Long "Revamp"". Gothamist. Retrieved 2016-07-18. 
  9. ^ "MTAStations" (PDF). Government of the State of New York. Retrieved 2016-07-18. 
  10. ^ "Capital Program Oversight Committee Meeting" (PDF). Metropolitan Transportation Authority. November 2016. Retrieved 2016-11-27. 
  11. ^ Spivack, Caroline (January 16, 2017). "Shuttle scuttle: Riders demand extra buses during three subway stations' closure". Brooklyn Paper. Retrieved 2017-01-27. 
  12. ^ "MTA will close these Brooklyn subway stops to facilitate upgrades". Curbed NY. 2017-03-22. Retrieved 2017-03-24. 
  13. ^ "MTA Neighborhood Maps: Bay Ridge" (PDF). Metropolitan Transportation Authority. 2015. Retrieved 2 August 2015. 

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