Brighton Beach station (BMT Brighton Line)

Brighton Beach is an elevated express and terminal station on the BMT Brighton Line of the New York City Subway. It is located over Brighton Beach Avenue at between Brighton 5th Street and Brighton 7th Street in Brighton Beach, Brooklyn. The station is served by the Q train at all times and is the southern terminal for the B train on weekdays only.

 Brighton Beach
 "B" train"Q" train
MTA NYC logo.svg New York City Subway station (rapid transit)
Brighton Beach - Coney Island Bound Platform.jpg
Southbound platform, with a museum train of D-type Triplexes on the left.
Station statistics
AddressBrighton Sixth Street & Brighton Beach Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11235
LocaleBrighton Beach
Coordinates40°34′39″N 73°57′42″W / 40.577598°N 73.961565°W / 40.577598; -73.961565Coordinates: 40°34′39″N 73°57′42″W / 40.577598°N 73.961565°W / 40.577598; -73.961565
DivisionB (BMT)
LineBMT Brighton Line
Services      B Weekday rush hours, middays and early evenings (Weekday rush hours, middays and early evenings)
      Q all times (all times)
Transit connectionsBus transport NYCT Bus: B1, B68
Platforms2 island platforms
cross-platform interchange
Other information
Openedoriginal station: July 2, 1878; 142 years ago (1878-07-02)
Rebuiltcurrent station: 1917; 103 years ago (1917)
Station code055[1]
Opposite-direction transfer availableYes
Passengers (2019)3,745,994[3]Decrease 0.9%
Rank133 out of 424[3]
Station succession
Next northSheepshead Bay: B Weekday rush hours, middays and early eveningsQ all times
Next south(Terminal): B Weekday rush hours, middays and early evenings
Ocean Parkway (local): Q all times
Ocean Parkway (express): no regular service


This station opened on July 2, 1878 as part of an excursion railroad — the Brooklyn, Flatbush and Coney Island Railway — to bring beachgoers from downtown Brooklyn (via a connection with the Long Island Rail Road) to the seashore at Coney Island on the Atlantic Ocean, at a location named Brighton Beach at the same time the railroad arrived.

During the 1964–1965 fiscal year, work was underway to lengthen the platforms to 60 feet (18 m)-long IND cars, or a nine-car train of 67 feet (20 m)-long to accommodate a ten-car train of 60-foot IND cars, or a nine-car train of 67-foot BMT cars.[4]

From September 8, 2002 to May 23, 2004, service was suspended west of Brighton Beach due to allow rebuilding of the Coney Island–Stillwell Avenue terminal station, which had deteriorated due to the effects of salt water corrosion and deferred maintenance.[5]

Station layoutEdit

Track layout
tail tracks
Platform level
Northbound local   toward 96th Street (Sheepshead Bay)
Island platform
Northbound express   weekdays toward Bedford Park Boulevard or 145th Street (Sheepshead Bay)
Southbound express   weekday termination track →
(No regular service: Ocean Parkway)
Island platform
Southbound local   toward Coney Island (Ocean Parkway)
M Mezzanine Fare control, station agent, MetroCard machines
G Street level Entrances/exits

Brighton Beach has two island platforms and four tracks.[6] The weekday-only B train (Brighton Express/Sixth Avenue Express) terminates here on the inner express tracks while the full-time Q train (Brighton Local/Broadway Express) stops here on the outer local tracks and continues to Coney Island–Stillwell Avenue. The platforms are canopied for their entire length except for small portions at either ends. There are two elevated structures above the express tracks used for office and maintenance space.

This station has two entrances/exits, both of which are elevated station houses beneath the tracks. The full-time side is at the north end and has two staircases from each platform, a large waiting area inside fare control, regular turnstile bank, and token booth. Outside of fare control, there are three street stairs, two that join together at the station house balcony and go down to either southern corners of Brighton 7th Street and Brighton Beach Avenue and one to the northwest corner. Instead of a staircase, the northeast corner has a narrow, enclosed escalator that always goes up and thus can only be used to enter the station.

The second station house has a single staircase from each platform and a pair of twin staircases going down to either side of Brighton Beach Avenue between Brighton Fifth and Brighton Sixth Streets. The token booth and regular turnstile bank here is only open weekdays from 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Two HEET turnstiles provide access to/from this entrance at other times.

Between this station and Ocean Parkway, the line becomes six tracks, the largest of any elevated portion of the system. The local and express tracks split into an extra storage track in-between them in both directions. These tracks are commonly used for storing B trains during midday hours or at the start or end of service, and they end at bumper blocks next to the platforms at Ocean Parkway.[6]

East of this station, there are crossovers and switches used by terminating B trains.[6] The Brighton Line curves north and becomes an embankment after crossing Neptune Avenue on the approach to Sheepshead Bay.

This station was renovated in the mid to late 1990s and included installation of decorative awnings on all street stairs. The 1999 artwork here is called Mermaid/Dionysus and the Pirates by Dan George and features aluminum sculptures on both platforms.


The station has two mezzanines under the platforms and tracks, each of which has four sets of stairs to the street and one to each platform.

  • The eastern (main) exit stairs are located between Brighton 7th Street and Coney Island Avenue. There is an up-only escalator in place of one of the stairs on the northern side of Brighton Beach Avenue at Coney Island Avenue.[7]
  • The western exit, which is unstaffed, is located between Brighton 5th and 6th Streets.[7]



  1. ^ "Station Developers' Information". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Retrieved June 13, 2017.
  2. ^ "Facts and Figures: Annual Subway Ridership 2014–2019". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. 2020. Retrieved May 26, 2020.
  3. ^ a b "Facts and Figures: Annual Subway Ridership 2014–2019". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. 2020. Retrieved May 26, 2020.
  4. ^ Annual Report 1964–1965. New York City Transit Authority. 1965.
  5. ^ "Stillwell Terminal Remains a Sparkling Jewel a Decade after Full Rehabilitation". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. May 20, 2014. Retrieved August 15, 2016.
  6. ^ a b c Dougherty, Peter (2006) [2002]. Tracks of the New York City Subway 2006 (3rd ed.). Dougherty. OCLC 49777633 – via Google Books.
  7. ^ a b "MTA Neighborhood Maps: Sheepshead Bay" (PDF). Metropolitan Transportation Authority. 2015. Retrieved August 2, 2015.

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