New Lots Avenue station (IRT New Lots Line)

New Lots Avenue is the eastern (railroad southern) terminal of the IRT New Lots Line of the New York City Subway. It is the terminal for the 3 train at all times except late nights, when the 4 train takes over service. During weekday rush hours, occasional 2, 4 and 5 trains also stop here.[3]

 New Lots Avenue
 "3" train
MTA NYC logo.svg New York City Subway station (rapid transit)
New Lots Avenue Station - IRT.jpg
The platform of the New Lots Avenue station in May 2015.
Station statistics
AddressNew Lots Avenue & Livonia Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11208
BoroughBrooklyn
LocaleEast New York
Coordinates40°39′59″N 73°52′57″W / 40.666382°N 73.882585°W / 40.666382; -73.882585Coordinates: 40°39′59″N 73°52′57″W / 40.666382°N 73.882585°W / 40.666382; -73.882585
DivisionA (IRT)
LineIRT New Lots Line
Services      2 limited rush hour service in the peak direction (limited rush hour service in the peak direction)
      3 all except late nights (all except late nights)
      4 late nights, and limited rush hour service in the peak direction (late nights, and limited rush hour service in the peak direction)
      5 limited a.m. rush hour service in the northbound direction only (limited a.m. rush hour service in the northbound direction only)
Transit connectionsBus transport NYCT Bus: B6, 20 airtransportation.svg B15, B84
StructureElevated
Platforms1 island platform
Tracks2
Other information
OpenedOctober 16, 1922; 97 years ago (October 16, 1922)
Station code352[1]
Accessiblenot ADA-accessible; accessibility planned
Traffic
Passengers (2018)1,644,379[2]Decrease 9.2%
Rank274 out of 424
Station succession
Next westVan Siclen Avenue: 2 limited rush hour service in the peak direction3 all except late nights4 late nights, and limited rush hour service in the peak direction5 limited a.m. rush hour service in the northbound direction only
Next east(Terminal): 2 limited rush hour service in the peak direction3 all except late nights4 late nights and limited rush hour service in the peak direction

HistoryEdit

 
Street entrance

The New Lots Line was built as a part of Contract 3 of the Dual Contracts between New York City and the Interborough Rapid Transit Company, including the New Lots Avenue station.[4] It was built as an elevated line because the ground in this area is right above the water table, and as a result the construction of a subway would have been prohibitively expensive.[5] The first portion of the line between Utica Avenue and Junius Street opened on November 22, 1920, with shuttle trains operating over this route.[6][7] The line opened one more stop farther to the east to Pennsylvania Avenue on December 24, 1920.[7]

While work at this station and at Van Siclen Avenue was practically completed in 1921, they could not open yet because trains could not run to the terminal until track work, the signal tower, and the compressor room were in service.[8]:129–130 Work began on June 19, 1922, and shuttles started operating between Pennsylvania Avenue and New Lots Avenue on October 16, 1922.[7] A two-car train operated on a single track on the northbound track.[9] On October 31, 1924, through service to New Lots Avenue was begun.[9]

As part of an 18-month capital budget that took effect on January 1, 1963, this station was reconstructed.[10]

In 1968, as part of the proposed Program for Action, the IRT New Lots Line would have been extended southerly through the Livonia Yard to Flatlands Avenue to a modern terminal at Flatlands Avenue and Linwood Street, replacing the New Lots Avenue terminal. This line would have run at ground level and it would have provided better access to the then-growing community of Spring Creek. This extension would have been completed at the cost of $12 million.[11][12]

Station layoutEdit

Track layout
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
P
Platform level
'   toward 148th Street (Van Siclen Avenue)
  toward Woodlawn rush hours and late nights (Van Siclen Avenue)[13]
  alighting passengers only[14]
Island platform, doors will open on the left or right
'   toward 148th Street (Van Siclen Avenue)
  toward Woodlawn rush hours and late nights (Van Siclen Avenue)[13]
  alighting passengers only[14]
M Mezzanine Fare control, station agent, MetroCard machines
G Street level Exit/entrance

This elevated station has two tracks and one island platform.[15] The station has an active tower and crew quarters at platform level. The platform has a canopy for most of its length.

To the east of the station, the tracks curve into Livonia Yard. Northeast of the station, there is a never-used trackway structure which continues for about 75 feet (23 m). This extension was a provision for the line to continue east on New Lots Avenue.

ExitsEdit

The station's sole exit is two staircases to either western corner of Livonia Avenue and Ashford Street via an elevated, wooden mezzanine/station house under the far eastern end of the platform.[16]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Station Developers' Information". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Retrieved June 13, 2017.
  2. ^ "Facts and Figures: Annual Subway Ridership 2013–2018". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. July 18, 2019. Retrieved July 18, 2019.
  3. ^
  4. ^ "Nearly 70 Track Miles to Be Added To Rapid Transit Facilities in 1920". Brooklyn Standard Union. December 28, 1919. Retrieved August 14, 2016 – via Fulton History.
  5. ^ "Differ Over Assessment Plans in Transit Projects: Eastern Parkway Subway and Livonia Avenue Extension the Cause of Bitter Dissension Among Property Owners Uptown". The Daily Standard Union. March 13, 1910. Retrieved August 14, 2016 – via Fulton History.
  6. ^ "Annual report. 1920-1921". HathiTrust. Interborough Rapid Transit. Retrieved September 5, 2016.
  7. ^ a b c Cunningham, Joseph; DeHart, Leonard O. (1993). A History of the New York City Subway System. J. Schmidt, R. Giglio, and K. Lang. p. 53.
  8. ^ Commission, New York (State) Transit (1922). Annual Report ... J.B. Lyon Company.
  9. ^ a b "IRT Brooklyn Line Opened 90 Years Ago". New York Division Bulletin. New York Division, Electric Railroaders' Association. 53 (9). September 2010. Retrieved August 31, 2016 – via Issu.
  10. ^ "For Release Sunday, July 12, 1964" (PDF). New York City Office of the Mayor. July 12, 1964. Retrieved August 28, 2019.
  11. ^ "Full text of "Metropolitan transportation, a program for action. Report to Nelson A. Rockefeller, Governor of New York."". Internet Archive. November 7, 1967. Retrieved October 1, 2015.
  12. ^ Feinman, Mark. "The New York Transit Authority in the 1970s". nycsubway.org. Retrieved April 23, 2015.
  13. ^ a b Occasional PM rush hour   trains to Wakefield, one   AM rush hour train to Dyre Avenue, and one AM rush hour   train to Woodlawn begin here during rush hours.
  14. ^ a b Occasional AM rush hour   and PM rush hour   trains also terminate here during rush hours. This is the terminal for the   during nights and weekends.
  15. ^ Dougherty, Peter (2006) [2002]. Tracks of the New York City Subway 2006 (3rd ed.). Dougherty. OCLC 49777633 – via Google Books.
  16. ^ "MTA Neighborhood Maps: East New York" (PDF). mta.info. Metropolitan Transportation Authority. 2015. Retrieved 19 July 2015.

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