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The BMT Broadway Line is a rapid transit line of the BMT division of the New York City Subway system. The line was built as a part of the BRT Broadway–Fourth Avenue Subway. Trains of the N and Q serve the express run via the Manhattan Bridge and the R line serves the local (the R extends into Brooklyn via the Montague Street Tunnel). The line is often referred to as the "N 'n' R" due to the N and R services that were the only services which continued to operate over the line during the long years of closure of the Manhattan Bridge south tracks. Trains using this mainline are assigned the color yellow.
Extent and serviceEdit
The BMT Broadway Line begins at the 60th Street Tunnel from Queens. It runs west under 60th Street as a two-track subway line, with stations at Lexington Avenue-59th Street and Fifth Avenue/59th Street. It then turns south to Seventh Avenue into the local tracks at 57th Street. This segment of the line carries the N service from the BMT Astoria Line and the R service from the IND Queens Boulevard Line.
At the 57th Street-Seventh Avenue station, the line joins two express tracks that enter the station from the north via the BMT 63rd Street Line. There is no scheduled BMT service on the 63rd Street Line at present. The BMT 63rd Street Line will carry the Q service across 63rd Street and up the proposed Second Avenue Line, when and if it is built. The express tracks at 57th Street are currently used as terminal tracks for the Q train.
The BMT Broadway Line proceeds as a four-track subway down Seventh Avenue to its intersection with Broadway, and then continues down Broadway to a point north of Canal Street, where the express tracks carrying the N and Q services are lowered and turn sharply east into the Canal Street (formerly Broadway) station of the BMT Broadway Bridge Line.
Immediately after Canal Street, the express tracks resume again (originally they had been intended to run through) and serve as storage and turning tracks, bypassing Canal Street local station and ending in the disused lower level of City Hall. The local tracks continue south as a two-track subway to Whitehall Street station. Whitehall Street is a three track, two-platform station, with the center track set up as a terminal track, formerly used as the south terminal for W trains.
|Station||Tracks||Services||Opened||Transfers and notes|
|begins as a merge of the BMT Astoria Line (N always and the IND Queens Boulevard Line (R all but late nights)|
|Lexington Avenue-59th Street||local||N always, R all but late nights||March 11, 1920||Transfer to 4 5|
|Fifth Avenue/59th Street||local||N always, R all but late nights||August 1, 1920|
|merges on express tracks from the BMT 63rd Street Line (no regular service)|
|57th Street-Seventh Avenue||all||N and Q always, R all but late nights||June 19, 1919|
|49th Street||local||N always, R all but late nights||December 1, 1918|
|Times Square-42nd Street||all||N and Q always, R all but late nights||April 14, 1918||Transfer to 1 2 3|
|34th Street-Herald Square||all||N and Q always, R all but late nights||April 14, 1918||Transfer to B|
|28th Street||local||N weekends and late nights, R all but late nights||April 14, 1918|
|23rd Street||local||N weekends and late nights, R all but late nights||April 14, 1918|
|14th Street-Union Square||all||N always, R all but late nights||April 14, 1918||Transfer to 4 5|
|Eighth Street-NYU||local||N weekends and late nights, R all but late nights||June 22, 1917|
|Prince Street||local||N late nights, R all but late nights||April 14, 1918|
|express tracks split from local tracks (N all but late nights, Q always)|
|Canal Street||local||N late nights, R all but late nights||January 5, 1918||Transfer to 4 5|
|express trains continue (N all but late nights, Q always)|
|Canal Street Bridge Line||express||N all but late nights, Q always||September 4, 1917||Transfer to 4 5|
|express trains continue into Brooklyn via Manhattan Bridge (N all but late nights, Q always)|
|local trains continue (N late nights, R all but late nights|
|City Hall||local||N late nights, R all but late nights||April 14, 1918|
|Cortlandt Street||local||N late nights, R all but late nights||April 14, 1918||Closed until Spring 2007|
|Rector Street||local||N late nights, R all but late nights||April 14, 1918|
|Whitehall Street-South Ferry||all||N late nights, R all but late nights||August 18, 1918|
|merges with BMT Nassau Street Line (M rush hours)|
|continues into Brooklyn via the Montague Street Tunnel (M rush hours, N late nights, R all but late nights)|
- *Northbound only
- **Southbound only