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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.

The BMT Broadway Line then curves east carrying the R service to a trailing junction with the BMT Nassau Street Line and enters the Montague Street Tunnel to Brooklyn.

Station listingEdit

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

  6 <6>  

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

  7 <7>    S   A C    E

34th Street-Herald Square all N and Q always, R all but late nights April 14, 1918 Transfer to B

  D F V  
Connection to PATH at 33rd Street

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

  6 <6>   L

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

  6 <6>   Template:NYCS Nassau Template:NYCS Broadway express

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

  6 <6>   Template:NYCS Nassau N (45) R (1234) W (123a)
Originally known as Broadway

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


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