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The following streetcar lines once operated in Brooklyn, New York City, New York, United States.


The history of surface line operation in Brooklyn is long and very complicated, and is best presented under one of the following sub-articles which maintain the proper family tree for each of the lines listed below. These subsidiary articles are:[1][2]


Almost every surface line in Brooklyn eventually came under control of one of two subsidiary corporations under the Brooklyn-Manhattan Transit Corporation. These were the Brooklyn & Queens Transit Corporation, which operated all of the Trolley lines, including those lines that were converted to bus operation prior to the capture of the lines by the New York City Board of Transportation on June 5, 1940. The other subsidiary corporation was the Brooklyn Bus Corporation, which operated all new bus lines in Brooklyn under Franchise for the BMT.[3] Many of the lines ended at the Brooklyn Bridge in downtown Brooklyn or Williamsburg Bridge in Williamsburg, with some going over to the Park Row or Essex Street terminals in Manhattan. The small number of BMT streetcar lines that operated only in Queens are also included here.

Name From To Major streets Abandoned Notes

East-west linesEdit

36 (Sea Gate Line) Sea Gate Sheepshead Bay Surf Avenue, Neptune Avenue, and Emmons Avenue December 1, 1946 now the B36 bus
73 (Norton's Point Line) Sea Gate Coney Island private right-of-way November 7, 1948 now the B74 bus
83 (Norton's Point Shuttle) Sea Gate Surf Avenue September 26, 1935; also ran June 1943
31 (86th Street Line) Bay Ridge Coney Island 3rd Avenue, 5th Avenue, 86th Street, and Cropsey Avenue August 12, 1948 now the B64 bus
34 (Bay Ridge Avenue Line) Bay Ridge Coney Island 3rd Avenue, Bay Ridge Avenue, 13th Avenue, 86th Street, and Cropsey Avenue May 15, 1949 now the B1 bus
41N (Bergen Beach Line) Flatbush Bergen Beach Flatbush Avenue and Avenue N August 6, 1930 (east end); March 5, 1951 (whole line)
Cortelyou Road Line Kensington Prospect Park Cortelyou Road July 23, 1930 now the B23 bus
42 (Holy Cross Cemetery Line) Prospect Park South Holy Cross Cemetery Tilden Avenue April 1, 1951
8 (became 35 6-1-49) (Church Avenue Line) Greenwood Heights Brownsville 39th Street and Church Avenue October 31, 1956 now the B35 bus
13 (Gravesend and Church Avenues Line) Kensington Brownsville Gravesend Avenue (McDonald Avenue) and Church Avenue June 1, 1949
New Lots Avenue Line Brownsville New Lots New Lots Avenue September 1, 1947 now the B15 bus
77 (Fifteenth Street Line) Red Hook Windsor Terrace Hamilton Avenue and 15th Street December 1, 1945
71 (Union Street Line) Red Hook Windsor Terrace Union Street and Prospect Park West December 1, 1945 now the B71 bus
5 (St. Johns Place Line) Downtown Brownsville Atlantic Avenue, Sterling Place, St. Johns Place, and Rockaway Avenue August 24, 1947 now the B45 bus
2 (Bergen Street Line) Red Hook Ozone Park, Queens Sackett Street, Bergen Street, and Liberty Avenue July 20, 1947 now the B65 bus
25 (Fulton Street Line) Downtown East New York Fulton Street August 10, 1941 now the B25 bus
26 (Putnam Avenue Line) Downtown Ridgewood, Queens Fulton Street, Putnam Avenue, and Halsey Street September 21, 1941; restored November 29, 1942 to February 5, 1950 now the B26 bus
52 (Greene and Gates Avenues Line) Downtown Ridgewood, Queens Fulton Street, Greene Avenue, and Gates Avenue October 5, 1941 now the B52 bus
21 (DeKalb Avenue Line) Brooklyn Bridge Ridgewood, Queens DeKalb Avenue and Seneca Avenue January 30, 1949 now the B38 bus
Montague Street Line Downtown Montague Street
54 (Myrtle Avenue and Court Street Line) Red Hook Ridgewood, Queens Court Street and Myrtle Avenue July 17, 1949 now the B54 and B75 buses
Park Avenue Line Brooklyn Bridge Trinity Cemetery Park Avenue and Wilson Avenue June 19, 1930
57 (Flushing Avenue Line) Brooklyn Bridge Maspeth, Queens Flushing Avenue November 21, 1948 now the B57 bus
24 (Broadway Line) Williamsburg Bridge Cypress Hills Broadway and Fulton Street January 15, 1950 now the Q24 bus
Williamsburg Bridge Local Williamsburg Bridge Williamsburg Bridge December 4, 1948 now the B39 bus
27 (Jamaica Line) Ocean Hill Jamaica, Queens Fulton Street and Jamaica Avenue November 30, 1947 now the Q56 bus
50 (Bushwick Avenue Line) Williamsburg Bridge Ridgewood, Queens Meserole Street, Bushwick Avenue, and Myrtle Avenue September 1, 1947
14 (Wilson Avenue Line) Williamsburg Bridge Canarsie Johnson Avenue, Wilson Avenue, and Rockaway Avenue May 27, 1951 now the B60 bus
Cypress Hills Cemetery Line) Ridgewood, Queens Cypress Hills Cemetery, Queens Cypress Avenue September 1, 1947
55 (Richmond Hill Line) Ridgewood, Queens Jamaica, Queens Myrtle Avenue April 26, 1950 now the Q55 bus
53 (Metropolitan Avenue Line) Williamsburg Bridge Jamaica, Queens Grand Street and Metropolitan Avenue June 12, 1949 now the Q54 bus
Metropolitan Avenue Shuttle Williamsburg East Williamsburg Metropolitan Avenue 1920
58 (Flushing-Ridgewood Line) Ridgewood, Queens Flushing, Queens Fresh Pond Road, Grand Avenue, and Corona Avenue July 17, 1949 now the Q58 bus
59 (Grand Street Line) Williamsburg Maspeth, Queens Grand Street and Grand Avenue December 11, 1949 now the Q59 bus
Calvary Cemetery Line Greenpoint Calvary Cemetery, Queens Greenpoint Avenue January 26, 1930 now the B24 bus

North-south linesEdit

Furman Street Line Red Hook Downtown Columbia Street and Furman Street
Hicks Street Line Red Hook Cobble Hill Hicks Street 1921
28 (Erie Basin Line) Red Hook Brooklyn Bridge Columbia Street March 5, 1944 now the B61 bus
15 (Crosstown Line) Red Hook Greenpoint Columbia Street, Flushing Avenue, Wythe Avenue, Driggs Avenue, Bedford Avenue, and Manhattan Avenue January 27, 1951 now the B61 bus
65th Street-Fort Hamilton Line) Fort Hamilton Greenwood Heights 3rd Avenue and 2nd Avenue March 1, 1942
33 (Hamilton Avenue Line) Bay Ridge Red Hook 3rd Avenue and Hamilton Avenue March 29, 1942
72 (75) (Smith Street Line) Windsor Terrace Brooklyn Bridge 9th Street and Smith Street February 11, 1951 now the B75 bus
37 (Third Avenue Line) Fort Hamilton Brooklyn Bridge 3rd Avenue March 1, 1942 now the B37 bus
32 (Fifth Avenue Line) Fort Hamilton Cobble Hill 5th Avenue and Atlantic Avenue February 20, 1949 now the B63 bus
67 (Seventh Avenue Line) Windsor Terrace Brooklyn Bridge 7th Avenue and Flatbush Avenue February 11, 1951 now the B67 bus
30 (Eighth Avenue Line) Bay Ridge Greenwood Heights 8th Avenue and 39th Street May 15, 1949 now the B70 bus
38 (New Utrecht Avenue Line) Coney Island Sunset Park New Utrecht Avenue June 28, 1947
Sixteenth Avenue Line New Utrecht Kensington 16th Avenue January 26, 1930 now the B23 bus
50 (McDonald Avenue Line) Coney Island Windsor Terrace McDonald Avenue October 31, 1956
63 (68) (Coney Island Avenue Line) Coney Island Windsor Terrace Coney Island Avenue November 30, 1955 now the B68 bus
17 (Greenpoint Line) Downtown Greenpoint Myrtle Avenue, Kent Avenue, and Franklin Street November 19, 1945
41 (Flatbush Avenue Line) Marine Park Downtown Flatbush Avenue March 5, 1951 now the B41 bus
69 (Vanderbilt Avenue Line) Windsor Terrace Downtown Vanderbilt Avenue and Flushing Avenue August 20, 1950 now the B69 bus
47 (Franklin Avenue Line) Prospect Park South Williamsburg Bridge Franklin Avenue and Wythe Avenue October 28, 1945 now the B48 bus
49 (Ocean Avenue Line) The Ocean Avenue Line routing back before 1922 had a routing

from Sheepshead Bay along Ocean Avenue to Ave F (Farragut Road) to Rogers Ave to Bergen Street to Nostrand Ave to Fulton St to Marcy Ave to Broadway to Broadway Ferry: as per Interstate Map Co. Red Book Guide and Trolley Map. Before 1916 there was an alternate routing with some Cars switching back at Ave F to Rogers to Sterling Place to Washington Ave to Atlantic Ave looping at Times Plaza LIRR station(source my grandfather whom worked for BRT and BMT from 1896 to 1950) .

Sheepshead Bay

Crown Heights Ocean Avenue and Rogers Avenue April 29, 1951 now the B49 bus
43 and 44 (Nostrand Avenue Line) Sheepshead Bay Williamsburg Bridge Nostrand Avenue and Lee Avenue April 1, 1951 now the B44 bus
29 (Meeker and Marcy Avenues Line) Stuyvesant Heights Greenpoint Marcy Avenue and Meeker Avenue April 17, 1939 now the B24 bus
7 (Tompkins Avenue Line) Prospect Park Williamsburg Bridge Empire Boulevard, Kingston Avenue, and Tompkins Avenue August 24, 1947 now the B43 bus
56 (Union Avenue Line Ridgewood, Queens Greenpoint Knickerbocker Avenue, Flushing Avenue, and Union Avenue December 1, 1945
48 (Lorimer Street Line) Prospect Park South Greenpoint Franklin Avenue, Lorimer Street, and Nassau Avenue December 14, 1947 now the B48 bus
16 (Graham Avenue Line) Brooklyn Bridge Hunters Point, Queens Flushing Avenue, Graham Avenue, and Manhattan Avenue December 21, 1948 now the B43 bus
3 (Sumner Avenue Line) Brownsville Williamsburg Bridge 98th Street, Sumner Avenue (Marcus Garvey Boulevard), and Broadway July 20, 1947 now the B15 bus
46 (Utica and Reid Avenues Line) Flatlands Williamsburg Bridge Utica Avenue, Reid Avenue, and Broadway March 18, 1951 now the B46 bus
11 (Ralph Avenue Line) Brownsville Williamsburg Bridge 98th Street, Ralph Avenue, and Broadway November 1, 1943 now the B47 bus
10 (Ralph and Rockaway Avenues Line) Brownsville Williamsburg Bridge Rockaway Avenue, Ralph Avenue, and Broadway May 27, 1951 now the B47 bus
9 (Rockaway Parkway Line) Canarsie Landing Canarsie Rockaway Parkway April 29, 1951 now the B42 bus
North Beach Line Elmhurst, Queens North Beach, Queens Junction Boulevard August 24, 1949 now the Q72 bus

Other companiesEdit

Name From To Major streets Abandoned Notes
Manhattan Bridge Three Cent Line Downtown Brooklyn Chinatown, Manhattan Manhattan Bridge
Hudson Avenue Line Prospect Park Downtown Flatbush Avenue and Hudson Avenue 1871


  1. NYS Public Service Commission for the First District; Documentary History of Railroad Companies; 1913
  2. Electric Railroaders Association New York Division Bulletin Numerous issues.
  3. BMT Surface Division map, undated
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Streetcar systems

Avenue C Railroad CompanyBelt Line RailwayBleecker Street and Fulton Ferry RailroadBroadway and Seventh Avenue RailroadBroadway Surface RailroadBroadway Railway CompanyBrooklyn and North River RailroadBrooklyn & Queens Transit CorporationBrooklyn Central and Jamaica RailroadBrooklyn City Rail RoadBrooklyn Crosstown RailroadBrooklyn, Queens County and Suburban RailroadBush Terminal RailroadBushwick RailroadCalvary Cemetery, Greenpoint and Brooklyn RailroadCentral Crosstown Railroad CompanyCentral Park, North and East River RailroadChambers Street and Grand Street Ferry RailroadChristopher and Tenth Street Railroad CompanyColumbus and Ninth Avenue RailroadConey Island and Brooklyn Rail RoadConey Island, Fort Hamilton and Brooklyn RailroadDry Dock, East Broadway and Battery RailroadEighth Avenue Railroad CompanyFlushing and College Point Electric RailwayFort George and Eleventh Avenue RailroadForty-Second Street and Grand Street Ferry Railroad CompanyFourth Avenue Street RailwayFulton Street RailroadGrand Street and Newtown Rail RoadGreenpoint and Lorimer Street RailroadHouston, West Street and Pavonia Ferry RailroadInterurban Street RailwayJamaica Central Railways CompanyKings County Electric RailwayLexington Avenue and Pavonia Ferry RailroadLong Island City and Calvary Cemetery RailroadLong Island City and Maspeth RailroadLong Island City and Newtown RailwayLong Island Electric RailwayManhattan and Queens Traction CompanyManhattan Bridge Three Cent LineMarine RailwayMaspeth Avenue and Toll Bridge CompanyMaspeth Railroad and Bridge CompanyMetropolitan Crosstown Railway Metropolitan Street RailroadMetropolitan Street RailwayNassau Electric RailroadNewtown RailwayNew York City Department of Plant and StructuresNew Williamsburgh and Flatbush RailroadNew York and Harlem Railroad CompanyNew York and North Shore Traction CompanyNew York and Queens County Railway CompanyNew York and Queens Transit CorporationNew York City Railway CompanyNew York Railways CompanyNinth Avenue Railroad CompanyPark Avenue RailroadPort Richmond & Prohibition Park Electric RailroadQueensboro Bridge Railway CompanyRichmond County RailroadRichmond Light & Railroad CompanyRichmond RailwaysRikers Avenue and Sanford Point RailroadSecond Avenue RailroadSixth Avenue Railroad CompanySouth Brooklyn Street RailroadSouth Ferry Railroad CompanyStaten Island Electric RailroadStaten Island Midland RailroadStaten Island Midland RailwayStaten Island Traction CompanySteinway and Hunters Point RailroadSteinway Railway CorporationThird Avenue RailroadThird Avenue RailwayThird Avenue Transit CorporationThirty-fourth Street Crosstown RailwayTwenty-eighth and Twenty-ninth Streets Crosstown RailroadTwenty-Third Street Railroad CompanyUnion Railroad (Brooklyn)Union Railway Company of New York CityVan Brunt Street and Erie Basin Rail Road

Bus systems Affiliated Bus Transit CorporationArgus Line Transportation CorporationAvenue B & East Broadway Transit CompanyB&L TransportationBilow Bus LineBrooklyn Bus CorporationCommand Bus CompanyComprehensive Omnibus CorporationConcourse Bus LinesCourier Bus CompanyEastern Parkway, Brownsville and East New York Transit Relief AssociationEast Side Omnibus CorporationFifth Avenue Coach CompanyFifth Avenue Coach Lines, IncorporatedFlushing Heights Bus CompanyGeneral Omnibus CorporationGreater Cities Bus LinesGreen Bus LinesHamilton Bus CompanyIndependent BusesIsle Transportation Co.Jamaica Bus LineJamaica BusesKings Coach CompanyLiberty Bus TransportationLiberty Lines ExpressLong Island Coach CompanyMadison Avenue Coach Company, IncorporatedManhattan & Queens Bus CorporationMidland Coach Corporation‎Municipal Motorbus CompanyNational City Bus LinesNew York Bus ServiceNew York City Department of Plant and StructuresNew York City Omnibus CorporationNorth Shore Bus CompanyPioneer Bus CompanyPlum Beach Auto StageQueens Auto TractionQueens Bus CorporationQueens Bus LinesQueens-Nassau Transit LinesQueens Surface CorporationQueens Transit CorporationRauchwerger Bus CompanyRichmond Hill Bus LineRuoff BrothersS&C BusesS&F TransportationStaten Island Coach CompanySteinway Omnibus CorporationSteinway Transit CorporationSurface Transit, IncorporatedSurface Transportation Corporation of New YorkTompkins Bus CompanyTriangle Bus CompanyTriboro Coach CorporationWoodside-Astoria Transportation CompanyZ&M Coach Company

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