Fort Hamilton Parkway (IND Culver Line)

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 Fort Hamilton Parkway
 "F" train"G" train
MTA NYC logo.svg New York City Subway station (rapid transit)
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Platform view
Station statistics
AddressFort Hamilton Parkway & Prospect Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11218
BoroughBrooklyn
LocaleWindsor Terrace
Coordinates40°39′5.24″N 73°58′33.08″W / 40.6514556°N 73.9758556°W / 40.6514556; -73.9758556Coordinates: 40°39′5.24″N 73°58′33.08″W / 40.6514556°N 73.9758556°W / 40.6514556; -73.9758556
DivisionB (IND)
LineIND Culver Line
Services      F all times (all times)
      G all times (all times)
Transit connectionsBus transport MTA Bus: B103
StructureUnderground
Platforms2 side platforms
Tracks4 (2 in regular service)
Other information
OpenedOctober 7, 1933; 85 years ago (1933-10-07)
Station code242[1]
Wireless serviceWi-Fi and cellular service is provided at this station[2]
Traffic
Passengers (2017)1,786,458[3]Decrease 3.2%
Rank267 out of 425
Station succession
Next north15th Street–Prospect Park: F all timesG all times
Next southChurch Avenue: F all timesG all times

Fort Hamilton Parkway is a local station on the IND Culver Line of the New York City Subway. It is served by the F and G trains at all times.

History[edit]

One of the goals of Mayor John Hylan's Independent Subway System (IND), proposed in the 1920s was a line to Coney Island, reached by a recapture of the BMT Culver Line.[4][5] As originally designed, service to and from Manhattan would have been exclusively provided by Culver express trains, while all local service would have fed into the IND Crosstown Line.[6] The line was extended from Bergen Street to Church Avenue on October 7, 1933, including the Fort Hamilton Parkway station.[7][8]

The IND Culver Line's Church Avenue and Fort Hamilton Parkway stations were the last underground stations to get fluorescent lighting on platform level, which replaced the incandescent lighting in 1987.

Station layout[edit]

G Street Level Exit/Entrance
B1 Mezzanine Fare control, station agent
B2
Platform level
Side platform, doors will open on the right
Northbound local "F" train toward Jamaica–179th Street (15th Street–Prospect Park)
"G" train toward Court Square (15th Street–Prospect Park)
Southbound local "F" train toward Coney Island–Stillwell Avenue (Church Avenue)
"G" train toward Church Avenue (Terminus)
Side platform, doors will open on the right
B3
Express tracks
Northbound express No regular service
Southbound express No regular service
Track layout
NE stair
South ramp

There are two local tracks and two side platforms. The unused express tracks run under the station and are not visible from the platforms. The tile band is orange-yellow with a medium red-brown border; the tablets are set in the reverse of this color scheme. Several replacement tiles in bright orange-red have been observed.

South of this station, on the express tracks on the lower level, there are bellmouths for a proposed subway line along Fort Hamilton Parkway and/or the parallel Tenth Avenue. After diverging into two lines at around 65th Street, the mainline would have terminated at 86th Street in Bay Ridge, and the other line would travel west from the mainline towards a partially-built tunnel to Staten Island. An alternate plan proposed a connection to the BMT West End Line at New Utrecht Avenue. These lines were planned as part of the IND Second System.[9][10][11][12][13][14][15][16]

Exits[edit]

The full-time, northern entrance is by Greenwood and Prospect Avenues, with two street staircases and a block-long passageway northward to the northeast corner of Prospect Avenue and Reeve Place for one additional street staircase. There is a closed staircase that would have led to a fare control area at platform level at the Manhattan-bound side. This area is gated shut, and about half of the space is taken by station facilities with additional tiles.[17]

The south end exit is to Fort Hamilton Parkway and has full-time HEET access and a former booth. The only exit at this end is a ramp (no staircase) that runs along the western side of the Prospect Expressway, up and down a small hill. This exit replaced the original 1933 staircase exit, when Robert Moses built the expressway. From the mezzanine area, one can see the variation in tile colors and styles when the new entrance was added in 1962, coinciding with the opening of the expressway. This can be seen when facing the ramp.[17]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Station Developers' Information". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Retrieved June 13, 2017.
  2. ^ "NYC Subway Wireless – Active Stations". Transit Wireless Wifi. Retrieved May 18, 2016.
  3. ^ "Facts and Figures: Annual Subway Ridership 2012–2017". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. July 12, 2018. Retrieved July 12, 2018.
  4. ^ New York Times, Plan to Recapture Culver Line Ready, July 12, 1932, page 9
  5. ^ New York Times, New Subway Routes in Hylan Program to Cost $186,046,000, March 21, 1925, page 1
  6. ^ "Feasibility and Analysis of F Express Service in Brooklyn" (PDF). Metropolitan Transportation Authority. May 2016. Retrieved June 24, 2016.
  7. ^ "Independent Subway Services Beginning in 1932". thejoekorner.com. August 21, 2013. Retrieved August 2, 2015.
  8. ^ "City Subway Extended". The New York Times. October 7, 1933. p. 16. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved December 18, 2018.
  9. ^ Raskin, Joseph B. (2013). The Routes Not Taken: A Trip Through New York City's Unbuilt Subway System. New York, New York: Fordham University Press. ISBN 978-0-82325-369-2.
  10. ^ Roger P. Roess; Gene Sansone (August 23, 2012). The Wheels That Drove New York: A History of the New York City Transit System. Springer Science & Business Media. pp. 416–417. ISBN 978-3-642-30484-2.
  11. ^ "Suggested Rapid Transit Lines in Richmond Borough". historicrichmondtown.org. Historic Richmond Town. 1930. Archived from the original on July 17, 2015. Retrieved July 31, 2015.
  12. ^ "DC: A Tunnel from SI to Brooklyn?". Daniel Convissor. Retrieved December 16, 2010.
  13. ^ "Transit Progress on Staten Island" (PDF). The New York Times. April 19, 1931. Retrieved June 27, 2015.
  14. ^ "City Rapid Transit Urged in Richmond" (PDF). The New York Times. April 19, 1932. Retrieved June 27, 2015.
  15. ^ "New Yorkers Urge Loan For Tunnel" (PDF). The New York Times. Washington, D.C. September 22, 1932. Retrieved June 27, 2015.
  16. ^ "Vogel to Press for West End L, Culver Links". Brooklyn Daily Eagle. August 14, 1940. pp. 1–2 – via Newspapers.com.
  17. ^ a b "MTA Neighborhood Maps: Flatbush" (PDF). mta.info. Metropolitan Transportation Authority. 2015. Retrieved August 2, 2015.

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