Gates Avenue (BMT Jamaica Line)

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 Gates Avenue
 "J" train"Z" train
MTA NYC logo.svg New York City Subway station (rapid transit)
Gates Av vc.jpg
Eastern end
Station statistics
AddressGates Avenue & Broadway
Brooklyn, NY 11221
LocaleBedford-Stuyvesant, Bushwick
Coordinates40°41′22″N 73°55′19″W / 40.68949°N 73.922067°W / 40.68949; -73.922067Coordinates: 40°41′22″N 73°55′19″W / 40.68949°N 73.922067°W / 40.68949; -73.922067
DivisionB (BMT)
LineBMT Jamaica Line
BMT Lexington Avenue Line (formerly)
Services      J all except rush hours, peak direction (all except rush hours, peak direction)
      Z rush hours, peak direction (rush hours, peak direction)
Transit connectionsBus transport NYCT Bus: B52, Q24
Platforms2 side platforms
Tracks3 (2 in regular service)
Other information
OpenedMay 13, 1885; 134 years ago (1885-05-13)[1]
Station code095[2]
Passengers (2017)2,262,915[3]Increase 6.9%
Rank219 out of 425
Station succession
Next eastHalsey Street: J all except rush hours, peak direction
(Z rush hours, peak direction skips to Chauncey Street)
Next westKosciuszko Street: J all except rush hours, peak direction
(Z rush hours, peak direction skips to Myrtle Avenue)
Reid Avenue
(Lexington Avenue elevated; demolished)

Gates Avenue is a local station on the elevated BMT Jamaica Line of the New York City Subway, located at the intersection of Gates Avenue and Broadway in Bushwick, Brooklyn. It is served by the Z train during rush hours in the peak direction and by the J train at all other times.


Track layout

Gates Avenue is the oldest station in the subway system to have been built as a rapid transit station; it has been serving BMT trains for approximately 134 years. While Far Rockaway – Mott Avenue is the oldest station currently in operation in the New York City Subway system, having originally opened in 1869 as a Long Island Rail Road station, that station had an 8-year disruption in service while being converted to subway loading gauge, meaning that Gates Avenue is the system's oldest station in continuous operation.

Gates Avenue was originally opened by the Union Elevated Railroad on May 13, 1885 for the BMT Lexington Avenue Line, and has been in continuous operation since then. The BMT Jamaica Line connected to the station on June 25, 1888.[4] Prior to the Dual Contracts, trains either operated down Broadway to Broadway Ferry (which closed upon the opening of the Williamsburg Bridge tracks to Essex Street) or Lexington Avenue, eventually merging onto the Myrtle Avenue El.[5] The Dual Contracts expanded the BMT Jamaica Line, including Gates Avenue, to three tracks, allowing for express service, as well as expanding service in Manhattan down Nassau Street. In 1950, the Lexington Avenue El closed, resulting in the redirection of all trains to the Williamsburg Bridge.

Station layout[edit]

Platform level
Side platform, doors will open on the right
Southbound local "J" train toward Broad Street all times except AM rush hours (Kosciuszko Street)
"Z" train toward Broad Street AM rush hours (Myrtle Avenue)
"J" train does not stop here AM rush hours
Peak-direction express No regular service
Northbound local "J" train toward Jamaica Center–Parsons/Archer all times except PM rush hours (Halsey Street)
"Z" train toward Jamaica Center–Parsons/Archer PM rush hours (Chauncey Street)
"J" train does not stop here PM rush hours →
Side platform, doors will open on the right
M Mezzanine Fare control, station agent, MetroCard machines
G Street Level Exit/ Entrance
Western exit stair of northbound platform

This station has two side platforms and three tracks with the center express track not normally used. Each platform has beige windscreens and red canopies (both with green frames) that run along the entire length except for a small section at both ends.

The 2002 artwork here is called Dream Train by Chris Robinson and features mass transit-related stained glass windows in the station house and the windscreens.

South of this station, the BMT Jamaica Line connected to the BMT Lexington Avenue Line before it ceased operation on October 13, 1950 and some remains are visible. The next stop on the Lexington Avenue El was Reid Avenue on its way to Downtown Brooklyn and Park Row, Manhattan.


The station has exits on both the west (railroad north) end and the east (railroad south) end of its platforms. Despite the station's name, there is no longer an open exit to Gates Avenue.

On the west end, each platform has a single staircase leading to an elevated station house beneath the tracks. It has a turnstile bank and token booth. Outside fare control, two staircases lead to both eastern corners of Quincy Street and Broadway.[6]

The eastern exits are now emergency exits leading to both western corners of Palmetto Street and Broadway, just east of Gates Avenue. These exits were closed in the 1980s due to high crime.[7][8] There is a closed station house around the intermediate level of the staircases.


  1. ^ "Done at Last". Brooklyn Daily Eagle. Brooklyn, NY. May 13, 1885. p. 1.
  2. ^ "Station Developers' Information". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Retrieved June 13, 2017.
  3. ^ "Facts and Figures: Annual Subway Ridership 2012–2017". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. July 12, 2018. Retrieved July 12, 2018.
  4. ^ "The Broadway Line Opened". Brooklyn Daily Eagle. Brooklyn, NY. June 25, 1888. p. 6.
  5. ^ 1912 BMT service map NYCSubway Retrieved June 1, 2011
  6. ^ "MTA Neighborhood Maps: Bushwick" (PDF). Metropolitan Transportation Authority. 2015. Retrieved July 20, 2016.
  7. ^ Harshbarger, Rebecca; De La Hoz, Felipe (October 12, 2015). "Williamsburg, Bushwick subway entrances sealed despite ridership spike". AM New York. Retrieved July 4, 2016.
  8. ^ "Closed subway entrances". WNYC (AM). October 31, 2015. Retrieved July 4, 2016.

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