Pennsylvania Avenue station (IRT New Lots Line)

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 Pennsylvania Avenue
 "3" train
MTA NYC logo.svg New York City Subway station (rapid transit)
Penn Ave-IRT New Lots Line; 3 Train Leaves.jpg
A Manhattan-bound 3 train leaving the station before renovation
Station statistics
AddressPennsylvania Avenue & Livonia Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11207
BoroughBrooklyn
LocaleEast New York
Coordinates40°39′53″N 73°53′39″W / 40.664722°N 73.894129°W / 40.664722; -73.894129Coordinates: 40°39′53″N 73°53′39″W / 40.664722°N 73.894129°W / 40.664722; -73.894129
DivisionA (IRT)[1]
LineIRT New Lots Line
Services   2 limited rush hour service in the reverse-peak direction (limited rush hour service in the reverse-peak direction)
   3 all except late nights (all except late nights)
   4 late nights, and limited rush hour service in the peak direction (late nights, and limited rush hour service in the peak direction)
   5 limited a.m. rush hour service in the northbound direction only (limited a.m. rush hour service in the northbound direction only)
TransitBus transport NYCT Bus: B20, B83
StructureElevated
Platforms2 side platforms
Tracks2
Other information
OpenedDecember 24, 1920; 101 years ago (December 24, 1920)
Rebuilt
  • Whole station: April 11, 2016; 6 years ago (April 11, 2016) to September 19, 2016; 5 years ago (September 19, 2016)
  • Mezzanine: October 27, 2016; 5 years ago (October 27, 2016) to March 3, 2017; 5 years ago (March 3, 2017)
Opposite-
direction
transfer
Yes
Traffic
20191,360,708[3]Increase 6.3%
Rank315 out of 424[3]
Services
Preceding station New York City Subway New York City Subway Following station
Junius Street
2 limited rush hour service in the reverse-peak direction3 all except late nights4 late nights, and limited rush hour service in the peak direction5 limited a.m. rush hour service in the northbound direction only
NYCS-bull-trans-3-Std.svg Van Siclen Avenue
2 limited rush hour service in the peak direction3 all except late nights4 late nights and limited rush hour service in the peak direction
Location
Pennsylvania Avenue station (IRT New Lots Line) is located in New York City Subway
Pennsylvania Avenue station (IRT New Lots Line)
Pennsylvania Avenue station (IRT New Lots Line) is located in New York City
Pennsylvania Avenue station (IRT New Lots Line)
Pennsylvania Avenue station (IRT New Lots Line) is located in New York
Pennsylvania Avenue station (IRT New Lots Line)
Track layout

Street map

Station service legend
Symbol Description
Stops all times Stops all times
Stops late nights only Stops late nights only
Stops late nights and weekends Stops late nights and weekends
Stops rush hours only Stops rush hours only
Stops rush hours in the peak direction only Stops rush hours in the peak direction only
Stops weekdays only Stops weekdays only

The Pennsylvania Avenue station is a station on the IRT New Lots Line of the New York City Subway. Located at the intersection of Pennsylvania and Livonia Avenues in East New York, Brooklyn, it is served by the 3 train at all times except late nights, when the 4 train takes over service. During rush hours, occasional 2, 4 and 5 trains also stop here.[4]

History[edit]

Southern stair

The New Lots Line was built as a part of Contract 3 of the Dual Contracts between New York City and the Interborough Rapid Transit Company, including this station.[5] It was built as an elevated line because the ground in this area is right above the water table, and as a result the construction of a subway would have been prohibitively expensive.[6] The first portion of the line between Utica Avenue and Junius Street opened on November 22, 1920, with shuttle trains operating over this route.[7][8] The line opened one more stop farther to the east to Pennsylvania Avenue on December 24, 1920.[8] At that date, only the southbound platform was used.[9]: 129 

While work at New Lots Avenue and at Van Siclen Avenue was practically completed in 1921, they could not open yet because trains could not run to the terminal until track work, the signal tower, and the compressor room were in service.[10]: 129–130  Work began on June 19, 1922, and on October 16, 1922, shuttles began operating between this station and New Lots Avenue.[8] A two-car train operated on a single track on the northbound track.[11] On October 31, 1924, through service to New Lots Avenue was begun.[11]

From April 11, 2016 until September 19, 2016, Saratoga Avenue and Pennsylvania Avenue were closed for renovation.[12] A truck accident on October 27, 2016 damaged the station's mezzanine, so it was closed again for repairs until March 3, 2017. The platforms and tracks were undamaged in the accident.[13]

Station layout[edit]

P
Platform level
Side platform
Northbound "3" train toward 148th Street (Junius Street)
"4" train toward Woodlawn late nights (Junius Street)
"2" train toward 241st Street (select rush hour trips) (Junius Street)
"5" train toward Dyre Avenue (select rush hour trips) (Junius Street)
Center trackway No track or roadbed
Southbound "3" train ("4" train late nights) toward New Lots Avenue (Van Siclen Avenue)
"2" train"4" train toward New Lots Avenue (select rush hour trips) (Van Siclen Avenue)
Side platform
M Mezzanine Fare control, station agent, MetroCard machines
G Street level Exit/entrance

This elevated station has two side platforms and two tracks with space for a center track that was never installed.[14] Both platforms have beige windscreens and brown canopies with green support frames and columns that run along the entire length except for a small section at the extreme west (railroad north) end. Here, there are only waist-high black steel fences. The station name plates are in the standard black with white lettering. The platforms are slightly longer than the standard IRT train length of 514 feet (157 m).[citation needed]

Exits[edit]

The station's only entrance/exit is an elevated station house beneath the tracks. Inside fare control, there is a turnstile bank, waiting area that allows a free transfer between directions, and a single staircase to each platform at their extreme east (railroad south) ends. Outside fare control, there is a token booth and two staircases going down to the northeast and southwest corners of Pennsylvania and Livonia Avenues.[15] The landing on the south side of the station house has an exit-only turnstile to allow passengers on New Lots Avenue-bound trains to exit the station without having to go through the station house. The exterior of the station house, including the staircase canopies, doors, and fences were painted red in July 2009.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Glossary". Second Avenue Subway Supplemental Draft Environmental Impact Statement (SDEIS) (PDF). Vol. 1. Metropolitan Transportation Authority. March 4, 2003. pp. 1–2. Archived from the original (PDF) on February 26, 2021. Retrieved January 1, 2021.
  2. ^ "Facts and Figures: Annual Subway Ridership 2014–2019". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. 2020. Retrieved May 26, 2020.
  3. ^ a b "Facts and Figures: Annual Subway Ridership 2014–2019". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. 2020. Retrieved May 26, 2020.
  4. ^ *"2 Subway Timetable, Effective September 13, 2020". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Retrieved December 9, 2020.
  5. ^ "Nearly 70 Track Miles to Be Added To Rapid Transit Facilities in 1920". Brooklyn Standard Union. December 28, 1919. Retrieved August 14, 2016 – via Fulton History.
  6. ^ "Differ Over Assessment Plans in Transit Projects: Eastern Parkway Subway and Livonia Avenue Extension the Cause of Bitter Dissension Among Property Owners Uptown". The Daily Standard Union. March 13, 1910. Retrieved August 14, 2016 – via Fulton History.
  7. ^ "Annual report. 1920-1921". HathiTrust. Interborough Rapid Transit. Retrieved September 5, 2016.
  8. ^ a b c Cunningham, Joseph; DeHart, Leonard O. (1993). A History of the New York City Subway System. J. Schmidt, R. Giglio, and K. Lang. p. 53.
  9. ^ Annual Report. J.B. Lyon Company. 1922.
  10. ^ Commission, New York (State) Transit (1922). Annual Report ... J.B. Lyon Company.
  11. ^ a b "IRT Brooklyn Line Opened 90 Years Ago". New York Division Bulletin. New York Division, Electric Railroaders' Association. 53 (9). September 2010. Retrieved August 31, 2016 – via Issu.
  12. ^ "The Stations Were Closed for Renewal Work Since April". mta.info. Metropolitan Transportation Authority. September 16, 2016. Retrieved August 28, 2019.
  13. ^ "Pennsylvania Av 3 Line Station Re-opens". mta.info. Metropolitan Transportation Authority. March 3, 2017. Retrieved August 28, 2019.
  14. ^ Dougherty, Peter (2006) [2002]. Tracks of the New York City Subway 2006 (3rd ed.). Dougherty. OCLC 49777633 – via Google Books.
  15. ^ "MTA Neighborhood Maps: East New York" (PDF). mta.info. Metropolitan Transportation Authority. 2015. Retrieved 19 July 2015.

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