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BMT Myrtle Avenue Line

By Peggy Darlington (about) (contact)
Edited by David Pirmann (about) (contact)

R42 4623 on "M" service approaching Forest Avenue, 2002. Photo by Rich Panse.

Today's Myrtle Ave. line is a shadow of a former line which ran from downtown Brooklyn (Jay Street) to Broadway/Myrtle upper level where it continued along this right of way. Original service patterns had the line continuing past Jay St. to Park Row in lower Manhattan via the Brooklyn Bridge. Through 1959, the line south of Broadway was operated with old Brooklyn Union/BRT open gate cars, then until 1968 using the BMT-modified "Q" cars. This line was the last in the city still using wooden-body el cars. The northern portion of the line (north of Broadway) was rebuilt to heavier standards and some service ran from the Broadway line north to Metropolitan Ave. Today's M train runs from Metropolitan to Broadway/Myrtle lower level at all times. During rush hours it continues along Broadway to Manhattan and then to Brooklyn via the Montague Street tunnel and BMT 4th Ave. subway.


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