|New York City Subway station (rapid transit)|
|Address||86th Street & Fourth Avenue|
Brooklyn, NY 11209
|Line||BMT Fourth Avenue Line|
|Services||R (all times)|
|Transit connections||New York City Bus: B1, B16, S53, S79 SBS, S93; B37 (on Third Avenue); B63 (on Fifth Avenue)|
|Platforms||1 island platform|
|Opened||January 15, 1916|
|Accessible||not ADA-accessible; currently undergoing renovations for ADA access|
|Former/other names||86th Street - Bay Ridge|
|Passengers (2018)||3,470,741 1.3%|
|Rank||140 out of 424|
|Next north||77th Street: R|
|Next south||Bay Ridge–95th Street: R|
On January 24, 1913, construction began on Route 11B2, which includes this station and extends between 61st Street and 89th Street. Construction was completed on this section in 1915. 86th Street opened on January 15, 1916 as part of an extension of the BMT Fourth Avenue Line from 59th Street to 86th Street. The station was the original terminal for the BMT Fourth Avenue Line until Bay Ridge–95th Street opened on October 25, 1925.
The platforms were originally 435 feet (133 m) long, allowing for six-car local trains. On February 16, 1925, the Board of Transportation directed its engineers to prepare plans to lengthen the platforms at twelve stations along the Fourth Avenue Line, including this station, to accommodate eight-car trains at the cost of $633,000.
In 2007, then-13th District Congressman Vito Fossella and 22nd District State Senator Marty Golden secured funding for an $13.8 million renovation, completed in 2011. The renovation repaired staircases, rebuilt the station's ventilation, and installed new tiling for walls and floors as well as ADA-compliant yellow safety treads along the platform edges. The platform walls were originally tiled, but removed during renovations in the 1970s. The modern renovation restored these tiles, and added an Arts for Transit glass mosaic inspired by the old homes of the Bay Ridge neighborhood.
Plans call for the addition of two elevators, one from mezzanine to platform and the other from mezzanine to street, which would make the station fully compliant with accessibility guidelines under the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Construction on the elevators started in June 2018 and is expected to be completed by 2020.
|B1||Mezzanine||Fare control, station agent|
|B2||Northbound||← toward Forest Hills–71st Avenue (Whitehall Street late nights) (77th Street)|
|Island platform, doors will open on the left|
|Southbound||→ toward Bay Ridge–95th Street (Terminus) →|
This underground station has two tracks and a single island platform. The station was originally planned to be a four-track express station. The platform is located between what would be the two southbound tracks as north of this station, the current southbound track swings out around the platform while the northbound one remains straight. The additional two tracks would be built on the eastern side of Fourth Avenue. There are also large portions of the mezzanines that are now used for employees only.
The platform and mezzanines above have dark green columns, some of which have the standard black station name plate with white lettering. The track walls are currently tiled, formerly black with dark green and brown paint except for a small section at the extreme north end. The platform has several employee-facilities that have a mosaic trim line.
This station has two entrances/exits. The full-time one is at the south end. Two staircases from the platform go up to a mezzanine that has a turnstile bank and bodega within fare control. Outside fare control, there is a token booth and two staircases going up to either southern corners of 86th Street and Fourth Avenue.
The station's other fare control area is unstaffed. Two staircases from the platform, one of which is now closed, go up to a mezzanine that has two High Entry/Exit Turnstiles and a single staircase going up to the southwest corner of 85th Street and Fourth Avenue. Both mezzanines have their original mosaic trim line.
|Bus stop location||Route||Terminus|
at 4th Avenue
Oriental Boulevard and Mackenzie Street
|B16||Prospect Lefferts Gardens|
Prospect Park Subway Station
at 4th Avenue
4th Avenue and Shore Road
at 87th Street
Port Richmond Terminal
Port Richmond Avenue and Richmond Terrace
|S93||College of Staten Island|
at 86th Street
|S79 SBS||Staten Island Mall|
Marsh Avenue south of Ring Road
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