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86th Street station (BMT Fourth Avenue Line)

 86 Street
 "R" train
MTA NYC logo.svg New York City Subway station (rapid transit)
86th Street - Platform.jpg
Station platform
Station statistics
Address86th Street & Fourth Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11209
LocaleBay Ridge
Coordinates40°37′21.7″N 74°1′42.18″W / 40.622694°N 74.0283833°W / 40.622694; -74.0283833
DivisionB (BMT)
LineBMT Fourth Avenue Line
Services      R all times (all times)
Transit connectionsBus transport New York City Bus: B1, B16, S53, S79 SBS, S93; B37 (on Third Avenue); B63 (on Fifth Avenue)
Platforms1 island platform
Other information
OpenedJanuary 15, 1916 (103 years ago) (1916-01-15)[1]
Station code038[3]
Accessiblenot ADA-accessible; currently undergoing renovations for ADA access
Wireless serviceWi-Fi and cellular service is provided at this station[4]
Former/other names86th Street - Bay Ridge[2]
Passengers (2018)3,470,741[5]Decrease 1.3%
Rank140 out of 424
Station succession
Next north77th Street: R all times
Next southBay Ridge–95th Street: R all times

86th Street is a station on the BMT Fourth Avenue Line of the New York City Subway, located at 86th Street and Fourth Avenue in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn. It is served by the R train at all times.


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.[6] 86th Street opened on January 15, 1916 as part of an extension of the BMT Fourth Avenue Line from 59th Street to 86th Street.[1][7] The station was the original terminal for the BMT Fourth Avenue Line until Bay Ridge–95th Street opened on October 25, 1925.[8]

The platforms were originally 435 feet (133 m) long, allowing for six-car local trains.[9] 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.[10]


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.[11][12][13][14][15]

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.[16] Construction on the elevators started in June 2018[17] and is expected to be completed by 2020.[18]

Station layout

Track layout
G Street Level Exit/Entrance
B1 Mezzanine Fare control, station agent
B2 Northbound "R" train toward Forest Hills–71st Avenue (Whitehall Street late nights) (77th Street)
Island platform, doors will open on the left
Southbound "R" train toward Bay Ridge–95th Street (Terminus)

This underground station has two tracks and a single island platform.[19] 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.[19] The additional two tracks would be built on the eastern side of Fourth Avenue.[1][20][21] There are also large portions of the mezzanines that are now used for employees only.[20]

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.

Stairs at the SE corner of 86th Street & 4th Avenue


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.[22]

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.[11]

Bus stop

The station serves as a bus hub and terminal for several New York City Transit lines, including the S53 local and S93 limited buses and the S79 Select Bus Service to Staten Island.[2][22][23][24]

Bus stop location Route Terminus[23][24]
86th Street
at 4th Avenue
SE corner
B1 Manhattan Beach
Oriental Boulevard and Mackenzie Street
B16 Prospect Lefferts Gardens
Prospect Park Subway Station
86th Street
at 4th Avenue
NW corner
B16 Fort Hamilton
4th Avenue and Shore Road
4th Avenue
at 87th Street
NW corner
S53 Port Richmond
Port Richmond Terminal
Port Richmond Avenue and Richmond Terrace
S93 College of Staten Island
Administrative buildings
4th Avenue
at 86th Street
SE corner
S79 SBS Staten Island Mall
Marsh Avenue south of Ring Road[2]


  1. ^ a b c "Subway Running To Eighty-Sixth Street Starts Building Boom In Bay Ridge". Brooklyn Daily Eagle. January 15, 1916. Retrieved June 29, 2015 – via
  2. ^ a b c "Select Bus Service has arrived on S79". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. September 3, 2012. Retrieved 5 July 2015.
  3. ^ "Station Developers' Information". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Retrieved June 13, 2017.
  4. ^ "NYC Subway Wireless – Active Stations". Transit Wireless Wifi. Retrieved November 13, 2019.
  5. ^ "Facts and Figures: Annual Subway Ridership 2013–2018". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. July 18, 2019. Retrieved July 18, 2019.
  6. ^ Rogoff, David (May 1961). "New York Division ERA Bulletin May 1961". Google Docs. Retrieved May 8, 2017.
  7. ^ Senate, New York (State) Legislature (January 1, 1917). Documents of the Senate of the State of New York.
  8. ^ "Subway Bids Announced: For 95th Street Terminal, Brooklyn, and Corona Yard" (PDF). The New York Times. March 1, 1925. Retrieved 28 June 2015.
  9. ^ Fourth Avenue Subway, Brooklyn's New Transportation Line: A Part of the Dual System of Rapid Transit of the City of New York. Public Service Commission. June 19, 1915.
  10. ^ "12 B-M. T. STATIONS TO BE LENGTHEHED; Transportation Board Orders Engineers to Prepare Contracts for Brooklyn Work. COST PUT AT $633,000 Letter to Commission Urges That Company Be Compelled to Buy New Cars". The New York Times. February 17, 1925. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved May 4, 2017.
  11. ^ a b Golden, Martin J. (January 25, 2007). "Congressman Fossella And Senator Golden Announce Agreement For Full Renovation Of The 86th Street Subway Station". New York State Senate. Retrieved 5 July 2015.
  12. ^ Golden, Martin J. (September 23, 2008). "Senator Golden Announces Funding For Repairs At 86th Street Station". New York State Senate. Retrieved 5 July 2015.
  13. ^ Chapman, Ben (March 3, 2011). "Brooklyn artist has heart of glass: Working on mural for subway station". Daily News (New York). Retrieved 5 July 2015.
  14. ^ Fink, Homer (March 3, 2011). "Brooklyn Heights Artist Brightens Up Bay Ridge Subway". Brooklyn Heights Blog. Retrieved 5 July 2015.
  15. ^ "Brooklyn Subway Station To Undergo $8.5 Million Makeover". NY1. January 26, 2007. Archived from the original on 2007-10-10. Retrieved 7 July 2015.
  16. ^ Katinas, Paula (February 25, 2013). "Subway riders form alliance to fight for better service in Bay Ridge". Brooklyn Eagle. Retrieved 5 July 2015.
  17. ^ "MTA | news | NYCT to Begin Elevator Installation Project at 86 St Station in Bay Ridge". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. 2018-06-05. Retrieved 2018-06-05.
  18. ^ "Project Description, Budget and Scope". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. June 5, 2018. Retrieved 2018-06-05.
  19. ^ a b Dougherty, Peter (2006) [2002]. Tracks of the New York City Subway 2006 (3rd ed.). Dougherty. OCLC 49777633 – via Google Books.
  20. ^ a b "Brooklyn Subway Extension Plan: Fourth Ave. Line to 86th St., Tunnel to Staten Island, and Eventually a Through Route to Coney Island" (PDF). The New York Times. February 16, 1912. Retrieved 28 June 2015.
  21. ^ "".
  22. ^ a b "MTA Neighborhood Maps: Bay Ridge" (PDF). Metropolitan Transportation Authority. 2015. Retrieved 29 June 2015.
  23. ^ a b "Brooklyn Bus Map" (PDF). Metropolitan Transportation Authority. November 2017. Retrieved April 24, 2018.
  24. ^ a b "Staten Island Bus Map" (PDF). Metropolitan Transportation Authority. August 2018. Retrieved August 18, 2018.

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