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Lorimer Street station (BMT Jamaica Line)

 Lorimer Street
 "J" train"M" train
MTA NYC logo.svg New York City Subway station (rapid transit)
NYCT Lorimer St. Station (12351053794).jpg
Station statistics
AddressLorimer Street & Broadway
Brooklyn, NY 11206
Coordinates40°42′15″N 73°56′52″W / 40.704099°N 73.947902°W / 40.704099; -73.947902
DivisionB (BMT)
LineBMT Jamaica Line
Services      J all times except weekdays 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., peak direction (all times except weekdays 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., peak direction)
      M all times except late nights (all times except late nights)
System transfersWith MetroCard during nights and weekends only:
      G all times (all times) at Broadway
Transit connectionsBus transport NYCT Bus: B46, B48
Platforms2 side platforms
Other information
OpenedJune 25, 1888; 131 years ago (1888-06-25)[1]
Station code099[2]
OMNY acceptedNo
Opposite-direction transfer availableYes
Passengers (2018)1,495,068[3]Decrease 7.7%
Rank297 out of 424
Station succession
Next eastFlushing Avenue: J all times except weekdays 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., peak directionM all times except late nights
Next westHewes Street: J all times except weekdays 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., peak directionM all times except late nights

Lorimer Street is a local station on the BMT Jamaica Line of the New York City Subway. Located at the intersection of Lorimer Street and Broadway in Brooklyn, it is served by the J train at all times except weekdays in the peak direction and the M train at all times except late nights. The Z train skips this station when it operates.


This station opened on June 25, 1888 as part of a westward extension of the Broadway Elevated to Driggs Avenue with the final terminus of Broadway Ferry opening a few weeks later. Upon the opening of the Williamsburg Bridge tracks, trains were rerouted after Marcy Avenue to Delancey Street (later renamed Essex Street).

Station layout

Track layout
Platform level
Side platform, doors will open on the right
Westbound local[4] "J" train toward Broad Street except weekday mornings (Hewes Street)
"M" train toward Forest Hills–71st Avenue weekdays, 96th Street weekends (Hewes Street)
Peak-direction express "J" train "Z" train do not stop here (weekdays in the peak direction) →
Eastbound local[4] "J" train toward Jamaica Center–Parsons/Archer except weekday afternoons (Flushing Avenue)
"M" train toward Middle Village–Metropolitan Avenue except late nights (Flushing Avenue)
Side platform, doors will open on the right
M Mezzanine Fare control, station agent, MetroCard machines
G Street Level Entrances/exits

There are two side platforms and three tracks. The center track is used by the J and Z trains in the peak direction weekday midday and rush hours. Both platforms have beige windscreens and red canopies with green frames and support columns. Some sections of the windscreen feature mesh to allow a view of the streets below. The station name plates are in the standard black with white lettering.

The 2002 artwork here is called Roundlet Series by Annette Davidek.[5] It features 16 stained glass panels on the platform windscreens that are 36 inches tall and 36 inches wide. They all have a floral and vine theme.


Southwestern stair

This station has two entrances/exits. The full-time side is an elevated station house beneath the tracks on the northwest end. Inside fare control, it has one staircase to each platform at their extreme ends and a waiting area that allows a free transfer between directions. Outside fare control, there is a turnstile bank, token booth, and two staircases to the street. One goes down to the northwest corner of Broadway and Lorimer Street while the other goes down to the southeast peninsula formed by Throop Avenue, Lorimer Street, and Broadway. The northbound platform has an additional staircase going up to a work level above the mezzanine.[6]

The station's other entrance/exit is unstaffed and has a sealed elevated station house beneath the tracks. A single staircase from each platform goes down to the station house landing, where a single high entry/exit turnstile provides entrance/exit from the system. Another staircase then goes down to either western corner of Wallabout Street and Broadway.[6]

Broadway on the IND Crosstown Line is about two blocks to the west from the full-time entrance at Lorimer Street. Despite demands from G riders, there is no permanent free transfer from Lorimer Street to there; a free transfer was temporarily created in Summer 2014 due to the Hurricane Sandy-related shutdown of the IND Crosstown Line under the Newtown Creek.[7] A free MetroCard transfer between Broadway and Lorimer Street stations will also be provided during the 14th Street Tunnel shutdown from April 2019 to June 2020, during weekends and late nights.[8]


  1. ^ "The Broadway Line Opened". Brooklyn Daily Eagle. Brooklyn, NY. 25 June 1888. p. 6.
  2. ^ "Station Developers' Information". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Retrieved June 13, 2017.
  3. ^ "Facts and Figures: Annual Subway Ridership 2013–2018". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. July 18, 2019. Retrieved July 18, 2019.
  4. ^ a b This is a wrong-way concurrency in railroad direction.
  5. ^ Archived 2006-06-22 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ a b "MTA Neighborhood Maps: Williamsburg & Bedford-Stuyvesant" (PDF). Metropolitan Transportation Authority. 2015. Retrieved 3 July 2015.
  7. ^ Donohue, Pete (May 14, 2014). "MTA will allow free transfers for G train riders to J or M trains at Lorimer St. stop during work on Greenpoint Tube this summer". NY Daily News. Retrieved May 15, 2014.
  8. ^ Hogan, Gwynne; Tcholakian, Danielle (July 25, 2016). "The L Train Shutdown: Here's How to Commute Between Brooklyn and Manhattan". DNAinfo New York. Archived from the original on August 21, 2016. Retrieved July 26, 2016.

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