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Saratoga Avenue station (IRT New Lots Line)

 Saratoga Avenue
 "3" train
MTA NYC logo.svg New York City Subway station (rapid transit)
Saratoga Av Livonia IRT sta jeh.jpg
Station statistics
AddressSaratoga Avenue & Livonia Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11212
Coordinates40°39′42″N 73°54′56″W / 40.661531°N 73.915586°W / 40.661531; -73.915586
DivisionA (IRT)
LineIRT New Lots Line
Services      2 limited rush hour service in the peak direction (limited rush hour service in the 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)
Transit connectionsBus transport NYCT Bus: B7
Platforms2 side platforms
Other information
OpenedNovember 22, 1920; 98 years ago (November 22, 1920)
RebuiltApril 11, 2016; 3 years ago (April 11, 2016) to September 19, 2016; 3 years ago (September 19, 2016)
Station code347[1]
Passengers (2018)1,535,733[2]Decrease 9.8%
Rank285 out of 424
Station succession
Next westSutter Avenue–Rutland Road: 2 limited rush hour service in the 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
Next eastRockaway 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

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


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.[4] 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.[5] The first portion of the line between Utica Avenue and Junius Street, including this station, opened on November 22, 1920, with shuttle trains operating over this route.[6][7] The line was completed to New Lots Avenue on October 16, 1922,[7] with a two-car train running on the northbound track.[8] On October 31, 1924, through service to New Lots Avenue was begun.[8]

From April 11, 2016 until September 19, 2016, Saratoga Avenue and Pennsylvania Avenue were closed for renovation.[9]

Station layout

Track layout
Platform level
Side platform, doors will open on the right
Northbound "2" train toward Wakefield–241st Street (rush hours only) (Sutter Avenue–Rutland Road)
"3" train toward Harlem–148th Street (Sutter Avenue–Rutland Road)
"4" train toward Woodlawn (nights and rush hours) (Sutter Avenue–Rutland Road)
"5" train toward Dyre Avenue or Nereid Avenue (rush hours only) (Sutter Avenue–Rutland Road)
Center trackway No track or roadbed
Southbound "3" train ("2" train rush hours, "4" train nights and rush hours) toward New Lots Avenue (Rockaway Avenue)
Side platform, doors will open on the right
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.[10] Both platforms are longer than the standard IRT train length of 514 feet (157 m) and have beige windscreens and brown and red canopies with green canopies with green frames and support columns for their entire length except for a small section at the west (railroad north) end. Here, they have waist-high black steel fences with two lampposts and one standard black station sign in white lettering in-between them. The windscreens and canopy frames also have black and white station signs.

The station house had several enamel white-on-navy blue "To Street" porcelain signs directing passengers to the street stairs,[11] one of which also had porcelain signs of the same style at the bottom of the canopy that said, "Interborough Rapid Transit Company: To All Trains."[12] These signs were removed during the 2016 renovation.


The station's only entrance/exit is an elevated station house beneath the tracks at the extreme east (railroad south) end. Inside fare control, it has a waiting area that allows a free transfer between directions, one staircase to the Manhattan-bound platform and two to the New Lots Avenue-bound one. One of those staircases is built adjacent to the platform instead of directly on it and connected to the station house with a wooden elevated passageway. Outside fare control, there is a turnstile bank, token booth, and three staircases going down to all corners of Saratoga and Livonia Avenues except the northeast one.[13]


  1. ^ "Station Developers' Information". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Retrieved June 13, 2017.
  2. ^ "Facts and Figures: Annual Subway Ridership 2013–2018". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. July 18, 2019. Retrieved July 18, 2019.
  3. ^
  4. ^ "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.
  5. ^ "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.
  6. ^ "Annual report. 1920-1921". HathiTrust. Interborough Rapid Transit. Retrieved September 5, 2016.
  7. ^ a b Cunningham, Joseph; DeHart, Leonard O. (1993). A History of the New York City Subway System. J. Schmidt, R. Giglio, and K. Lang. p. 53.
  8. ^ 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.
  9. ^ "The Stations Were Closed for Renewal Work Since April". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. September 16, 2016. Retrieved August 28, 2019.
  10. ^ Dougherty, Peter (2006) [2002]. Tracks of the New York City Subway 2006 (3rd ed.). Dougherty. OCLC 49777633 – via Google Books.
  11. ^ "To Street" porcelain sign (The Subway Nut)
  12. ^ IRT "To All Trains" porcelain sign (The Subway Nut)
  13. ^ "MTA Neighborhood Maps: Brownsville" (PDF). Metropolitan Transportation Authority. 2015. Retrieved 19 July 2015.

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