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Van Siclen Avenue station (IRT New Lots Line)

 Van Siclen Avenue
 "3" train
MTA NYC logo.svg New York City Subway station (rapid transit)
Van Siclen Avenue - IRT New Lots; SW over Miller Avenue.jpg
New Lots Avenue bound platform
Station statistics
AddressVan Siclen Avenue & Livonia Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11207
LocaleEast New York
Coordinates40°39′56″N 73°53′19″W / 40.665535°N 73.888593°W / 40.665535; -73.888593
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)
Platforms2 side platforms
Other information
OpenedOctober 16, 1922; 97 years ago (October 16, 1922)
RebuiltApril 20, 2015; 4 years ago (April 20, 2015) to March 28, 2016; 3 years ago (March 28, 2016)
Station code351[1]
Passengers (2018)854,150[2]Decrease 20.8%
Rank372 out of 424
Station succession
Next westPennsylvania Avenue: 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 eastNew Lots 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

Van Siclen Avenue is a station on the IRT New Lots Line of the New York City Subway, located at the intersection of Van Siclen Avenue and Livonia Avenue in East New York, 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 opened on November 22, 1920, with shuttle trains operating over this route.[6][7] The line opened one more stop farther to the east to Pennsylvania Avenue on December 24, 1920.[7] At that date, only the southbound platform was used.[8]:129

While work at this station and at New Lots Avenue was practically completed in 1921, they could not open yet because trains could not run to the terminal until track work, the signal tower, and the compressor room were in service.[9]:129–130 Work began on June 19, 1922, and this station opened on October 16, 1922 when shuttles started operating between Pennsylvania Avenue and New Lots Avenue.[7] A two-car train operated on a single track on the northbound track.[10] On October 31, 1924, through service to New Lots Avenue was begun.[10]

From April 20, 2015 to March 28, 2016, this station and Rockaway Avenue were closed for renovations.[11][12]

Station layout

Track layout
Platform level
Side platform, doors will open on the right
Northbound "2" train toward Wakefield–241st Street (rush hours only) (Pennsylvania Avenue)
"3" train toward Harlem–148th Street (Pennsylvania Avenue)
"4" train toward Woodlawn (nights and rush hours) (Pennsylvania Avenue)
"5" train toward Dyre Avenue or Nereid Avenue (rush hours only) (Pennsylvania Avenue)
Center trackway No track or roadbed
Southbound "3" train ("2" train rush hours, "4" train nights and rush hours) toward New Lots Avenue (Terminus)
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.[13] The platforms are longer than a standard IRT train of 514 feet (157 m) and have beige windscreen and brown canopies with green support columns along their entire length except at their extreme ends. Here, they have waist-high, steel fences with lampposts at regular intervals. The station's signs are the standard black name plates with white Helvetica lettering.


The station's only mezzanine is an elevated headhouse below the platforms and tracks at the extreme east (railroad south) end. A single staircase from each platform goes down to a waiting area/crossover, where a turnstile bank provides access to and from the station. Outside fare control, there is a token booth and two staircases going down the northwest and southeast corners of Livonia Avenue and Van Siclen Avenue.[14]


  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 c 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. ^ Annual Report. J.B. Lyon Company. 1922.
  9. ^ Commission, New York (State) Transit (1922). Annual Report ... J.B. Lyon Company.
  10. ^ 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.
  11. ^ "Rockaway Av and Van Siclen Av 3 Line Stations To Close for Five Months for Renewal". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. April 17, 2015. Retrieved August 28, 2019.
  12. ^ "3 Train Riders Breathe A Sigh Of Relief". The Odyssey Online. March 28, 2016. Retrieved August 28, 2019.
  13. ^ Dougherty, Peter (2006) [2002]. Tracks of the New York City Subway 2006 (3rd ed.). Dougherty. OCLC 49777633 – via Google Books.
  14. ^ "MTA Neighborhood Maps: East New York" (PDF). Metropolitan Transportation Authority. 2015. Retrieved 19 July 2015.

External links

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