The New York City Subway Lines Project:
B Train (6th Avenue Express)

The B Train runs from Bedford Park Blvd in The Bronx to Coney Island in Brooklyn with an offshoot to 21st Street - Queensbridge in Queens and Roosevelt Island on weekends and evenings. It runs local in the Bronx and Manhattan until 59th Street where it becomes express through Stillwell Avenue in Brooklyn. It is a part of the Orange Line and while in midtown Manhattan it can be found on 6th Avenue (Avenue of the Americas), thus the name.

Station Information for the B Train is as follows:

The Bronx:

Bedford Park Blvd, Grand Concourse
Rush hours only.
Transfers: D
Bus and other connections: Bx1 Bx2 Bx26 W4 W20 W20X W21

Kingsbridge Rd, Grand Concourse
Rush hours only.
Bus and other connections: Bx9 Bx22 Bx26 Bx28

Fordham Rd, Grand Concourse
Rush hours only.
Transfers: D
Bus and other connections: Bx12 Bx24 Bx34 W60 W61 W62 W90

182 - 183 Sts, Grand Concourse
Rush hours only.

Tremont Av, Grand Concourse
Rush hours only.
Transfers: D
Bus and other connections: Bx36

174 - 175 Sts, Grand Concourse
Rush hours only.
Bus and other connections: Bx32

170 Street, Grand Concourse
Rush hours only.
Bus and other connections: Bx11 Bx18

167 Street, Grand Concourse
Rush hours only.
Bus and other connections: Bx2 Bx35

161 Street - Yankee Stadium, River Av
Rush hours only.
Transfers: 4
Bus and other connections: Bx1 Bx6 Bx13

Manhattan:

155 Street, 8 Avenue
Rush hours only.
Bus and other connections: M2 M10 Bx6

145 Street, St Nicholas Av
Weekdays: rush hours and midday only.
Transfers: A C D
Bus and other connections: M3 Bx19

135 Street, St Nicholas Av
Weekdays: rush hours and midday only.
Bus and other connections: Bx33

125 Street, St Nicholas Av
Weekdays: rush hours and midday only.
Transfers: A C D
Bus and other connections: M3 M18 M60 (LaGuardia Airport) M100 M101 Bx15

116 Street, 8 Avenue
Weekdays: rush hours and midday only.
Bus and other connections: M7 M10 M116

Cathedral Pkwy (110 Street), Central Park West
Weekdays: rush hours and midday only.
Bus and other connections: M3 M4 M18

103 Street, Central Park West
Weekdays: rush hours and midday only.

96 Stree, Central Park West
Weekdays: rush hours and midday only.
Bus and other connections: M96 M106

86 Street, Central Park West
Weekdays: rush hours and midday only.
Bus and other connections: M86

81 Street - Museum of Natural History, Central Park West
Weekdays: rush hours and midday only.
Bus and other connections: M79

72 Street, Central Park West
Weekdays: rush hours and midday only.
Bus and other connections: M72

59 Street - Columbus Circle, 8 Avenue
Weekdays: rush hours and midday only.
Transfers: A C D 1 9
Bus and other connections: M5 M7 M10 M30 M31 M57 M104

7 Avenue, 53 Street
Weekdays: rush hours and midday only.
Transfers: D E
Bus and other connections: M6 M7 M10 M104

47-50 Streets - Rockefeller Center, Av of Americas
All times except late nights
Transfers: D F Q
Bus and other connections: M27 M50

42 Street, Av of Americas
Except late nights.
Transfers: 7 D F Q
Bus and other connections: M42 M104

34 Street - Herald Sq, Av of Americas
Except late nights.
Wheelchair accessible.
Transfers: D F N Q R
Bus and other connections: M4 M6 M16 M34 Q32 PATH LIRR Amtrak NJTransit

W 4 Street - Washington Square, Av of Americas
Except late nights.
Transfers: A C D E F Q
Bus and other connections: M5 M6 M8 PATH

Broadway - Lafayette St, Houston Street
Except late nights.
Transfers: D F Q 6 (Downtown Only)
Bus and other connections: M1 M5 M6 M21

Brooklyn:

Grand Street, Chrystie St
Except late nights.
Transfers: D Q
Bus and other connections: M103

Pacific Street, 4 Avenue
Except late nights.
Transfers: 2 3 4 5 D M N Q R
Bus and other connections: B41 B45 B63 B65 B67 LIRR

36 Street, 4 Avenue
Transfers: M N R
Bus and other connections: B35 B70

9 Avenue, 39 Street
Bus and other connections: B35

Fort Hamilton Pkwy, New Utrecht Av

50 Street, New Utrecht Av
Bus and other connections: B11

55 Street, New Utrecht Av
Bus and other connections: B16

62 Street, New Utrecht Av
Transfers: M N
Bus and other connections: B9 B23

71 Street, New Utrecht Av

79 Street, New Utrecht Av

18 Avenue, New Utrecht Av
Bus and other connections: B1 B8

20 Avenue, 86 Street
Bay Parkway, 86 Street
Transfers: M
Bus and other connections: B1 B6 B82

25 Avenue, 86 Street
Bus and other connections: B1 B3 B4

Bay 50 St, Stillwell Av
Bus and other connections: B64

Stillwell Av-Coney Island, Surf Av
Transfers: D F N
Bus and other connections: B36 B64 B74

Queens/Roosevelt Island Offshoot:
(Pick up at 47-50 Streets - Rockefeller Center in Manhattan on weekends and evenings)

21 Street - Queensbridge, 41 Avenue
Weekday evenings and all weekend times except late nights.
Wheelchair accessible.
Bus and other connections: Q19A Q66 Q101 Q102 Q103

Roosevelt Island
Weekday evenings and all weekend times except late nights.
Wheelchair accessible.
Bus and other connections: Q102 Roosevelt Island Tram

Lexington Av, 63 Street
Weekday evenings and all weekend times except late nights.
Wheelchair accessible.
Bus and other connections: M101 M102 M103

57 Street, Ave of Americas
Weekday evenings and all weekend times except late nights.
Bus and other connections: M5 M7 M30 M31 M57

The route that is the current B Train began as the West End Line, a mid 19th century tourist railway through Southern Brooklyn, called the 'West End Line,' that took holiday makers to the resort at Coney Island. This is the portion of the current B route from approximately Fort Hamilton Parkway to Coney Island.

Eventually, the West End Line was acquired, along with the rest of the South Brooklyn railways, by the Brooklyn Raid Transit Corporation, or BRT, later the Brooklyn Manhattan Transit corporation, or BMT. The BMT operated the vast elevated transit network in Brooklyn at the turn of the century, and was one of the two private companies, along with the Interboro Rapid Transit, that built the initial portions of the New York City subway and whose systems, along with the city built Independent, were consolidated to form the subway system as we know it.

The BMT initially tied the West End line into the rest of its network through the Fifth Avenue Elevated, which led south from Downtown Brooklyn through Park Slope to the southern end of Greenwood Cemetery. The Fifth Avenue Elevated was tied into the rest of the BMT network, which included tracks over the Brooklyn Bridge. The ramps that led from the trench of the West End line's extension up to the elevated tracks are still there and visible today, at the point where the B route crosses Fifth Avenue.

By 1920 the BMT had already completed one subway route between south Brooklyn and Manhattan, the line that runs up Brooklyn's Fourth Avenue, across the East River on one of two routes, and up Broadway (today's R Train). The West End line was extended to Fourth Avenue and connected into this line for through service. Trains could run either through the Montague Street tunnel to the Broadway line in the financial district, or over the north side Manhattan Bridge tracks to Canal Street, where they joined it. The two Manhattan access lines, via the bridge and via the tunnel, diverged at De Kalb Avenue.

In the late 20s and early 30s, the city built its own Independent system to compete with the BMT and IRT. The Independent, or IND, included the rest of the route of today's B, a trunk line under Sixth Avenue in Manhattan connecting to a line under Central Park West and the Concourse Line under the Grand Concourse in the Bronx. The express tracks under Sixth Avenue were not yet built and the line was not yet connected to the Manhattan Bridge.

In 1940 the city consolidated the three formerly separate transit systems and began the task of unifying them. The final step in the evolution of the route of today's B was the Chrystie Street connection, completed in 1967, which connected tracks on the north side of the Manhattan Bridge to the new Sixth Avenue express tracks. This was a major step in the unification of the system. Trains from Coney Island, over the West End Line and through the Fourth Avenue Subway could now cross the Manhattan Bridge and continue via Sixth Avenue to Central Park West and the Concourse line, as they do today. When letters were introduced for the new lines, this route was initially assigned to the D Train, with the B route running over the Brighton Line like today's D.

The West End/Fourth Avenue//Sixth Avenue route was later reassigned to the B. From the early 90s until a few years ago, during late night service periods the B didn't follow the Central Park West line but rather traversed the 63rd street tunnel to Queensbridge. Later a shuttle replaced the B as the late night service provider to Queensbridge, and currently the B runs on the West End line from Coney Island to 36th street, Brooklyn, and express from there to 145th street, Manhattan all times except late nights, and is reduced to a shuttle serving only the old West End Line portion from Coney Island to 36th street during late nights.

The B line currently runs exclusively R68 stock, disgusting 75' cars from the early 80s with mirrored interiors.

There are major changes in store for the B. Construction will close the south side tracks on the Manhattan Bridge, and the B will likely be rerouted to the north side tracks, which connect to Canal Street and the Broadway line. It will probably run in two segments, a southern one as far as 34th Street on the Broadway line, and a northern one including the Upper West Side portion.

This is the new route for the B Train in Brooklyn. It took over the D train route:


* Downtown Brooklyn

DeKalb Av, Flatbush Avenue
Transfers: M Q R
Bus and other connections: B25 B26 B37 B38 B52

Atlantic Avenue, Flatbush Avenue
Transfers: 2 3 4 5 D M N Q R
Bus and other connections: B41 B45 B63 B65 B67 LIRR

* Park Slope

7 Avenue, Flatbush Av
Bus and other connections: B41 B67

* Brooklyn Botanic Garden
* Prospect Park

Prospect Park, Empire Blvd Flatbush Av

Transfers: Q S
Bus and other connections: B16 B41 B43 B48

*Prospect Park, Skating Rink,
Parade Grounds (Football, Soccer, Tennis-yearround)

Parkside Av, Ocean Av
Bus and other connections: B12 B16

*Flatbush

Church Av, East 18 St
Transfers: Q
Bus and other connections: B35

Beverley Rd, East 16 St

Cortelyou Rd, East 16 St
Bus and other connections: B23

Newkirk Av, East 16 St
Transfers: Q
Bus and other connections: B8

Avenue H, East 16 St

Avenue J, East 16 St
Bus and other connections: B6 B11

Avenue M, East 16 St
Bus and other connections: B9

Kings Highway, East 16 St
Transfers: Q
Bus and other connections: B2 B7 B31 B82 B100

*Brooklyn's Ave U Chinatown

Avenue U, East 16 St
Bus and other connections: B3

Neck Road, East 16 St

Sheepshead Bay, East 16 St
Transfers: Q
Bus and other connections: B4 B36 B49

*Kingsboro Community College

Brighton Beach, Brighton 6 St
Transfers: Q
Bus and other connections: B1 B68

Ocean Parkway, Brighton Beach Av
Bus and other connections: B1

* Coney Island, NY Aquarium, Cyclone

West 8 St - Surf Av

Transfers: F
Bus and other connections: B36

* Coney Island, Nathan's

Stillwell Av- Surf Av
Transfers: B F N
Bus and other connections: B36 B64 B74

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