Avenue I station


 Avenue I
 "F" train"F" express train
MTA NYC logo.svg New York City Subway station (rapid transit)
Avenue I (IND Culver Line); 1st Generation PA-CIS-1.jpg
Platform towards Coney Island
Station statistics
AddressAvenue I & McDonald Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11230
LocaleMidwood, Mapleton
Coordinates40°37′33.32″N 73°58′34.39″W / 40.6259222°N 73.9762194°W / 40.6259222; -73.9762194Coordinates: 40°37′33.32″N 73°58′34.39″W / 40.6259222°N 73.9762194°W / 40.6259222; -73.9762194
DivisionB (IND, formerly BMT)
LineIND Culver Line
BMT Culver Line (formerly)
Services      F all times (all times) <F> two rush hour trains, peak direction (two rush hour trains, peak direction)​
Transit connectionsBus transport NYCT Bus: B11[1][2]
Platforms2 side platforms
Tracks3 (2 in regular service)
Other information
OpenedMarch 16, 1919 (101 years ago) (1919-03-16)[3]
Station code246[4]
Accessiblenot ADA-accessible; accessibility planned
Opposite-direction transfer availableYes
Former/other namesParkville
Passengers (2019)584,129[5]Increase 79.2%
Rank404 out of 424[5]
Station succession
Next north18th Avenue: F all times <F> two rush hour trains, peak direction
Next southBay Parkway: F all times <F> two rush hour trains, peak direction

Avenue I is a local station on the IND Culver Line of the New York City Subway. Located at the intersection of Avenue I and McDonald Avenue in Midwood, Brooklyn,[6] it is served by the F train at all times and the <F> train during rush hours in the peak direction.[7]


Track layout

This station opened at 3:00 a.m. on March 16, 1919, as part of the opening of the first section of the BMT Culver Line. The initial section began at the Ninth Avenue station and ended at the Kings Highway station.[3][8] The line was operated as a branch of the Fifth Avenue Elevated line, with a free transfer at Ninth Avenue to the West End Line into the Fourth Avenue Subway. The opening of the line resulted in reduced travel times between Manhattan and Kings Highway. Construction on the line began in 1915, and cost a total of $3.3 million.[9][10][11][12] Trains from this station began using the Fourth Avenue Subway to the Nassau Street Loop in Lower Manhattan when that line opened on May 30, 1931.[13] The Fifth Avenue Elevated was closed on May 31, 1940, and elevated service ceased stopping here.[14][15] On October 30, 1954,[14][16] the connection between the IND Brooklyn Line at Church Avenue and the BMT Culver Line at Ditmas Avenue opened. With the connection completed, all service at the stations on the former BMT Culver Line, including this one, were from then on served by IND trains.[17]

From June 1968[18] to 1987, express service on the elevated portion of the line from Church Avenue to Kings Highway operated in the peak direction (to Manhattan AM; to Brooklyn PM), with some F trains running local and some running express. During this time period, this station was used as a local station.[19][20] Express service ended in 1987, largely due to budget constraints and complaints from passengers at local stations. Express service on the elevated Culver Line was ended due to necessary structural work, but never restored.[19][20][21]

From June 7, 2016, to May 1, 2017, the southbound platform at this station was closed for renovations.[22] The Manhattan-bound platform was closed for a longer period of time, from May 22, 2017 until July 30, 2018.[23][24]

In 2019, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority announced that this station would become ADA-accessible as part of the agency's 2020–2024 Capital Program.[25]

Station layout

Platform level
Side platform
Northbound local "F" train"F" express train toward 179th Street (18th Avenue)
Peak-direction express No regular service
Southbound local "F" train"F" express train toward Coney Island (Bay Parkway)
Side platform
M Mezzanine Fare control, station agent, MetroCard machines
G Street level Entrance/exit
Western stair

This station has two side platforms and three tracks with the middle track normally unused.[26][27][20] The two platforms have beige windscreens and green canopies that run for nearly the entire length. The north end contains black waist-level fences only.[28]


This station has two entrances with the full-time one at the north end. From each platform, one staircase leads down to an elevated stationhouse beneath the tracks, where a bank of turnstiles and token booth is present. Outside fare control are two street stairs to the two northern corners Avenue I and McDonald Avenue.[6][28]

At the south end of the station are unstaffed exits leading to Avenue J.[6] From each platform, a single staircase goes down to a short landing outside of a sealed mezzanine where a full-height turnstile and emergency gate provide exit from the system. Another staircase then goes down to the street. The Coney Island-bound side is exit-only while the Manhattan-bound side is HEET turnstile access. The mezzanine, now used as a station facility, once had a booth.[28]


  1. ^ MTA Regional Bus Operations. "B11 bus schedule" (PDF).
  2. ^ "Brooklyn Bus Map" (PDF). Metropolitan Transportation Authority. November 2017. Retrieved April 24, 2018.
  3. ^ a b Legislative Documents. J.B. Lyon Company. January 1, 1920.
  4. ^ "Station Developers' Information". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Retrieved June 13, 2017.
  5. ^ "Facts and Figures: Annual Subway Ridership 2014–2019". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. 2020. Retrieved May 26, 2020.
  6. ^ a b c "MTA Neighborhood Maps: Borough Park" (PDF). mta.info. Metropolitan Transportation Authority. 2015. Retrieved January 1, 2017.
  7. ^ "F Subway Timetable, Effective November 17, 2019" (PDF). Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Retrieved January 16, 2020.
  8. ^ Eisenstadt, Peter R.; Moss, Laura-Eve (January 1, 2005). The Encyclopedia of New York State. Syracuse University Press. ISBN 9780815608080.
  9. ^ "B.R.T. Will Open Culver Line Elevated Road as Far as Kings Highway on Sunday Next" (PDF). The New York Times. March 9, 1919. p. 23. Retrieved October 9, 2016.
  10. ^ "Culver Line Open Today" (PDF). The New York Times. March 16, 1919. p. 8. Retrieved October 9, 2016.
  11. ^ Kracke, Frederick J.H. (March 16, 1919). "New Rapid Transit Link in Operation". The New York Times. p. 106. Retrieved July 30, 2020.
  12. ^ "Culver Elevated Opens". The New York Times. March 17, 1919. p. 21. Retrieved July 30, 2020.
  13. ^ "Nassau St. Service Outlined by B. M. T." The New York Times. May 21, 1931. p. 29. Retrieved July 30, 2020.
  14. ^ a b Chiasson, George (May 2010). "A History of the F (and V) Train Service". New York Division Bulletin. Electric Railroaders' Association. 53 (5): 1, 4.
  15. ^ "Last Train is Run on Fulton St. 'El'". The New York Times. June 1, 1940. p. 11. Retrieved July 30, 2020.
  16. ^ NYCTA - Pass for Culver Line Ceremonies - 1954, April 14, 2015, retrieved July 30, 2020
  17. ^ "Adequate Transit Promised for City". The New York Times. October 29, 1954. p. 25. Retrieved July 30, 2020.
  18. ^ "'F' Line Rush-Hour Service Will Be Added in Brooklyn" (PDF). The New York Times. June 8, 1969. Retrieved August 26, 2016.
  19. ^ a b Review of F Line Operations, Ridership, and Infrastructure (PDF). nysenate.gov (Report). MTA New York City Transit Authority. October 7, 2009. Archived from the original (PDF) on May 31, 2010. Retrieved July 28, 2015.
  20. ^ a b c Feasibility and Analysis of F Express Service in Brooklyn (PDF). Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Report). May 2016. Archived (PDF) from the original on May 27, 2016. Retrieved June 24, 2016.
  21. ^ Geberer, Raanan (March 6, 2013). "Light at End of Tunnel: F Train Express may return". Brooklyn Daily Eagle. Archived from the original on March 27, 2020. Retrieved July 28, 2015.
  22. ^ "Coney Island-bound F subway trains will not stop at Avenue I, Bay Pkwy, Avenue N, Avenue P, Avenue U, and Avenue X until early 2017". web.mta.info. Metropolitan Transportation Authority. 2016. Archived from the original on May 27, 2016. Retrieved October 9, 2016.
  23. ^ "New York City Subway Map" (PDF). mta.info. Metropolitan Transportation Authority. May 1, 2017. Archived from the original (PDF) on May 10, 2017. Retrieved May 2, 2017.
  24. ^ "$140 Million Culver F subway Line Station Renewal Project Begins Next Phase". web.mta.info. Metropolitan Transportation Authority. May 18, 2017. Retrieved May 18, 2017.
  25. ^ "MTA Announces 20 Additional Subway Stations to Receive Accessibility Improvements Under Proposed 2020-2024 Capital Plan". Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Press release). New York City. December 19, 2019. Archived from the original on April 21, 2020. Retrieved December 24, 2019.
  26. ^ Dougherty, Peter (2006) [2002]. Tracks of the New York City Subway 2006 (3rd ed.). Dougherty. OCLC 49777633 – via Google Books.
  27. ^ Marrero, Robert (January 1, 2017). "472 Stations, 850 Miles" (PDF). B24 Blog, via Dropbox. Retrieved April 27, 2018.
  28. ^ a b c Cox, Jeremiah. "Avenue I (F) - The SubwayNut". www.subwaynut.com. Retrieved October 9, 2016.

External links

  • nycsubway.org – BMT Culver Line: Avenue
  • Station Reporter — F Train
  • The Subway Nut — Avenue I Pictures
  • Avenue I entrance from Google Maps Street View
  • Avenue J entrance from Google Maps Street View
  • Platforms from Google Maps Street View (Pre-2016-2018 Renovation)
  • Platforms from Google Maps Street View (During 2016-2018 Renovation)