BMT Myrtle Avenue Line
BMT Myrtle Avenue Line at Central Avenue, R-160A-1 no. 8632 on "M". Photo by Richard Panse, September 2008.
Today's Myrtle Ave. line is a shadow of a former line which ran from downtown Brooklyn (Jay Street) to Broadway/Myrtle upper level where it continued along this right of way. Original service patterns had the line continuing past Jay St. to Park Row in lower Manhattan via the Brooklyn Bridge. Through 1959, the line south of Broadway was operated with old Brooklyn Union/BRT open gate cars, then until 1968 using the BMT-modified "Q" cars. This line was the last in the city still using wooden-body el cars. The northern portion of the line (north of Broadway) was rebuilt to heavier standards and some service ran from the Broadway line north to Metropolitan Ave. Today's M train runs from Metropolitan to Broadway/Myrtle lower level at all times. During rush hours and middays it continues along the Jamaica line and Williamsburg Bridge, then via the Chrystie St. Connection to the IND 6th Avenue Line. It then crosses into Queens via the 53rd Street Tunnel and runs local along Queens Boulevard to Forest Hills. Lower Manhattan and Brooklyn M service was discontinued for the new Midtown and Queens M service in June, 2010.
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