Brighton Beach (BMT Brighton Line)

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Brighton Beach
"B" train"Q" train
New York City Subway rapid transit station
Brighton Beach - Coney Island Bound Platform.jpg
Southbound platform, with a museum train of D-type Triplexes on the left.
Station statistics
Address Brighton Sixth Street & Brighton Beach Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11235
Borough Brooklyn
Locale Brighton Beach
Coordinates 40°34′39″N 73°57′42″W / 40.577598°N 73.961565°W / 40.577598; -73.961565Coordinates: 40°34′39″N 73°57′42″W / 40.577598°N 73.961565°W / 40.577598; -73.961565
Division B (BMT)
Line BMT Brighton Line
Services       B weekdays until 11:00 p.m. (weekdays until 11:00 p.m.)
      Q all times (all times)
Transit connections Bus transport NYCT Bus: B68
Structure Elevated
Platforms 2 island platforms
cross-platform interchange
Tracks 4
Other information
Opened original station: July 2, 1878; 139 years ago (1878-07-02)
Rebuilt current station: 1917; 101 years ago (1917)
Station code 055[1]
Passengers (2016) 4,044,514[2]Increase 0.7%
Rank 127 out of 422
Station succession
Next north Sheepshead Bay: B weekdays until 11:00 p.m.Q all times
Next south Ocean Parkway (local): Q all times
Ocean Parkway (express): no regular service
(Terminal): B weekdays until 11:00 p.m.

Brighton Beach is an elevated express/terminal station on the BMT Brighton Line of the New York City Subway. Located over Brighton Beach Avenue at Brighton Sixth Street in the community of Brighton Beach on Coney Island in Brooklyn, it is served by the Q train at all times and is the southern terminal of the B train on weekdays.

Station layout

Track layout
tail tracks
Platform level
Southbound local "Q" train toward Stillwell Avenue (Ocean Parkway)
Island platform, doors will open on the left, right
Southbound express "B" train toward Bedford Park Boulevard rush hours, 145th Street weekdays (Sheepshead Bay)
(No regular service: Ocean Parkway)
Northbound express "B" train toward Bedford Park Boulevard rush hours, 145th Street weekdays (Sheepshead Bay)
Island platform, doors will open on the left, right
Northbound local "Q" train toward 96th Street (Sheepshead Bay)
M Mezzanine to entrances/exits, station agent, MetroCard vending machines
G Street Level Entrances/Exits

Brighton Beach has two island platforms and four tracks.[3] The weekday-only B train (Brighton–Sixth Avenue Express) terminates here on the inner express tracks while the full-time Q train (Brighton Local–Broadway Express) stops here on the outer local tracks and continues to Coney Island–Stillwell Avenue. The platforms are canopied for their entire length except for small portions at either ends. There are two elevated structures above the express tracks used for office and maintenance space.

This station has two entrances/exits, both of which are elevated station houses beneath the tracks. The full-time side is at the north end and has two staircases from each platform, a large waiting area inside fare control, regular turnstile bank, and token booth. Outside of fare control, there are three street stairs, two that join together at the station house balcony and go down to either southern corners of Brighton Seventh Street and Brighton Beach Avenue and one to the northwest corner. Instead of a staircase, the northeast corner has a narrow, enclosed escalator that always goes up and thus can only be used to enter the station.

The second station house has a single staircase from each platform and a pair of twin staircases going down to either side of Brighton Beach Avenue between Brighton Fifth and Brighton Sixth Streets. The token booth and regular turnstile bank here is only open weekdays from 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Two HEET turnstiles provide access to/from this entrance at other times.

Between this station and Ocean Parkway, the line becomes six tracks, the largest of any elevated portion of the system. The local and express tracks split into an extra storage track in-between them in both directions. These tracks are commonly used for storing B trains during midday hours or when service is about to start or end and each ends at a bumper block next to the platforms at Ocean Parkway.[3]

East of this station, there are crossovers and switches used by terminating B trains.[3] The Brighton Line curves north and becomes an embankment after crossing Neptune Avenue on the approach to Sheepshead Bay.

This station was renovated in the mid to late 1990s and included installation of decorative awnings on all street stairs. The 1999 artwork here is called Mermaid/Dionysus and the Pirates by Dan George and features aluminum sculptures on both platforms.


The station has 2 exit points, each of which has 4 sets of stairs.

  • The eastern (main) exit stairs are located between Brighton 7th Street and Coney Island Avenue. There is an escalator in place of one of the stairs on the northern side of Brighton Beach Avenue at Coney Island Avenue.[4]
  • The western exit is located between Brighton 5th and 6th Streets.[4]



  1. ^ "Station Developers' Information". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Retrieved June 13, 2017. 
  2. ^ "Facts and Figures: Annual Subway Ridership 2011–2016". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. May 31, 2017. Retrieved June 1, 2017. 
  3. ^ a b c Dougherty, Peter (2006) [2002]. Tracks of the New York City Subway 2006 (3rd ed.). Dougherty. OCLC 49777633 – via Google Books. 
  4. ^ a b "MTA Neighborhood Maps: Sheepshead Bay" (PDF). Metropolitan Transportation Authority. 2015. Retrieved August 2, 2015. 

External links

  • – BMT Brighton Line: Brighton Beach
  • Station Reporter — B Train
  • Station Reporter — Q Train
  • MTA's Arts For Transit — Brighton Beach (BMT Brighton Line)
  • The Subway Nut — Brighton Beach Pictures
  • Brighton Seventh Street — Coney Island Avenue entrance from Google Maps Street View
  • Brighton Fifth Street — Brighton Sixth Street entrance from Google Maps Street View
  • Platforms from Google Maps Street View
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