Bay Ridge Avenue
|New York City Subway station (rapid transit)|
Bay Ridge-bound platform
|Address||Bay Ridge Avenue & Fourth Avenue|
Brooklyn, NY 11220
|Line||BMT Fourth Avenue Line|
|Services||R (all times)|
|Transit connections||New York City Bus: B9, B64, B70; B37 (on Third Avenue); B63 (on Fifth Avenue)|
|Platforms||2 side platforms|
|Opened||January 15, 1916|
|Closed||April 29, 2017(reconstruction)|
|Rebuilt||October 13, 2017|
|Passengers (2018)||2,228,497 73.8%|
|Rank||211 out of 424|
|Next north||59th Street: R|
|Next south||77th Street: R|
Bay Ridge Avenue is a station on the BMT Fourth Avenue Line of the New York City Subway, located at the intersection of Bay Ridge Avenue and Fourth Avenue in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn. It is served by the R train at all times.
On January 24, 1913, construction began on Route 11B2, which includes this station and extends between 61st Street and 89th Street. Construction was completed on this section in 1915. Bay Ridge Avenue opened on January 15, 1916 as part of an extension of the BMT Fourth Avenue Line from 59th Street to 86th Street.
As a local station, the platforms were originally 435 feet (133 m) long, allowing for six-car locals.  On February 16, 1925, the Board of Transportation directed its engineers to prepare plans to lengthen the platforms at twelve stations along the Fourth Avenue Line, including this station, to accommodate eight-car trains at the cost of $633,000.
This station was overhauled in the late 1970s. The original trim lines were replaced with white cinderblock tiles, except for small recesses in the walls, which contained blue-painted cinderblock tiles. The staircases were repaired and new platform edges were installed. The blue cinderblock field contained the station-name signs and white text pointing to the exits. The renovation also replaced incandescent lighting with fluorescent lighting. The landing in the southbound platform's second entrance is the only area in the station that contains the original 1915 trim line with "B.R." tiled on it. These tiles were all removed during the 2017 renovation.
Under the 2015–2019 MTA Capital Plan, the station underwent a complete overhaul as part of the Enhanced Station Initiative and was entirely closed for several months. Updates included cellular service, Wi-Fi, USB charging stations, interactive service advisories and maps, improved signage, and improved station lighting. From January to May 2016, Grimshaw Architects worked on a design for the station's renovation, with Arup Group acting as a consultant. The award for Package 1 of the renovations, which covered renovations at the Prospect Avenue, 53rd Street, and Bay Ridge Avenue stations on the BMT Fourth Avenue Line, was awarded on November 30, 2016. Citnalta-Forte Joint Venture was selected to renovate the three stations under a $72 million design–build contract, the first such contract in the subway system's history. The station closed on April 29, 2017 for these renovations and reopened on October 13, 2017.
|B1||Mezzanine||Fare control, station agent|
|B2||Side platform, doors will open on the right|
|Northbound||← toward Forest Hills–71st Avenue (Whitehall Street late nights) (59th Street)|
|Southbound||→ toward Bay Ridge–95th Street (77th Street) →|
|Side platform, doors will open on the right|
This underground station has two tracks and two side platforms. The station's mezzanine is above the platforms with two staircases leading to each. Only the 95th Street-bound platform has columns, except for the extreme ends of the platform, which have no columns. All of the columns are painted blue and are standard I-beams. All columns have "Bay Ridge Av" signs on them.
The Fourth Avenue Line south of 59th Street was built as a two-track structure under the west side of Fourth Avenue with plans for two future tracks on the east side of the street. The bridge across the Long Island Rail Road's Bay Ridge Branch to the north of this station, but under Fourth Avenue, was built for four tracks, but only the space for the two west tracks were ever used. The tunnel leading up to each side of the bridge was built for two tracks only. Daylight can briefly be seen from the bridge. If the two additional tracks were built, the east platform on all local stops south of 59th Street would be removed. As a result, there is space for an additional trackway at this station for the Bay Ridge-bound express track. This can also be found at 77th Street.
The 2017 artwork at this station called Strata consists of a set of tile mosaics by Katy Fischer, which commemorate the Native American, Dutch, and English colonial histories of the area.
From the mezzanine outside of fare control, two staircases lead to either southern corners of Bay Ridge and Fourth Avenues.
The southbound platform has an additional entrance near the north end. Prior to the 2017 renovation, the entrance was exit-only. Two platform level turnstiles lead to a small landing, where a double-flight staircase goes up to the northwest corner of 68th Street and Fourth Avenue.
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