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New York City Subway rapid transit station
NYCS BMT Astoria Broadway.jpg
Station statistics
Address Broadway & 31st Street
Astoria, NY 11106
Borough Queens
Locale Astoria
Coordinates 40°45′43″N 73°55′31″W / 40.761951°N 73.925414°W / 40.761951; -73.925414Coordinates: 40°45′43″N 73°55′31″W / 40.761951°N 73.925414°W / 40.761951; -73.925414
Division B (BMT)
Line BMT Astoria Line
Services       N all times (all times)
      W weekdays (weekdays)
Transit connections Bus transport MTA Bus: Q102, Q104
Structure Elevated
Platforms 2 side platforms
Tracks 3 (2 in regular service)
Other information
Opened February 1, 1917; 101 years ago (1917-02-01)
Station code 004[1]
Passengers (2016) 4,300,632[2]Decrease 2.6%
Rank 121 out of 422
Station succession
Next north Astoria Boulevard: N all timesW weekdays
30th Avenue: ZZZtemporarily closed for renovation
Next south 36th Avenue: ZZZtemporarily closed for renovation
39th Avenue: N all timesW weekdays

Broadway is a local station on the BMT Astoria Line of the New York City Subway. Located above 31st Street at Broadway in Astoria, Queens, it is served by the N train at all times, as well as by the W train on weekdays.


On February 1, 1917, this station opened along with the rest of the Astoria, providing rapid transit service to Astoria for the first time. The line opened as an IRT line, with the BRT (later BMT) providing joint service.[3] On October 17, 1949, the Astoria Line became BMT-only, and its platforms were shaved back to allow through BMT trains to operate on it.[4]

Station layout[edit]

Track layout
Side platform, doors will open on the right
Southbound local "N" train toward Coney Island–Stillwell Avenue (39th Avenue)
"W" train toward Whitehall Street–South Ferry (weekdays) (39th Avenue)
No service, temporarily closed: 36th Avenue
Peak-direction express No regular service
Northbound local "N" train ("W" train weekdays) toward Astoria–Ditmars Boulevard (Astoria Boulevard)
No service, temporarily closed: 30th Avenue
Side platform, doors will open on the right
M Mezzanine to entrances/exits, station agent, MetroCard vending machines
G Street Level Entrances/Exits

This station has two side platforms and three tracks. The center track is not used in revenue service, but it had been used regularly as recently as 2002.[5] The station contains wooden canopies with transite and wooden mezzanines, but only the southbound platform has windscreens.[6] The station has a narrow crossover in its mezzanine that allows for passengers to change their direction of travel at the station.[7]

Station rehabilitation[edit]

Under the 2015–2019 MTA Capital Plan, this station, along with 32 others, will undergo a complete overhaul as part of the Enhanced Station Initiative. Updates would include cellular service, Wi-Fi, USB charging stations, interactive service advisories and maps, improved signage, and improved station lighting.[8][9] The award for Package 2 of the renovations, which will cover renovations at the 30th Avenue, Broadway, 36th Avenue, and 39th Avenue stations, was awarded on April 14, 2017, to Skanska USA.[10] This station, along with 39th Avenue, would be closed entirely for around 7 months starting in July 2018.[11]


The mezzanine is configured like 30th Avenue. Outside of fare control, street stairs descend to all corners of Broadway and 31st Street except the northeast one.[12][13] A temporary exit-only from the northbound platform descends to the east side of 31st Street between Broadway and 34th Avenue.[14]


  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. ^ "First Train Runs On Elevated Line to Astoria Section". Brooklyn Daily Eagle. February 1, 1917. Retrieved June 29, 2015 – via 
  4. ^ "Direct Subway Runs to Flushing, Astoria". The New York Times. October 15, 1949. p. 17. Retrieved December 18, 2011. 
  5. ^ Dougherty, Peter (2006) [2002]. Tracks of the New York City Subway 2006 (3rd ed.). Dougherty. OCLC 49777633 – via Google Books. 
  6. ^ Cox, Jeremiah (May 26, 2010). "Looking across to the narrow end of the windscreened Manhattan-bound platform". Retrieved August 8, 2017. 
  7. ^ Cox, Jeremiah (May 26, 2010). "Approaching the turnstiles from the Astoria-bound side, notice the sign for the narrow fenced in passageway to crossunder and change direction". Retrieved August 8, 2017. 
  8. ^ "MTA Will Completely Close 30 Subway Stations For Months-Long "Revamp"". Gothamist. Archived from the original on August 1, 2016. Retrieved July 18, 2016. 
  9. ^ "MTAStations" (PDF). Government of the State of New York. Retrieved July 18, 2016. 
  10. ^ "Capital Program Oversight Committee Meeting" (PDF). Metropolitan Transportation Authority. April 2017. p. 17. Retrieved April 24, 2017. 
  11. ^ Evelly, Jeanmarie (September 14, 2017). "2 Astoria Subway Stations to Close for 8 Months on Oct. 23, MTA Says". DNAinfo New York. Archived from the original on September 15, 2017. Retrieved September 15, 2017. 
  12. ^ "MTA Neighborhood Maps: Astoria" (PDF). Metropolitan Transportation Authority. 2015. Retrieved September 27, 2015. 
  13. ^ Cox, Jeremiah (August 5, 2009). "A street level view of Broadway Station". Retrieved August 8, 2017. 
  14. ^ "Capital Program Oversight Committee Meeting" (PDF). Metropolitan Transportation Authority. November 13, 2017. p. 25. Retrieved November 19, 2017. 

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