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Cortlandt Street (BMT Broadway Line)

Cortlandt Street
New York City Subway rapid transit station
Uptown (northbound) platform
Station statistics
Address Cortlandt Street & Church Street
New York, NY 10280
Borough Manhattan
Locale Financial District, World Trade Center
Division B (BMT)
Line       BMT Broadway Line
Services       N late nights (late nights)
      R all except late nights (all except late nights)
Transit connections Bus transport New York City Bus: M5, X27, X28
Bus transport MTA Bus: BM1, BM2, BM3, BM4
Subway transportation PATH: NWK–WTC and HOB–WTC (at World Trade Center)
Structure Underground
Platforms 2 side platforms
Tracks 2
Other information
Opened January 5, 1918 (1918-01-05)[1] (original)
September 15, 2002 (2002-09-15) (first reopening)
Closed September 11, 2001 (2001-09-11) (first closing)
August 20, 2005 (2005-08-20) (second closing)
Rebuilt November 25, 2009 (2009-11-25) (northbound platform)[2]
September 6, 2011 (2011-09-06) (southbound platform)[3][4]
Accessible Handicapped/disabled access
Former/other names Cortlandt Street - World Trade Center
Passengers (2014) 1,500,040[5] 6.3%
Rank 302 out of 421
Station succession
Next north City Hall: N late nights R all except late nights
Next south Rector Street: N late nights R all except late nights

Next Handicapped/disabled access north 14th Street – Union Square: N late nights R all except late nights
Next Handicapped/disabled access south Jay Street – MetroTech: N late nights R all except late nights

Cortlandt Street is a local station on the BMT Broadway Line of the New York City Subway, located under Church Street, between Fulton and Cortlandt Streets in Lower Manhattan. It is served by the R train at all times except late nights, when the N train takes over service.


  • Station layout 1
  • Station work 2
    • Renovations 2.1
    • Closures 2.2
  • Image gallery 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5

Station layout

G Street Level Exit/Entrance
Handicapped/disabled access (Elevator at SW and NE corners of Dey Street and Broadway for southbound and northbound services respectively. Out-of-system transfer made to services at Fulton Street via Fulton Center)
Platform level
Side platform, doors will open on the right Handicapped/disabled access
Northbound toward Forest Hills – 71st Avenue (City Hall)
toward Ditmars Boulevard late nights (City Hall)
Southbound toward Bay Ridge – 95th Street (Rector Street)
toward Coney Island – Stillwell Avenue late nights (Rector Street)
Side platform, doors will open on the right Handicapped/disabled access
B2 Crossunder, Dey Street Passageway

This underground station, opened on January 5, 1918,[1] has two tracks and two side platforms. It is the closest station on the BMT Broadway Line to the World Trade Center and an exit at the north end once led to the original lower concourse. The southbound platform will have an exit into the World Trade Center Transportation Hub when the complex is opened, and to Fulton Center via the Dey Street Passageway.

Station work


The station was overhauled in the late 1970s, with repairs made to the structural and cosmetic appearance. The original BMT wall tiles were covered over with the MTA's then-standard large rectangular wall tiles, with bolted-on signs replacing the "Cortlandt Street" mosaics in the wall. Lighting was converted from incandescent to fluorescent and staircases and platform edges were repaired. Much of the cosmetic change that came with this renovation was undone in a subsequent 1998–1999 renovation. In addition to "state-of-repair" work and upgrades for ADA accessibility, the station's original 1918 tilework was restored. Other improvements were made to the public address system, directional signage, and concrete trackbeds.

The Dey Street Passageway, outside of the fare control, connects the Fulton Street station complex to the Cortlandt Street station and to the World Trade Center Transportation Hub. It opened on November 10, 2014, while the World Trade Center was still under construction.[6]


Ribbon cutting for the reopening of the southbound platform.

The station sustained significant damage during the collapse of the adjacent World Trade Center towers on September 11, 2001. It was closed for repairs, which included removal of debris, fixing structural damage, and restoring the track beds, which had suffered flood damage in the aftermath of the collapse. The station reopened on September 15, 2002.

On August 20, 2005, the station was closed again for installation of the Dey Street Passageway below Dey Street as part of the Fulton Center project. At the same time, the station is to be made ADA-accessible in both directions. Previously, the station was accessible on the southbound side only via the temporary PATH World Trade Center station's elevator. MTA posters and flyers at that time indicated the station would reopen in the spring of 2006, and later by spring of 2007, but neither reopening schedules occurred.[7] The northbound side of the station finally reopened on November 25, 2009.[8][9] The southbound platform reopened on September 6, 2011, while continuing excavation along the Church Street side of the World Trade Center site was being performed.[10][3][4]

From August 2, 2013, until September 15, 2014, this station was served by the R train on weekdays only. This was due to Hurricane Sandy recovery work being done by the MTA in the Montague Street Tunnel. All weekend R and late-night N trains operated over the Manhattan Bridge. During those times, this station was closed. However, the station did not require a full-time closure during this period, as previous closures did.[11][12]

Image gallery


  1. ^ a b "Open New Subway to Times Square".  
  2. ^ "Cortlandt Street R/W Subway Station Reopens".  
  3. ^ a b "Cortlandt St. R Station Re-Opens". September 6, 2011. Retrieved 2011-09-07. 
  4. ^ a b Fink, Zack (September 6, 2011). "Lower Manhattan Subway Stop Fully Reopened".  
  5. ^ "Facts and Figures: Annual Subway Ridership". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Retrieved 2015-04-28. 
  6. ^ , Ch. 3, p. 3-21Fulton Street Transit Center, Final Environmental Impact Statement and Section 4(f) Evaluation PDF
  7. ^ "Cortlandt St station remains closed" (PDF).  
  8. ^ "MTA Chairman Reopens R/W Cortlandt Street Station". NY1 News. Retrieved 25 November 2009. 
  9. ^ "Cortlandt St Northbound Subway Platform Reopens". Lower Manhattan Construction Command Center/LMDC. Retrieved 2009-11-22. 
  10. ^ Fermino, Jennifer (August 3, 2011). "G. Zero station set to reopen". New York Post. Retrieved September 6, 2011. 
  11. ^ Service affected by 14 month closure of Montague Under River TubeR
  12. ^ Service Changes During Montague Tube Closure Beginning August, 2013R

External links

External video
Ten Years Later: MTA Reflects on 9/11, Metropolitan Transportation Authority; September 7, 2011; 4:21 YouTube video clip
  •—BMT Broadway Subway: Cortlandt Street – World Trade Center
  • Station Reporter — N Train
  • Station Reporter — R Train
  • MTA's Arts For Transit — Cortlandt Street (BMT Broadway Line)
  • Dey Street entrance from Google Maps Street View
  • Cortlandt Street entrance from Google Maps Street View
  • Trinity Place entrance from Google Maps Street View
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