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The New York City Subway Lines Project:
R Train (Broadway Local)

The R Train runs from deep in Forest Hills in Queens to Bay Ridge in Brooklyn. It runs local at all times.

From midnight to 6:30am every day it only runs from 36th street - 95th street in Brooklyn in order to cut down on redundant trains running late at night. It is a part of the Yellow Line and while in midtown Manhattan you'll find the N or the R by following Broadway.

Station Information for the R Train is as follows:

Queens:

71 - Continental Avs - Forest Hills, Queens Blvd
Transfers: E F G
Bus and other connections: Q23 Q65A LIRR

67 Avenue, Queens Blvd

63 Drive - Rego Park, Queens Blvd
Bus and other connections: Q38 Q53 Q72

Woodhaven Blvd -Queens Mall, Queens Blvd
Bus and other connections: Q11 Q29 Q38 Q45 Q59 Q88

Grand Avenue - Newtown, Queens Blvd
Bus and other connections: Q53 Q58 Q59 Q60

Elmhurst Av, Broadway

Roosevelt Av - Jackson Heights, Broadway
Transfers: 7 E F G
Bus and other connections: Q19B Q32 Q33 (to LaGuardia Airport) Q45 Q47 (to LGA Marine Air Terminal) Q53

65 Street, Broadway

Northern Blvd, Broadway
Bus and other connections: Q18 Q66

46 Street, Broadway
Bus and other connections: Q104

Steinway St, Broadway
Bus and other connections: Q101 Q104

36 Street, Northern Blvd

Queens Plaza, Queens Blvd
Transfers: E F G
Bus and other connections: Q19A Q32 Q39 Q60 Q66 Q67 Q101 Q102 B61

Manhattan:

Lexington Av, 60 Street
Transfers: 4 5 6 N
Bus and other connections: M31 M57 M98 M101 M102 M103 Q32

5 Avenue, 59-60 Streets
Bus connections: M1 M2 M3 M4 M5 M30 Q32

57 Street, 7 Avenue
Bus connections: M6 M7 M30 M31 M57

49 Street, 7 Avenue
Bus connections: M27 M50

42 Street - Times Square, Broadway 7 Avenue
Transfers: 1 2 3 7 9 A C E S
Bus and other connections: M10 M16 M27 M42 M104 Port Authority Bus Terminal

34 Street - Herald Square, Broadway
Wheelchair accessible.
Transfers: B D F Q
Bus and other connections: M4 M6 M16 M34 Q32 PATH LIRR Amtrak NJTransit

28 Street, Broadway

23 Street, Broadway
Bus and other connections: M23

14 Street - Union Square, Broadway
Transfers: 4 5 6 L
Bus and other connections: M1 M2 M3 M7 M9 M14

8 Street - NYU, Broadway
Bus and other connections: M1 M2 M3 M5 M8

Prince St, Broadway
Bus and other connections: M5 M21

Canal Street, Broadway
Transfers: 6 J M Z

City Hall, Broadway
Bus connections: M1 M6 M9 M15 M22 M103 B51

Cortlandt St, Church Street
Wheelchair accessible southbound only.
Bus and other connections: M9 M22 PATH Hoboken Ferry

Rector St, Trinity Place

Whitehall St - South Ferry, Water Street
Bus and other connections: M1 M6 M15 Staten Island Ferry

Brooklyn:

Court Street, Montague St
Transfers: M 2 3 4 5
Bus connections: B25 B37 B38 B41 B45 B51 B52 B65

Lawrence St - MetroTech, Willoughby Street
Bus connections: B25 B26 B37 B38 B52 B54 B61 B67 B75

DeKalb Av, Flatbush Av
Transfers: D Q
Bus connections: B25 B26 B37 B38 B52

Pacific St, 4 Avenue
Transfers: 2 3 4 5 B D M Q N
Bus and other connections: B41 B45 B63 B65 B67 LIRR

Union St, 4 Avenue
Bus connections: B71

9 Street, 4 Avenue
Transfers: F
Bus connections: B75 B77

Prospect Av, 4 Avenue

25 Street, 4 Avenue

36 Street, 4 Avenue
Transfers: B M N
Bus connections: B35 B70

45 Street, 4 Avenue

53 Street, 4 Avenue
Bus connections: B11

59 Street, 4 Avenue
Transfers:N
Bus connections: B9

Bay Ridge Av, 4 Avenue
Bus and other connections: B1

77 Street, 4 Avenue
Bus and other connections: B4

86 Street, 4 Avenue
Bus and other connections: B16 B64 S79 to Staten Island

95 Street - Bay Ridge, 4 Avenue
Bus and other connections: B8 B63 S53 to Staten Island

The route that is currently the R train was built in three distinct segments. The portion that runs from 95th street, Brooklyn, up Fourth Avenue, across to Manhattan and up the Broadway line was part of the original BMT subway constructed by 1920. The portion along the Queens Boulevard line was built by the city run Independent Subway System (IND) and opened in the early 30s.

When the BMT, along with the IRT, was bought out by the city and the lines were unified in 1940, one of the first connections built between former BMT and IND trackage was the 57th street tunnel under the East River connecting the BMT Broadway line to the IND Queens boulevard line, where the current R route runs today.

When the Transit Authority introduced letter designations to the unified system, the route was called the RR (double letters designated local trains). It originally ran through the Fourth Avenue and Broadway lines as it does today, but then followed the 60th street tunnel to the Astoria Line, terminating at Ditmars as the N Train does currently. It was later changed to the current route, running through the 57 street tunnel to the Queens Boulevard line. When the MTA got rid of the double letter system in 1986, the line was renamed to just the R.

Currently the R Train runs exclusively R44-46 rolling stock, well appointed 75' cars from the early 70s featuring LED destination displays.

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