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Coney Island – Stillwell Avenue
NYCS-bull-trans-D.svg NYCS-bull-trans-F.svg NYCS-bull-trans-N.svg NYCS-bull-trans-Q.svg
New York City Subway rapid transit station
Coney Island Stillwell Station by David Shankbone.JPG
Station building as seen from Surf Avenue
Station statistics
Address Stillwell Avenue & Surf Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11224
Borough Brooklyn
Locale Coney Island
Coordinates 40°34′38.43″N 73°58′52.10″W / 40.5773417°N 73.981139°W / 40.5773417; -73.981139Coordinates: 40°34′38.43″N 73°58′52.10″W / 40.5773417°N 73.981139°W / 40.5773417; -73.981139
Division B (BMT/IND)
Line BMT Brighton Line
IND Culver Line
BMT Sea Beach Line
BMT West End Line
Services       D all times (all times)
      F all times (all times)
      N all times (all times)
      Q all times (all times)
Structure Elevated
Platforms 4 island platforms
Tracks 8
Other information
Opened May 29, 1919 (formal opening)
December 23, 1918 (Sea Beach and West End)
May 29, 1919 (Brighton)
May 1, 1920 (Culver)
May 23, 2004 (reconstructed station opening)[1]
Accessible Handicapped/disabled access
Passengers (2008) 4.483 million[2][3] 5.27%
Rank 96 out of 422
Station succession
Next north West Eighth Street – New York Aquarium (Brighton/Culver): F all times Q all times
Gravesend – 86th Street (Sea Beach): N all times
Bay 50th Street (West End): D all times
Next south (Terminal): D all times F all times N all times Q all times

Next Handicapped/disabled access north Prospect Park (via Brighton): B weekdays until 11 p.m. Q all times
Church Avenue (via Culver): F all times
Atlantic Avenue – Pacific Street (via Sea Beach): N all times
Atlantic Avenue – Pacific Street (via West End): D all times
Next Handicapped/disabled access south (none)

Coney Island – Stillwell Avenue (also known as Coney Island Terminal) is a major rapid transit station in Coney Island, Brooklyn, serving as the terminal for four New York City Subway services. It is the world's largest above-ground terminal facility, and notable as the most energy-efficient mass transit facility in the United States.

The station is located at the corner of Stillwell and Surf Avenues in Coney Island, the site of the former West End Terminal; it is the southernmost terminal in the New York system. It has eight tracks and four island platforms, with trains entering from both compass north and south; however, it serves as the railroad-south terminal for all trains. This large facility was designed at a time when Coney Island was the primary summer resort area for the New York region, with all of the rail lines in southern Brooklyn funneling service to the area.



In 1919, a completely reconstructed New West End Terminal was built on an elevated structure to consolidate the terminals of all the former steam railroad lines terminating at Coney Island except the Long Island Rail Road-controlled New York and Manhattan Beach Railway. "West End" was gradually dropped from the terminal's name, and it is now known as Stillwell Avenue Terminal or Coney Island Terminal. Station signage reads Stillwell Avenue – Coney Island.

Beginning in late 2001, Coney Island Terminal was entirely reconstructed, and the new terminal opened May 23, 2004 with 6 tracks. The project completed on May 29, 2005, with full restoration of N service and all 8 tracks in service. A new entrance building was constructed, with a terra cotta facade in imitation of the former terminal, including restored BMT signs and logos. The former steel and concrete station, badly corroded by the effects of salt water and poor maintenance, was replaced with a new infrastructure, including a soaring roof with arches reminiscent of classic European train sheds. The roof is glazed with photovoltaic (solar electric) panels, consisting of 2,800 thin-film modules from SCHOTT (Germany) and covering a surface of 76,000 square feet (7,100 m2). The solar panel system has a nominal power of about 210 kWp, which generates an annual output of 250,000 kW hours, which the station can use to offset power needs. It is the largest renewable-energy enabled mass transit station in the United States.

While labeled a terminal, six of the eight tracks could provide through service in either direction. The station has been used as a terminal for most of its history, but at least two through services have been offered:

In 2006, through service was offered during several weekends while track maintenance shut down portions of the BMT Brighton Line west of Kings Highway.

The terminal is the new home of Transit District 34 of the New York City Police Department.


The track configuration around Stillwell Avenue
Line Service Terminal tracks
BMT Sea Beach Line N 1 and 2
BMT Brighton Line Q 3 and 4
IND Culver Line
(BMT prior to 1954)
F 5 and 6
BMT West End Line D 7 and 8


See also


  1. ^ Matus, Paul. "The New BMT Coney Island Terminal". The Third Rail Online. Retrieved 2007-08-29. 
  2. ^ "2008 Subway Ridership". New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Retrieved 2009-04-29. 
  3. ^ "2007 Ridership by Subway Station". New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Retrieved 2009-04-29. 

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