The IRT Nostrand Avenue Line is a rapid transit line of the IRT division of the New York City Subway running under Nostrand Avenue in the borough of Brooklyn. It is served at all times by the 2 train, and is also served by the 5 train on weekdays during the daytime.
The two tracks split off from the local tracks of the IRT Eastern Parkway Line and diverge away in the vicinity of Rogers Avenue at the Rogers Avenue Junction, turning south onto Nostrand Avenue to/from the Nostrand Avenue Line. It serves the neighborhoods of southern Crown Heights, Prospect Lefferts Gardens, Flatbush, East Flatbush, and the Brooklyn College area.
When the Nostrand Avenue Line was built, it only connected to the IRT Eastern Parkway Line local tracks. This limited the capacity of trains that can operate on the Nostrand Avenue Line. Until the Rogers Street junction was rebuilt in the 1990s. However, service on the line is still limited due to the large amount of trains in use on the 2 and 5 lines.
These two services serve the entire line and make all stops.
Story of the lineEdit
The stations on this line opened August 23, 1920 as part of the Dual Contracts. It was to be extended in 1929, 1939, 1951, and 1968 to serve Marine Park and/or Sheepshead Bay; however, this did not occur due to many problems including the start of World war II and the 1970's budget crisis. The southern terminal, as a result, was converted into an irregular terminal with two tracks and two side platforms, with provisions to be extended southward being demolished when the station became ADA accessible.