Location: 9th Avenue Station, Brooklyn, NY
Operator of Vehicle: MTA New York City Transit
Date of Photo: June 24, 2010
Over time, transit routes can and do change. I took this photo of an M train entering the 9th Avenue station in Brooklyn on the last day of M train service at this location in 2010. Starting the next Monday morning, the M train had a new route that used a track connection that had been out of use since 1976. The M train is just one of many New York City Subway lines which has maintained both a segment where it has always run (Myrtle Avenue in Brooklyn) and a variety of segments that it no longer serves (Brighton Line, West End Line, Nassau Street Line, etc.). The same can go for certain stations. The Myrtle Avenue Line originally served a now demolished upper level station at the Myrtle Avenue-Broadway Station and continued to Downtown Brooklyn. The 9th Avenue Station where I took this photo has a disused lower level that serves the now demolished Culver Shuttle Line; you can see the tracks leading to that abandoned level to the right of the M train in this photo. The New York City Subway has many fun nuances like this, as do other systems, though perhaps to a slightly lesser extent. It is what makes this hobby so fun sometimes, to travel around and know what was and what could be and to document it as best I can.
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