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So Long To The (MJ)

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Forty years ago tonight, at Midnight on October 3/4, 1969, the Myrtle Avenue El south of Broadway, the (MJ) and the Q Cars each made their final run.

 

The Stations South Of Broadway were:

 

Broadway (Upper Level) Transfer to the (KK) 70(M) (QJ)

Sumner Avenue

Tompkins Avenue

Nostrand Avenue

Franklin Avenue

Washington Avenue

Vanderbilt Avenue

Navy Street

Bridge-Jay Streets Transfer to the 70(A) 70(E) 70(F)

IIRC, there was a paper transfer between Bridge-Jay Streets Terminal and Jay Street-Borough Hall.

 

The (MJ)'s map bullet and line were magenta, similiar in color to the 70(AA) 70(F) and 70(4).

 

The Q Cars served sixty-six years and the Myrtle Avenue El would be their final assignment. North of Broadway, they served stations along with the Myrtle-Chambers Street Line (the B.M.T. #10), today's (M) line.

 

Myrtle Avenue El service was replaced by the B54 Bus.

 

At http://www.nycsubway.org, there is a nice hand drawn 1967 subway map that preserves the (MJ).

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You could have also received a paper transfer to the Myrtle Av Line, but only if you paid your fare and entered the system at Broadway-Nassau Sts. Why that rule? Not sure, maybe because they implemented that rule after service over the Brooklyn Bridge to Park Row was discontinued.

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i keep woundering,what if that line was never demolished? would it be a <M>? or a unused letter?would service be better? would it become (S)? so many questions remained in answered.

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I wonder how the R39s would've turned out if the MJ remained.

Interestingly enough, if the line was rebuilt and the R39's were built, they'd probably be reefed by now and we'd have replacements!

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Interestingly enough, if the line was rebuilt and the R39's were built, they'd probably be reefed by now and we'd have replacements!

 

Reefed? Nah if they weren't GOHed by GE, they would've survived as the last ones to go. Their design was exactly like the R38s except to IRT specifications.

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Well i know the MTA has no interest in rebuilding the Myrtle Avenue El again because of current bus service,but imagine if the MTA decided to rebuild it again,imagine the ridership on it today.Do you think it would have had high ridership if it was left intact?

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One of the biggest changes to Myrtle Avenue since the el's closure has been Metrotech. Today the Myrtle Avenue El couldn't reach Bridge-Jay Streets since the street ends at Duffield Street.

 

While the upper level station remains, the trackways carry no track and Broadway today is a reminder of what once was.

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I had to check google maps to see what had been done with MetroTech. Didn't know about the changes. No reason to believe if they so desired they could not rebuild the line there since Myrtle Ave is essentially a pedestrian mall and they could go right through it. A subway still makes more sense.

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