The West End Line, now a subway line in Brooklyn, New York City, is a branch line from the Broadway (Manhattan)-Fourth Avenue (Brooklyn) subway, serving the communities of Borough Park, New Utrecht, Bensonhurst, Bath Beach and Coney Island. It is served full time by the , and rush hours by the , which provides direct access to the financial district.
The elevated line, originally mapped as the New Utrecht Avenue Line (though the common name prevailed after construction), replaced the surface West End Line.
Under the Dual Contracts of 1913, an elevated line was built over New Utrecht Avenue, 86th Street and Stillwell Avenue, fully opening to Coney Island on July 21, 1917. The original surface right-of-way was retained for use by trolley cars to provide local service and protect the company's franchise. Over the years, the West End line has been featured in movies and television shows. The famous chase scene from "The French Connection" (1971) was filmed under the West End line in Brooklyn, and the opening scene of "Saturday Night Fever" (1977) features Tony Manero (John Travolta) walking down 86th Street, with the West End elevated line above. Additionally, the opening credits of the television show "Welcome Back, Kotter" (1975) also featured the West End line.
The other service pattern was the "West End Short Line", a rush-hour local (on Fourth Avenue) service between the BMT Nassau Street Line in Lower Manhattan and 62nd Street or Bay Parkway. It became part of the TT in the early 1960s and was discontinued in 1967. However, in 1987 the short line service was essentially recreated when the rush-hour M extension was moved from the BMT Brighton Line to the West End Line, and it has extended to Bay Parkway during rush hours since then. (At times, the M has extended to Ninth Avenue middays.)
|Station||Tracks||Services||Opened||Transfers and notes|
|splits from the BMT Fourth Avenue Line ()|
|Ninth Avenue||all||June 24, 1916|
|Fort Hamilton Parkway||local||June 24, 1916|
|50th Street||local||June 24, 1916|
|55th Street||local||June 24, 1916|
|62nd Street||all||September 15, 1916||BMT Sea Beach Line at New Utrecht Avenue|
|71st Street||local||September 15, 1916|
|79th Street||local||September 15, 1916|
|18th Avenue||local||September 15, 1916|
|20th Avenue||local||September 15, 1916|
|Bay Parkway||all||December 29, 1916|
|25th Avenue||local||December 29, 1916|
|Bay 50th Street||local||December 21, 1917|
|Coney Island–Stillwell Avenue||all||December 23, 1918||BMT Brighton Line ()|
BMT Culver Line ()
BMT Sea Beach Line