Church Avenue/BMT Brighton Line
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Church Avenue is a Brighton Line Express Stop. It has two island platforms for the four-tracked line. It is located in the portion of the line that is inside an open-cut, with lots of portions that enter tunnels and feel like your in a 'subway'. About half of the platforms feel like there underground on each end of the station, with the middle having some natural light, albeit only over the express tracks, the local tracks, along with the platforms are completely covered, dug into the earth at the sides of the open cut. The station got a fairly unusual renovation in the 1980s, and the roofs of both platforms are metal, it looks like its been added in strips, this metal curves down towards the center of each platform, where there is a vertical section that provides lighting, and has some illuminated oldfont signs. From this, and down the center of each platform is a line of round cream-colored columns. Along the edges, at the top, of each platform is a hanging area that is lined by now bare florescent lights, although it was originally built to provide illuminated station name signs, and service signs, although the MTA has removed all this non-standard signage because it found it way to hard to change, an exception to this are a few Station name signs that are still illuminated although most sings are the standard metal ones that are now affixed to this signage area above each platform.

The station has two exits, each in their own station house at the extreme ends of each platform. The fully staffed station house is at the extreme southern end of the platforms and a single staircase leads up to a 1980s 'modern' looking station house that whose interior was completely changed then and includes amenities like a metal ceiling, and modern doors into the station that have a red entrance awning, and has grey tiles on the non-doored portion that fits right into the low-lying stores along the northern side of Church Avenue at the western side of its corner with East 18th Street.

The other station house is still staffed at all times expect between 10pm and 7am, it has mostly a bank of turnstiles with a Single High Entrance/Exit Turnstile available when the token booth is closed. It is located at the Southeast corner of Caton Ave & Saint Pauls Place. This station house wasn't changed much during the 1980s renovations and is still fully tiled, with a trimline on its interior. The exterior of it has very few tiles and no awnings, and looks like completely bare concrete without the standard arts and crafts era tiling of the BMT open-cut line station houses. It is accessed from each platform from staircases at their extreme northern ends.

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(churchb1) Looking across to the secondary station house entrance from Caton Avenue to Church Avenue.
29 June, 2009
(churchb2) A few original BMT tiles on the side of the Caton Avenue station house entrance to Church Avenue have remained entact.
29 June, 2009
(churchb3) The backside of the Caton Avenue Station house at Church Avenue has a sign saying 'No Dumping'.
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(churchb4) The two pairs of doors into the Caton Avenue entrance of Church Avenue.
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(churchb5) The almost full-time token booth and turnstiles in the nicely, fully tiled Caton Avenue headhouse at Church Avenue
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(churchb6) Another view of the tiling with its green and brown trimline along the walls of the Caton Avenue Station house at Chruch Avenue.
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(churchb7) The single High Entrance/Exit Turnstile that provides access when the token booth and turnstiles are closed at Caton Avenue.
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(churchb8) The turnstiles of the Caton Avenue entrance to Church Avenue are in two seperate banks with the token booth between them.
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(churchb9) Looking down the Coney Island-bound platform at Church Avenue, just after stepping down from the Caton Avenue headhouse, daylight is viewable only from the express track up ahead.
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(churchb10) A Church Avenue sign on the Coney Island-bound platform. It is modern and is not backlit
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(churchb11) A Church Avenue Station sign that is enfact backlit, all the signage after the 1980s renovation was like this, but the MTA found that it was to cumbersome to keep up when the service on the Brighton Line kept changing because of various Manhattan Bridge Reasons.
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(churchb12) Looking across the sunlit express tracks at Church Avenue and across to the quite dim Manhattan-bound platform.
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(churchb13) Continuing down the platforms at Church Avenue, the tunnel of a decent length beneath Caton Avenue is visible.
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(churchb14) About to set foot in the long tunnel at the Church Avenue end of the station.
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(churchb15) An underground portion of the Church Avenue Station, approaching the only staircase at the extreme southern end up to the Church Avenue exit
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(churchb16) Looking up the 1980s styled staircase up to the main Church Av & East 18 Street Station exit.
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