Borough Hall/West Side IRT
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Transfer to Court Street Transfer to Borough Hall

The IRT 2,3 platforms at Borough Hall are stacked with the New Lots Avenue-bound platform beneath the Manhattan-bound one. This is so the New Lots Avenue-bound track can pass underneath the 4,5 Lexington Avenue-bound tracks right after stopping at the station. The Manhattan-bound track doesn't have this problem since it doesn't need to cross the express tracks. The station has exits at either end. At the railway south (eastern) end is a single staircase up from the New Lots/Flatbush-bound platform to a short passageway that's at the end of the Manhattan-bound platform, and leads to the middle of the Manhattan-bound 4,5 platform and that section of the station. At the northern (western) end of the station, a staircase leads up from the Flatbush/New Lots Avenue-bound platform to the Manhattan-bound platform and continues up to a decent sized mezzanine area. There is also an escalator that goes non-stop and is always in the up direction from the Flatbush/New Lots-bound platform to this mezzanine area. This is also where the ADA access with a single platform elevator shaft connecting the upper mezzanine with the New Lots Avenue-bound platform with a stop for the Manhattan-bound platform in between. The mezzanine itself has full time turnstiles that have an exit staircase to the SW corner of Montague Street and Court Street, and into the plaza outside of Borough Hall, this is where the top of the street access elevator shaft is as well. Within fare control this mezzanine has public restrooms (open from 5am to midnight), and the passageway that connects to the escalators down to the BMT M,R train platforms.

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(borough_halln21) A close-up of an intricate Vickers dual-contracts era representation of a Brooklyn Building that is the trimline for the platform trim line at Borough Hall.
28 June, 2008
(borough_halln22) The back of the Manhattan-bound platform at Borough Hall, the passageway to the East Side 4,5 Line is visible up-ahead, one of the two staircases down to the Flatbush & New Lots 2,3 platform is down below.
18 June, 2009
(borough_halln23) A Borough Hall name tablet, it has a fairly colorful boarder.
18 June, 2009
(borough_halln24) A sign informing passengers how to reach the 4,5 trains at Borough Hall.
18 June, 2009
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(borough_halln25) Looking down the lower-level New Lots & Flatbush-bound 2,3 platform at Borough Hall.
18 June, 2009
(borough_halln26) A close-up of a Borough Hall Column sign.
18 June, 2009
(borough_halln27) Approaching the back of the 2,3 New Lots & Flatbush-bound platform at Borough Hall. There are three possible ways to get up to the mezzanine level, stairs, an escalator, or an elevator. If only a ramp was also present, than all four basic ways of going up and down would be present.
18 June, 2009
(borough_halln28) The doors of the elevator down to both stacked 2,3 platforms on the mezzanine at Borough Hall, it also provides access to the Manhattan-bound 4,5 platform.
18 June, 2009
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(borough_halln29) The top of the escalator up from the New Lots & Flatbush-bound platform at Borough Hall, this one is always going up, there's a No Entry sign on the mezzanine level.
18 June, 2009
(borough_halln210) Looking down from the main large mezzanine level at Borough Hall towards the passageway to the escalators down to the BMT M,R platform at Court Street.
18 June, 2009
(borough_halln211) The single staircase for the 2,3 platforms on the main mezzanine level at Borough Hall, the Manhattan-bound platforms also provide access to the 4,5.
18 June, 2009
(borough_halln212) A sign at the bottom of the staircase down from the main mezzanine level for the 4,5 at the other end of Manhattan-bound 2,3 platform, as a R62 3 train stops in the station.
18 June, 2009
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(borough_halln213) Looking down the Manhattan-bound platform at Borough Hall, by a name tablet.
18 June, 2009
(borough_halln214) A street level entrance for the 2,3s mezzanine at Borough Hall, the sign says for the M,R,4,5 via passageway, a completely true statement.
9 July, 2009
(borough_halln215) Approaching the token booth in the decent sized area outside of fare control at Borough Hall.
9 July, 2009
(borough_halln216) Two signs for nearby government buildings at Borough Hall, the General Post Office, and the Supreme Court Building.
9 July, 2009
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(borough_halln217) Going up the escalator directly from the lower level Brooklyn-bound platform to the main 2,3 platform mezzanine
18 November, 2003
(borough_halln218) The closed turnstiles at Borough Hall on the 2,3 since the subway is free after superstorm sandy
1 November, 2012
(borough_halln219) The only subway service at this complex is on the 4 train to New Lots Avenue
1 November, 2012
(borough_halln220) Another sign for the shuttle train (really the 4 train running all the way to New Lots), originally perhaps the 4 train was supposed to run in two separate sections
1 November, 2012
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