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DeKalb Avenue is a very unusual six-tracked local station, with two island platforms for four tracks, and two express tracks that bypass the station between the island platforms, although trains skipping the station aren't all that visible because the tracks are almost completely walled in. The station basically provides a transfer point from all trains that will end up on the Brighton Line (the B and the Q), these use the extreme side wall tracks, with all trains that will use the Montague Street Subway (the R), that use the other two middle tracks that platform. Trains coming from the 4th Avenue Express tracks and operating via the Manhattan Bridge bypass the station (the D and N). Many people have wondered why the D train can't stop at the station during weekends when the B isn't running and there isn't a same platform (passengers must use the long passageway between Atlantic Avenue and Pacific Street) transfer between Brighton Line trains (the Q), and 6th Avenue Subway trains (the D), restoring what used to be a one seat ride at all times (except previous closers of the north side of the Manhattan Bridge) from 1967 to 2000 on the D train that used to operate via the Brighton Line. The reason is because in order to do this quite complex maneuver, the D would have to be switched from its 4th Avenue Express track to the middle 4th Avenue Local track, and again to the Brighton Line track in order to serve the station, (all trains that want to stop at DeKalb Avenue, and are running via the Manhattan Bridge must use the Brighton Line's track). The D train does stop during late nights, on the Brighton Line's track, when its running local on 4th Avenue anyway, and might as well be switched off onto that track to access 6th Avenue, instead of onto its normal express track. The final destinations of trains that are stopped at DeKalb Avenue can be rather confusing, so signs along each track with incandescent lights light up depending upon the routing and destination of the train that has stopped.

The layout of the exits in the station are also a bit confusing. The main exit/entrance, with fully staffed fare control and turnstiles is towards the southern (eastern) end of the station's platforms. It's a decently sized mezzanine area for a BMT station, with a free crossover and two staircases and an elevator down to each platform. The main, wide station entrance, where there's basically a double staircase down to the mezzanine and the elevator up to the street is at the SE corner of DeKalb Avenue and Flatbush Avenue Extension, tucked beneath a plaza at an entrance to a large building, beneath an Applebee's. There is a secondary station entrance across the street, near the SW street corner. This entrance is alongside storefronts. Just after the turnstiles in the mezzanine area, between the staircases down to the Manhattan-bound track is a pair of subway restrooms that are open between 5am and midnight, the usual subway public bathroom hours. In the middle of the platform is a small crossover with single staircases up to it from each platform. There are some doors alongside the passageway that goes over the tracks. This free crossover passageway is at the southern end of the mezzanine that runs over about half of the platform with employee rooms above a portion of the station platforms.

The station has a secondary exit at the extreme northern (western) ends of the platforms. At this point the island platforms start becoming two levels. A higher level for the Brighton Line tracks that are to reach the Manhattan Bridge, and lower-level tracks that become the line that goes through the Montague Street Tunnel, a few steps lead down to the end of the Montague Street tunnel tracks. A staircase that is a bit long is alongside a narrow escalator, that is in the 'up' direction (from both platforms) leads up to another, small mezzanine area that is now fully automated, with plently High Entrance/Exit Turnstiles, and exits to either side of Flatbush Avenue Extension. One side is at MetroTech and Albee Square, the other side to Fleet Street and L.I. University.

For decorations, the station was recently renovated and all mezzanines have a traditional BMT dual-contracts style, abstract trim line that is mostly a brownish color. The platform walls are all tiled white, including most of the wall between the 4th Avenue Line's local tracks for trains going to the tunnel, and the express tracks that bypass the station, with a similar trim-line of a cream color with dark brown lines, and De Kalb Ave name text that is a dark tiled background with cream colored letters. This trim-line and the De Kalb Ave text is rather hard to see. Along each track on the platforms are I-beam shaped columns that are painted a reddish-brown color for their lower third, and a cream color for their upper two-thirds.
Photos 1-3: December 30, 2003; 4 & 5: August 13, 2008; 6-10: June 15, 2009; 11-32: June 18, 2009; 33 & 34: May 19, 2010; 35: November 4, 2012; 36-43: December 5, 2012

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DeKalb Improvisation, DeKalb Improvisation II, King, Queen 2005, Glass Mosaic on Mezzanine Walls
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