This complex currently serves the D, F and Q trains. The N line
returned to Stillwell in May 2005.
The complex is presently undergoing a massive reconstruction, from
scratch of the entire station. It is done in two separate
contracts; the first contract covers the stations platforms, overpass,
and mezzanine areas and is currently done by Granite/Halamar/Schiavone
companies, a joint venture. The second contract covers the new
arcade stationhouse and new NYPD Transit District #34 facility; it is
being done by Vertex Engineering services. The need for replacing
this terminal was so great because the salt waters from the Atlantic
Ocean were eating away at the foundation of the old station. The
original plan was to close one track, and/or one platform at a time for
reconstruction, the timetable would take over 8 years until completion.
Instead, a fast track approach of station replacement was achieved by
closing 3 of the 4 station platforms from Sept. 2003, to May 2004.
Once the 3 platforms opened on 5/23/04, the fourth platform was closed
and is currently undergoing replacement.
Although it appears to be a brand new station complex, NYCT has kept
most of the flavor of the old Stillwell station intact. There are
still 8 tracks over 4 island platforms, 2 tracks for each platform.
The track # assignments remained unchanged; they are numbered #1 through
8, and run from east to west, with Track #1 facing Luna Park houses, and
Track #8 nearest to Stillwell Ave. The famous overpass is rebuilt
too, and is about 75 feet to the north of the old location of the
overpass. Like the original overpass, there are RTO and crew facilities
at the top of the staircases. Each platform has new ramps; the grade of
each ramp is eased in order to conform to ADA regulations. The
line assignments are as follows:
Tracks #1 and #2 are currently used for D trains. Tracks #3 and
#4 are used for Q trains; Tracks #5 and #6 are used for F trains while
Tracks #7 and #8 are currently undergoing replacement. When the
final platform is completed, D trains will return to Track 7/8 while the
N resumes operation from the usual Track 1/2 side.
But the most striking aspect of the "new look" Stillwell is the roof
dome as part of the new 75,000 square foot train shed. The shed
contains integrated photovoltaic solar panels that power most of the
station's non-rail transit components, such as station lighting,
MetroCard and communication equipment. The high arched dome-like ceiling
also gives a clear line of sigh from the front end of the platform to
the new overpass. The mezzanine has a ramp behind fare control at the
Luna Park wall, along with artwork: "My Coney Island Baby" by Robert
Wilson (2004), contains over 30 life sized images of the places, things,
and people that make Coney Island famous, from a large hot dog, to the
most detailed aspect of the Wonder Wheel. These mosaics are embedded in
a glass brick running along the east wall (facing Luna Park) from the
start of the ramp outside fare control, to the bus loop at the P/T
Mermaid Ave side, and are about 300 feet in length. There are also steps
down to the Stillwell Ave side. There are new restrooms inside fare
control near the F line entrance and are among the best looking in the
system. And of course, the P/T side has been rebuilt with one large
double ramp to the Mermaid Ave exit; the ramp is located between the Q
and D access ramps/stairs. Each platform has one staircase and one ramp,
plus the staircase to the overpass, the setup is nearly identical to the
old Stillwell terminal. When the 4th platform opens in
February, 2005, it is expected for the first time; to have a ramp and
staircase, replacing the elevator that was built in the late 1980ís that
provided wheelchair access to the old B West End line platform (when the
B went to Stillwell prior to 2001.) This elevator is being removed as it
is no longer necessary.
revisit to this station will be done when the
mezzanine/arcade opens up.