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Look at the gray station circled above.

I have noticed this station at the J canal st line irl and by researching maps

What was this station used for?

Can I travel via this station?

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    Where is the image from? I doubt it's yours Jul 12, 2021 at 9:31
  • @user253751 Looks like the maps on this site: nycsubway.org/wiki/New_York_City_Subway_Track_Maps ....specifically this one
    – Dan Mašek
    Jul 12, 2021 at 13:49
  • Nit: It's the same station. It's a different platform, which is OOS. Given that it connects to BMT Nassau St anyway and would go to the same stairs, it's not clear what traveling via it would gain you.
    – nanofarad
    Jul 12, 2021 at 14:54
  • @user253751 it isn’t I did some research on this before and came out with this map
    – Coder2195
    Jul 12, 2021 at 23:03

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The wikipedia page seems to cover this:

Canal Street on the BMT Nassau Street Line has three tracks and two island platforms, but only the western island platform is accessible to passengers. The J stops here at all times and the Z stops here during rush hours in the peak direction.[38].

Formerly, Canal Street resembled a typical express station except that the inner tracks dead-ended at bumper blocks at the south end with a platform-level connection joining the southern ends of the two platforms. These stub-end tracks were last used prior to 1994, when the station served as the southern terminus for weekend J. After a reconfiguration of the Nassau Street Line in 2004, the eastern (former "northbound") platform was abandoned and now used as a storage area and the platform-level connection was removed, allowing the former southbound express track to continue south. The westernmost (former "southbound") platform remains in operation and both tracks provide through service with southbound traffic using the former southbound "local" track and northbound traffic using the former southbound "express" track. The former northbound local track is now used only for non-revenue moves, train storage and emergencies while the northbound express stub track was removed. The former northbound "local" track merges with the former southbound "express" track (the latter of which is currently the northbound track) south of the station.

That’s quite a long quote, so to answer your specific questions directly:

what was this station used for?

The platform was used by northbound services on the J line, until the station was reconfigured in 2004.

can I travel via this station?

No. In one direction the line has been removed entirely. In the other it’s still maintained for the network’s purposes (for example, moving trains around without disrupting passenger services) but is not used for any public services.

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