NEW YORK CITY SUBWAY HISTORY - BMT DIVISION

THE BMT DIVISION


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The Brooklyn Manhattan Transit (BMT) has a history all its own. Originally known as the BRT (Brooklyn Rapid Transit), they originally used numbers to designate their trains from 1 to 16. There was also an unofficial BMT #17 train linking the 14 st Canarsie line with the Fulton St el using the Atlantic Ave station on the train as the connection. The number system became a problem for the BMT because the IRT numbers were starting to overlap. For example, the Flushing line on the IRT was getting confused with the Franklyn Ave shuttle which had been called the #7 train from the 1930s until 1967. Eventually, as the IND company started recapturing BMT properties, the numbering system of the trains were gradually assimilated into the IND letter system. For example, the BMT #5 of yesterday became part of the train once the IND connected the Culver el along McDonald Ave with the Church Ave station.