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Joe" Here's the full "RJ" story form the "Orphans of Chrystie Street" series:
Part 1 : The RJ – Fourth Avenue-Nassau Street Line
Began service: Monday, November 27, 1967
Ended service: Friday, June 28, 1968
The Route: 168th Street – Jamaica Avenue, Queens
95th Street – 4th Avenue, Brooklyn
via the Williamsburg Bridge and the
Montague Street Tunnel
Distance: 21.81 Miles
Running Times: 70 Minutes - express
78 minutes – local
Map Color: Red
The RJ was listed on the front of the subway map as a “Special Rush Hour Service” which also included the NX, QB and 5 (Thru-Exp). It was a somewhat arbitrary designation as several other rush hour routes were not included. The service guide stated that the RJ ran during the AM rush northbound and the PM rush southbound as a “local” service.
The reverse side of the map contained a strip map with the following information:
Trains operate during rush hours Mon-Fri. During the PM rush from 6:20 to 6:55 RJ trains operate express along Broadway Brooklyn.
Now how could a train that is listed as running in one direction only on the front of the map suddenly start running in both directions by the time it reached the back of the map? More intriguing, how could a train listed as running as a southbound local on the front of the map run as an express on the reverse side. Especially as it would be running express southbound at the same time that the QJ was running express northbound on the Broadway Brooklyn Line. The Broadway Brooklyn Line is a three track line and the center express track can only be used in one direction at a time. As we shall see the RJ ran in both directions in the rush hour and certain trains did run express on the Broadway Brooklyn Line.
SERVICE DURING THE AM RUSH
Northbound service: A total of five trains left 95 Street from 7:46 AM to 8:33 AM.
The 7:58 and 8:10 departures ran all the way to 168th Street while the other three terminated at Eastern Parkway. These trains made all local stops.
Southbound service: A total of five trains left 168th Street from 5:28 AM to 6:19 AM and ran to 95th Street . The first four trains made all local stops while the last one ran express on the Broadway Brooklyn Line from Eastern Parkway to Essex Street. It was the first southbound express of the day on the line. Note that the southbound service from Jamaica filled a service gap between the last JJ departure to Broad Street at 5:13 AM and the first QJ departure to Brighton Beach at 6:29 AM.
SERVICE DURING THE PM RUSH
Northbound service: Six trains leave 95th Street from 5:37 PM to 6:25 PM
and run to 168th Street. The first five ran express from Essex Street to Eastern Parkway with the 6:14 PM departure closing out the day's express service on the Broadway Brooklyn Line . The last departure at 6:25 PM made all local stops.
Note that the northbound service fills a 45 minute gap in northbound QJ service.
Southbound service: Five trains leave Eastern Parkway and make all stops to 95th Street. There is no southbound PM rush service from 168th Street.
The RJ ended service on Friday, June 28, 1968. Its replacement was an RR Nassau Street – Fourth Avenue Local between Chambers Street and 95th Street via the Montague Street Tunnel.