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42nd Street – Port Authority Bus Terminal (IND Eighth Avenue Line)

 

42nd Street – Port Authority Bus Terminal (IND Eighth Avenue Line)

42nd Street – Port Authority Bus Terminal
NYCS A NYCS C NYCS E
New York City Subway rapid transit station
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Southeastern stair
Station statistics
Address West 42nd Street & Eighth Avenue
New York, NY 10036
Borough Manhattan
Locale Midtown Manhattan
Coordinates

40°45′26″N 73°59′23″W / 40.757205°N 73.98983°W / 40.757205; -73.98983Coordinates: 40°45′26″N 73°59′23″W / 40.757205°N 73.98983°W / 40.757205; -73.98983

Division B (IND)
Line       IND Eighth Avenue Line
Services       A all times (all times)
      C all except late nights (all except late nights)
      E all times (all times)
System transfers       IRT Broadway–Seventh Avenue Line (1 all times 2 all times 3 all times trains)
      IRT Flushing Line (7 all times <7>rush hours until 10:00 p.m., peak direction trains)
      BMT Broadway Line (N all times Q all times R all except late nights trains)
      42nd Street Shuttle (S all except late nights train)
at Times Square – 42nd Street
Connection

Structure Underground
Levels 2 (lower level abandoned)
Platforms 2 island platforms
cross-platform interchange
Tracks 4
Other information
Opened September 10, 1932; 81 years ago (1932-09-10)[1] (upper level)
1959; Template:Years or months ago (1959) (lower level)
Closed 1981; Template:Years or months ago (1981) (lower level)
Accessible Times Square – 42nd Street also accessible)
Traffic
Passengers (2012)62,069,437 (station complex)[2] Increase 2.4%
Rank 1 out of 421
Station succession
Next north 50th Street (local): A late nights C all except late nights
59th Street – Columbus Circle (express): A all except late nights
50th Street (Queens Boulevard): E all times
Next south 34th Street – Penn Station: A all times C all except late nights E all times


Next north south 34th Street – Penn Station: A all times C all except late nights E all times

42nd Street – Port Authority Bus Terminal is an express station on the IND Eighth Avenue Line of the New York City Subway. Located at the intersection of 42nd Street and Eighth Avenue in Manhattan, it is served by the A and E trains at all times, and by the C train at all times except late nights. A passageway connects this station to the nearby station at Times Square – 42nd Street, providing a free transfer.[3]


Upper level platforms

The upper level of the station contains four tracks and two island platforms; the northbound platform extends from 42nd to 44th St., while the southbound platform extends from 40th to 42nd St. The station's mezzanine extends four blocks from 40th to 44th St.[4]

Lower level platform

In addition to the level currently in use, there was formerly a lower platform on the southbound side (one track underneath the downtown local track on the upper level and one side platform underneath the island platform above). The lower level was built together with the upper level platforms in the late 1920s/early 1930s but was not used until 1959 when the lower level platform opened and used for occasional service specials including the Aqueduct Racetrack special fare trains from 1959 to 1981 and rush hour E trains in the 1970s.[5][6]

Theories differ on why the lower level platform was built. The platform could only be reached by trains running to or from Queens via 53rd Street (the current E service). Some commentators have speculated that this was meant to allow trains to hold Queens-bound trains at 42nd St. without slowing down service on the A and C trains.[6] Others have suggested that the lower level platform was built to prevent the IRT Flushing Line from being extended westward. The IRT company's 7 <7> service terminated at nearby Times Square – 42nd Street, with the IND Eighth Avenue lower level platform located just beyond the tail tracks on the IRT platform.[4][6]

Film producers have used the lower level platform for several films, most notably Ghost (1990), starring Patrick Swayze and Demi Moore.[5][6]

In the late 2000s, the MTA began construction on a planned extension of the IRT Flushing Line to 34th Street, which would require demolishing the IND Eighth Avenue lower level platform.[6] As of January 2010, the lower level platform was being demolished as part of the Flushing Line extension.[7] Transit blogger Benjamin Kabak, who was invited to tour the Flushing Line extension and view construction progress, reported in February 2012 that the lower level platform had been "bisected" by the Flushing Line extension.[8]

Station layout

L1 Street Level Exit/ Entrance
B1 Mezzanine Fare control, station agents, to exits

Passageway to Times Square – 42nd Street
Template:NYCS Platform Layout access

B2
Platforms
Northbound local NYCS C toward 168th Street, NYCS E toward Jamaica Center – Parsons/Archer (50th Street)
Island platform, doors will open on the left, right
Northbound express NYCS A toward 207th Street (59th Street – Columbus Circle)
Southbound express NYCS A toward Lefferts Boulevard, Far Rockaway or Rockaway Park (34th Street – Penn Station)
Island platform, doors will open on the left, right
Southbound local NYCS C toward Euclid Avenue, NYCS E toward World Trade Center (34th Street – Penn Station)
B3 Lower level platform/Flushing line extension

Relative depths of other platforms

The platforms in the 42nd Street – Times Square / Port Authority Bus Terminal complex have the following depths:

References

External links

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  • nycsubway.org—IND Eighth Avenue: 42nd Street/Port Authority Bus Terminal
  • nycsubway.org — Losing My Marbles Artwork by Lisa Dinhofer (2003)
  • nycsubway.org — The Commuter's Lament/A Close Shave Artwork by Norman B. Colp (1991)
  • Station Reporter — Times Square Complex
  • MTA's Arts For Transit — 42nd Street – Port Authority Bus Terminal (IND Eighth Avenue Line)
  • MTA's Arts For Transit — Times Square – 42nd Street Page 1
  • MTA's Arts For Transit — Times Square – 42nd Street Page 2
  • 42nd Street entrance from Google Maps Street View
  • 44th Street entrance from Google Maps Street View
  • 40th Street entrance from Google Maps Street View
  • Abandoned Stations – 42nd Street lower levelru:Times Square – 42nd Street (Нью-Йоркское метро)#Платформы IND Eighth Avenue Line
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