116th Street – Columbia University (IRT Broadway – Seventh Avenue Line)

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116th Street – Columbia University
New York City Subway rapid transit station
116th Street Columbia University IRT 006.JPG
Platform for uptown trains
Station statistics
Address West 116th Street & Broadway
New York, NY 10027
Borough Manhattan
Locale Morningside Heights
Coordinates 40°48′29″N 73°57′50″W / 40.808°N 73.964°W / 40.808; -73.964Coordinates: 40°48′29″N 73°57′50″W / 40.808°N 73.964°W / 40.808; -73.964
Division A (IRT)
Line       IRT Broadway – Seventh Avenue Line
Services       1 all times (all times)
Connection NYCT Bus: M4, M60 SBS to LGA, M104
Structure Underground
Platforms 2 side platforms
Tracks 3 (2 in regular service)
Other information
Opened October 27, 1904; 110 years ago (1904-10-27)[1]
Passengers (2014) 4,917,691[2]Decrease 2.5%
Rank 97 out of 421
Station succession
Next north 125th Street: 1 all times
Next south Cathedral Parkway – 110th Street: 1 all times

116th Street--Columbia University Subway Station (IRT)
MPS New York City Subway System MPS
NRHP Reference # 04001020[3]
Added to NRHP September 17, 2004

116th Street – Columbia University is a local station on the IRT Broadway – Seventh Avenue Line of the New York City Subway, served by the 1 train at all times. It is located at the intersection of Broadway and 116th Street, just outside of the west gate to the main campus of Columbia University and the southeast corner of the Barnard College campus. The express track that passes through the station is currently unused in revenue service.


Until the 1960s, the station was served by an entrance kiosk similar to the one still in use two miles south at 72nd Street. Today, the concourse is entirely underground, with stairways on either side of Broadway that serve both uptown and downtown trains. In 2004, the station was listed on the National Register of Historic Places.[3]

Station layout[edit]

G Street Level Exit/ Entrance
Platform level
Side platform, doors will open on the right
Northbound local NYCS-bull-trans-1.svg toward Van Cortlandt Park – 242nd Street (125th Street)
Peak-direction express No regular service
Southbound local NYCS-bull-trans-1.svg toward South Ferry (110th Street)
Side platform, doors will open on the right

116th Street – Columbia University station is laid out in a typical local stop setup.[4] There are two side platforms and three tracks, the center one being an unused express track.[4] The southbound local track is technically known as BB1 while the northbound one is BB4; the BB designation is used for chaining purposes along the Broadway – Seventh Avenue Line from 96th Street to 242nd Street. Although it cannot be accessed at 116th Street – Columbia University, the center track is designated as M. It is important to note that these designations are rarely, if ever, used in ordinary conversation. Unlike most local stops, there is a crossover at the station.

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  1. ^ New York Times, Our Subway Open: 150,000 Try It, October 28, 1904
  2. ^ "Facts and Figures: Annual Subway Ridership". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Retrieved 2015-03-25. 
  3. ^ a b "NPS Focus". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. Retrieved September 7, 2011. 
  4. ^ a b 116th Street/Columbia University NYCSubway Retrieved 2009-06-24

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