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For the former Brooklyn–Manhattan Transit Corporation 2 service, see R (New York City Subway service).
Seventh Avenue Express
2 symbol
2 map
Note: Dashed pink line shows limited rush-hour service to/from New Lots Avenue
Northern end Wakefield – 241st Street
Southern end Flatbush Avenue or New Lots Avenue (limited rush hour service)
Stations 61
71 (including limited rush hour service to New Lots Avenue)
Rolling stock R142
Depot 239th Street Yard

The 2 Seventh Avenue Express is a rapid transit service in the A Division of the New York City Subway. Its route emblem, or "bullet", is colored tomato red since it uses the IRT Broadway – Seventh Avenue Line through most of Manhattan. The 2 operates at all times between 241st Street in Wakefield, Bronx and Flatbush Avenue – Brooklyn College in Flatbush, Brooklyn, making all stops in the Bronx and Brooklyn. The 2 also runs express in Manhattan at all times except nights when it serves all stops there. The service operates via White Plains Road in the Bronx, Lenox Avenue and Seventh Avenue in Manhattan and Eastern Parkway and Nostrand Avenue in Brooklyn. Limited rush hour service also operates between the Bronx and New Lots Avenue in East New York, Brooklyn due to capacity issues at Flatbush Avenue.

Service history[edit]

A 2 train, made up of R142 cars, entering the 174th Street station in the Bronx.

The first section of what became the current 2 entered service on November 26, 1904 from at temporary 180th Street - Bronx Park terminal via the West Farms El to 149th Street - 3rd Avenue.

On July 10, 1905, the connection between the IRT Lenox Avenue Line and IRT White Plains Road Line (which was previously served by the Third Avenue El) opened, allowing subway service from Manhattan to the Bronx.[1]

On January 9, 1908, the Joralemon Street Tunnel opened, connecting the current IRT Lexington Avenue Line to Brooklyn. At this time, trains ran from East 180th Street to Borough Hall.[1] On May 1, 1908, trains were extended to Nevins Street and Atlantic Avenue.[1]

On March 3, 1917, the IRT White Plains Road Line was extended to 219th Street. On March 31, 1917, the IRT White Plains Road Line was extended to 238th Street – Nereid Avenue, and to Wakefield – 241st Street on December 13, 1920.[1] On July 1, 1918, the entire IRT Broadway – Seventh Avenue Line was completed. On April 15, 1919, the Clark Street Tunnel, connecting the line to Brooklyn, opened as well.

Beginning December 19, 1919, trains ran to South Ferry with some rush hour trains to Atlantic Avenue.[1] In 1923, during rush hours, 2 trains alternated between South Ferry and Utica Avenue.[1] Beginning December 1, 1924, 2 trains that ended at South Ferry were extended to New Lots.[1]

As of 1934, 2 trains ran from 180th Street-Bronx Park to Flatbush Avenue weekdays and Saturday during daytime and to South Ferry evenings and Sundays, express in Manhattan. Late-night service was from 241st St to South Ferry, making all stops. There were occasional lay-up/put-ins from New Lots. Four weekday evening trains turned at Atlantic.[1] On September 5, 1937, some evening rush hour trains started running to Flatbush Avenue.[1]

As of July 1, 1938 weekday and Saturday evening service was extended to Flatbush Avenue

Sunday service was extended to Flatbush Avenue March 5, 1950.

Beginning on December 26, 1950, alternate weekday rush trains were extended to 241st Street in the peak direction, but PM rush service to 241st Street was discontinued on June 26, 1952. Beginning on August 4, 1952, the 180th Street - Bronx Park station was closed, with trains rerouted to East 180th Street. Beginning on October 2, 1953, morning rush hour service to 241st Street was cut back to Gun Hill Road.

On March 19, 1954, weekend service was rerouted to New Lots Avenue at all times except late nights. On May 4, 1957, a track connection to the IRT Dyre Avenue Line was completed and daytime 2 trains were rerouted to Dyre Avenue.[1] Evening service remained a shuttle between Dyre Avenue to East 180th Street, and morning rush service from Gun Hill Road was discontinued. On December 20, 1957, weekday trains were rerouted to New Lots Avenue at all times except late nights. On June 26, 1958, late night service began between Dyre Avenue and East 180th Street. Beginning on December 12, 1958, late night service was extended to Flatbush Avenue, and the 2 began running express at all times. Beginning February 6, 1959, trains ran between Wakefield – 241st Street and Flatbush Avenue at all times except late nights, when they ran between East 180th Street and New Lots Avenue.[1]

Beginning April 8, 1960, daytime service was rerouted from Dyre Avenue to 241st Street, and service in Brooklyn was rerouted from New Lots Avenue to Flatbush Avenue. At the same time, late night service was rerouted from Flatbush Avenue to New Lots Avenue. Beginning April 16, 1965, evening service was extended from East 180th Street to 241st Street, and in addition daytime service was rerouted from Flatbush Avenue to New Lots Avenue.

On July 10, 1983, the 2 and 3 trains swapped Brooklyn terminals. Trains began running between Wakefield – 241st Street and Flatbush Avenue at all times, making local stops in Bronx and Brooklyn and express stops in Manhattan. This move enabled the 3 train's equipment to be inspected & maintained at the Livonia Shop, when the 3 train's equipment were assigned to Livonia Yard.[1]

From March to October 1998, the IRT Lenox Avenue Line was rehabilitated. On weekdays, 2 trains ran via the IRT Lexington Avenue Line between 149th Street – Grand Concourse and Nevins Street uptown from 5:00 a.m. to midnight and downtown from midnight to 5:00 a.m. Beginning on October 3, 1999, late-night express service in Manhattan was discontinued, with the 2 making all stops.[1]

After September 11, 2001, the 2 service became local in Manhattan at all times (so they would not be delayed behind 3 trains terminating at 14th Street). Normal service resumed on September 15, 2002.[1]

Route[edit]

Service pattern[edit]

The following table shows the lines used by the 2 service, with shaded boxes indicating the route at the specified times:

Line From To Tracks Times
all ex.
nights
late
nights
rush
peak
IRT White Plains Road Line (full line) Wakefield – 241st Street 149th Street – Grand Concourse local      
IRT Lenox Avenue Line 135th Street Central Park North – 110th Street all
IRT Broadway – Seventh Avenue Line 96th Street Chambers Street express  
local      
IRT Broadway – Seventh Avenue Line,
Brooklyn Branch
Park Place Borough Hall all    
IRT Eastern Parkway Line Hoyt Street Franklin Avenue local
IRT Nostrand Avenue Line (full line) President Street Flatbush Avenue – Brooklyn College all  
IRT Eastern Parkway Line Nostrand Avenue Crown Heights – Utica Avenue local      
IRT New Lots Line (full line) Sutter Avenue – Rutland Road New Lots Avenue all

Stations[edit]

For a more detailed station listing, see the articles on the lines listed above.

Station service legend
Stops all times Stops all times
Stops all times except late nights Stops all times except late nights
Stops late nights only Stops late nights only
Stops weekdays only Stops weekdays only
Stops daily except rush hours in the peak direction Stops daily except rush hours in the peak direction
Stops rush hours only Stops rush hours only
Stops rush hours in peak direction only Stops rush hours/weekdays in the peak direction only
Time period details
2 service Stations Handicapped/disabled access Subway transfers Connections
The Bronx
Stops all times Wakefield – 241st Street Metro-North Railroad Harlem Line at Wakefield
Stops all times Nereid Avenue 5 rush hours, peak direction
Stops all times 233rd Street Handicapped/disabled access 5 rush hours, peak direction Metro-North Railroad Harlem Line at Woodlawn
Stops all times 225th Street 5 rush hours, peak direction
Stops all times 219th Street 5 rush hours, peak direction
Stops all times Gun Hill Road Handicapped/disabled access 5 rush hours, peak direction Bx41 Select Bus Service
Stops all times Burke Avenue 5 rush hours, peak direction
Stops all times Allerton Avenue 5 rush hours, peak direction
Stops all times Pelham Parkway Handicapped/disabled access 5 rush hours, peak direction Bx12 Select Bus Service
Stops all times Bronx Park East 5 rush hours, peak direction
Stops all times East 180th Street Handicapped/disabled access 5 all times
Stops all times West Farms Square – East Tremont Avenue 5 all except late nights and rush hours, peak direction
Stops all times 174th Street 5 all except late nights and rush hours, peak direction
Stops all times Freeman Street 5 all except late nights and rush hours, peak direction
Stops all times Simpson Street Handicapped/disabled access 5 all except late nights and rush hours, peak direction
Stops all times Intervale Avenue 5 all except late nights and rush hours, peak direction
Stops all times Prospect Avenue 5 all except late nights and rush hours, peak direction
Stops all times Jackson Avenue 5 all except late nights and rush hours, peak direction
Stops all times Third Avenue – 149th Street Handicapped/disabled access 5 all except late nights Bx41 Select Bus Service
Stops all times 149th Street – Grand Concourse 5 all except late nights
4 all times (IRT Jerome Avenue Line)
Manhattan
Stops all times 135th Street Handicapped/disabled access 3 all times
Stops all times 125th Street 3 all times M60 Select Bus Service to LaGuardia Airport
Stops all times 116th Street 3 all times
Stops all times Central Park North – 110th Street 3 all times
Stops all times 96th Street Handicapped/disabled access 1 all times 3 all times
Stops late nights only 86th Street 1 all times
Stops late nights only 79th Street 1 all times
Stops all times 72nd Street Handicapped/disabled access 1 all times 3 all times
Stops late nights only 66th Street – Lincoln Center Handicapped/disabled access 1 all times
Stops late nights only 59th Street – Columbus Circle Handicapped/disabled access 1 all times
A all times D all times (IND Eighth Avenue Line)
Stops late nights only 50th Street 1 all times
Stops all times Times Square – 42nd Street Handicapped/disabled access 1 all times 3 all times
7 all times <7>rush hours until 10:00 p.m., peak direction (IRT Flushing Line)
A all times C all except late nights E all times (IND Eighth Avenue Line at 42nd Street – Port Authority Bus Terminal)
N all times Q all times R all except late nights (BMT Broadway Line)
S all except late nights (42nd Street Shuttle)
Port Authority Bus Terminal
Stops all times 34th Street – Penn Station Handicapped/disabled access 1 all times 3 all except late nights M34 / M34A Select Bus Service
Amtrak, LIRR and NJ Transit at Pennsylvania Station
Stops late nights only 28th Street 1 all times
Stops late nights only 23rd Street 1 all times
Stops late nights only 18th Street 1 all times
Stops all times 14th Street 1 all times 3 all except late nights
F all times M weekdays until 11:00 p.m. (IND Sixth Avenue Line at 14th Street)
L all times (BMT Canarsie Line at Sixth Avenue)
PATH at 14th Street
Stops late nights only Christopher Street – Sheridan Square 1 all times PATH at Christopher Street
Stops late nights only Houston Street 1 all times
Stops late nights only Canal Street 1 all times
Stops late nights only Franklin Street 1 all times
Stops all times Chambers Street Handicapped/disabled access 1 all times 3 all except late nights
Stops all times Park Place 3 all except late nights
A all times C all except late nights (IND Eighth Avenue Line at Chambers Street)
E all times (IND Eighth Avenue Line at World Trade Center)
PATH at World Trade Center
Stops all times Fulton Street Handicapped/disabled access 3 all except late nights
4 all times 5 all except late nights (IRT Lexington Avenue Line)
A all times C all except late nights (IND Eighth Avenue Line)
J weekdays and weekday late nights Z rush hours, peak direction (BMT Nassau Street Line)
Connection to N late nights R all except late nights (BMT Broadway Line) at Cortlandt Street via Dey Street Passageway
Stops all times Wall Street 3 all except late nights
Brooklyn
Stops all times Clark Street 3 all except late nights
Stops all times Borough Hall Handicapped/disabled access 3 all except late nights
4 all times 5 weekdays until 8:45 p.m. (IRT Eastern Parkway Line)
N late nights R all except late nights (BMT Fourth Avenue Line)
Stops all times Hoyt Street 3 all except late nights
Stops all times Nevins Street 3 all except late nights 4 all times 5 weekdays until 8:45 p.m.
Stops all times Atlantic Avenue – Barclays Center Handicapped/disabled access 3 all except late nights 4 all times 5 weekdays until 8:45 p.m.
B weekdays until 11:00 p.m. Q all times (BMT Brighton Line)
D all times N all times R all except late nights (BMT Fourth Avenue Line)
LIRR Atlantic Branch at Atlantic Terminal
Stops all times Bergen Street 3 all except late nights 4 late nights
Stops all times Grand Army Plaza 3 all except late nights 4 late nights
Stops all times Eastern Parkway – Brooklyn Museum 3 all except late nights 4 late nights
Stops all times Franklin Avenue 3 all except late nights 4 all times 5 weekdays until 8:45 p.m.
S all times (BMT Franklin Avenue Line)
Services to Flatbush Avenue and New Lots Avenue split
Nostrand Avenue Line service
Stops all times President Street 5 weekdays until 8:45 p.m.
Stops all times Sterling Street 5 weekdays until 8:45 p.m. B44 Select Bus Service
Stops all times Winthrop Street 5 weekdays until 8:45 p.m. B44 Select Bus Service
Stops all times Church Avenue Handicapped/disabled access 5 weekdays until 8:45 p.m. B44 Select Bus Service
Stops all times Beverly Road 5 weekdays until 8:45 p.m.
Stops all times Newkirk Avenue 5 weekdays until 8:45 p.m. B44 Select Bus Service
Stops all times Flatbush Avenue – Brooklyn College Handicapped/disabled access 5 weekdays until 8:45 p.m. B44 Select Bus Service
New Lots Line service (occasional rush hour trips)
Stops rush hours only Nostrand Avenue 3 all except late nights B44 Select Bus Service
Stops rush hours only Kingston Avenue 3 all except late nights
Stops rush hours only Crown Heights – Utica Avenue Handicapped/disabled access 3 all except late nights 4 all times 5 special rush hour trips
Stops rush hours only Sutter Avenue – Rutland Road 3 all except late nights 4 special rush hour trips 5 special rush hour trips B15 bus to JFK Airport
Stops rush hours only Saratoga Avenue 3 all except late nights 4 special rush hour trips 5 special rush hour trips
Stops rush hours only Rockaway Avenue 3 all except late nights 4 special rush hour trips 5 special rush hour trips
Stops rush hours only Junius Street 3 all except late nights 4 special rush hour trips 5 special rush hour trips
Stops rush hours only Pennsylvania Avenue 3 all except late nights 4 special rush hour trips 5 special rush hour trips
Stops rush hours only Van Siclen Avenue 3 all except late nights 4 special rush hour trips 5 special rush hour trips
Stops rush hours only New Lots Avenue 3 all except late nights 4 special rush hour trips 5 special rush hour trips B15 bus to JFK Airport

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