2 (New York City Subway service)
|Seventh Avenue Express|
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)|
The 2 Seventh Avenue Express is a rapid transit service of the New York City Subway. It is colored tomato red on station signs, route signs, and the official subway map, since it uses the IRT Broadway – Seventh Avenue Line through most of Manhattan.
The 2 service operates between 241st Street in Wakefield, the Bronx and Flatbush Avenue – Brooklyn College in Midwood, Brooklyn at all times, making all stops in the Bronx and Brooklyn. Daytime 2 service operates express in Manhattan; late night service operates local.
Limited rush hour service also runs between 241st Street in the Bronx and New Lots Avenue in New Lots, Brooklyn instead of Flatbush Avenue due to space limitations along the Nostrand Avenue segment south of Franklin 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.
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. On May 1, trains were extended to Nevins Street and Atlantic Avenue.
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.
On July 1, 1918, the entire IRT Broadway – Seventh Avenue Line was completed. On April 15 of the next year, 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. Four years later, those trains that ran to Atlantic were extended to Utica Avenue. A year later, those trains were extended even further to New Lots Avenue.
Beginning September 5, 1937, evening rush hour trains ran to Flatbush Avenue.
In 1957, a track connection to the IRT Dyre Avenue Line was completed.
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.
Beginning April 16, 1965, all 2 service ran to New Lots Avenue at all times.
On July 10, 1983, the 2 & 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.
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.
In September 1999, late-night express service in Manhattan was discontinued, with the 2 service making all stops.
The following table shows the lines used by the 2 service, with shaded boxes indicating the route at the specified times:
|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|
|IRT Broadway – Seventh Avenue Line,
|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|
For a more detailed station listing, see the articles on the lines listed above.
|Station service legend|
|Stops all times|
|Stops late nights only|
|Stops weekdays only|
|Stops rush hours only|
|Stops rush hours in the peak direction only|
|Time period details|
- MTA NYC Transit – 2 Seventh Avenue Express
- "2 Train Timetable, Effective December 16, 2012". New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Retrieved 2013-06-04.