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)|
71 (including limited rush hour service to New Lots Avenue)
|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.
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 May 1, 1908, trains were extended to Nevins Street and Atlantic Avenue.
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.
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. In 1923, during rush hours, 2 trains alternated between South Ferry and Utica Avenue. Beginning December 1, 1924, 2 trains that ended at South Ferry were extended to New Lots. 
Beginning in 1934, 2 trains ran to South Ferry during evenings including Saturday and Sunday Mornings and other times except midnights, Flatbush. There were occasional lay-up/put-ins from New Lots. Four weekday evening trains turned at Atlantic.
Beginning September 5, 1937, evening rush hour trains ran to Flatbush Avenue.
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 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.
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.
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.
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 all times except late nights|
|Stops late nights only|
|Stops weekdays only|
|Stops daily except rush hours in the peak direction|
|Stops rush hours only|
|Stops rush hours/weekdays in the peak direction only|
|Time period details|
- MTA NYC Transit – 2 Seventh Avenue Express
- "2 Subway Timetable, Effective December 7, 2014". New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Retrieved 2015-01-02.