42nd Street (IRT Third Avenue Line)

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42nd Street
New York City Subway rapid transit station
Station statistics
Borough Manhattan
Coordinates 40°45′3″N 73°58′27.8″W / 40.75083°N 73.974389°W / 40.75083; -73.974389Coordinates: 40°45′3″N 73°58′27.8″W / 40.75083°N 73.974389°W / 40.75083; -73.974389
Services IRT Third Avenue Line
Structure Elevated
Platforms 2 side platforms (upper level express)
2 side platforms (lower level local)
1 side platform (shuttle)
Tracks 3 (lower level)
1 (upper level)
Other information
Opened September 16, 1878; 135 years ago (September 16, 1878)
Closed December 23, 1923; 90 years ago (December 23, 1923) (shuttle)
May 12, 1955; 59 years ago (May 12, 1955)
Station succession
Next north 47th Street (3rd Ave. local)
106th Street (3rd Ave. express)
Grand Central (shuttle)
Next south 34th Street (3rd Ave. local)
23rd Street (3rd Ave. express)

42nd Street was an elevated express station on the IRT Third Avenue Line in New York City. It had two levels with the lower level (built first) having three tracks. The main line tracks were served by two side platforms. A side platform connected to the southbound platform for shuttle service to Grand Central. The upper level was built as part of the Dual Contracts, and had one track and two side platforms over the two local tracks.

The next stop to the north was 47th Street for local trains and 106th Street for express trains. The next stop to the south was 34th Street for local trains and 23rd Street for express trains. The shuttle platform closed on December 23, 1923 and the main line station closed on May 12, 1955. When the IRT Second Avenue Line was closed on June 13, 1942, a free transfer for Third Avenue Line passengers was made available to and from the subway services at Grand Central – 42nd Street to replace the direct service to lower Manhattan that was lost.

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