59th Street – Columbus Circle (New York City Subway)

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59th Street – Columbus Circle
NYCS 1 NYCS 2 NYCS A NYCS B NYCS C NYCS D
New York City Subway rapid transit station complex
BwyWalk0505 StationColumbusCircle.jpg
Station entrance north of Columbus Circle
Station statistics
Address Intersection of West 59th Street, Eighth Avenue & Broadway
New York, NY 10023
Borough Manhattan
Locale Columbus Circle, Midtown Manhattan
Coordinates 40°46′05″N 73°58′55″W / 40.767997°N 73.981934°W / 40.767997; -73.981934Coordinates: 40°46′05″N 73°58′55″W / 40.767997°N 73.981934°W / 40.767997; -73.981934
Division A (IRT), B (IND)
Line       IND Eighth Avenue Line
      IRT Broadway – Seventh Avenue Line
Services       1 all times (all times)
      2 late nights (late nights)
      A all times (all times)
      B weekdays until 11:00 p.m. (weekdays until 11:00 p.m.)
      C all except late nights (all except late nights)
      D all times (all times)
Connection
Levels 2
Other information
Opened July 1, 1948; 66 years ago (1948-07-01)[1]
Accessible Handicapped/disabled access
Traffic
Passengers (2013) 22,774,421 (station complex)[2] Increase 5.5%
Rank 7 out of 421

59th Street – Columbus Circle is a New York City Subway station complex shared by the IRT Broadway – Seventh Avenue Line and the IND Eighth Avenue Line. It is the seventh busiest station complex in the system. It is located at Columbus Circle in Midtown Manhattan where 59th Street, Broadway and Eighth Avenue intersect, and is served by the:

  • 1, A, and D trains at all times
  • C train at all times except late nights
  • B train during weekdays until 11:00 p.m.
  • 2 train during late nights
Newly rehabilitated retail space


Station layout[edit]

G Street Level Exits/Entrances
B1 Mezzanine Fare control, station agent, MetroCard Vending Machines
Shops, to Exits
Handicapped/disabled access (Elevators on NE corner of Columbus Circle and Central Park W and on SW corner of 8th Avenue and Columbus Circle)
B2 Side platform, doors will open on the right Handicapped/disabled access
Northbound local NYCS 1 toward Van Cortlandt Park – 242nd Street (NYCS 2 toward 241st Street late nights) (66th Street - Lincoln Center)
Northbound express NYCS 2 NYCS 3 do not stop here
Southbound express NYCS 2 NYCS 3 do not stop here →
Southbound local NYCS 1 toward South Ferry (NYCS 2 toward Brooklyn College late nights) (50th Street)
Side platform, doors will open on the right Handicapped/disabled access
B3 Northbound local NYCS B toward Bedford Park Boulevard rush hours, 145th Street other times (72nd Street)
NYCS C toward 168th Street ( NYCS A toward 207th Street late nights) (72nd Street)
Island platform, doors will open on the left for local trains, right for express trains Handicapped/disabled access
Northbound express NYCS A toward 207th Street (125th Street)
NYCS D toward Norwood – 205th Street (125th Street)
Island platform, not in service, used as passageway between IRT Broadway–Seventh Avenue Line platforms
Southbound express NYCS A toward Lefferts Boulevard or Far Rockaway all except nights, Rockaway Park PM rush hours (42nd Street – Port Authority Bus Terminal)
NYCS D toward Coney Island – Stillwell Avenue (Seventh Avenue)
Island platform, doors will open on the left for local trains, right for express trains Handicapped/disabled access
Southbound local NYCS B toward Brighton Beach (Seventh Avenue)
NYCS C toward Euclid Avenue (NYCS A toward Far Rockaway late nights) (50th Street)


Entrances and exits[edit]

This station complex has many entrances/exits from the streets. The one at the north end of Columbus Circle leads to the Trump International Hotel and Tower. It has a double wide staircase going down to an intermediate level before another double-wide staircase goes down to fare control, where a now unused token booth and turnstile bank lead to the IND mezzanine as well as the north end of the northbound IRT platform. There is also one elevator from the back of the staircase that goes down to fare control.

Two staircases from the northwest corner of Broadway and West 60th Street go down to an unstaffed fare control area, where three full height turnstiles and a short staircase provide direct access to the north end of the southbound IRT platform. Another staircase at the southern island of the aforementioned intersection go down to a bank of turnstiles leading to the center of the same platform.

The Time Warner Center at the northwest corner of West 58th Street and Broadway has a set of elevators, escalators, and staircases going down to fare control, where a token booth and turnstile bank provide entrance/exit to the station. A single staircase goes down to each IND platform at their extreme south end while a passageway leads to the southbound IRT platform. The mezzanine also has a staircase going up to the northeast corner of West 58th Street and Broadway. There is a passageway leading to another staircase that goes up to the southeast corner of West 59th Street and Eighth Avenue. This staircase is built within the Hearst Tower.

The south end of the northbound IRT platform has a same-level unstaffed fare control area containing full height turnstiles and two staircases going up to the south corners of West 59th Street and Broadway.

IND Eighth Avenue Line platforms[edit]

59th Street – Columbus Circle
NYCS A NYCS B NYCS C NYCS D
New York City Subway rapid transit station
59th Street - Columbus Circle Platform.JPG
Station statistics
Division B (IND)
Line       IND Eighth Avenue Line
Services       A all times (all times)
      B weekdays until 11:00 p.m. (weekdays until 11:00 p.m.)
      C all except late nights (all except late nights)
      D all times (all times)
Structure Underground
Platforms 3 island platforms (2 in service)
cross-platform interchange
Tracks 4
Other information
Opened September 10, 1932; 81 years ago (1932-09-10)[3]
Accessible Handicapped/disabled access
Station succession
Next north 72nd Street (local): A late nights B weekdays until 11:00 p.m. C all except late nights
125th Street (express): A all except late nights D all times
Next south 50th Street (8th local): A late nights C all except late nights
42nd Street – Port Authority Bus Terminal (8th express): A all except late nights
Seventh Avenue (6th): B weekdays until 11:00 p.m. D all times


Next Handicapped/disabled access north 125th Street: A all times B weekdays until 11:00 p.m. C all except late nights D all times
Next Handicapped/disabled access south 50th Street (via 8th local): A late nights C all except late nights (southbound only)
42nd Street – Port Authority Bus Terminal (via 8th express): A all times C all except late nights
47th–50th Streets – Rockefeller Center (via 6th): B weekdays until 11:00 p.m. D all times

59th Street – Columbus Circle on the IND Eighth Avenue Line, opened on September 10, 1932, is a large express station. There are four tracks and three island platforms with the outer two in revenue service. B and C trains run on the local tracks, while D and daytime A trains run on the express tracks. During nights, when neither the B nor C operate, the A makes local stops along the IND Eighth Avenue Line.

South of the station, A and C trains continue on Eighth Avenue while B and D trains diverge east to the Seventh Avenue station via the IND Sixth Avenue Line. North of the station are crossovers in both directions and the northbound local and express tracks cross over the southbound tracks to form a two level configuration to 103rd Street. During weekdays, this can be a bottleneck for southbound trains, as B and D trains merge onto one pair of tracks.

Passageway between the two IRT Broadway – Seventh Avenue Line platforms via the center IND platform.

The center platform was first used in passenger service in 1959, but was originally built along with the other platforms. It served the purpose of a Spanish solution, allowing passengers to exit both sides of subway cars as the express trains would open the doors on both sides. Newer subway cars' door controls made it more difficult to open doors on both sides of the train simultaneously, thus this solution became impractical and the platform was closed on November 8, 1973. In 2007–2010, it was converted to a crossunder between the IRT side platforms. Large metal fences have been erected to keep people away from the edges.

At the middle of each open platform, there are two staircases and one elevator that connect with the northbound platform of IRT Broadway – Seventh Avenue Line. There are also one staircase from each platform at the north end leading to the same area. A single staircase at the extreme south end connect to the southbound IRT platform. There are two newsstands which are the center of both platforms.

This station formerly had a 1992 artwork called Hello Columbus, made by various New York City artists and public school students. Sol LeWitt created tile work on the stairway from the platforms to the uptown 1 train entitled "Whirls and Twirls". Currently, large white "59"s are placed over the blue stripes – similar to the "42"s at 42nd Street – Port Authority.

The unused center platform during renovation


IRT Broadway – Seventh Avenue Line platforms[edit]

59th Street – Columbus Circle
NYCS 1 NYCS 2
New York City Subway rapid transit station
Columbus Circle IRT 004.JPG
Uptown platform
Station statistics
Division A (IRT)
Line       IRT Broadway – Seventh Avenue Line
Services       1 all times (all times)
      2 late nights (late nights)
Structure Underground
Platforms 2 side platforms
Tracks 4
Other information
Opened October 27, 1904; 109 years ago (1904-10-27)[4]
Accessible Handicapped/disabled access
Station succession
Next north 66th Street – Lincoln Center: 1 all times 2 late nights
Next south 50th Street: 1 all times 2 late nights


Next Handicapped/disabled access north 66th Street – Lincoln Center: 1 all times 2 late nights
Next Handicapped/disabled access south Times Square – 42nd Street: 1 all times 2 all times 3 all times

59th Street – Columbus Circle (IRT)
MPS New York City Subway System MPS
NRHP Reference # 04001015[5]
Added to NRHP September 17, 2004

59th Street – Columbus Circle on the IRT Broadway – Seventh Avenue Line, opened on October 27, 1904, has four tracks and two side platforms. The two center express tracks are used by the 2 train during daytime hours and the 3 at all times.

Despite being a major transfer point to the IND Eighth Avenue Line, the station was constructed as a local stop prior to the IND's construction in 1932. At one point, the New York City Transit Authority considered converting the station to an express stop by rerouting the local tracks to the outside of the platforms. This would have coincided with 72nd Street becoming a local stop by fencing off or walling up the express side of the island platforms there.

When the station opened, there was an underpass between the downtown and uptown platforms. In the 1970s, it was closed and the staircase entrances covered over. Today, passengers use the IND mezzanine and platforms to transfer between directions. Both platforms have two fare controls which are on the same level, one of which connects to the mezzanine leading to the IND platforms.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ New York Times, Transfer Points Under Higher Fare, June 30, 1948, page 19
  2. ^ "Facts and Figures: Annual Subway Ridership". New York City Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Retrieved 2014-03-25. 
  3. ^ New York Times, List of the 28 Stations on the New Eighth Ave Line, September 10, 1932, page 6
  4. ^ New York Times, Our Subway Open: 150,000 Try It, October 28, 1904
  5. ^ "NPS Focus". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. Retrieved November 6, 2011. 

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