5 (New York City Subway service)

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For the former Brooklyn–Manhattan Transit Corporation 5 service, see Culver Shuttle.
Lexington Avenue Express
5 symbol
5 map
Note: Dark dotted line indicates rush hour service to Nereid Avenue and weekday service to Flatbush Avenue. Dashed pink line shows limited rush hour service to Utica Avenue or New Lots Avenue
Northern end
Southern end
Stations 45
53 (including limited rush hour service to Utica Avenue and New Lots Avenue)
Rolling stock R142
Depot East 180th Street Yard

The 5 Lexington Avenue Express is a rapid transit service in the A Division of the New York City Subway. Its route bullet is colored apple green on route signs, station signs, and the official subway map, since it uses the IRT Lexington Avenue Line in Manhattan.

The 5 operates at all times. Rush hour/midday service is between Dyre Avenue in Eastchester, Bronx and Flatbush Avenue – Brooklyn College in Flatbush, Brooklyn, making all stops in the Bronx and running express elsewhere. During rush hours in the peak direction, the 5 runs express in the Bronx between East 180th Street and Third Avenue – 149th Street, with some trains originating and terminating at Nereid Avenue in Wakefield, Bronx.

Evening and weekend service short turns at Bowling Green in Financial District, Manhattan. Night service operates as a shuttle only in the Bronx between Dyre Avenue and East 180th Street.

Limited rush hour service also operates between either Dyre or Nereid Avenues in the Bronx and either Utica or New Lots Avenues in Brooklyn due to capacity issues at Flatbush Avenue.

Dyre Avenue Shuttle[edit]

A Manhattan-bound train of R142 cars in 5 service arrives at East 180th Street in the Bronx

The East 180th Street – Dyre Avenue Shuttle or Dyre Avenue Shuttle was established as a new subway service and full-time shuttle on May 15, 1941 between the former East 180th Street station of the New York, Westchester and Boston Railway and Dyre Avenue, which was the last station on the NYW&B within New York City. Passengers had to make a walking transfer between the Dyre Avenue Line and the IRT White Plains Road Line at East 180th Street as there was no track connection between the lines.

In 1957 a flyover connection opened between the East 180th Street station of the White Plains Road Line and the Dyre Avenue Line, enabling through service by trains from the 2 route from Manhattan to Dyre Avenue. At the same time, the former NYW&B station was closed and the off-hours Dyre Avenue Shuttle rerouted to the White Plains Road Line station. These shuttles were initially labeled 2 like the full-time service but were later signed as 9, a number used decades later for skip-stop service on the IRT Broadway – Seventh Avenue Line.

The off-hours Dyre Avenue Shuttle still operates, but those trains are signed as 5, the same as the through service.

Service history[edit]

The section from East 180th Street to Dyre Avenue was once the mainline of the New York, Westchester and Boston Railway, a standard gauge electric commuter railroad built by the New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad. Upon its closure in 1937, the entire property was put up for sale.

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Rush hour service, designated with a diamond bullet until May 2005

In 1940, the City of New York purchased the section and began integrating the line into the system. The railroad north of the city line to White Plains and Port Chester was quickly dismantled. The section below East 180th Street to Greens Farm Junction was once used to interchange with the New Haven (and later Penn Central and Conrail) to bring subway cars and other equipment on and off the system. This section has since been removed, isolating this part of the subway from interchange.

Beginning 1934, trains normally ran from 241st Street or East 180th Street to Atlantic Avenue. During rush hours, they were extended to Utica Avenue.

From 1938 to 1950, weekend trains ran to Utica Avenue. Over the years, they were extended to New Lots Avenue every once in a while.

Beginning May 3, 1957, limited rush hour trains ran to Flatbush Avenue. This was discontinued on April 8, 1960.

From May 24, 1976 to 1980 and on January 18, 1988, midday trains terminated at Bowling Green.

Beginning July 10, 1983, all rush hour service ran to Flatbush Avenue, with limited service to/from Utica or New Lots Avenue.

In 1995, rush hour service to 241st Street was cut back to Nereid Avenue.

In 2000, there was a plan to switch the peak direction rush hour express service between East 180th Street and 149th Street – Grand Concourse by having the 2 run express and the 5 run local. This plan was canceled due to complaints of possible delays on both services.[1]

On May 27, 2005, use of the 5 diamond to indicate peak direction service to Nereid Avenue was discontinued.

On June 29, 2009, 5 trains were extended to Flatbush Avenue during midday hours.

From March 29 to September 3, 2010, rush hour peak direction 5 express service was suspended due to rehabilitation of East 180th Street and signal replacements along the IRT White Plains Road Line. PM northbound express service was suspended again on March 28, 2011 to allow for the second phase of the signal replacement project. This time, service was restored on August 8.

Route[edit]

Service pattern[edit]

The following table shows the lines used by the 5 service, with shaded boxes indicating the route at the specified times:

Line From To Tracks Times
week-
days
evenings/
weekends
late
nights
rush
peak
IRT Dyre Avenue Line (full line) Eastchester – Dyre Avenue Morris Park all        
IRT White Plains Road Line Nereid Avenue Bronx Park East local        
East 180th Street all      
West Farms Square – East Tremont Avenue Jackson Avenue local  
express      
Third Avenue – 149th Street 149th Street – Grand Concourse all    
IRT Jerome Avenue Line 138th Street – Grand Concourse local
IRT Lexington Avenue Line (full line) 125th Street Brooklyn Bridge – City Hall express
Fulton Street Bowling Green all
Joralemon Street Tunnel  
IRT Eastern Parkway Line Borough Hall Franklin Avenue express
IRT Nostrand Avenue Line (full line) President Street Flatbush Avenue – Brooklyn College all  
IRT Eastern Parkway Line Franklin Avenue Crown Heights – Utica Avenue express    
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 all times except rush hours in the peak direction Stops all times 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
5 service Stations Handicapped/disabled access Subway transfers Connections
The Bronx
Dyre Avenue Line service
Stops all times Eastchester – Dyre Avenue
Stops all times Baychester Avenue
Stops all times Gun Hill Road
Stops all times Pelham Parkway Bx12 Select Bus Service
Stops all times Morris Park
White Plains Road Line service from Nereid Avenue to East 180th Street
Stops rush hours in peak direction only Nereid Avenue 2 all times
Stops rush hours in peak direction only 233rd Street Handicapped/disabled access 2 all times Metro-North Railroad Harlem Line at Woodlawn (0.2 miles)
Stops rush hours in peak direction only 225th Street 2 all times
Stops rush hours in peak direction only 219th Street 2 all times
Stops rush hours in peak direction only Gun Hill Road Handicapped/disabled access 2 all times Bx41 Select Bus Service
Stops rush hours in peak direction only Burke Avenue 2 all times
Stops rush hours in peak direction only Allerton Avenue 2 all times
Stops rush hours in peak direction only Pelham Parkway Handicapped/disabled access 2 all times Bx12 Select Bus Service
Stops rush hours in peak direction only Bronx Park East 2 all times
Dyre Avenue Line and White Plains Road Line services merge
Stops all times East 180th Street Handicapped/disabled access 2 all times
Stops daily except rush hours in the peak direction West Farms Square – East Tremont Avenue 2 all times
Stops daily except rush hours in the peak direction 174th Street 2 all times
Stops daily except rush hours in the peak direction Freeman Street 2 all times
Stops daily except rush hours in the peak direction Simpson Street Handicapped/disabled access 2 all times
Stops daily except rush hours in the peak direction Intervale Avenue 2 all times
Stops daily except rush hours in the peak direction Prospect Avenue 2 all times
Stops daily except rush hours in the peak direction Jackson Avenue 2 all times
Stops all times except late nights Third Avenue – 149th Street Handicapped/disabled access 2 all times Bx41 Select Bus Service
Stops all times except late nights 149th Street – Grand Concourse 2 all times
4 all times (IRT Jerome Avenue Line)
Stops all times except late nights 138th Street – Grand Concourse 4 all except rush hours, peak direction
Manhattan
Stops all times except late nights 125th Street Handicapped/disabled access 4 all times 6 all times <6>weekdays until 8:45 p.m., peak direction Metro-North Railroad at Harlem – 125th Street
M60 Select Bus Service to LaGuardia Airport
Stops all times except late nights 86th Street 4 all times 6 all times <6>weekdays until 8:45 p.m., peak direction
Stops all times except late nights 59th Street 4 all times 6 all times <6>weekdays until 8:45 p.m., peak direction
N all times Q weekdays R all except late nights (BMT Broadway Line)
F all times (IND 63rd Street Line at Lexington Avenue – 63rd Street; out-of-system MetroCard transfer)
Roosevelt Island Tramway
Stops all times except late nights Grand Central – 42nd Street Handicapped/disabled access 4 all times 6 all times <6>weekdays until 8:45 p.m., peak direction
7 all times <7>rush hours until 10:00 p.m., peak direction (IRT Flushing Line)
S all except late nights (42nd Street Shuttle)
Metro-North Railroad at Grand Central Terminal
Stops all times except late nights 14th Street – Union Square 4 all times 6 all times <6>weekdays until 8:45 p.m., peak direction
L all times (BMT Canarsie Line)
N all times Q all times R all except late nights (BMT Broadway Line)
Stops all times except late nights Brooklyn Bridge – City Hall Handicapped/disabled access 4 all times 6 all times <6>weekdays until 8:45 p.m., peak direction
J all times Z rush hours, peak direction (BMT Nassau Street Line at Chambers Street)
Stops all times except late nights Fulton Street Handicapped/disabled access 4 all times
2 all times 3 all except late nights (IRT Broadway – Seventh 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 except late nights Wall Street 4 all times
Stops all times except late nights Bowling Green Handicapped/disabled access 4 all times Staten Island Ferry at South Ferry
Brooklyn
Stops weekdays only Borough Hall Handicapped/disabled access 4 all times
2 all times 3 all except late nights (IRT Broadway – Seventh Avenue Line)
N late nights R all except late nights (BMT Fourth Avenue Line)
Station is ADA-accessible in the northbound direction only.
Stops weekdays only Nevins Street 2 all times 3 all except late nights 4 all times
Stops weekdays only Atlantic Avenue – Barclays Center Handicapped/disabled access 2 all times 3 all except late nights 4 all times
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 weekdays only Franklin Avenue 2 all times 3 all except late nights 4 all times
S all times (BMT Franklin Avenue Line)
Services to Nostrand Avenue and New Lots Avenue split
Nostrand Avenue Line service
Stops weekdays only President Street 2 all times
Stops weekdays only Sterling Street 2 all times B44 Select Bus Service
Stops weekdays only Winthrop Street 2 all times B44 Select Bus Service
Stops weekdays only Church Avenue Handicapped/disabled access 2 all times B44 Select Bus Service
Stops weekdays only Beverly Road 2 all times
Stops weekdays only Newkirk Avenue 2 all times B44 Select Bus Service
Stops weekdays only Flatbush Avenue – Brooklyn College Handicapped/disabled access 2 all times B44 Select Bus Service
New Lots Line service (occasional rush hour trips)
Stops rush hours only Crown Heights – Utica Avenue Handicapped/disabled access 2 special rush hour trips 3 all except late nights 4 all times
Stops rush hours only Sutter Avenue – Rutland Road 2 special rush hour trips 3 all except late nights 4 special rush hour trips B15 bus to JFK Airport
Stops rush hours only Saratoga Avenue 2 special rush hour trips 3 all except late nights 4 special rush hour trips
Stops rush hours only Rockaway Avenue 2 special rush hour trips 3 all except late nights 4 special rush hour trips
Stops rush hours only Junius Street 2 special rush hour trips 3 all except late nights 4 special rush hour trips
Stops rush hours only Pennsylvania Avenue 2 special rush hour trips 3 all except late nights 4 special rush hour trips
Stops rush hours only Van Siclen Avenue 2 special rush hour trips 3 all except late nights 4 special rush hour trips
Stops rush hours only New Lots Avenue 2 special rush hour trips 3 all except late nights 4 special rush hour trips B15 bus to JFK Airport

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