72nd Street (IND Eighth Avenue Line)
Downtown platform on the lower level
|Address||West 72nd Street & Central Park West
New York, NY 10023
|Locale||Upper West Side|
|Line||IND Eighth Avenue Line|
|Services||A (late nights)
B (weekdays until 11:00 p.m.)
C (all except late nights)
|Platforms||2 side platforms (1 on each level)|
|Tracks||4 (2 on each level)|
|Opened||September 10, 1932 |
|Passengers (2013)||2,942,517 3.9%|
|Rank||170 out of 421|
|Next north||81st Street – Museum of Natural History: A B C|
|Next south||59th Street – Columbus Circle: A B C|
72nd Street is a local station on the IND Eighth Avenue Line of the New York City Subway. Located at 72nd Street and Central Park West on the Upper West Side, it is served by the C train at all times except nights, when the A train takes over service. The B train provides additional service here on weekdays except nights.
This underground station, opened on September 10, 1932, has two levels, each of which has from west to east, one side platform, one local track and one express track. The express tracks are used by the A train during daytime hours and the D train at all times. Northbound trains stop on the upper level while southbound trains stop on the lower level.
Both platforms have name tablets reading "72ND ST." in white sans serif lettering on a blue background and black border and small "72" signs in white numbering on a black background at regular intervals. Directional signs in white lettering on a black background are below the name tablets. Mosaic signs in white lettering on a blue background on the upper level direct passengers to the staircases going down to the lower level.
This station's main fare control area is at the north end. Two staircases from the lower level go up to the upper level, where a turnstile bank provides access to and from the station. Outside fare control, there is a token booth and two staircases going up to either western corners of 72nd Street and Central Park West. The northwest staircase is made of stone since it is outside The Dakota apartment building.
This station has an unstaffed fare control area at the south end. One staircase from the lower level goes up to the upper level, where two HEET turnstiles lead to a single staircase going up to the southwest corner of 70th Street and Central Park West.
This station formerly had a fare control area at the center going up to 71st Street. Evidence of this includes a fenced off staircase on the lower level and new tiling on the upper level.
|G||Street Level||Exit / Entrance|
|B1||Northbound express||← do not stop here|
|Northbound local||← toward Bedford Park Boulevard rush hours, 145th Street other times (81st Street – Museum of Natural History)
← toward 168th Street ( toward 207th Street late nights) (81st Street – Museum of Natural History)
|Side platform, doors will open on the left|
|Mezzanine||Fare control, station agent, MetroCard vending machines|
|B2||Southbound express||→ do not stop here →|
|Southbound local||→ toward Brighton Beach (59th Street – Columbus Circle) →
→ toward Euclid Avenue ( toward Far Rockaway late nights) (59th Street – Columbus Circle) →
|Side platform, doors will open on the right|
R68 train at the station
- New York Times, List of the 28 Stations on the New Eighth Ave Line, September 10, 1932, page 6
- Wireless Service Arrives At 30 Additional Underground Subway Stations
- "Facts and Figures: Annual Subway Ridership". New York City Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Retrieved 2014-03-27.
Media related to 72nd Street (IND Eighth Avenue Line) at Wikimedia Commons
- nycsubway.org—IND Eighth Avenue Line: 72nd Street
- Station Reporter — B Train
- Station Reporter — C Train
- 72nd Street entrance from Google Maps Street View
- 70th Street entrance from Google Maps Street View