86th Street (IND Eighth Avenue Line)
|Address||West 86th Street & Central Park West
New York, NY 10024
|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)||3,408,922 3.3%|
|Rank||148 out of 421|
|Next north||96th Street: A B C|
|Next south||81st Street – Museum of Natural History: A B C|
86th Street is a local station on the IND Eighth Avenue Line of the New York City Subway. Located at Central Park West and 86th Street 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 with northbound trains on the upper level and southbound trains on the lower one. From west to east, each level has 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.
The platforms have no tile band and name tablets read "86TH ST." in white sans serif lettering on a Midnight blue background with a black border. There are small "86" and directional signs in white lettering on a black background. Blue I-beam columns run along both platforms at regular intervals with alternating ones having the standard black station name plate in white lettering.
This station has three fare control areas, all of which are on the upper level. The full-time one is at the south end and has a turnstile bank, token booth, and three street stairs. One goes up to the northwest corner of 86th Street and Central Park West while the other two go up to the southwest corners. Right inside fare control, there is a staircase going down to the lower level.
The station's other two entrances/exits are unstaffed. The one at the center of the upper level is unstaffed and has a staircase connecting both platforms and one that goes up to the northwest corner of 87th Street and Central Park West. The third fare control area has two HEET turnstiles, one exit-only turnstile, and one staircase going up to the northwest corner of 88th Street and Central Park West. The staircase here formerly showed a blue diamond B, which was never used for service (an orange one was used in 1986-1988), but this has since been covered with decals indicating the correct services.
|G||Street Level||Exit / Entrance|
|B1||Northbound express||← do not stop here|
|Northbound local||← toward Bedford Park Boulevard rush hours, 145th Street other times (96th Street)
← toward 168th Street ( toward 207th Street late nights) (96th Street)
|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 (81st Street – Museum of Natural History) →
→ toward Euclid Avenue ( toward Far Rockaway late nights) (81st Street – Museum of Natural History) →
|Side platform, doors will open on the right|
- 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.
- nycsubway.org — IND 8th Avenue: 86th Street
- Station Reporter — B Train
- Station Reporter — C Train
- The Subway Nut — 86th Street Pictures
- 86th Street entrance from Google Maps Street View
- 87th Street exit only stairs from Google Maps Street View
- 88th Street entrance from Google Maps Street View
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