Canal Street (IND Eighth Avenue Line)

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Canal Street
New York City Subway rapid transit station
NYCS IND 8thAve CanalSt.jpg
Station statistics
Address Canal Street & Sixth Avenue
New York, NY 10013
Borough Manhattan
Locale TriBeCa
Coordinates 40°43′19″N 74°00′19″W / 40.72186°N 74.005365°W / 40.72186; -74.005365Coordinates: 40°43′19″N 74°00′19″W / 40.72186°N 74.005365°W / 40.72186; -74.005365
Division B (IND)
Line       IND Eighth Avenue Line
Services       A all times (all times)
      C all except late nights (all except late nights)
      E all times (all times)
Structure Underground
Platforms 2 island platforms
cross-platform interchange
Tracks 4
Other information
Opened September 10, 1932; 82 years ago (1932-09-10)[1]
Former/other names Canal Street – Holland Tunnel
Passengers (2013) 5,922,371[2] Increase 5.5%
Rank 73 out of 421
Station succession
Next north Spring Street (local): A late nights C all except late nights E all times
West Fourth Street – Washington Square (express): A all except late nights
Next south World Trade Center (local): E all times
Chambers Street (express): A all times C all except late nights
Exit-only turnstile from the southbound platform

Canal Street (formerly Canal Street – Holland Tunnel) is an express station on the IND Eighth Avenue Line of the New York City Subway. Located at the intersection of Canal Street and Sixth Avenue in Manhattan, it is served by the A and E trains at all times, and the C train at all times except late nights.

Station layout[edit]

G Street Level Exit/ Entrance
M Mezzanine Fare control, station agent
Northbound local NYCS E toward Jamaica Center – Parsons/Archer (Spring Street)
Island platform, doors will open on the left, right
Northbound express NYCS A toward 207th Street (West Fourth Street – Washington Square all except nights, Spring Street late nights)
NYCS C toward 168th Street (Spring Street)
Southbound express NYCS A toward Lefferts Boulevard or Far Rockaway all except nights, or Rockaway Park PM rush hours (Chambers Street)
Island platform, doors will open on the left, right
Southbound local NYCS C toward Euclid Avenue (NYCS A toward Far Rockaway late nights) (Chambers Street)
NYCS E toward World Trade Center (Terminus)

There are four tracks and two island platforms, which are each approximately 600 feet (180 m) long. There are two diamond crossovers allowing express trains to cross to the local track or local trains to cross to the express track. One is located to the south of the station for downtown (southbound) trains and the other is located to the north of the station for uptown (northbound) trains; this can be a bottleneck for southbound A and C trains, and also for northbound C and E trains, as they merge onto one pair of tracks respectively. The platforms are offset, and a signal tower is located at the south end of the southbound platform.

Track layout[edit]

South of this station, the tracks split into two levels and cross at a flying junction. These partly allow the future junction for a proposed line under Worth Street, as part of the IND Second System. The proposed route would have run under Worth Street and East Broadway, and crossed the East River to Brooklyn. The bellmouths for this proposed route are visible from the E train headed towards and coming from the World Trade Center station.[3] On the tunnel wall where the turnout is, there is an arrow painted with the words reading: "Worth St." written next to it.


The station has exits at:


  1. ^ New York Times, List of the 28 Stations on the New Eighth Ave Line, September 10, 1932, page 6
  2. ^ "Facts and Figures: Annual Subway Ridership". New York City Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Retrieved 2014-03-28. 
  3. ^ A bellmouth is visible to the left, at the 4:12 mark into this video, just before the train enters the World Trade Center station.

External links[edit]

Media related to Canal Street (IND Eighth Avenue Line) at Wikimedia Commons