E (New York City Subway service)

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Eighth Avenue Local
E symbol
E map
Note: Dashed line shows late night only service
Dashed pink line shows limited rush hour service to 179th Street
Northern end Jamaica Center – Parsons / Archer or Jamaica – 179th Street (limited rush hour service)
Southern end Chambers Street – World Trade Center
Stations 32
34 (including limited rush hour service to 179th Street)

The E Eighth Avenue Local is a rapid transit service in the B Division of the New York City Subway. It is colored vivid blue on route signs, station signs, and the official subway map, since it runs on the IND Eighth Avenue Line through Manhattan.

The E service operates at all times. The normal service pattern for the E is between Jamaica Center – Parsons/Archer in Jamaica, Queens, and Chambers Street – World Trade Center in Lower Manhattan, running express on the IND Queens Boulevard Line in Queens and local in Manhattan.

During late nights, the E service runs local along its entire route. It also serves two local stops in eastern Queens (75th Avenue and Briarwood – Van Wyck Boulevard) on evenings and weekends. Limited rush hour service runs fully express[note 1] to and from 179th Street at the end of the Queens Boulevard Line in Jamaica, due to capacity issues at Jamaica Center.

The E train has no elevated or ground-level stations, remaining fully underground during its entire run.

History[edit]

E Train (1967-1979).svgEE Train (1967-1976).svg
1967–1979 bullets

On August 19, 1933, E service officially began, running between Roosevelt Avenue – Jackson Heights and the Hudson Terminal (current World Trade Center station).

During 1936, the IND Sixth Avenue Line and the IND Culver Line were built to Second Avenue and Jay Street – Borough Hall. E trains ran on that line, replacing the A to Church Avenue.

Then on December 31, 1936, and on April 24, 1937, the Queens Boulevard Line was extended to Kew Gardens – Union Turnpike and 169th Street, respectively.

On December 15, 1940, service on the entire Sixth Avenue Line began. The E was cut back to Broadway – Lafayette Street. South of that station, it was replaced by the F train.

On December 10, 1950, 179th Street opened. E service terminated here, running express between Queens Plaza and 71st Avenue and local from 71st Avenue to 179th Street.

During 1954, E trains ran express in Manhattan during rush hours.

In 1956, service was extended to Euclid Avenue during rush hours as a local. In 1960, the E train became an express in Brooklyn and was extended to the Rockaways, with some put-ins beginning at Euclid Avenue and later Lefferts Boulevard during rush hours. On January 6, 1974, the E train became local in Brooklyn again, running to Rockaway Park – Beach 116th Street only. On August 27, 1976, E service in Brooklyn was eliminated with all trains terminating at World Trade Center (the local platform), being replaced by the CC local.

On December 11, 1988, the IND Archer Avenue Line opened. E trains were rerouted via this branch, stopping at the upper level of Sutphin Boulevard and Jamaica Center stations. The E train now skipped 75th Avenue and Van Wyck Boulevard on weekdays. R service was extended to 179th Street, because the E used to provide Hillside Avenue Local service but this was later discontinued when the F became the local. In 1997, E service began running local in Queens during late nights.

Service on the E was affected by the September 11, 2001 attacks as its terminal station is located at the northeastern corner of the World Trade Center site. It went to Euclid Avenue in Brooklyn as the local on the IND Fulton Street Line at all times except late nights, replacing the temporarily suspended C service—the third time it had served the borough. This had happened in 1976, and again in early 2000 during the replacement of track switches at the World Trade Center station. On September 24, 2001, C service was restored, and E service was cut to Canal Street (since World Trade Center would be closed until January).

On December 16, 2001, the connection from the 63rd Street Tunnel to the Queens Boulevard Line opened, and F trains were rerouted via this connector to travel between Manhattan and Queens. Some rush hour E trains now run to 179th Street, allowing passengers from east of Union Turnpike to have an express service to 53rd Street. This is also due to the lack of capacity at Jamaica Center during rush hours.

The EE originally ran as an Eighth Avenue local between 71st–Continental Avenues and Chambers Street during off peak hours when the GG didn't run. This service was discontinued when the IND Sixth Avenue Line was completed in 1940. However, the EE reappeared in 1967 when it ran between 71st–Continental Avenues and Whitehall Street via the local tracks of the BMT Broadway Line, replacing the QT and RR. This service was discontinued in 1976 and replaced by the N. The route of the EE to Whitehall Street is currently duplicated by the R service.

Route[edit]

Service pattern[edit]

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

Line From To Tracks Times
rush
peak
week
days
week
ends
late
nights
IND Archer Avenue Line (full line) Jamaica Center – Parsons / Archer Jamaica – Van Wyck all        
IND Queens Boulevard Line (full line) Jamaica – 179th Street Sutphin Boulevard express        
Briarwood – Van Wyck Boulevard 75th Avenue  
local        
Forest Hills – 71st Avenue Queens Plaza express      
local        
Court Square – 23rd Street 50th Street all      
IND Eighth Avenue Line 42nd Street – Port Authority Bus Terminal World Trade Center local

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 late nights only Stops late nights only
Stops late nights and weekends Stops late nights and weekends only
Stops weekdays only Stops weekdays only
Stops rush hours in peak direction only Stops rush hours/weekdays in the peak direction only
Time period details
E service Stations Handicapped/disabled access Subway transfers Connections/Other Notes
Queens
Rush Hour Service
Stops rush hours in peak direction only Jamaica – 179th Street Handicapped/disabled access F all times Q3 bus to JFK Airport
Stops rush hours in peak direction only Parsons Boulevard F all times
Regular Service
Stops all times Jamaica Center – Parsons / Archer Handicapped/disabled access J all times Z rush hours, peak direction
Stops all times Sutphin Boulevard – Archer Avenue – JFK Airport Handicapped/disabled access J all times Z rush hours, peak direction LIRR at Jamaica
AirTrain JFK
Stops all times Jamaica – Van Wyck Handicapped/disabled access
Services from Jamaica – 179th Street and Jamaica Center – Parsons / Archer merge
Stops late nights and weekends Briarwood – Van Wyck Boulevard F all times
Stops all times Kew Gardens – Union Turnpike Handicapped/disabled access F all times Q10 bus to JFK Airport
Stops late nights and weekends 75th Avenue F all times
Stops all times Forest Hills – 71st Avenue Handicapped/disabled access F all times M weekdays until 11:00 p.m. R all hours except late nights LIRR Main Line at Forest Hills
Stops late nights only 67th Avenue
Stops late nights only 63rd Drive – Rego Park
Stops late nights only Woodhaven Boulevard
Stops late nights only Grand Avenue – Newtown
Stops late nights only Elmhurst Avenue
Stops all times Jackson Heights – Roosevelt Avenue Handicapped/disabled access 7 all times (IRT Flushing Line)
F all times M weekdays until 11:00 p.m. R all hours except late nights
Q47 bus to LaGuardia Marine Air Terminal
Q70 Limited bus to LaGuardia Airport
Stops late nights only 65th Street
Stops late nights only Northern Boulevard
Stops late nights only 46th Street
Stops late nights only Steinway Street
Stops late nights only 36th Street
Stops all times Queens Plaza Handicapped/disabled access M weekdays until 11:00 p.m. R all hours except late nights
Stops all times Court Square – 23rd Street M weekdays until 11:00 p.m.
G all times (IND Crosstown Line)
7 all times <7>rush hours until 10:00 p.m., peak direction (IRT Flushing Line)
Manhattan
Stops all times Lexington Avenue – 53rd Street Handicapped/disabled access 4 late nights 6 all times <6>weekdays until 8:45 p.m., peak direction (IRT Lexington Avenue Line at 51st Street)
M weekdays until 11:00 p.m.
Stops all times Fifth Avenue / 53rd Street M weekdays until 11:00 p.m.
Stops all times Seventh Avenue B weekdays until 11:00 p.m. D all times
Stops all times 50th Street Handicapped/disabled access A late nights C all except late nights (IND Eighth Avenue Line) Station is ADA-accessible in the southbound direction only.
Stops all times 42nd Street – Port Authority Bus Terminal Handicapped/disabled access A all times C all except late nights
1 all times 2 all times 3 all times (IRT Broadway – Seventh Avenue Line)
7 all times <7>rush hours until 10:00 p.m., peak direction (IRT Flushing Line)
N all times Q all times R all except late nights (BMT Broadway Line)
S all except late nights (42nd Street Shuttle)
at Times Square – 42nd Street
Port Authority Bus Terminal
M34A Select Bus Service
Stops all times 34th Street – Penn Station Handicapped/disabled access A all times C all except late nights M34 / M34A Select Bus Service
Amtrak, LIRR, NJ Transit at Pennsylvania Station
Stops all times 23rd Street A late nights C all except late nights
Stops all times 14th Street Handicapped/disabled access A all times C all except late nights
L all times (BMT Canarsie Line)
Stops all times West Fourth Street – Washington Square Handicapped/disabled access A all times C all except late nights
B weekdays until 11:00 p.m. D all times F all times M weekdays until 11:00 p.m. (IND Sixth Avenue Line)
PATH at 9th Street
Stops all times Spring Street A late nights C all except late nights
Stops all times Canal Street A all times C all except late nights
Stops all times World Trade Center[note 2] Handicapped/disabled access[note 3] A all times C all except late nights
2 all times 3 all except late nights (IRT Broadway – Seventh Avenue Line at Park Place)
PATH at World Trade Center
Hoboken and Jersey City ferries

References[edit]

  1. ^ E signs are located above the express tracks at Parsons Boulevard, showing that trains skip 169th Street. Part of one of these signs can be seen in this 2004 photo.
  2. ^ Chambers Street – World Trade Center are actually counted as two separate stations by the MTA. The E train terminates at World Trade Center while the A C trains have through service at Chambers Street.
  3. ^ Elevator temporarily out of service for construction at the World Trade Center site

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