List of accessible New York City Subway stations

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Street elevator serving as an entrance to the 66th Street – Lincoln Center station
Elevator at the elevated 231st Street station
Accessible restroom at Church Avenue

The majority of the New York City Subway system was built before 1990, the year the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) went into effect. As a side effect, many New York City Subway stations were not designed to be handicapped-accessible. Since then, elevators have been built in newly constructed stations to comply with the ADA. (Most grade-level stations required little modification to meet ADA standards.) In addition, the MTA identified "key stations," high-traffic and/or geographically important stations, which must conform to the ADA when they are extensively renovated.[1] As of May 2014, there are 106 currently accessible stations (82[2] if station complexes are counted); many of them have AutoGate access.[3][4][5] Four stations on the Staten Island Railway are also accessible. Additionally, there are 16 more non-ADA-accessible stations with cross-platform interchanges, as well as other same-platform transfers, designed to handle wheelchair transfers.[5]

History[edit]

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) has been gradually adding handicapped access to its key stations since the 1980s, as renovations take place. According to the MTA:

In improving services to individuals with disabilities, the MTA identified stations and facilities where compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) would benefit the most people, analyzing such factors as high ridership, transfer points, and service to major areas of activity. These stations were given priority in our station-renovation program. We are continuing to expand accessibility features to more and more locations.[6]

According to the MTA, fully accessible stations have:

  • elevators or ramps
  • handrails on ramps and stairs
  • large-print and tactile-Braille signs
  • audio and visual information systems
  • accessible station booth windows
  • accessible MetroCard Vending Machines
  • accessible service entry gates
  • platform-edge warning strips
  • platform gap modifications or bridge plates to reduce or eliminate the gap between trains and platforms
  • telephones at an accessible height with volume control, and text telephones (TTYs)
  • accessible restrooms at commuter rail stations with restrooms
    • Note: not all station buildings have restrooms.[6]

List of accessible stations[edit]

Manhattan[edit]

As of May 2014, there are 47 ADA-accessible stations in Manhattan, or 34 if stations in complexes are counted as one.

Station Services Accessible entrance and notes
14th Street – Eighth Avenue NYCS A NYCS C NYCS E NYCS L
  • Elevator at northwest corner of 14th Street and Eighth Avenue
14th Street – Union Square NYCS N NYCS Q NYCS R
NYCS L
  • Elevator at northeast corner of 14th Street and Park Avenue South (Union Square East)
    Note: 4 5 6 <6> not accessible
34th Street – Herald Square NYCS B NYCS D NYCS F NYCS M
NYCS N NYCS Q NYCS R
  • MTA elevator at Herald Center building on west side of Broadway south of 34th Street
  • PATH elevator on west side of Sixth Avenue north of 32nd Street
34th Street – Penn Station NYCS 1 NYCS 2 NYCS 3
  • Elevator on south side of 34th Street west of Seventh Avenue at LIRR entrance
34th Street – Penn Station NYCS A NYCS C NYCS E
  • Elevator at southeast corner of 34th Street and Eighth Avenue to uptown A C E platform level
    • Take elevator down to lower mezzanine for downtown A C E and both directions of A
47th–50th Streets –
Rockefeller Center
NYCS B NYCS D NYCS F NYCS M
  • Elevator at northwest corner of 6th Avenue and 49th Street
49th Street NYCS N NYCS Q NYCS R
  • Elevator at northeast corner of 49th Street and Seventh Avenue
    Note: northbound trains only
50th Street NYCS A NYCS C NYCS E
  • Elevator on north side of 49th Street west of Eighth Avenue
    Note: southbound trains only
Lexington Avenue/
51st – 53rd Streets
NYCS E NYCS M NYCS 4 NYCS 6 NYCS 6d
  • Elevator at northeast corner of 52nd Street and Lexington Avenue
59th Street – Columbus Circle NYCS A NYCS B NYCS C NYCS D NYCS 1 NYCS 2
  • Elevator at northeast corner of Columbus Circle and Central Park West
  • Elevator at southwest corner of 8th Avenue and Columbus Circle
66th Street – Lincoln Center NYCS 1 NYCS 2
  • Southbound service, elevator at southwest corner of 66th Street and Broadway
  • Northbound service, elevator at southeast corner of 66th Street and Broadway
72nd Street NYCS 1 NYCS 2 NYCS 3
  • Elevators inside station house on north side of 72nd Street between Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue
96th Street NYCS 1 NYCS 2 NYCS 3
  • Elevators inside station house in median of Broadway; entrances on south side of 96th Street and north side of 95th Street
125th Street NYCS 4 NYCS 5 NYCS 6 NYCS 6d
  • Elevator at northeast corner of 125th Street and Lexington Avenue
125th Street NYCS A NYCS B NYCS C NYCS D
  • Elevator at southwest corner of 125th Street and Saint Nicholas Avenue
135th Street NYCS 2 NYCS 3
  • Northbound service, elevator at northeast corner of 135th Street and Lenox Avenue
  • Southbound service, elevator for southbound service at southwest corner of 135th Street and Lenox Avenue
168th Street NYCS A NYCS C
  • Elevator at southeast corner of 168th Street and Saint Nicholas Avenue for A C only
    Note: elevators to 1 are not accessible
175th Street NYCS A
  • Elevator at northeast corner of 177th Street and Fort Washington Avenue
Bowling Green NYCS 4 NYCS 5
  • Elevator at northwest corner of Broadway and Battery Place
Bleecker Street / Broadway – Lafayette Street NYCS 4 NYCS 6 NYCS 6d
NYCS B NYCS D NYCS F NYCS M
  • Elevator at northwest corner of Lafayette and Houston Streets
Brooklyn Bridge – City Hall NYCS 4 NYCS 5 NYCS 6 NYCS 6d
  • Elevator on west side of Centre Street south of Chambers Street
    Note: J Z not accessible
Canal Street NYCS 4 NYCS 6 NYCS 6d
  • Northbound 4 6 <6> service, elevators at northeast corner of Canal Street and Lafayette Street
  • Southbound 4 6 <6> service, elevator at northwest corner Canal Street and Lafayette Street
  • Note: transfers to other services not accessible
Chambers Street NYCS 1 NYCS 2 NYCS 3
  • Elevator at northwest corner of Hudson and Chambers Streets
Dyckman Street NYCS 1
  • Elevator at southwest corner of Hillside Avenue and St. Nicholas Avenue/Ft. George Hill
    Note: accessible for southbound service only
Fulton Street NYCS 2 NYCS 3 NYCS 4 NYCS 5 NYCS A NYCS C NYCS J NYCS Z
  • Elevator at southwest corner of Dey Street and Broadway for southbound 4 5 trains only
  • Elevator on the southwest corner of William and Fulton Streets.
  • Note: 2 3 A C J Z platform levels are accessible from this elevator, but connections to the rest of the complex are not accessible
Grand Central – 42nd Street NYCS 4 NYCS 5 NYCS 6 NYCS 6d NYCS 7 NYCS 7d
  • Elevator to mezzanine inside main entrance, immediately to right of Grand Central Terminal entrance (East 42nd Street between Park Avenue and Lexington Avenue)
  • Note: 42nd Street Shuttle platform is not accessible.
Inwood – 207th Street NYCS A
  • Elevator at southwest corner of Broadway and 207th Street
Lexington Avenue – 63rd Street NYCS F
  • Elevator on north side of 63rd Street west of Lexington Avenue
Roosevelt Island NYCS F
  • Elevators at station house
South Ferry NYCS 1
  • Elevator is out of service for long term repairs.[7]
Times Square – 42nd Street /
Port Authority Bus Terminal
NYCS 1 NYCS 2 NYCS 3 NYCS 7 NYCS 7d
NYCS A NYCS C NYCS E NYCS N NYCS Q NYCS R
  • Elevator at southeast corner of 7th Avenue and 42nd Street for 1 2 3 7 <7> N Q R service
  • Elevator inside north wing of bus terminal at 8th Avenue between 41st Street and 42nd Street, near airport bus ticket office, for A C E service
  • Note:
West 4th Street –
Washington Square
NYCS A NYCS C NYCS E
NYCS B NYCS D NYCS F NYCS M
  • Elevator at northeast corner of 6th Avenue and 3rd Street
World Trade Center NYCS E
  • Elevator via PATH station ramp; MTA elevator out of service for long term construction.[8]

The Bronx[edit]

As of May 2014, there are 11 ADA-accessible stations in the Bronx, or 10 if stations in complexes are counted as one.

Station Services Accessible entrance and notes
Third Avenue – 149th Street NYCS 2 NYCS 5
  • Uptown elevator at southwest corner of 149th Street and 3rd Avenue
  • Downtown elevator at northwest corner of 149th Street and 3rd Avenue
161st Street – Yankee Stadium NYCS 4 NYCS B NYCS D
  • Elevator at northeast corner of 161st Street and River Avenue
231st Street NYCS 1
  • Uptown elevator at southeast corner of 231 Street and Broadway
  • Downtown elevator at southwest corner of 231 Street and Broadway
233rd Street NYCS 2 NYCS 5
  • Elevator at northwest corner of White Plains Road and 233rd Street
East 180th Street NYCS 2 NYCS 5
  • Elevators inside station house at northwest corner of East 180th Street and Morris Park Avenue
Fordham Road NYCS 4
  • Elevator at southeast corner of Jerome Avenue and Fordham Road
Gun Hill Road NYCS 2 NYCS 5
  • Elevator inside main entrance in White Plains Road median between Gun Hill Road and 211th Street
Pelham Bay Park NYCS 6 NYCS 6d
  • Elevator at back of station beyond escalators, near corner of Westchester Avenue and Bruckner Boulevard
Pelham Parkway NYCS 2 NYCS 5
  • Elevator at southwest corner of Pelham Parkway and White Plains Road
Simpson Street NYCS 2 NYCS 5
  • Uptown elevator at southwest corner of Simpson Street and Westchester Avenue
  • Downtown elevator at northwest corner of Simpson Street and Westchester Avenue

Brooklyn[edit]

As of May 2014, there are 26 ADA-accessible stations in Brooklyn, or 21 if stations in complexes are counted as one.

Station Services Accessible entrance and notes
Atlantic Avenue – Barclays Center NYCS D NYCS N NYCS R
NYCS B NYCS Q
NYCS 2 NYCS 3 NYCS 4 NYCS 5
  • Elevator at southeast corner of Pacific Street and Fourth Avenue.
  • Elevators at Hanson Place and Flatbush Avenue in Atlantic Terminal mall.
    • D N R use Pacific Street elevator
    • B Q 2 3 4 5 and LIRR use Hanson Place elevator
Avenue H NYCS Q
  • Ramp on north side of Avenue H and East 15th Street for southbound trains only
Bay Parkway NYCS D
  • Elevator at northwest corner of Bay Parkway and 86th Street
Borough Hall NYCS 2 NYCS 3 NYCS 4 NYCS 5
  • Elevator in front of Supreme Court Building at Court Street and Montague Street for 2 3 and northbound 4 5
    Note: 4 5 (southbound) and N R (both directions) not accessible.
Canarsie – Rockaway Parkway NYCS L
  • Station at street level
Church Avenue NYCS 2 NYCS 5
  • Elevator for northbound service at southeast corner of Church Avenue and Nostrand Avenue
  • Elevator for southbound service at southwest corner of Church Avenue and Nostrand Avenue
Church Avenue NYCS F NYCS G
  • Elevator at northwest corner of Church Avenue and McDonald Avenue
Coney Island – Stillwell Avenue NYCS D NYCS F NYCS N NYCS Q
  • Elevator and ramps in station house at northeast corner of Surf Avenue and Stillwell Avenue
Crown Heights – Utica Avenue NYCS 2 NYCS 3 NYCS 4 NYCS 5
  • Elevator at northwest corner of Utica Avenue and Eastern Parkway, in Eastern Parkway median
DeKalb Avenue NYCS B NYCS D NYCS N NYCS Q NYCS R
  • Elevator at southeast corner of DeKalb Avenue and Flatbush Avenue Extension
Euclid Avenue NYCS A NYCS C
  • Elevator at northeast corner of Euclid and Pitkin Avenues
Flatbush Avenue – Brooklyn College NYCS 2 NYCS 5
  • Elevator at southeast corner of Flatbush Avenue and Nostrand Avenue
Flushing Avenue NYCS J NYCS M
  • Elevator at southwest corner of Flushing Avenue and Broadway
Franklin Avenue – Fulton Street NYCS A NYCS C Franklin Avenue Shuttle
  • Elevator at southwest corner of Franklin Avenue and Fulton Street
Jay Street – MetroTech NYCS A NYCS C NYCS F NYCS N NYCS R
  • Elevator at southeast corner of Jay and Willoughby Streets
Kings Highway NYCS B NYCS Q
  • Elevators inside station house on north side of Kings Highway between 15th and 16th Streets
Marcy Avenue NYCS J NYCS M NYCS Z
  • Elevator for Queens bound service at southwest corner of Marcy Avenue and Broadway
  • Elevator for Manhattan bound service at northwest corner of Marcy Avenue and Broadway
Myrtle–Wyckoff Avenues NYCS L NYCS M
  • Enter through station house entrances at the intersection of Myrtle/Wyckoff Avenues;
    elevator to platforms inside station house
Park Place Franklin Avenue Shuttle
  • Ramp from Prospect Place west of Franklin Avenue; service in both directions on single track
Prospect Park NYCS B NYCS Q Franklin Avenue Shuttle
  • Entrance ramp on Lincoln Road between Flatbush Avenue and Ocean Avenue; elevators after fare control
Utica Avenue NYCS A NYCS C
  • Elevator at northwest corner of Fulton Street and Malcolm X Boulevard

Queens[edit]

As of May 2014, there are 22 ADA-accessible stations in Queens, or 19 if stations in complexes are counted as one.

Station Services Accessible entrance and notes
21st Street – Queensbridge NYCS F
  • Elevator at northwest corner of 21st Street and 41st Avenue
61st Street – Woodside NYCS 7 NYCS 7d
  • Elevator at northeast corner of Roosevelt Avenue and 61st Street
Aqueduct Racetrack NYCS A
  • Elevator next to south staircase down to Resorts World Casino Parking Lot.
    The Sky Bridge entrance to the Casino is also accessible.
Court Square NYCS 7 NYCS 7d
  • Elevator at northeast corner of 23rd Street and Jackson Avenue;
    transfers to other services not accessible
Far Rockaway – Mott Avenue NYCS A
  • Elevators to platform level inside station house at northeast corner of Mott Avenue and Beach 22nd Street
Flushing – Main Street NYCS 7 NYCS 7d
  • Elevator on Roosevelt Avenue east of Main Street, north side.
Forest Hills – 71st Avenue NYCS E NYCS F NYCS M NYCS R
  • Elevator on south side of Queens Boulevard between 70th Road and 71st Avenue
Howard Beach – JFK Airport NYCS A
  • Elevators at Coleman Square and 159th Avenue
Jackson Heights –
Roosevelt Avenue/
74th Street – Broadway
NYCS 7 NYCS E NYCS F NYCS M NYCS R
  • Elevator after fare control in station house on Roosevelt Avenue between 74th and 75th Streets,
    or enter on Broadway between 74th and 75th Streets
Jamaica – 179th Street NYCS E NYCS F
  • Elevator at southeast corner of 179th Place and Hillside Avenue
Jamaica Center – Parsons/Archer NYCS E NYCS J NYCS Z
  • Elevator on south side of Archer Avenue at Parsons Boulevard
Jamaica – Van Wyck NYCS E
  • Elevator at corner of 89th Avenue and Van Wyck Expressway south service road, adjacent to Jamaica Hospital.
Junction Boulevard NYCS 7 NYCS 7d
  • Elevator at northeast corner of Junction Boulevard and Roosevelt Avenue
Kew Gardens – Union Turnpike NYCS E NYCS F
  • Elevator at southeast corner of Union Turnpike and Kew Gardens Road
Mets – Willets Point NYCS 7 NYCS 7d
  • Local service to Main Street-Flushing on Mets baseball game, USTA game, or special events.
  • Ramp to overpass on south side of Roosevelt Avenue.
Middle Village –
Metropolitan Avenue
NYCS M
  • Station at street level
Queens Plaza NYCS E NYCS M NYCS R
  • Elevator at southwest corner of Queens Plaza South and Jackson Avenue
Rockaway Park – Beach 116th Street NYCS A Rockaway Park Shuttle
  • Station at street level
Sutphin Boulevard – Archer Avenue
JFK Airport
NYCS E NYCS J NYCS Z
  • Elevator off southeast corner of Sutphin Boulevard at Archer Avenue near elevated LIRR tracks

Staten Island Railway stations[edit]

Replacing tactile warning strip
Tactile-Braille sign at Pennsylvania Avenue
Accessible MetroCard vending machines

Although the Staten Island Railway is not considered part of the New York City Subway, the MTA still shows it on the New York City Subway map and operates it as a rapid transit system similar to the New York City Subway. As of 2014, there are four ADA-accessible stations on the Staten Island Railway.

Station Accessible entrance and notes
St. George
  • North side elevator (Elevator PE-W) for bus, taxi, ferry or railway levels.
  • South side elevator (Elevator PE-S) for passenger drop-off, or ferry levels.
Dongan Hills
  • Ramps on both sides of the station
Great Kills
  • Ramps on both sides of the station
Tottenville
  • Ramp at south end of the station

Future accessible stations[edit]

Under renovation:

Under construction:

In planning:

In design:

See also[edit]

References[edit]