163rd Street–Amsterdam Avenue (IND Eighth Avenue Line)

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163rd Street–Amsterdam Avenue
"C" train
New York City Subway rapid transit station
163 St-Amsterdam Ave station.jpg
View south from northbound platform
Station statistics
Address Amsterdam Avenue & St. Nicholas Avenue
New York, NY 10032
Borough Manhattan
Locale Washington Heights
Coordinates 40°50′13″N 73°56′24″W / 40.836866°N 73.940134°W / 40.836866; -73.940134Coordinates: 40°50′13″N 73°56′24″W / 40.836866°N 73.940134°W / 40.836866; -73.940134
Division B (IND)
Line       IND Eighth Avenue Line
Services       A late nights (late nights)
      C all except late nights (all except late nights)
Transit connections Bus transport NYCT Bus: M3, M100, M101
Structure Underground
Platforms 2 side platforms
Tracks 4 (2 on each level)
Other information
Opened September 10, 1932 (85 years ago) (1932-09-10)[1]
Station code 149[2]
Wireless service Wi-Fi and cellular service is provided at this station[3]
Passengers (2016) 1,450,668[4]Increase 4%
Rank 309 out of 422
Station succession
Next north 168th Street: A late nightsC all except late nights
Next south 155th Street: A late nightsC all except late nights

163rd Street–Amsterdam Avenue is a local station on the IND Eighth Avenue Line of the New York City Subway, located in Washington Heights, Manhattan at the intersection of Amsterdam and Saint Nicholas Avenues. It is served by the C train at all times except nights, when the A train takes over service.

Station layout[edit]

Track layout
G Street Level Exit/Entrance
B1 Mezzanine Fare control, station agent
B2 Side platform, doors will open on the right
Northbound local "C" train toward 168th Street ("A" train toward 207th Street late nights) (168th Street)
Southbound local "C" train toward Euclid Avenue ("A" train toward Far Rockaway late nights) (155th Street)
Side platform, doors will open on the right
B3[5] Northbound express "A" train does not stop here
Southbound express "A" train does not stop here →
The 162nd Street entrance to the station

This underground station, opened on September 10, 1932,[1][6] has two local tracks and two side platforms. Two express tracks, used by the A train during daytime hours, run below the station and are not visible from the platforms. To the north, the upper level local tracks become the center tracks of 168th Street, allowing C trains to terminate there, while the lower level express tracks become the outer tracks, continuing towards 207th Street.

Both platforms have name tablets reading "163RD STREET - AMSTERDAM AV" in white sans serif font on two lines. The background is yellow with a black border. Small black "163" and directional signs in white lettering run at regular intervals, but there is no trim line on either platform. Yellow i-beam columns run along both platforms with all of them having the standard black station name plate with white lettering.

Under the 2015–2019 MTA Capital Plan, the station, along with thirty other New York City Subway stations, will undergo a complete overhaul as part of the Enhanced Station Initiative and be entirely closed for up to 6 months. Updates included cellular service, Wi-Fi, USB charging stations, interactive service advisories and maps.[7][8] A request for proposals for the 72nd Street, 86th Street, Cathedral Parkway–110th Street, and 163rd Street–Amsterdam Avenue stations was issued on June 1, 2017,[9] and the New York City Transit and Bus Committee officially recommended that the MTA Board award the $111 million contract to ECCO III Enterprises in October 2017.[10]


This station has a full length mezzanine supported by yellow i-beam columns above the platforms, but only the southern half is opened. The closed-off northern half has an exit-only turnstile leading to the fare control area at the center, three staircases from each platform, and sealed exits leading to 163rd Street.[11][12] There are two closed stairs to the southwest corner of St. Nicholas Avenue and West 163rd Street, and another closed stair to the southeast corner.[13]

The opened southern half of the mezzanine is split into three sections by two black steel fences. Free transfers between directions are not possible. The two outer portions have two staircases from their respective platforms and a turnstile bank leading to the center of the mezzanine. Outside fare control, there is a token booth and the extreme south end has two staircases going up to the streets, one to the northwest corner of 161st Street and Amsterdam Avenue and the other to the western corner of Amsterdam and Saint Nicholas Avenue across from 162nd Street. The latter staircase is built inside 1033 Saint Nicholas Avenue, which is currently a Rite Aid pharmacy.

  • 1 stair at SW corner of Amsterdam Avenue, St. Nicholas Avenue, and West 162nd Street inside Rite Aid[13]
  • 1 stair at SE corner of St. Nicholas Avenue and West 162nd Street[13]
  • 1 stair at NE corner of Amsterdam Avenue and West 161st Street[13]


  1. ^ a b New York Times, List of the 28 Stations on the New Eighth Ave Line, September 10, 1932, page 6
  2. ^ "Station Developers' Information". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Retrieved June 13, 2017. 
  3. ^ "NYC Subway Wireless – Active Stations". Transit Wireless Wifi. Retrieved 2016-05-18.
  4. ^ "Facts and Figures: Annual Subway Ridership 2011–2016". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. May 31, 2017. Retrieved June 1, 2017. 
  5. ^ Station Reporter — C Train Archived March 13, 2013, at the Wayback Machine.
  6. ^ Crowell, Paul (September 10, 1932). "Gay Midnight Crowd Rides First Trains In The New Subway: Throngs at Station an Hour Before Time, Rush Turnstiles When Chains are Dropped". New York Times. Retrieved November 8, 2015. 
  7. ^ "MTA Will Completely Close 30 Subway Stations For Months-Long "Revamp"". Gothamist. January 8, 2016. Archived from the original on August 1, 2016. Retrieved July 18, 2016. 
  8. ^ "MTAStations" (PDF). governor.ny.gov. Government of the State of New York. Retrieved July 18, 2016. 
  9. ^ "Enhanced Stations Initiative Program; Contract A·36622C (Package 3) for Design & Construction at 72nd Street, 86th Street, Cathedral Parkway (110th Street), and 163rd Street - Amsterdam Avenue Stations on the 8th Avenue Line (IND), Manhattan" (PDF). Metropolitan Transportation Authority. June 1, 2017. Retrieved July 27, 2017. 
  10. ^ "New York City Transit and Bus Committee Meeting" (PDF). Metropolitan Transportation Authority. October 23, 2017. p. 131. Retrieved November 9, 2017. 
  11. ^ "Review of the A and C Lines" (PDF). Metropolitan Transportation Authority. December 11, 2015. Retrieved January 19, 2016. 
  12. ^ Harshbarger, Rebecca; De La Hoz, Felipe (October 12, 2015). "Williamsburg, Bushwick subway entrances sealed despite ridership spike". AM New York. Retrieved July 4, 2016. 
  13. ^ a b c d "MTA Neighborhood Maps: Washington Heights" (PDF). mta.info. Metropolitan Transportation Authority. 2015. Retrieved July 12, 2015. 

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