33rd Street station (PATH)

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33rd Street
Port Authority Trans-Hudson PATH rapid transit station
PATH 33 Street vc.jpg
Location33rd Street and Sixth Avenue
Manhattan, New York
Coordinates40°44′57″N 73°59′18″W / 40.749111°N 73.988240°W / 40.749111; -73.988240Coordinates: 40°44′57″N 73°59′18″W / 40.749111°N 73.988240°W / 40.749111; -73.988240
Owned byPort Authority of New York and New Jersey
Line(s)Uptown Hudson Tubes
Platforms2 side platforms, 2 island platforms
Tracks3
ConnectionsNew York City Subway:
"B" train"D" train"F" train"M" train"N" train"Q" train"R" train"W" train at 34th Street–Herald Square
"1" train"2" train"3" train at 34th Street–Penn Station
Local Transit NYCT Bus: M7, M34 / M34A SBS, M55
Railway transportation Amtrak, LIRR, NJT Rail (at Penn Station)
Construction
Disabled accessYes
History
Opened1910
Rebuilt1939
Electrified600V (DC) Third Rail
Traffic
Passengers (2018)10,039,352[1]Decrease 10.5%
Services
Preceding station PATH logo.svg PATH Following station
23rd Street
toward Hoboken
HOB–33
Weekdays
Terminus
23rd Street JSQ–33
Weekdays
JSQ–33 (via HOB)
Weeknights Weekends Holidays
Former services
Preceding station Hudson and Manhattan Railroad Following station
28th Street Summit Avenue–33rd Street Terminus
Track layout

33rd Street is a terminal station on the PATH system. Located at the intersection of 32nd Street and Sixth Avenue (Avenue of the Americas) in the Herald Square neighborhood of Midtown Manhattan, New York City, it is served by the Hoboken–33rd Street and Journal Square–33rd Street lines on weekdays, and by the Journal Square–33rd Street (via Hoboken) line on late nights, weekends and holidays. 33rd Street serves as the northern terminus of all three lines.

Station layout[edit]

G Street Level Exit/Entrance
B1 Mezzanine Fare control at south end
B2
Platform level
Side platform, doors will open on the left Handicapped/disabled access Fare control, one-way faregates, transfer to New York City Subway "B" train"D" train"F" train"M" train"N" train"Q" train"R" train"W" train trains at 34th Street–Herald Square
Southbound      HOB–33 toward Hoboken Terminal (23rd Street)
     JSQ–33 (via HOB) toward Journal Square (23rd Street)
Island platform, doors will open on the left or right Handicapped/disabled access
Southbound      HOB–33 toward Hoboken Terminal (23rd Street)
     JSQ–33 toward Journal Square (23rd Street)
     JSQ–33 (via HOB) toward Journal Square (23rd Street)
Island platform, doors will open on the left or right Handicapped/disabled access
Southbound      JSQ–33 toward Journal Square (23rd Street)
     JSQ–33 (via HOB) toward Journal Square (23rd Street)
Side platform, doors will open on the right Handicapped/disabled access
B3 Subway mezzanine Turnstiles for subway station
B4 Southbound local "F" train "M" train do not stop here
Southbound express "B" train "D" train do not stop here
Northbound express "B" train "D" train do not stop here →
Northbound local "F" train "M" train do not stop here →
33rd Street station entrance

The present station has three tracks in a Spanish solution with two island platforms and two side platforms, located two stories below ground level.[2] There is a small mezzanine with turnstiles, located above the platforms, at the south end of the station. The tracks end at bumper blocks at the north end of the station, where ramps from each platform lead up to the northern turnstile area, located about one and a half stories below ground level.

History[edit]

It is not the original station on the site; the original station opened on November 10, 1910 serving PATH's predecessor, the Hudson & Manhattan Railroad.[3] When the Independent Subway's Sixth Avenue line was being built in 1936 it was necessary to relocate the H&M 33rd Street station. The original station was closed in December 1937, and a temporary terminal was built at 28th Street, one stop south.[4] A new terminal station located at 32nd Street was opened on September 24, 1939, at a cost of $500,000. Although the station is at 32nd Street, the 33rd Street name was retained.[5]

As part of this upgrade, the 28th Street station was closed and demolished. As a partial compensation for the loss of the station, an entrance to the new terminal was opened at 30th Street.[5] A "Gimbels passageway" was formerly used by pedestrians to connect to Penn Station a block to the west under 33rd Street. After years of safety and sanitation concerns, an epidemic of sexual assaults led to its closure in the 1980s.[6]

A train-car wash formerly operated at track 1 of the 33rd Street terminal. It was replaced by a wash that opened in mid-September 1993 in Jersey City. It was computer-operated, and designed to reclean and recycle the water used. More space for the operation was provided at Jersey City, allowing the detergent used on the cars to have more time to take effect. At 33rd Street, brushes began scrubbing the cars very soon after the detergent went on. Its completion allowed the PANYNJ to deactivate the car wash at 33rd Street, providing more flexibility in terminal operations there.[7]

 33rd St to 34th St subway cross-section
11th Av 10th & 9th Avs
are skipped
8th Av Madison Square
Garden
7th Av Storefronts 6th Av &
Broadway
5th & Madison Avs
are skipped
Park Av
mezzanine A / C / E concourse 1 / 2 / 3 Former Gimbel's
passageway
mezz PATH 6 / <6>
mezzanine mezzanine concourse mezzanine N / Q / R / W
7 / <7> Penn Station B / D / F / M

Nearby attractions[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "PATH Ridership Report" (PDF). pathnynj.gov. Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. 2018. Retrieved February 4, 2019.
  2. ^ Dougherty, Peter (2006) [2002]. Tracks of the New York City Subway 2006 (3rd ed.). Dougherty. OCLC 49777633 – via Google Books.
  3. ^ "M'Adoo Tubes Now Reach 33rd Street; First Through Train from the Downtown Terminal to New One in the Shopping Belt". The New York Times. November 3, 1910. p. 11. Retrieved August 16, 2009.[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ "Hudson Tube Terminus At 33d St. Closes Today" (PDF). The New York Times. December 26, 1937. p. 20. Retrieved July 21, 2016.
  5. ^ a b "HUDSON TUBE OPENS TERMINAL TODAY; Remodeled 33d St. Station Cost City $800,000 as Part of 6th Ave. Subway Expense CLOSED FOR TWO YEARS Two Train Platforms and 3 Sets of Tracks Among New Transit Equipment" (PDF). The New York Times. September 24, 1939. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved February 1, 2018.
  6. ^ "Remembering the Gimbels tunnel". New York Post. November 28, 2010. Retrieved February 1, 2018.
  7. ^ Roberts, Donald (September 1993). "New Wash for PATH Cars". Pathways. Port Authority Trans-Hudson Corporation. 25 (3): 1–3.

External links[edit]

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