4 (New York City Subway service)
|Lexington Avenue Express|
Note: dashed line shows limited rush hour and late night service to/from New Lots Avenue
|Southern end||Utica Avenue or
New Lots Avenue (late nights & limited rush hour service)
|Rolling stock||R142, R142A|
|Depot||Jerome Avenue Yard|
The 4 Lexington Avenue Express is a rapid transit service in the A Division of the New York City Subway. Its route emblem, or "bullet", is colored apple green since it uses the IRT Lexington Avenue Line in Manhattan. The 4 operates between Woodlawn in the Bronx and Utica Avenue in Crown Heights, Brooklyn via Jerome Avenue Local in the Bronx and Eastern Parkway Express in Brooklyn at all times except nights. During nights, the 4 serves all stops except Hoyt Street and is extended to/from New Lots Avenue in East New York, Brooklyn via Livonia Avenue as a replacement of the 3. Limited rush hour service originates and terminates at New Lots Avenue. During rush hours, the 4 skips 138th Street – Grand Concourse in the peak direction, with some northbound trains running express north of 167th Street and short turning at Burnside Avenue.
During the extension of the IRT Lexington Avenue Line north of 42nd Street – Grand Central Terminal, shuttle elevated trains served the IRT Jerome Avenue Line (which at the time was only between East 149th Street – Grand Concourse and Kingsbridge Road) starting June 2, 1917. On April 15, 1918, shuttles were extended to Woodlawn. A second shuttle, using subway cars, from 149th Street - Grand Concourse to Grand Central started on July 17, 1918.
On August 1, 1918, the entire Jerome and Lexington Avenue Lines were completed and the connection to the Broadway – Seventh Avenue Line at 42nd Street was removed. Trains began running between Woodlawn and Bowling Green.
Beginning on December 5, 1927, weekday evening service extended to Utica.
Beginning in 1928, midday 4 service was extended from South Ferry to Utica.
As of 1934, 4 trains ran from Woodlawn to Utica Avenue weekday rush and Saturday morning peak and afternoon, to Atlantic Avenue weekday midday, Saturday morning after the peak, and late nights, and to South Ferry evenings and Sundays. Trains ran express in Manhattan except late nights, and in Brooklyn.
On August 20, 1938, Saturday morning after the peak service was extended to Utica Avenue.
Beginning on May 10, 1946, late night trains began running express in Manhattan.
Beginning on December 20, 1946, trains were extended from Utica Avenue to New Lots Avenue during late nights, express between Atlantic Avenue and Franklin Avenue.
During 1950, Saturday morning service was cut back to South Ferry
Starting on December 15, 1950, four 4 trains operated during rush hours to Flatbush Avenue on the Nostrand Avenue Line. Also on December 15, 1950 weekday midday service was cut back from Atlantic Avenue to South Ferry. Beginning January 18, 1952, 4 service to Atlantic Avenue during weekday middays was restored.
On March 19, 1954, late-night service in Brooklyn began making all stops, but resumed operating express between Atlantic Avenue and Franklin Avenue on June 29, 1956.
On May 3, 1957, the weekday rush trains to Flatbush Avenue were discontinued, while at the same time evening, Saturday and Sunday afternoon trains were extended to Utica Avenue, while Sunday morning trains were extended to Atlantic Avenue.
Starting on March 1, 1960, 4 late-night trains began making all stops in Manhattan.
Beginning on April 8, 1960, nearly all AM rush hour 4 trains ran to Flatbush, and PM rush hour 4 trains alternated between Flatbush and Utica. During weekday evenings and late nights 4 trains also went to Flatbush Avenue, making all stops in Brooklyn.
Beginning on October 17, 1965 late-night trains again became express in Manhattan.
On May 23, 1976, Sunday morning trains were extended to Utica Avenue, express in Brooklyn.
Beginning on July 10, 1983, all 4 trains ran to Utica, except that weekday midday trains ran only to Atlantic Avenue, and late-night trains ran local during late nights and Sunday morning operating to New Lots. On August 29, 1988, midday 4 trains were extended to Utica Avenue as well.
For a short time in 1990 starting January 21, late-night express service in Manhattan was restored, as 6 trains were re-extended to Brooklyn Bridge late nights, but then late-night express service was permanently discontinued on October 5, 1990.
From June 8, 2009, to June 26, 2009, New York City Transit conducted a pilot program for express Jerome Avenue Line service. Four morning weekday rush hour trains from Woodlawn stopped at Mosholu Parkway, Burnside Avenue and 149th Street – Grand Concourse before they resumed regular service in Manhattan and Brooklyn.
On October 26, 2009, another 4 express pilot program was implemented based on the success of the first and ran until December 11, 2009. This program was the same as the one in June except that express trains stopped at Bedford Park Boulevard – Lehman College.
The following table shows the lines used by the 4, with shaded boxes indicating the route at the specified times:
|IRT Jerome Avenue Line (full line)||Woodlawn||149th Street – Grand Concourse||local|
|138th Street – Grand Concourse|
|IRT Lexington Avenue Line (full line)||125th Street||Brooklyn Bridge – City Hall||express|
|Fulton Street||Bowling Green||all|
|Joralemon Street Tunnel|
|IRT Eastern Parkway Line (full line)||Borough Hall||Nevins Street||express|
|Atlantic Avenue – Barclays Center||Crown Heights – Utica Avenue|
|IRT New Lots Line (full line)||Sutter Avenue – Rutland Road||New Lots Avenue||all|
For a more detailed station listing, see the articles on the lines listed above.
|Station service legend|
|Stops all times|
|Stops all times except late nights|
|Stops late nights only|
|Stops weekdays only|
|Stops all times except rush hours in the peak direction|
|Stops rush hours only|
|Stops rush hours/weekdays in the peak direction only|
|Time period details|
- "Changes on I.R.T. Set: Additional Express Service on Brooklyn, Flushing Lines Day". New York Times. January 10, 1952. Retrieved January 25, 2016.
- "MTA New York City Transit Pilots Bronx Express Service Along the Jerome Ave. Line" (Press release). New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority. 2009-06-04. Retrieved 2009-06-08.
- "Rockaway Av and Van Siclen Av 3 Line Stations To Close for Five Months for Renewal Project". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. April 17, 2015. Retrieved May 8, 2015.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to 4 (New York City Subway service).|
- MTA NYC Transit – 4 Lexington Avenue Express
- "4 Subway Timetable, Effective June 14, 2015" (PDF). New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Retrieved 2015-09-13.