50th Street (IND lines)

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 50 Street
 "C" train​ ​"E" train
MTA NYC logo.svg New York City Subway station
50th Street IND 8th Avenue Line 0630.JPG
Downtown platform on upper level
Station statistics
AddressWest 50th Street & Eighth Avenue
New York, NY 10019
LocaleHell's Kitchen, Midtown Manhattan
Coordinates40°45′44″N 73°59′10″W / 40.762276°N 73.986139°W / 40.762276; -73.986139Coordinates: 40°45′44″N 73°59′10″W / 40.762276°N 73.986139°W / 40.762276; -73.986139
DivisionB (IND)
Line      IND Eighth Avenue Line
IND Queens Boulevard Line
Services      A late nights (late nights)
      C all except late nights (all except late nights)
      E all times (all times)
Transit connectionsBus transport NYCT Bus: M20, M50, M104
Platforms4 side platforms (2 on each level)
Tracks6 (4 on upper level, 2 on lower level)
Other information
OpenedSeptember 10, 1932; 86 years ago (1932-09-10)[1] (upper level)
August 19, 1933; 85 years ago (1933-08-19) (lower level)
Station code162[2]
AccessibleThis station is partially compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 Partially ADA-accessible (southbound only)
Wireless serviceWi-Fi and cellular service is provided at this station[3]
Passengers (2017)6,694,422[4]Decrease 1.2%
Rank65 out of 425
Station succession
Next north59th Street–Columbus Circle (via 8th Avenue): A late nightsC all except late nights
Seventh Avenue (Queens Boulevard): E all times
Next south42nd Street–Port Authority Bus Terminal: A late nightsC all except late nightsE all times

Next adjacent station compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 northnorthbound platform not accessible
Next accessible station northbound for the A and ​C trains: 59th Street–Columbus Circle: A late nightsC all except late nights
Next accessible station northbound for the E train: Lexington Avenue–53rd Street: E all times
Next adjacent station compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 south42nd Street–Port Authority Bus Terminal: A late nightsC all except late nightsE all times

50th Street is a bi-level station on the IND Eighth Avenue and Queens Boulevard Lines of the New York City Subway, located at 50th Street and Eighth Avenue in the Hell's Kitchen neighborhood of Manhattan. The lower level, on the Queens Boulevard Line, is served by the E train at all times, and the upper level, on the Eighth Avenue Line, is served by the C at all times except late nights and the A during late nights.


On December 9, 1924, the New York City Board of Transportation (BOT) gave preliminary approval to the construction of a subway line along Eighth Avenue, running from 207th Street. In June 1930, the BOT approved a list of planned stations on the new line, including a stop at 50th Street.[5] Originally, the BOT did not plan for a 50th Street station on the Queens Boulevard Line. This station was to have only been served by Eighth Avenue trains heading north toward Washington Heights. The Eighth Avenue Association petitioned the BOT for an additional stop at 50th Street. On November 21, 1926, it was announced that the BOT had agreed to construct a stop at this location for the Queens Boulevard Line.[6]

The upper level opened on September 10, 1932 as part of the opening of the first city-owned subway line, the IND Eighth Avenue Line. On this date, the line opened from Chambers Street north to 207th Street. Construction of the whole line cost $191,200,000.[7] The lower level opened on August 19, 1933 with the opening of the IND Queens Boulevard Line to Roosevelt Avenue in Queens.[8]

Station layout[edit]

Track layout
to 7 Av
Superimposed tunnels
Outer platforms over
inner platforms
(Platform levels are staggered)
Upper level
Lower level
G Street Level Exit/Entrance
Handicapped/disabled access (Elevator on north side of 49th Street west of Eighth Avenue for southbound trains only)
B1 Side platform, doors will open on the right
Northbound local "C" train toward 168th Street ("A" train toward 207th Street late nights) (59th Street)
Northbound express "A" train does not stop here
Southbound express "A" train does not stop here →
Southbound local "C" train toward Euclid Avenue ("A" train toward Far Rockaway late nights) (42nd Street–PABT)
Side platform, doors will open on the right Handicapped/disabled access
B2 Side platform, doors will open on the right
Northbound QBL "E" train toward Jamaica Center (Seventh Avenue)
Southbound QBL "E" train toward World Trade Center (42nd Street–PABT)
Side platform, doors will open on the right Handicapped/disabled access
Escalator from the lower level southbound platform
Street stair

This bi-level station has six tracks and four side platforms in total. The upper level is located on the Eighth Avenue Line and is fed by Eighth Avenue local trains from Central Park West and has four tracks and two side platforms. The center express tracks carry Eighth Avenue express trains during the day, and do not have any platforms.[9] Fare control is at platform level.

The lower level is on the Queens Boulevard Line has two tracks and two side platforms, separated by a curtain wall for the majority of the station. At the northern end of the station, the curtain wall is not present and the two side platforms are in full view of each other. The northbound track of the lower level is fed by the northbound local and express tracks at 42nd Street. In the southbound direction, lower level trains may access either the Eighth Avenue local or express tracks; until 2003, they also had the option of running to the abandoned lower level of 42nd Street. The two levels are offset, with the upper level running from 50th to 52nd Streets and the lower from 49th to 51st Streets.[9] Neither level has crossover or crossunder between directions, although level-to-level transfer in the same direction is possible.

An untitled etched-granite piece of artwork by Matt Mulligan was installed on the downtown upper-level platform in 1989 and features neighborhood life.[10]

The station is being renovated as part of the 2010–2014 MTA Capital Program. As of an MTA study conducted in 2015, at least 37% of components were out of date.[11]


The southbound side of 50th Street has an expanded mezzanine area, with exits to West 49th and West 50th Streets; it also has two ADA-accessible elevators (one from the street to the mezzanine, the other from the mezzanine to the lower-level platform). A ramp leads from the mezzanine to the downtown upper-level platform, which is only a few steps down. This mezzanine was reconstructed during the construction of the Worldwide Plaza Complex. The downtown side has an escalator to the lower level and exits into a building façade at the northwest corner of Eighth Avenue and 49th Street. There are also two street stairs to the southwest corner of that intersection, as well as one street stair to either western corner of Eighth Avenue and 50th Street.[12]

A closed entrance to the uptown platforms at 52nd Street

In contrast to the downtown platforms, the uptown platforms lack elevators and are not ADA-accessible. Renovation, including addition of an elevator on the uptown side of the station, was planned for the 2005–2009 MTA Capital Program and was to reopen many closed stairways to the lower level; however, the elevator was not funded. There is one street stair from this platform to either eastern corner of Eighth Avenue and 50th Street; the southeast stair is located inside a building. An additional stair is located at the northeast corner of Eighth Avenue and 51st Street.[12]

There are several closed exits from the station to the street, primarily at the north end of the station. These include stairs from all four corners of Eighth Avenue and 52nd Streets. A closed exit goes from the downtown platforms to the southwest corner of 51st Street and Eighth Avenue. An additional closed exit from the uptown side is located at the southeast corner of 49th Street and Eighth Avenue.[11]


  1. ^ "List of the 28 Stations on the New Eighth Ave Line". The New York Times. September 10, 1932. p. 6.
  2. ^ "Station Developers' Information". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Retrieved June 13, 2017.
  3. ^ "NYC Subway Wireless – Active Stations". Transit Wireless Wifi. Retrieved May 18, 2016.
  4. ^ "Facts and Figures: Annual Subway Ridership 2012–2017". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. July 12, 2018. Retrieved July 12, 2018.
  5. ^ "104 STATION SITES FOR CITY'S SUBWAYS CHOSEN BY BOARD; The Layout Calls for 39 in Manhattan, 30 in Brooklyn, 25 in Queens, 10 in Bronx. CONTRACTS TO BE LET SOON Commission Hopes to Begin Work in Brooklyn, Bronx and Queens by End of Year. SYSTEMS WILL BE LINKED Express Stops Arranged to Provide Connections Between City and B.M.T. and I.R.T. Routes. Few Changes Expected. Full List of Stations. MANHATTAN. Eighth Avenue Line. PICKS 104 STATIONS FOR CITY'S SUBWAYS Sixth Avenue Line. BRONX. BROOKLYN. Brooklyn-Queens Crosstown Line. Fulton Street Line. QUEENS. Hillside Avenue Line". The New York Times. 1930-06-02. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2018-03-21.
  6. ^ "NEW SUBWAY STOP PLANNED; In 8th Av., Between 49th and 51st Streets on Queens Line". The New York Times. 1926-11-22. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2018-03-21.
  7. ^ 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" (PDF). The New York Times. Retrieved November 8, 2015.
  8. ^ * "TWO SUBWAY UNITS OPEN AT MIDNIGHT; Links in City-Owned System in Queens and Brooklyn to Have 15 Stations" (PDF). The New York Times. August 18, 1933. Retrieved November 7, 2015.
  9. ^ a b Dougherty, Peter (2006) [2002]. Tracks of the New York City Subway 2006 (3rd ed.). Dougherty. OCLC 49777633 – via Google Books.
  10. ^ "Arts & Design - NYCT Permanent Art". MTA. Retrieved November 1, 2018.
  11. ^ a b "Review of the A and C Lines" (PDF). Metropolitan Transportation Authority. December 11, 2015. Retrieved January 19, 2016.
  12. ^ a b "MTA Neighborhood Maps: Midtown West" (PDF). mta.info. Metropolitan Transportation Authority. 2015. Retrieved December 11, 2015.

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