59th Street–Columbus Circle (New York City Subway)

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59th Street–Columbus Circle
"1" train"A" train"B" train"C" train"D" train
New York City Subway rapid transit station complex
BwyWalk0505 StationColumbusCircle.jpg
Station entrance north of Columbus Circle
Station statistics
Address Intersection of West 59th Street, Eighth Avenue & Broadway
New York, NY 10023
Borough Manhattan
Locale Columbus Circle, Midtown Manhattan
Coordinates 40°46′05″N 73°58′55″W / 40.767997°N 73.981934°W / 40.767997; -73.981934Coordinates: 40°46′05″N 73°58′55″W / 40.767997°N 73.981934°W / 40.767997; -73.981934
Division A (IRT), B (IND)
Line IND Eighth Avenue Line
IRT Broadway–Seventh Avenue Line
Services       1 all times (all times)
      2 late nights (late nights)​
      A all times (all times)
      B weekdays until 11:00 p.m. (weekdays until 11:00 p.m.)
      C all except late nights (all except late nights)
      D all times (all times)
Transit connections Bus transport NYCT Bus: M5, M7, M10, M12, M20, M104
Bus transport MTA Bus: BxM2
Levels 2
Other information
Opened July 1, 1948; 69 years ago (1948-07-01)[1]
Station code 614[2]
Accessible This station is compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 ADA-accessible
Wireless service Wi-Fi and cellular service is provided at this station[3]
Traffic
Passengers (2016) 23,203,443 (station complex)[4]Decrease 0.4%
Rank 8 out of 422

59th Street–Columbus Circle is a New York City Subway station complex shared by the IRT Broadway–Seventh Avenue Line and the IND Eighth Avenue Line. It is the eighth-busiest station complex in the system.[4] It is located at Columbus Circle in Midtown Manhattan where 59th Street, Broadway and Eighth Avenue intersect, and is served by the:

  • 1, A, and D trains at all times
  • C train at all times except late nights
  • B train during weekdays until 11:00 p.m.
  • 2 train during late nights
Newly rehabilitated retail space

Station layout[edit]

G Street level Exits/entrances
B1 Mezzanine Fare control, station agent, MetroCard vending machines
Shops, to exits
Handicapped/disabled access (Elevators on NE corner of Columbus Circle and Central Park W and on SW corner of 8th Avenue and Columbus Circle)
Side platform, doors will open on the right Handicapped/disabled access
Northbound local "1" train toward Van Cortlandt Park–242nd Street ("2" train toward 241st Street late nights on weekdays / Eastchester-Dyre Avenue late nights on weekends) (66th Street–Lincoln Center)
Northbound express "2" train "3" train do not stop here
Southbound express "2" train "3" train do not stop here →
Southbound local "1" train toward South Ferry ("2" train toward Brooklyn College late nights on weekdays / South Ferry late nights on weekends) (50th Street)
Side platform, doors will open on the right Handicapped/disabled access
B2 IND Mezzanine Transfers between lines and platforms
B3 Northbound local "B" train toward Bedford Park Boulevard rush hours, 145th Street other times (72nd Street)
"C" train toward 168th Street ( "A" train toward 207th Street late nights) (72nd Street)
Island platform, doors will open on the left for local trains, right for express trains Handicapped/disabled access
Northbound express "A" train toward 207th Street (125th Street)
"D" train toward Norwood–205th Street (125th Street)
Island platform, not in service, used as passageway between IRT Broadway–Seventh Avenue Line platforms
Southbound express "A" train toward Lefferts Boulevard or Far Rockaway all except nights, Rockaway Park PM rush hours (42nd Street–Port Authority Bus Terminal)
"D" train toward Coney Island–Stillwell Avenue (Seventh Avenue)
Island platform, doors will open on the left for local trains, right for express trains Handicapped/disabled access
Southbound local "B" train toward Brighton Beach (Seventh Avenue)
"C" train toward Euclid Avenue ("A" train toward Far Rockaway late nights) (50th Street)


Entrances and exits[edit]

This station complex has many entrances/exits from the streets. The one at the north end of Columbus Circle leads to the Trump International Hotel and Tower. It has a double wide staircase going down to an intermediate level before another double-wide staircase goes down to fare control, where a now unused token booth and turnstile bank lead to the IND mezzanine as well as the north end of the northbound IRT platform. There is also one elevator from the back of the staircase that goes down to fare control.[5]

Two staircases from the northwest corner of Broadway and West 60th Street go down to an unstaffed fare control area, where three full height turnstiles and a short staircase provide direct access to the north end of the southbound IRT platform. Another staircase at the southern island of the aforementioned intersection go down to a bank of turnstiles leading to the center of the same platform.[5]

The Time Warner Center at the northwest corner of West 58th Street and Eighth Avenue has a set of elevators, escalators, and staircases going down to fare control, where a token booth and turnstile bank provide entrance/exit to the station. A single staircase goes down to each IND platform at their extreme south end while a passageway leads to the southbound IRT platform. The mezzanine also has a staircase going up to the northeast corner of West 58th Street and Eighth Avenue. There is a passageway leading to another staircase that goes up to the northwest corner of West 57th Street and Eighth Avenue. This staircase is built within the Hearst Tower.[5]

The south end of the northbound IRT platform has a same-level unstaffed fare control area containing full height turnstiles and two staircases going up to the south corners of West 59th Street and Broadway.[5]

There is a closed exit from the IND platforms at 61st Street and Central Park West.[6]

IRT Broadway–Seventh Avenue Line platforms[edit]

59th Street–Columbus Circle
"1" train
New York City Subway rapid transit station
Columbus Circle IRT 004.JPG
Uptown platform
Station statistics
Division A (IRT)
Line IRT Broadway–Seventh Avenue Line
Services       1 all times (all times)
      2 late nights (late nights)
Structure Underground
Platforms 2 side platforms
Tracks 4
Other information
Opened October 27, 1904; 113 years ago (1904-10-27)[7]
Station code 315[2]
Accessible This station is compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 ADA-accessible
Wireless service Wi-Fi and cellular service is provided at this station[3]
Station succession
Next north 66th Street–Lincoln Center: 1 all times2 late nights
Next south 50th Street: 1 all times2 late nights


Next adjacent station compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 north 66th Street–Lincoln Center: 1 all times2 late nights
Next adjacent station compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 south Times Square–42nd Street: 1 all times2 late nights

59th Street – Columbus Circle (IRT)
MPS New York City Subway System MPS
NRHP reference # 04001015[8]
Added to NRHP September 17, 2004
Track layout

59th Street–Columbus Circle on the IRT Broadway–Seventh Avenue Line, opened on October 27, 1904, has four tracks and two side platforms.

Despite being a major transfer point to the IND Eighth Avenue Line, the station was constructed as a local stop prior to the IND's construction in 1932. At one point, the New York City Transit Authority considered converting the station to an express stop by rerouting the local tracks to the outside of the platforms.[9] This would have coincided with 72nd Street becoming a local stop by fencing off or walling up the express side of the island platforms there. The conversion of the station to an express station was planned to serve the under construction New York Coliseum.[9]

When the station opened, there was an underpass between the downtown and uptown platforms. In the 1970s, it was closed and the staircase entrances covered over. Today, passengers use the IND mezzanine and platforms to transfer between directions. Both platforms have two fare controls which are on the same level, one of which connects to the mezzanine leading to the IND platforms.

Image gallery[edit]

IND Eighth Avenue Line platforms[edit]

59th Street–Columbus Circle
"A" train"B" train"C" train"D" train
New York City Subway rapid transit station
59th Street - Columbus Circle Platform.JPG
Station statistics
Division B (IND)
Line       IND Eighth Avenue Line
Services       A all times (all times)
      B weekdays until 11:00 p.m. (weekdays until 11:00 p.m.)
      C all except late nights (all except late nights)
      D all times (all times)
Structure Underground
Platforms 3 island platforms (2 in service)
cross-platform interchange
Tracks 4
Other information
Opened September 10, 1932; 85 years ago (1932-09-10)[10]
Station code 161[2]
Accessible This station is compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 ADA-accessible
Wireless service Wi-Fi and cellular service is provided at this station[3]
Station succession
Next north 125th Street (express): A all except late nightsD all times
72nd Street (local): A late nightsB weekdays until 11:00 p.m.C all except late nights
Next south Seventh Avenue (6th): B weekdays until 11:00 p.m.D all times
50th Street (8th local): A late nightsC all except late nights
42nd Street–Port Authority Bus Terminal (8th express): A all except late nights


Next adjacent station compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 north 125th Street: A all timesB weekdays until 11:00 p.m.C all except late nightsD all times
Next adjacent station compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 south 50th Street (via 8th local): A late nightsC all except late nights (southbound only)
47th–50th Streets–Rockefeller Center (via 6th): B weekdays until 11:00 p.m.D all times
42nd Street–Port Authority Bus Terminal (via 8th express): A all except late nights
Track layout

59th Street–Columbus Circle on the IND Eighth Avenue Line, which opened on September 10, 1932, is a large express station. There are four tracks and three island platforms with the outer two in revenue service.

South of the station, trains can either continue on Eighth Avenue or diverge east to the Seventh Avenue station via the IND Sixth Avenue Line. North of the station are crossovers in both directions, and the northbound tracks cross over the southbound tracks to form a two-level configuration to 103rd Street.

The next express station to the north, 125th Street, is 3.35 miles (5.391 km) away with seven local stations in between. This is the longest distance between two express stops in the system.

Passageway between the two IRT Broadway–Seventh Avenue Line platforms via the center IND platform.
The unused center platform during renovation

The center platform was first used in passenger service in 1959, but was originally built along with the other platforms. It served the purpose of a Spanish solution, allowing passengers to exit both sides of subway cars as the express trains would open the doors on both sides. Newer subway cars' door controls made it more difficult to open doors on both sides of the train simultaneously; thus this solution became impractical and the platform was closed on November 8, 1973. In 2007–2010, it was converted to a crossunder between the IRT side platforms. Large metal fences have been erected to keep people away from the edges.

At the middle of each open platform, there are two staircases and one elevator that connect with the northbound platform of IRT Broadway–Seventh Avenue Line. There is also one staircase from each platform at the north end leading to the same area. A single staircase at the extreme south end connects to the southbound IRT platform. There are two newsstands, one each at the center of both platforms.

This station formerly had a 1992 artwork called Hello Columbus, made by various New York City artists and public school students. Sol LeWitt created tile work on the stairway from the platforms to the uptown 1 train entitled "Whirls and Twirls", installed in 2009.[6] Currently, large white "59"s are placed over the blue stripes–similar to the "42"s at 42nd Street–Port Authority.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ New York Times, Transfer Points Under Higher Fare, June 30, 1948, page 19
  2. ^ a b c "Station Developers' Information". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Retrieved June 13, 2017. 
  3. ^ a b c "NYC Subway Wireless – Active Stations". Transit Wireless Wifi. Retrieved 2016-05-18.
  4. ^ a b "Facts and Figures: Annual Subway Ridership 2011–2016". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. May 31, 2017. Retrieved June 1, 2017. 
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "MTA Neighborhood Maps: Midtown West" (PDF). mta.info. Metropolitan Transportation Authority. 2015. Retrieved December 11, 2015. 
  6. ^ a b "Review of the A and C Lines" (PDF). Metropolitan Transportation Authority. December 11, 2015. Retrieved 19 January 2016. 
  7. ^ New York Times, Our Subway Open: 150,000 Try It, October 28, 1904
  8. ^ "NPS Focus". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. Retrieved November 6, 2011. 
  9. ^ a b Authority, New York City Transit (1953). Report. 
  10. ^ New York Times, List of the 28 Stations on the New Eighth Ave Line, September 10, 1932, page 6

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