5 (New York City Subway service)

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"5" train symbol
Lexington Avenue Express
R142 5 train approaches Morris Park.jpg
Flatbush Avenue-bound 5 train of R142s at Morris Park
Map of the "5" train
Note: Dark dashed line indicates weekday rush hour service to Nereid Avenue and weekday service to Flatbush Avenue–Brooklyn College. Dashed pink line shows limited rush hour service to Utica Avenue or New Lots Avenue
Northern end
Southern end
Stations 45
53 (limited services)
Rolling stock 350 to 360 R142s (35 to 36 trains)[1]
Depot East 180th Street Yard
Started service October 27, 1904; 113 years ago (1904-10-27)
Route map

"2" train to Wakefield via White Plains
Down arrow  5  (limited rush)
Nereid Avenue
233rd Street
225th Street
219th Street
Gun Hill Road
Burke Avenue
Allerton Avenue
Pelham Parkway
Bronx Park East
Down arrow  5 
Eastchester–Dyre Avenue
Baychester Avenue
Gun Hill Road
Pelham Parkway
Morris Park
Up arrow  5 
(nights)
East 180th Street
West Farms Square–East Tremont Avenue
174th Street
Freeman Street
Simpson Street
Intervale Avenue
Prospect Avenue
Jackson Avenue
3rd Avenue–149th Street
149th Street–Grand Concourse
138th Street–Grand Concourse
The Bronx
Manhattan
125th Street
bypassed local section
86th Street
bypassed local section
68th Street–Hunter College
59th Street
bypassed local section
Grand Central–42nd Street
bypassed local section
28th Street (Handicapped/disabled access southbound)
14th Street–Union Square
bypassed local section
Brooklyn Bridge–City Hall
Up arrow  6   <6> 
Fulton Street
Wall Street
Bowling Green
Up arrow  5 
(evenings & weekends)
South Ferry Up arrow  1  ( 1  weekends)
Borough Hall
Handicapped/disabled access
northbound only
for 4 and ​5 services
bypassed local section
Nevins Street
Atlantic Avenue–Barclays Center
bypassed local section
Grand Army Plaza
Eastern Parkway–Brooklyn Museum
Franklin Avenue
Nostrand Avenue
Kingston Avenue
Crown Heights–Utica Avenue
Up arrow  4  ( 5  limited)
Sutter Avenue–Rutland Road
Saratoga Avenue
Rockaway Avenue
Junius Street
Pennsylvania Avenue
Van Siclen Avenue
New Lots Avenue
Up arrow  3  ( 2  ​​ 4  5  limited)
President Street
Sterling Street
Winthrop Street
Church Avenue
Beverly Road
Newkirk Avenue
Brooklyn College–Flatbush Avenue
Up arrow  2 
( 5  weekdays)
Legend

Lines used by the "5" train
Other services sharing tracks with the "5" train
Unused lines, connections, or service patterns
 5 
Termini of services

Cross-platform interchange

Platforms on different levels

The 5 Lexington Avenue Express[2] 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.[3]

The 5 operates at all times. Weekday rush hour and midday service operates between Dyre Avenue in Eastchester, Bronx and Flatbush Avenue–Brooklyn College in Midwood, Brooklyn, making local stops in the Bronx and express stops in Manhattan and Brooklyn; during rush hours in the peak direction, 5 trains operate express in the Bronx between East 180th Street and Third Avenue–149th Street; limited peak-direction rush hour service originates and terminates at Nereid Avenue.[a] in the Bronx instead of Dyre Avenue, as well as either at Utica[b] or New Lots Avenues[c] in Brooklyn instead of Flatbush Avenue. The 5 short turns at Bowling Green in Financial District, Manhattan during weekday evenings and weekends, and operates as a shuttle between Dyre Avenue and East 180th Street during late nights.

Historically, 5 trains have run to Crown Heights–Utica Avenue or New Lots Avenue. Since 1983, most trains run only to Bowling Green or Flatbush Avenue, although some rush-hour trains still run to Utica or New Lots Avenues.

Service history[edit]

The section from East 180th Street to Dyre Avenue was once part of the mainline of the New York, Westchester and Boston Railway, a standard gauge electric commuter railroad built by the New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad. Upon its closure in 1937, the entire property was put up for sale.

Rush hour service was designated with a diamond bullet until May 27, 2005.

Beginning on April 28, 1930, Saturday 5 service to Crown Heights–Utica Avenue began.

As of 1934, trains normally ran from Wakefield–241st Street or East 180th Street to Atlantic Avenue–Barclays Center. During weekday rush hours and weekend afternoons they were extended to Utica Avenue.[4] Late-night service was not operated.

From July 24, 1938, to September 18, 1938, there was Sunday daytime 5 service to New Lots Avenue. Beginning on July 10, 1939, Sunday afternoon 5 service to New Lots began.[4]

On December 22, 1946, alternate Sunday morning 5 service to New Lots began.[4] However, on March 5, 1950, 5 service was cut back to Utica Avenue all day on Sundays.[4]

Express service on the IRT White Plains Road Line began on April 23, 1953 with alternate 5 trains using the middle track between East 180th Street and 149th Street during the weekday rush in the peak direction.[5] Starting on October 2, 1953, 5 Thru-Expreses began running express between East 180th Street and Gun Hill Road using the middle track in order to encourage passengers who changed at Gun Hill Road for Third Avenue Elevated service to stay on subway trains.[6][7][8] From June 7, 1954 to June 16, 1958, they skipped 138th Street. On June 16, 1958, these 5 trains resumed stopping at 138th, with 4 trains skipping the station during rush hours.

Beginning on May 3, 1957, limited rush hour 5 service ran to Flatbush Avenue–Brooklyn College replacing the 4 service. Evening, Saturday afternoon, and Sunday trains were cut back to South Ferry.

Beginning on March 1, 1960, evening trains began making all stops in Manhattan.[4] Beginning on April 8, 1960, weekday evening service was discontinued, as was weekday rush service to Flatbush Avenue.[4]

This was a brochure given out to passengers by the New York City Transit Authority in anticipation of the April 18, 1965 changes in IRT service.

Starting on April 18, 1965, most daytime service was rerouted to Dyre Avenue, replacing 2 daytime service to Dyre Avenue except evenings and late nights when shuttle service served Dyre Avenue. Some weekday rush peak-direction service to 241st Street was retained, while Saturday and Sunday evening trains were cut back from 241st Street to East 180th Street. Also, Saturday morning trains were cut back from Atlantic Avenue to South Ferry.[4][9][10][11] Starting on May 3, 1965, trains to or from 241st Street began making all stops between Gun Hill Road and East 180th Street.[4]

Beginning on May 23, 1976, 5 service began starting late on Sunday mornings. As of May 24, 1976, weekday midday 5 service was cut back to Bowling Green from Atlantic Avenue.[4][12] In 1979, with the color coding of subway routes based on their trunk line in Manhattan, the 5 service's color was changed to apple green, as it goes via the Lexington Avenue Line in Manhattan.[13][14] 5 service was re-extended May 15, 1980, to Atlantic Avenue.[4] On July 10, 1983, all rush hour service ran to Flatbush Avenue, with limited service to/from Utica or New Lots Avenue.[15] Beginning on January 18, 1988, all midday 5 service was cut back to Bowling Green, to allow 4 service to operate to Utica.[4]

In 1995, rush hour service to 241st Street was cut back to Nereid Avenue. On May 27, 2005, use of the 5 diamond to indicate peak direction service to Nereid Avenue was discontinued.

On June 29, 2009, 5 trains were extended to Flatbush Avenue during midday hours.[4][16]

From March 29 to September 3, 2010, rush hour peak direction 5 express service was suspended due to rehabilitation of East 180th Street and signal replacements along the IRT White Plains Road Line. PM northbound express service was suspended again on March 28, 2011, to allow for the second phase of the signal replacement project. This time, service was restored on August 8.

Due to repairs to Hurricane Sandy-related damage in the Clark Street Tunnel, which carries the IRT Broadway–Seventh Avenue Line into Brooklyn, between June 17, 2017 and June 23, 2018, the 5 was extended to Flatbush Avenue on weekends, running local in Brooklyn. In the Bronx, the 5 ran to 241st Street instead of Dyre Avenue in place of the 2.[17][18]

Dyre Avenue Shuttle[edit]

In 1940, the City of New York purchased the New York, Westchester and Boston Railway, and began integrating the line into the system. The railroad north of the city line to White Plains and Port Chester was quickly dismantled. The section below East 180th Street to Greens Farm Junction was once used to interchange with the New Haven (and later Penn Central and Conrail) to bring subway cars and other equipment on and off the system. That section has since been removed, isolating this part of the subway from the interchange.

The East 180th Street–Dyre Avenue Shuttle or Dyre Avenue Shuttle was established as a new subway service and full-time shuttle along this section on May 15, 1941, between the former East 180th Street station of the New York, Westchester and Boston Railway and Eastchester–Dyre Avenue, which was the northernmost station on the NYW&B within New York City. Passengers had to make a walking transfer between the Dyre Avenue Line and the IRT White Plains Road Line at East 180th Street as there was no track connection between the lines.

In 1957, a flyover connection opened between the East 180th Street station of the White Plains Road Line and the Dyre Avenue Line, enabling through service by trains from the 2 route from Manhattan to Dyre Avenue. At the same time, the former NYW&B station was closed and the off-hours Dyre Avenue Shuttle rerouted to the White Plains Road Line station. These shuttles were initially labeled 2 like the full-time service but were later signed as 9, a number used decades when skip-stop service on the IRT Broadway–Seventh Avenue Line was instituted and split between the 1 and 9 services. The off-hours Dyre Avenue Shuttle still operates, but those trains are signed as 5, the same as the through service.

Route[edit]

Service pattern[edit]

The following table shows the lines used by the 5, with shaded boxes indicating the route at the specified times:[19]

Line From To Tracks Times
week­days eves &
weekends
late nights rush peak
IRT Dyre Avenue Line (full line) Eastchester–Dyre Avenue Morris Park all       Most trains
IRT White Plains Road Line Nereid Avenue Bronx Park East local N/A N/A N/A Limited service
East 180th Street all        
West Farms Square–East Tremont Avenue Jackson Avenue local    
express      
Third Avenue–149th Street 149th Street–Grand Concourse all    
IRT Jerome Avenue Line 138th Street–Grand Concourse local
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 Borough Hall Franklin Avenue express
IRT Nostrand Avenue Line (full line) President Street Flatbush Avenue–Brooklyn College all Most trains
IRT Eastern Parkway Line Franklin Avenue Crown Heights–Utica Avenue express N/A N/A N/A Limited service
IRT New Lots Line (full line) Sutter Avenue–Rutland Road New Lots Avenue all Very limited service

Stations[edit]

For a more detailed station listing, see the articles on the lines listed above.

Station service legend
Stops all times Stops all times
Stops all times except late nights Stops all times except late nights
Stops weekdays only Stops weekdays only
Stops daily except rush hours in the peak direction Stops daily except rush hours in the peak direction
Stops rush hours only Stops rush hours only
Station closed Station closed
Stops rush hours in peak direction only Stops rush hours/weekdays in the peak direction only (including limited service)
Time period details
Handicapped/disabled access Station is compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act
Handicapped/disabled access ↑ Station is compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act
in the indicated direction only
Handicapped/disabled access ↓
Aiga elevator.svg Elevator access to mezzanine only
5 service to Dyre Avenue
D.
5 service to Nereid Avenue
N.
Stations Handicapped/disabled access Subway transfers Connections
The Bronx
Dyre Avenue Line
Stops all times N/A Eastchester–Dyre Avenue
Stops all times Baychester Avenue
Stops all times Gun Hill Road/Seymour Avenue
Stops all times Pelham Parkway/Esplanade Bx12 Select Bus Service
Stops all times Morris Park
White Plains Road Line (peak-direction rush hour trips only)
N/A Stops rush hours in peak direction only Nereid Avenue 2 all times Northern terminal for most rush hour peak direction trips to/from Manhattan and Brooklyn
Stops rush hours in peak direction only 233rd Street Handicapped/disabled access 2 all times Metro-North Railroad Harlem Line at Woodlawn
Stops rush hours in peak direction only 225th Street 2 all times
Stops rush hours in peak direction only 219th Street 2 all times
Stops rush hours in peak direction only Gun Hill Road/White Plains Road Handicapped/disabled access 2 all times Bx41 Select Bus Service
Metro-North Railroad Harlem Line at Williams Bridge
Stops rush hours in peak direction only Burke Avenue 2 all times
Stops rush hours in peak direction only Allerton Avenue 2 all times
Stops rush hours in peak direction only Pelham Parkway/White Plains Road Handicapped/disabled access 2 all times Bx12 Select Bus Service
Stops rush hours in peak direction only Bronx Park East 2 all times
Stops all times Stops rush hours in peak direction only East 180th Street Handicapped/disabled access 2 all times Some southbound rush hour trips begin at this station
Some northbound a.m. rush hour trips terminate at this station
Southern terminal for late night service
Stops daily except rush hours in the peak direction West Farms Square–East Tremont Avenue 2 all times Q44 Select Bus Service
Stops daily except rush hours in the peak direction 174th Street 2 all times
Stops daily except rush hours in the peak direction Freeman Street 2 all times
Stops daily except rush hours in the peak direction Simpson Street Handicapped/disabled access 2 all times
Stops daily except rush hours in the peak direction Intervale Avenue 2 all times Bx6 Select Bus Service
Stops daily except rush hours in the peak direction Prospect Avenue 2 all times
Stops daily except rush hours in the peak direction Jackson Avenue 2 all times
Stops all times except late nights Stops rush hours in peak direction only Third Avenue–149th Street Handicapped/disabled access 2 all times Bx41 Select Bus Service
Stops all times except late nights Stops rush hours in peak direction only 149th Street–Grand Concourse 2 all times
4 all times (IRT Jerome Avenue Line)
Jerome Avenue Line
Stops all times except late nights Stops rush hours in peak direction only 138th Street–Grand Concourse 4 all except rush hours, peak direction
Manhattan
Lexington Avenue Line
Stops all times except late nights Stops rush hours in peak direction only 125th Street Handicapped/disabled access 4 all times ​​6 all times <6> weekdays until 8:45 p.m., peak direction Metro-North Railroad at Harlem–125th Street
M60 Select Bus Service to LaGuardia Airport
Stops all times except late nights Stops rush hours in peak direction only 86th Street 4 all times ​​6 all times <6> weekdays until 8:45 p.m., peak direction M86 Select Bus Service
Stops all times except late nights Stops rush hours in peak direction only 59th Street 4 all times ​​6 all times <6> weekdays until 8:45 p.m., peak direction
N all timesR all except late nightsW weekdays only (BMT Broadway Line)
Out-of-system transfer with MetroCard: F all timesN limited weekday rush hour service onlyQ all timesR one a.m. rush hour trip in the northbound direction only (63rd Street Lines at Lexington Avenue–63rd Street)
Roosevelt Island Tramway
Stops all times except late nights Stops rush hours in peak direction only Grand Central–42nd Street Handicapped/disabled access 4 all times ​​6 all times <6> weekdays until 8:45 p.m., peak direction
7 all times <7> rush hours until 9:30 p.m., peak direction​ (IRT Flushing Line)
S all except late nights (42nd Street Shuttle)
Metro-North Railroad at Grand Central Terminal
Stops all times except late nights Stops rush hours in peak direction only 14th Street–Union Square Elevator access to mezzanine only 4 all times ​​6 all times <6> weekdays until 8:45 p.m., peak direction
L all times (BMT Canarsie Line)
N all timesQ all timesR all except late nightsW weekdays only (BMT Broadway Line)
Stops all times except late nights Stops rush hours in peak direction only Brooklyn Bridge–City Hall Handicapped/disabled access 4 all times ​​6 all times <6> weekdays until 8:45 p.m., peak direction
J all timesZ rush hours, peak direction (BMT Nassau Street Line at Chambers Street)
Stops all times except late nights Stops rush hours in peak direction only Fulton Street Handicapped/disabled access 4 all times
2 all times3 all except late nights (IRT Broadway–Seventh Avenue Line)
A all timesC all except late nights (IND Eighth Avenue Line)
J all timesZ rush hours, peak direction (BMT Nassau Street Line)
Connection to N late nightsR all except late nightsW weekdays only (BMT Broadway Line) at Cortlandt Street via Dey Street Passageway
PATH at World Trade Center
Stops all times except late nights Stops rush hours in peak direction only Wall Street 4 all times
Stops all times except late nights Stops rush hours in peak direction only Bowling Green Handicapped/disabled access 4 all times Staten Island Ferry at Whitehall Terminal
Southern terminal for evening and weekend service, as well as some rush hour service
Brooklyn
Eastern Parkway Line
Stops weekdays only Stops rush hours in peak direction only Borough Hall Handicapped/disabled access ↑ 4 all times
2 all times3 all except late nights (IRT Broadway–Seventh Avenue Line)
R all timesW limited rush hour service only (BMT Fourth Avenue Line)
Station is ADA-accessible in the northbound direction only
Stops weekdays only Stops rush hours in peak direction only Nevins Street 2 all times3 all except late nights4 all times
Stops weekdays only Stops rush hours in peak direction only Atlantic Avenue–Barclays Center Handicapped/disabled access 2 all times3 all except late nights4 all times
B weekdays until 11:00 p.m.Q all times (BMT Brighton Line)
D all timesN all timesR all timesW limited rush hour service only (BMT Fourth Avenue Line)
LIRR Atlantic Branch at Atlantic Terminal
Stops weekdays only Stops rush hours in peak direction only Franklin Avenue 2 all times3 all except late nights4 all times
S all times (BMT Franklin Avenue Line)
Nostrand Avenue Line
Stops weekdays only Stops rush hours in peak direction only President Street 2 all times
Stops weekdays only Stops rush hours in peak direction only Sterling Street 2 all times B44 Select Bus Service
Stops weekdays only Stops rush hours in peak direction only Winthrop Street 2 all times B44 Select Bus Service
Stops weekdays only Stops rush hours in peak direction only Church Avenue Handicapped/disabled access 2 all times B44 Select Bus Service
Stops weekdays only Stops rush hours in peak direction only Beverly Road 2 all times
Stops weekdays only Stops rush hours in peak direction only Newkirk Avenue 2 all times B44 Select Bus Service
Stops weekdays only Stops rush hours in peak direction only Flatbush Avenue–Brooklyn College Handicapped/disabled access 2 all times B44 Select Bus Service
Eastern Parkway Line (limited rush hour service only)
Stops rush hours in the peak direction only (limited service) ↑ Nostrand Avenue 2 limited rush hour service in the peak direction3 all except late nights4 all times One rush-hour train to the Bronx stops here
Stops rush hours in the peak direction only (limited service) ↑ Kingston Avenue 2 limited rush hour service in the peak direction3 all except late nights4 all times One rush-hour train to the Bronx stops here
Stops rush hours in the peak direction only (limited service) Stops rush hours in the peak direction only (limited service) Crown Heights–Utica Avenue Handicapped/disabled access 2 limited rush hour service in the peak direction3 all except late nights4 all times B46 Select Bus Service
Southern terminal for some rush hour service
New Lots Line (limited rush hour service only)
Stops rush hours in peak direction only Stops rush hours in peak direction only Sutter Avenue–Rutland Road 2 limited rush hour service in the peak direction3 all except late nights4 late nights and limited rush hour service in the peak direction B15 bus to JFK Airport
Stops rush hours in the peak direction only (limited service) Stops rush hours in the peak direction only (limited service) Saratoga Avenue 2 limited rush hour service in the peak direction3 all except late nights4 late nights and limited rush hour service in the peak direction
Stops rush hours in peak direction only Stops rush hours in peak direction only Rockaway Avenue 2 limited rush hour service in the peak direction3 all except late nights4 late nights and limited rush hour service in the peak direction
Stops rush hours in peak direction only Stops rush hours in peak direction only Junius Street 2 limited rush hour service in the peak direction3 all except late nights4 late nights and limited rush hour service in the peak direction
Stops rush hours in peak direction only Stops rush hours in peak direction only Pennsylvania Avenue 2 limited rush hour service in the peak direction3 all except late nights4 late nights and limited rush hour service in the peak direction
Stops rush hours in peak direction only Stops rush hours in peak direction only Van Siclen Avenue 2 limited rush hour service in the peak direction3 all except late nights4 late nights and limited rush hour service in the peak direction
Stops rush hours in peak direction only Stops rush hours in peak direction only New Lots Avenue 2 limited rush hour service in the peak direction3 all except late nights4 late nights and limited rush hour service in the peak direction B15 bus to JFK Airport
Southern terminal for some northbound a.m. rush hour service

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Limited rush hour service to Manhattan and Brooklyn originates at Nereid Avenue during a.m. rush hours; service from Brooklyn and Manhattan terminates at Nereid Avenue during p.m. rush hours.
  2. ^ A handful of rush hour trains also originate and terminate at Crown Heights–Utica Avenue, operating between the Bronx and Brooklyn.
  3. ^ Limited a.m. rush hour service to Manhattan and the Bronx originates at New Lots Avenue only.

References[edit]

  1. ^ https://erausa.org/pdf/bulletin/2018-07-bulletin.pdf
  2. ^ "5 Subway Timetable, Effective June 24, 2018" (PDF). Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Retrieved June 24, 2018.
  3. ^ http://web.mta.info/developers/resources/line_colors.htm
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l "NYCT Line by Line History". www.erictb.info. Retrieved June 9, 2016.
  5. ^ "I. R. T. EXPRESS SERVICE; Rush-Hour Schedule Started on White Plains Rd. Line". The New York Times. April 24, 1953. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved October 29, 2017.
  6. ^ Egan, Leo (August 7, 1953). "TRANSIT AUTHORITY TO TIDY SUBWAYS, SPEED UP SERVICE; Fare Rise to Pay for Posture Seats and New Lights in 300 Cars, Painting of Stations NEW MEMBER JOINS BOARD Mayor, Swearing Him, Assails Dewey -- Klein Praises Casey, Promises to 'Do Share' TRANSIT AUTHORITY TO TIDY SUBWAYS". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved October 29, 2017.
  7. ^ Cunningham, Joseph; DeHart, Leonard O. (1993). A History of the New York City Subway System. J. Schmidt, R. Giglio, and K. Lang.
  8. ^ Linder, Bernard (October 1964). "Journal on the history of the 5". New York Division Bulletin. Electric Railroaders' Association.
  9. ^ "New Routes Scheduled for 2 IRT Lines in Bronx" (PDF). New York Times. March 22, 1965. Retrieved December 20, 2015.
  10. ^ "Better Subway Service for Bronx IRT Riders". Photobucket. New York City Transit Authority. April 1965. Retrieved June 9, 2016.
  11. ^ "Better Subway Service for Bronx IRT Riders". Photobucket. New York City Transit Authority. April 1965. Retrieved June 9, 2016.
  12. ^ "IRT BROOKLYN RUNS REDUCED IN MIDDAY" (PDF). Retrieved September 4, 2016.
  13. ^ "The 1979 Map: A work in progress". Second Ave. Sagas. January 20, 2011. Retrieved July 10, 2016.
  14. ^ Grynbaum, Michael M. "On the Subway, V Is for Vanished". Retrieved July 10, 2016.
  15. ^ "New IRT Schedules - Increased Service to Flatbush Avenue". New York Division Bulletin. July 1983.
  16. ^ "mta.info | Facts and Figures". web.mta.info. Retrieved June 9, 2016.
  17. ^ "Transit & Bus Committee Meeting December 2016" (PDF). mta.info. Metropolitan Transportation Authority. December 12, 2016. pp. PDF-169 to PDF-175. Archived from the original (PDF) on December 10, 2016. Retrieved December 9, 2016.
  18. ^ "Clark St Tunnel Reconstruction Weekend Service Changes". web.mta.info. Metropolitan Transportation Authority. June 8, 2017. Retrieved May 9, 2018.
  19. ^ "Subway Service Guide" (PDF). Metropolitan Transportation Authority. June 25, 2017. Retrieved July 1, 2017.

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