A (New York City Subway service)
The A Eighth Avenue Express is a rapid transit service in the B Division of the New York City Subway. Its route emblem, or "bullet", is colored blue since it uses the IND Eighth Avenue Line in Manhattan.
The A operates at all times. Daytime service operates between 207th Street in Inwood, Manhattan and Mott Avenue in Far Rockaway, Queens, or Lefferts Boulevard in Richmond Hill, Queens, making express stops in Manhattan and Brooklyn and local stops in Queens; limited rush hour service originates and terminates at Beach 116th Street[a] in Rockaway Park, Queens instead of Far Rockaway or Lefferts Boulevard. Late night service operates only between 207th Street and Far Rockaway, making local stops along its entire route; during this time, a shuttle train (the Lefferts Boulevard Shuttle) operates between Euclid Avenue and Lefferts Boulevard.[b]
The A provides the longest one-seat ride in the system, at 32.39 miles (52.13 km) between Inwood and Far Rockaway and has a weekday ridership of 600,000.
The A and AA were the first services on the IND Eighth Avenue Line when it opened on September 10, 1932. The Independent Subway System (IND) used single letters to refer to express services and double letters for local services. The A ran express between 207th Street and Chambers Street/World Trade Center, and the AA ran local between 168th Street and Chambers St/World Trade Center, known at the time as Hudson Terminal. The AA used a pink bullet. During late nights and Sundays, the A did not run and the AA made all stops along the line.
The A was extended to Jay Street–Borough Hall on February 1, 1933, when the Cranberry Street Tunnel to Brooklyn opened; an extension to Bergen Street opened on March 20, and to Church Avenue on October 7.
On April 9, 1936, the IND Fulton Street Line was opened to Rockaway Avenue. The 1936 completion played an integral part in the establishment of Bedford-Stuyvesant as Brooklyn's central African American community. The A train connected Harlem, Manhattan's central African American community to areas of Bedford-Stuyvesant that provided residential opportunities for African Americans not found throughout the rest of New York City.
On April 29, 1956, Grant Avenue was opened, and the line was extended over the BMT Fulton Street Line to Lefferts Boulevard. Weekdays except midnights, alternate trains terminated at Lefferts Boulevard and at Euclid Avenue. During weekends, they terminated at Euclid Avenue with a shuttle to Lefferts Boulevard.
Two months later, on June 28, 1956, the former Long Island Rail Road Rockaway Line was rebuilt to subway specifications, and service began to Rockaway Park and Wavecrest (Beach 25th Street). At this time, rush hour express service on the Fulton Street Line with the E train began.
On September 16, 1956, the A was extended to the Rockaways replacing the E. At the time, alternate trains continued running to Lefferts Boulevard. On January 27, 1957, non-rush hour through service to the Rockaways was discontinued and was replaced by a shuttle running between Euclid Avenue and Wavecrest (now Beach 25th Street). Non-rush hour A train service is now to Lefferts Boulevard. This may also be the time that the E replaced the A again in the Rockaways.
On January 16, 1958, a new terminal was created at Far Rockaway–Mott Avenue, and the through connection to the Long Island Rail Road's Far Rockaway station was severed. On September 8, 1958, the A train replaced the E train in the Rockaways again. "Round-robin" service from Euclid Avenue to both Rockaway terminals began, non-rush hours, while through A service runs to Lefferts Boulevard. In September 1959, the A begins to run local in Brooklyn at all times, as the E becomes express in Brooklyn.
In 1963, the E train was extended to the Rockaways, and the A train ran local to Euclid Avenue or Lefferts Boulevard at all times. (HH shuttle service from Euclid Avenue provided all service to the Rockaways).
On January 2, 1973, the A train became the express service along Fulton Street and the E train became the local during rush hours. Finally, in 1976, the C became the Fulton Street Local during rush hours.
On August 27, 1977, the A began making local stops in Manhattan during late nights, when the AA was not running.
On December 11, 1988, A trains began running local between 145th Street and 168th Street on weekends to replace the discontinued K service and express on the IND Fulton Street Line in Brooklyn during middays and rush hours with the C providing local service during those times.
On September 30, 1990, A trains began operating local between 145th Street and 168th Street during weekday evenings.. In April 1995, C service was extended to 168th Street on weekends, allowing A service to run express between 168th and 145th Streets during those times.
Until 1993, the A train ran to Lefferts Boulevard during late nights while the Far Rockaway section was served by a shuttle to Euclid Avenue. In 1993, this pattern was switched, with late-night A service running to Far Rockaway. Since then an A shuttle provided service from Euclid Avenue to Lefferts Boulevard during late nights. A few years later, special A service began running from Rockaway Park to Dyckman Street (Inwood–207th Street in the future) during the morning rush and from 168th Street (fifth trip from Dyckman Street) to Rockaway Park during the evening rush. In 1999, the A became the express on the Fulton Street Line at all times except late nights after all C service was moved from World Trade Center to Euclid Avenue.
On January 23, 2005, a fire at the Chambers Street signal room crippled A and C service. Initial assessments suggested that it would take several years to restore normal service, but the damaged equipment was replaced with available spare parts, and normal service resumed on April 21.
A service was affected by Hurricane Sandy in October 2012 due to extreme damage to the IND Rockaway Line. Trains that normally traveled to Far Rockaway or Rockaway Park terminated at Howard Beach–JFK Airport. Service to the Rockaways resumed on May 30, 2013. The Far Rockaway part of the route was served by the temporary free H shuttle that ran between Far Rockaway and Beach 90th Street via the connecting track at Hammels Wye.
In popular culture
"Take the 'A' Train" is a jazz standard by Billy Strayhorn, referring to the A train, going at that time from eastern Brooklyn up into Harlem and northern Manhattan, using the express tracks in Manhattan. It became the signature tune of Duke Ellington and often opened the shows of Ella Fitzgerald. Part of the significance of this is sociological; it connected Harlem and Bedford-Stuyvesant, the two largest black neighborhoods in New York City.
|IND Eighth Avenue Line (full line)||Inwood–207th Street||168th Street||all|
|163rd Street–Amsterdam Avenue||Canal Street||express|
|Chambers Street||High Street||all|
|IND Fulton Street Line (full line)||Jay Street–MetroTech||Shepherd Avenue||express|
|Grant Avenue||Rockaway Boulevard||local|
|104th Street||Ozone Park–Lefferts Boulevard|
|IND Rockaway Line (full line)||Aqueduct Racetrack||Howard Beach–JFK Airport|
|Beach 67th Street||Far Rockaway–Mott Avenue|
|Beach 90th Street||Rockaway Park–Beach 116th Street|
For a more detailed station listing, see the articles on the lines listed above.
For clarity, the A's branches are shown separately in the following table. The leftmost column shows the Lefferts Boulevard service; the second column shows the Far Rockaway service; and the third column shows the Rockaway Park service.
|Station service legend|
|Stops all times|
|Stops all times except late nights|
|Stops late nights only|
|Stops weekdays only|
|Stops rush hours only (limited service)|
|Stops rush hours/weekdays in the peak direction only|
|Time period details|
|Station is compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act|
|↑||Station is compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act
in the indicated direction only
|Elevator access to mezzanine only|
|Stations||Subway transfers||Connections/Other Notes|
|Eighth Avenue Line|
|↑[d]||Inwood–207th Street||Bx12 Select Bus Service
All northbound a.m. rush hour trains from Rockaway Park terminate at this station
|Dyckman Street||Some peak-direction rush hour trips to/from Brooklyn and Queens begin or end their runs at this station[e]|
|175th Street||George Washington Bridge Bus Terminal|
1 (IRT Broadway–Seventh Avenue Line)
|Some peak-direction rush hour trips to Brooklyn and Queens begin or end their runs at this station[e]|
|163rd Street–Amsterdam Avenue|
B D (IND Concourse Line)
|125th Street||C B D||M60 Select Bus Service to LaGuardia Airport|
|Cathedral Parkway–110th Street|
|86th Street||M86 Select Bus Service|
|81st Street–Museum of Natural History||M79 Select Bus Service|
|59th Street–Columbus Circle||C B D
1 2 (IRT Broadway–Seventh Avenue Line)
|50th Street||↓||E (IND Queens Boulevard Line)||Station is ADA-accessible in the southbound direction only.|
|42nd Street–Port Authority Bus Terminal||C E
1 2 3 (IRT Broadway–Seventh Avenue Line)
7 <7> (IRT Flushing Line)
N Q R W (BMT Broadway Line)
S (42nd Street Shuttle)
at Times Square–42nd Street
|Port Authority Bus Terminal
M34A Select Bus Service
|34th Street–Penn Station||C E||M34 / M34A Select Bus Service
Amtrak, LIRR, NJ Transit at Pennsylvania Station
|23rd Street||E||M23 Select Bus Service|
|14th Street||C E
L (BMT Canarsie Line)
|West Fourth Street–Washington Square||C E
B D F M (IND Sixth Avenue Line)
|PATH at Ninth Street|
|Canal Street||C E|
|Chambers Street||C E
2 3 (IRT Broadway–Seventh Avenue Line at Park Place)
|PATH at World Trade Center|
2 3 (IRT Broadway–Seventh Avenue Line)
4 5 (IRT Lexington Avenue Line)
J Z (BMT Nassau Street Line)
Connection to N R W (BMT Broadway Line) at Cortlandt Street via Dey Street Passageway
|Fulton Street Line|
|Jay Street–MetroTech||C F
N R W (BMT Fourth Avenue Line)
G (IND Crosstown Line)
|Franklin Avenue||S (BMT Franklin Avenue Line)|
|Nostrand Avenue||C||B44 Select Bus Service, LIRR Atlantic Branch at Nostrand Avenue|
|Kingston–Throop Avenues||B15 bus to JFK Airport|
|Utica Avenue||C||B46 Select Bus Service|
J M Z (BMT Jamaica Line)
L (BMT Canarsie Line)
|Van Siclen Avenue|
|Euclid Avenue||C||Northern terminal for the late night Lefferts Boulevard Shuttle|
|Services to Lefferts Boulevard and The Rockaways split|
|Ozone Park–Lefferts Boulevard||Q10 bus to JFK Airport|
|N/A||↑||↑||Aqueduct Racetrack||↑||Station serves northbound trains only|
|Aqueduct–North Conduit Avenue|
|Howard Beach–JFK Airport||AirTrain JFK|
|Broad Channel||S (Rockaway Park Shuttle)|
|Services to Far Rockaway and Rockaway Park split|
|Far Rockaway Branch|
|N/A||N/A||Beach 67th Street|
|Beach 60th Street|
|Beach 44th Street|
|Beach 36th Street|
|Beach 25th Street|
|Far Rockaway–Mott Avenue||LIRR Far Rockaway Branch at Far Rockaway|
|Rockaway Park Branch (rush hour service only)|
|N/A||N/A||Beach 90th Street||S (Rockaway Park Shuttle)|
|Beach 98th Street||S (Rockaway Park Shuttle)|
|Beach 105th Street||S (Rockaway Park Shuttle)|
|Rockaway Park–Beach 116th Street||S (Rockaway Park Shuttle)|
- Limited rush hour service to Brooklyn and Manhattan originates at Rockaway Park during a.m. rush hours; service from Manhattan and Brooklyn terminates at Rockaway Park during p.m. rush hours.
- The separate shuttle service is identified on the late night map as , and in the schedule and on trains as .
- There are several local A trains each late evening and early mornings which travel to and from Lefferts Boulevard. One shuttle from Euclid Avenue to Far Rockaway runs on weekday mornings.
- Northbound trains from Rockaway Park end at 207th Street, but southbound trains to Rockaway Park begin at either Dyckman or 168th Streets
- Trains terminate at this station during the a.m. rush and originate at this station during the p.m. rush
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