Spring Street (IND Eighth Avenue Line)

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Spring Street
NYCS-bull-trans-A.svg NYCS-bull-trans-C.svg NYCS-bull-trans-E.svg
New York City Subway rapid transit station
Spring Street - 8th Avenue Platform.jpg
Station statistics
Address Spring Street & Sixth Avenue
New York, NY 10013
Borough Manhattan
Locale Hudson Square, SoHo
Coordinates 40°43′32″N 74°00′15″W / 40.725503°N 74.004035°W / 40.725503; -74.004035Coordinates: 40°43′32″N 74°00′15″W / 40.725503°N 74.004035°W / 40.725503; -74.004035
Division B (IND)
Line       IND Eighth Avenue Line
Services       A late nights (late nights)
      C all except late nights (all except late nights)
      E all times (all times)
Transit connections Bus transport NYCT Bus: M5, M21, X27, X28
Structure Underground
Platforms 2 side platforms
Tracks 4
Other information
Opened September 10, 1932; 84 years ago (September 10, 1932)[1]
Wireless service Wi-Fi[2]
Passengers (2015) 3,782,314[3]Decrease 4.6%
Rank 133 out of 422
Station succession
Next north West Fourth Street – Washington Square: A late nights C all except late nights E all times
Next south Canal Street: A late nights C all except late nights E all times
Northbound entrance

Spring Street is a local station on the IND Eighth Avenue Line of the New York City Subway. Located at Spring Street and Sixth Avenue in the Hudson Square and SoHo neighborhoods of lower Manhattan, it is served by the C and E trains, the former of which is replaced by the A train during late nights.


Track layout
to W 4 St
to Canal St

Spring Street opened on September 10, 1932, as part of the original operating segment of the Independent Subway System (IND) from Chambers Street to Inwood – 207th Street.[1][4] Extensions southward in 1933 and 1936 brought direct access to Brooklyn on the IND Fulton Street Line, while service from Spring Street to Queens became possible with the opening of the IND Queens Boulevard Line in August 1933 to Jackson Heights.[5]

The station is planned to be renovated as part of the 2010–2014 MTA Capital Program. An MTA study conducted in 2014 found that 31% of station components were out of date.[6]

Station layout[edit]

G Street Level Exit/Entrance
Platform level
Side platform, doors will open on the right
Northbound local NYCS-bull-trans-C.svg toward 168th Street (NYCS-bull-trans-A.svg toward 207th Street late nights) (West Fourth Street – Washington Square)
NYCS-bull-trans-E.svg toward Jamaica Center – Parsons/Archer (West Fourth Street – Washington Square)
Northbound express NYCS-bull-trans-A.svg does not stop here
Southbound express NYCS-bull-trans-A.svg does not stop here →
Southbound local NYCS-bull-trans-C.svg toward Euclid Avenue (NYCS-bull-trans-A.svg toward Far Rockaway late nights) (Canal Street)
NYCS-bull-trans-E.svg toward World Trade Center (Canal Street)
Side platform, doors will open on the right
B2 - Crossunder between platforms
Station identification mosaic

Like most local subway stations, Spring Street has two side platforms and four tracks. The two center express tracks are used by the A train during daytime hours. A crossunder just within fare control allows a free transfer between directions.

All fare control areas are at platform level. The station's main ones are at the south end of the platform. Each contains banks of regular and HEET turnstiles, a token booth, and a single staircase going up to Spring Street and Sixth Avenue. The one on the northbound side is built inside a school building and leads to the northeast corner while the one on the southbound side leads to the northwest corner. The southbound platform has an un-staffed HEET entrance that has a single staircase going up to the southwest corner of Vandam Street and Sixth Avenue. There are also closed fare control areas at the north end of the station, which led to all four corners of the intersection of Prince Street/Charlton Street and Sixth Avenue.[6]

Wall tiling suggests that fare controls and a crossunder have been removed from the north end of the station. The platforms have a blue trim line on a dark blue border (ultramarine blue and cobalt blue, with replacement tiles at the north end that are ultramarine blue and navy blue).[7] The name tablets consist of "SPRING ST" in white sans-serif font on a dark blue background with a lighter blue border. Beneath the trim line and name tablets are "SPRING" and directional signs in white lettering on a black border tiled onto the walls. Blue I-beam columns run along the entire length of both platforms, with every other one having the standard black and white station signs.


Mosaic depicting the 14th Street – Union Square station's platform at the entrance to Spring Street station

In December 1984, artist Chilean Alfredo Jaar rented all the ad space in the station for the month,and put up an installation he called "Rushes," which showed 81 photos he had taken of poor Brazilian workers digging in Serra Pelada, a government-run gold mine. Scattered amongst them were signs giving world oil prices.[8][9][10]

The 1994 artwork installed at the stairway of the northbound platform's fare control is a large, lively mosaic called New York City Subway Station by Edith Kramer.[11] It consists of a single painting depicting 14th Street – Union Square on the IRT Lexington Avenue Line.[11]


  1. ^ a b New York Times, List of the 28 Stations on the New Eighth Ave Line, September 10, 1932, page 6
  2. ^ "NYC Subway Wireless – Active Stations". Transit Wireless Wifi. Retrieved 2016-05-18.
  3. ^ "Facts and Figures: Annual Subway Ridership". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Retrieved 2016-04-18. 
  4. ^ 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". New York Times. Retrieved 8 November 2015. 
  5. ^ "C Train". Stationreporter.net. Retrieved February 15, 2013. 
  6. ^ a b "Review of the A and C Lines" (PDF). Metropolitan Transportation Authority. December 11, 2015. Retrieved 19 January 2016. 
  7. ^ "IND Station Tile Colors". www.nycsubway.org. Retrieved February 15, 2013. 
  8. ^ Michael W. Brooks. Subway City: Riding the Trains, Reading New York. Retrieved February 14, 2013. 
  9. ^ Tracy Fitzpatrick (May 30, 2009). Art and the Subway: New York Underground. Retrieved February 14, 2013. 
  10. ^ "IN THE SUBWAYS; A Little Digging Yields Clues to the Revolution". Retrieved February 15, 2013. 
  11. ^ a b "subway station art". Ephemeral New York. Retrieved February 15, 2013. 

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