Third Avenue (BMT Canarsie Line)

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Third Avenue
New York City Subway rapid transit station
Third Avenue (BMT Canarsie Line) station.jpg
Third Avenue station with an L train receding down the line
Station statistics
Address Third Avenue & East 14th Street
New York, NY 10003
Borough Manhattan
Locale East Village, Gramercy
Coordinates 40°44′00″N 73°59′14″W / 40.733243°N 73.987212°W / 40.733243; -73.987212Coordinates: 40°44′00″N 73°59′14″W / 40.733243°N 73.987212°W / 40.733243; -73.987212
Division B (BMT)
Line       BMT Canarsie Line
Services       L all times (all times)
Transit connections Bus transport NYCT Bus: M14A, M14D, M101, M102, M103
Structure Underground
Platforms 2 side platforms
Tracks 2
Other information
Opened June 30, 1924; 92 years ago (1924-06-30)
Wireless service Wi-Fi and cellular service is provided at this station[1]
Passengers (2015) 2,386,533[2]Decrease 3.5%
Rank 206 out of 425
Station succession
Next north Union Square: L all times
Next south First Avenue: L all times

Third Avenue is a station on the BMT Canarsie Line of the New York City Subway. Located at the intersection of Third Avenue and East 14th Street in Gramercy and East Village, Manhattan, it is served by the L train at all times.

Station layout[edit]

Track layout
to Union Sq
to 1 Av
Entrance to the station
G Street Level Exit/ Entrance
Platform level
Side platform, doors will open on the right
Northbound NYCS-bull-trans-L.svg toward Eighth Avenue (Union Square)
Southbound NYCS-bull-trans-L.svg toward Canarsie–Rockaway Parkway (First Avenue)
Side platform, doors will open on the right

This station opened on June 30, 1924, as part of the 14th Street–Eastern Line, which ran from Sixth Avenue under the East River and through Williamsburg to Montrose Avenue and Bushwick Avenues.[3][4]

This station has two side platforms and two tracks. West of the station there is a double crossover.[5] The platforms are column-less and have the standard BMT style trim-line and name tablets. The former contains "3" tablets in standard intervals while the latter consists of "THIRD AVE" in Times New Roman font.

There are also directions signs to the station's only entrances/exits saying "TO STREET" in the same style as the name tablets. Each platform has its own same-level fare control at the extreme west (railroad north) end. As a result, there is no free transfer between directions. This station is identical to the next one east (railroad south), First Avenue except that the fare control areas there are at a small mezzanine above the platforms.

A transfer station is planned to the 14th Street station of the Second Avenue Subway, as part of Phase 3 of construction from 55th Street to Houston Street.[6]


Each platform-level fare control area has a bank of turnstiles, token booth, and two street stairs apiece—one to the east side of Third Avenue and East 14th Street, the other to East 14th Street just east of Third Avenue. The stairs on the Eighth Avenue-bound side lead to the northeast corner while the ones on the Brooklyn-bound side lead to the southeast corner.[7]


  1. ^ "NYC Subway Wireless – Active Stations". Transit Wireless Wifi. Retrieved 2016-05-18.
  2. ^ "Facts and Figures: Annual Subway Ridership". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Retrieved 2016-04-19. 
  3. ^ "Subway Tunnel Through". The New York Times. August 8, 1919. Retrieved February 28, 2010. 
  4. ^ "Celebrate Opening of Subway Link". The New York Times. July 1, 1924. Retrieved February 13, 2010. 
  5. ^ Marrero, Robert (2017-01-01). "472 Stations, 850 Miles" (PDF). B24 Blog, via Dropbox. Retrieved 2015-10-09. 
  6. ^ "Figure 2-1 New York City Subway Service with Second Avenue Subway Line" (PDF). Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Retrieved June 5, 2016. 
  7. ^ "MTA Neighborhood Maps: East Village" (PDF). Metropolitan Transportation Authority. 2015. Retrieved August 6, 2015. 

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