86th Street (IRT Lexington Avenue Line)

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 86 Street
 "4" train"5" train"6" train "6" express train
MTA NYC logo.svg New York City Subway rapid transit station
86th Street IRT 003.JPG
Local downtown platform
Station statistics
AddressEast 86th Street & Lexington Avenue
New York, NY 10028
BoroughManhattan
LocaleUpper East Side
Coordinates40°46′46″N 73°57′20″W / 40.779469°N 73.955626°W / 40.779469; -73.955626Coordinates: 40°46′46″N 73°57′20″W / 40.779469°N 73.955626°W / 40.779469; -73.955626
DivisionA (IRT)
Line      IRT Lexington Avenue Line
Services      4 all times (all times)
      5 all times except late nights (all times except late nights)
      6 all times (all times) <6> weekdays until 8:45 p.m., peak direction (weekdays until 8:45 p.m., peak direction)
Transit connectionsBus transport NYCT Bus: M86 SBS, M98, M101, M102, M103
Bus transport MTA Bus: BxM1
StructureUnderground
Levels2
Platforms4 side platforms (2 on each level)
Tracks4 (2 on each level)
Other information
OpenedJuly 17, 1918 (100 years ago) (1918-07-17)
Station code397[1]
Accessiblenot ADA-accessible; accessibility planned (Elevator under construction for uptown local platform only)
Wireless serviceWi-Fi and cellular service is provided at this station[2]
Traffic
Passengers (2017)14,277,369[3]Decrease 29.8%
Rank18 out of 425
Station succession
Next north125th Street (express): 4 all except late nights5 all except late nights
96th Street (local): 4 late nights6 all times <6> weekdays until 8:45 p.m., peak direction
Next south77th Street (local): 4 late nights6 all times <6> weekdays until 8:45 p.m., peak direction
59th Street (express): 4 all except late nights5 all except late nights

86th Street is an express station on the IRT Lexington Avenue Line of the New York City Subway. Located at the intersection of Lexington Avenue and 86th Street on the Upper East Side, it is served by the 4 and 6 trains at all times, the 5 train at all times except late nights, and the <6> during weekdays in peak direction.

History

86th Street opened on July 17, 1918 as part of an expansion of the IRT Lexington Avenue Line north of Grand Central–42nd Street.[5]

This station underwent three renovations. The first took place with the opening of a Gimbels department store directly above in the early 1970s. The renovation took place mostly in the fare control areas. The second renovation was completed by 1986 as part of a move to prevent the existing New York City Subway stations from falling apart after years of deferred maintenance; this is evidenced by the addition of the then standard orange platform edge in addition to the yellow platform edge that was originally there, as well as painting the I Beams red instead of the original blue and fixing all the other parts of the station.[6] The third renovation was completed by Fall 2004.[7] It consisted of repainting the I beams from red to dark blue, as well as the removal of train arrival devices on the upper level that gave notices of approaching express trains on the lower level, among other things; the latter were replaced with countdown clocks, on both levels, which performed the same function.[8][9]

Station layout

G Street Level Exit/Entrance
B1
Local platforms
East Mezzanine Exits/Entrances to northbound platforms
Side platform, doors will open on the right
Northbound local "6" train "6" express train toward Pelham Bay Park ("6" train toward Parkchester PM rush hours) (96th Street)
"4" train toward Woodlawn (late nights) (96th Street)
Southbound local "6" train "6" express train toward Brooklyn Bridge–City Hall ("4" train toward New Lots Avenue late nights) (77th Street)
Side platform, doors will open on the right
West Mezzanine Exits/Entrances to southbound platforms
B2
Express platforms
Side platform, doors will open on the right
Northbound express "4" train toward Woodlawn (125th Street)
"5" train toward Eastchester–Dyre Avenue except late nights or Nereid Avenue rush hours (125th Street)
Southbound express "4" train toward Crown Heights–Utica Avenue (59th Street)
"5" train toward Flatbush Avenue–Brooklyn College weekdays, Bowling Green weekends (59th Street)
Side platform, doors will open on the right
Track layout
Upper level
Lower level

This underground station has two levels. Each level has two tracks and two side platforms. The upper level serves local trains while the lower level serves express trains. There is no express service during late nights and the lower level is closed during that period.[10] Three staircases connect the levels on each side.

There are no crossovers or crossunders between the platforms, making this one of only three express stations in the system where free transfers between opposite directions are not possible (the others are Nostrand Avenue on the IND Fulton Street Line, and Bergen Street, whose lower level is closed, on the IND Culver Line). Each platform has its original Dual Contracts trim line consisting mostly of yellows and browns. Small "86" tablets in a circle run along this trim line.[11] The name tablets have "86TH STREET" in white Times New Roman font on a reddish-brown background with a light-brown inner border and green outer border.[12] Teal columns run along all four platforms at regular intervals.[13]

Name tablet
Trim line tablet

Each upper level platform has one same-level fare control area in the center. The southbound side has a turnstile bank, token booth, two staircases going up to southwest corner of East 86th Street and Lexington Avenue, and two more that are built inside a Best Buy store on the northwest corner of the same intersection.[14] The northbound fare control has an unstaffed turnstile bank and two staircases going up to the southeast corner of East 86th Street and Lexington Avenue. Two more staircases are built inside a shopping arcade that is in the basement of a former Petco store on the northeast corner of the same intersection. The building is currently occupied by other businesses.[15]

In 2016, it was announced that an elevator and widened staircase for the uptown local platform will be installed on the northeast corner of Lexington Avenue and 86th Street, replacing two narrow staircases at that location. The elevator and staircase installations are part of the construction of a luxury residential tower at 147 East 86th Street.[16][17]

The 2004 artwork here is called Happy City by Peter Sis. It consists of four different glass and etched stone mosaic murals in the shapes of huge eyes surrounded by various animals and objects. They are located at each top of the four staircases near the fare control areas that go down to the lower level express platforms.[18]

This station was added to the National Register of Historic Places on March 30, 2005.[19]

Exits

Exit location[20] Exit type Number of exits Platform served
NW corner of Lexington Avenue and 86th Street Staircase 2 Southbound
SW corner of Lexington Avenue and 86th Street Staircase 2 Southbound
NE corner of Lexington Avenue and 86th Street Staircase 1 Northbound
SE corner of Lexington Avenue and 86th Street Staircase 2 Northbound

Notable places nearby

References

  1. ^ "Station Developers' Information". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Retrieved June 13, 2017.
  2. ^ "NYC Subway Wireless – Active Stations". Transit Wireless Wifi. Retrieved May 18, 2016.
  3. ^ "Facts and Figures: Annual Subway Ridership 2012–2017". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. July 12, 2018. Retrieved July 12, 2018.
  4. ^ "NPS Focus". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. Retrieved November 6, 2011.
  5. ^ "Lexington Av. Line to be Opened Today — Subway Service to East Side of Harlem and the Bronx Expected to Relieve Congestion — Begins With Local Trains — Running of Express Trains to Await Opening of Seventh Avenue Line of H System" (PDF). The New York Times. July 17, 1918. p. 13. Retrieved November 11, 2016.
  6. ^ http://www.nycsubway.org/perl/show?65601
  7. ^ Jeremiah Cox. "86 Street (4,5,6) - The SubwayNut". subwaynut.com.
  8. ^ "Learn More about Countdown Clocks..." Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Retrieved October 31, 2011.
  9. ^ "Countdown Clocks Station List". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Retrieved October 31, 2011.
  10. ^ Dougherty, Peter (2006) [2002]. Tracks of the New York City Subway 2006 (3rd ed.). Dougherty. OCLC 49777633 – via Google Books.
  11. ^ Cox, Jeremiah (August 15, 2008). "Close-up of 86 in the trimline". subwaynut.com. Retrieved August 4, 2017.
  12. ^ Cox, Jeremiah (August 12, 2011). "A name tablet". subwaynut.com. Retrieved August 4, 2017.
  13. ^ Cox, Jeremiah (August 15, 2008). "Passengers get off a downtown 6 train". subwaynut.com. Retrieved August 4, 2017.
  14. ^ Cox, Jeremiah (August 12, 2011). "One of the entrances inside the storefront of Best Buy". subwaynut.com. Retrieved August 4, 2017.
  15. ^ Cox, Jeremiah (August 12, 2011). "A downtown subway entrance and to the shopping arcade, the globes support is still unpainted generally there green". subwaynut.com. Retrieved August 4, 2017.
  16. ^ Zimmer, Amy (March 21, 2016). "MTA's Deal With Developer to Alter 86th St. Subway Station Angers Locals". DNAinfo New York. Archived from the original on May 16, 2018. Retrieved May 16, 2018.
  17. ^ Weaver, Shaye (June 16, 2017). "Developer to Create 'Obstacle Course' With New UES Subway Entrances: Locals". DNAinfo New York. Archived from the original on May 16, 2018. Retrieved May 16, 2018.
  18. ^ "MTA - Arts & Design | NYCT Permanent Art". web.mta.info. Retrieved August 4, 2017.
  19. ^ "National Register of Historical Places - NEW YORK (NY), New York County". www.nationalregisterofhistoricplaces.com. Retrieved August 4, 2017.
  20. ^ a b c d e f g h "MTA Neighborhood Maps: Upper East Side" (PDF). mta.info. Metropolitan Transportation Authority. 2016. Retrieved December 30, 2016.

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