Home > Line By Line Guide > IRT Times Square-Grand Central Shuttle

Station: 42nd Street-Times Square

From nycsubway.org

title_ny_timesquare.jpg

IRT Times Square-Grand Central Shuttle station with museum train, on the 100th Anniversary of the opening of the IRT Subway. Photo by: Richard Panse, October 27, 2004.

(For a list of all the lines serving Times Square, see "Lines" below.)

Contents

Overview

42nd Street-Times Square is part of a massive station complex, four stations, on the IRT Times Square-Grand Central Shuttle, IRT West Side Line, BMT Broadway Line, and IRT Flushing Line, all joined together by a vast mezzanine and underground warren of connecting passageways; and a fifth station a long way west by underground passageway, on the IND 8th Avenue/Fulton Street/Rockaway Line at 42nd Street-Port Authority Bus Terminal.

In 1999, a $244 million dollar renovation of the Times Square complex began. The goal is to reduce congestion and improve rider access, comfort and safety by improving visual lines and increasing pedestrian capacity. The main corridor is being widened 15 feet and the number of sharp corners reduced; ADA compliance is being introduced with elevators and escalators.

The reconstruction included a new entryway on the south side of 42nd Street between 7th Avenue and Broadway, featuring a bright neon and colored glass flashing sign with the train route symbols and the word "Subway". The street level fare control at this site features restored original "Times Square" mosaics from the Contract One (now Shuttle) station walls.

While the stations were all built at different times (1904, 1917-1918, and 1927), it makes sense to describe them as a single complex, given the number of interconnected passageways and mezzanines.

Some relative depths of stations in the Times Square complex are as follows, +/- 10 feet.

  • Shuttle, 20 feet below street
  • 7th Ave./West Side IRT, 40 feet below street
  • Broadway BMT, 50 feet below street
  • Flushing/#7 IRT, 60 feet below street

IRT Contract One (Shuttle) Station

The Shuttle station at Times Square is an example of transit changing with the needs of the riders. At the time the subway was built, the area was still known as Longacre Square and was not the popular destination it is today, as such the station here on the Contract I subway was merely a local stop. The original platforms are those alongside Track 1 and Track 4. When the New York Times moved to the area, Times Square was born. Load soon dictated more than a local stop. As the new extensions were built, a new station was built for the main line just south of 42nd Street. The original station, which was to become the shuttle station, had a bridge built at the west end connecting Platform 1 with Platform 4, and a new platform installed over top of the existing track #2. You can still see where track 2 was by the diagonal braced columns typical for IRT trackways. Track 4 connects to the northbound main line local track underneath a metal walkway that is removed only during midnight hours, if needed, for train swaps.

The Times Square shuttle platform has a gap filler underneath the platform in a different style than South Ferry and 14th Street. These gap fillers are solid plates rather than the slotted type and are underneath the platform. To operate the gap fillers, the train operator pushes a button on a selector board.

The original configuration of the Times Square station featured an underpass between the side local platforms was accessed via a narrow stairway in mid-platform. Notice that the BMT Broadway line is directly below the shuttle, and its express tracks actually spread apart to make way for the underpass, which must have been closed as surplus around the time the BMT line opened. Also, until 1948, the free transfer between the BMT station and IRT station at Times Square did not exist; each company needed its own fare. Find where the BMT paid area actually crossed under the IRT mezzanine, to reach the BMT entrance located just west of the shuttle. It's a storage space today. It can be sort of seen from the mezzanine that is downstairs across from the shuttle station.


Image 8175
(103k, 824x589)
Photo by: Eric Haas
Location: Times Square

Image 8186
(333k, 1024x768)
Photo by: Salaam Allah
Location: Times Square

Image 23950
(54k, 600x450)
Photo by: The NX
Location: Times Square

Image 23951
(54k, 600x450)
Photo by: The NX
Location: Times Square

Image 28927
(46k, 600x450)
Photo by: The NX
Location: Times Square

Image 45373
(101k, 909x682)
Photo by: Robbie Rosenfeld
Location: Times Square

Image 45747
(296k, 1044x839)
Photo by: Dave Emanuel
Location: Times Square

Image 45748
(270k, 1044x704)
Photo by: Dave Emanuel
Location: Times Square

Image 45887
(88k, 640x480)
Photo by: Bruce Fedow
Location: Times Square

Image 73644
(168k, 1044x788)
Photo by: John Barnes
Location: Times Square

Image 90572
(83k, 800x600)
Photo by: Phillip Lee
Location: Times Square

Image 100559
(83k, 853x640)
Photo by: Michael Pompili
Location: Times Square

Image 104711
(102k, 768x1024)
Photo by: Robbie Rosenfeld
Location: Times Square

Image 107636
(150k, 1024x768)
Photo by: Robbie Rosenfeld
Location: Times Square

Image 110501
(150k, 1024x768)
Photo by: Robbie Rosenfeld
Location: Times Square


More Images: 1-50 51-100 101-113

IRT West Side Line Station

Opened: 6/3/1917

Express station with four tracks and two island platforms. There are stairways leading up to various mezzanine levels, and also down, to connecting passageways to the Flushing and IND 8th Avenue/Fulton Street/Rockaway Line. lines. Evidence of former stairways leading down exist at various spots along the platform. The main exit is at the north end, leading directly to the Shuttle and BMT stations.

Just north of the station you can see the curved shuttle tracks and the track connection from Shuttle track 4 to the uptown local track. Trackways remain where shuttle tracks 1, 2, and 3 connected to the uptown express and both downtown tracks.

The 7th Avenue line station at Times Square was the site of a 1928 wreck which killed 16 people, the second worst in NYC Transit history.


Image 8174
(228k, 1044x704)
Photo by: David Pirmann
Location: Times Square/42nd Street

Image 32280
(140k, 720x478)
Photo by: Peter Ehrlich
Location: Times Square/42nd Street

Image 40308
(149k, 820x620)
Photo by: Roy Freeman
Location: Times Square/42nd Street

Image 40310
(159k, 820x620)
Photo by: Roy Freeman
Location: Times Square/42nd Street

Image 40315
(122k, 820x620)
Photo by: Roy Freeman
Location: Times Square/42nd Street

Image 49495
(94k, 672x896)
Photo by: Robbie Rosenfeld
Location: Times Square/42nd Street
Artwork: Times Square Times: 35 Times (Toby Buonagurio)

Image 49497
(84k, 672x896)
Photo by: Robbie Rosenfeld
Location: Times Square/42nd Street
Artwork: Times Square Times: 35 Times (Toby Buonagurio)

Image 49500
(90k, 672x896)
Photo by: Robbie Rosenfeld
Location: Times Square/42nd Street
Artwork: Times Square Times: 35 Times (Toby Buonagurio)

Image 51504
(86k, 672x896)
Photo by: Robbie Rosenfeld
Location: Times Square/42nd Street
Artwork: Times Square Times: 35 Times (Toby Buonagurio)

Image 74956
(204k, 1044x788)
Photo by: Bill E.
Location: Times Square/42nd Street

Image 76925
(259k, 1044x788)
Photo by: Bill E.
Location: Times Square/42nd Street

Image 78451
(161k, 788x1044)
Photo by: John Barnes
Location: Times Square/42nd Street
Artwork: The Revelers (Jane Dickson)

Image 78455
(205k, 1044x788)
Photo by: John Barnes
Location: Times Square/42nd Street
Artwork: The Revelers (Jane Dickson)

Image 79195
(166k, 695x921)
Photo by: Robbie Rosenfeld
Location: Times Square/42nd Street
Artwork: The Revelers (Jane Dickson)

Image 100837
(119k, 620x820)
Photo by: Bill E.
Location: Times Square/42nd Street


More Images: 1-50 51-100 101-150 151-173

BMT Broadway Line Station

Opened: 4/14/1918

Express station with four tracks and two island platforms. Formerly, stairways and a ramp at the north end led to a mid-level mezzanine, but the renovation efforts have removed the ramps (which, while convenient, were too steep to be ADA-compliant) and replaced them with stairways and new elevators to the mezzanine. This mid-level mezzanine above the tracks features a large oval balcony looking over the trackway and helps to reduce the sense of claustrophobia described by many riders.

The platform has unusually high ceilings and old name signs on the supporting I-beams along the platform edges. A "42" monogram mosaic exists along the trackside walls. The express tracks north of the station weave out to pass around a crossunder in the Times Square shuttle station. This crossunder was sealed off in the 1960s due to crime potential.


Image 1202
(109k, 1044x788)
Photo by: David Pirmann
Location: Times Square/42nd Street

Image 2963
(387k, 1044x742)
Photo by: Joe Testagrose
Location: Times Square/42nd Street

Image 3026
(210k, 1024x681)
Photo by: Joe Testagrose
Location: Times Square/42nd Street

Image 3051
(187k, 1024x659)
Photo by: Joe Testagrose
Location: Times Square/42nd Street

Image 5387
(193k, 1024x702)
Photo by: Doug Grotjahn
Collection of: Joe Testagrose
Location: Times Square/42nd Street

Image 24028
(159k, 1024x694)
Photo by: Doug Grotjahn
Collection of: Joe Testagrose
Location: Times Square/42nd Street

Image 28981
(135k, 1044x701)
Photo by: David Pirmann
Location: Times Square/42nd Street

Image 41912
(173k, 1044x788)
Photo by: David Pirmann
Location: Times Square/42nd Street

Image 45880
(82k, 640x480)
Photo by: Bruce Fedow
Location: Times Square/42nd Street

Image 57015
(98k, 820x619)
Photo by: John Czarnecky
Location: Times Square/42nd Street

Image 63021
(155k, 640x480)
Photo by: Jin-Young Yoon
Location: Times Square/42nd Street

Image 66509
(182k, 1024x669)
Photo by: Joe Testagrose
Location: Times Square/42nd Street

Image 102121
(285k, 1044x788)
Photo by: Zach Summer
Location: Times Square/42nd Street

Image 117265
(224k, 1044x702)
Photo by: David Tropiansky
Location: Times Square/42nd Street

Image 122444
(250k, 1024x684)
Photo by: Joe Testagrose
Location: Times Square/42nd Street


More Images: 1-50 51-63

IRT Flushing Line Station

Opened: 3/14/1927

Two tracks, one island platform. As part of the larger Times Square complex, this station was actually built last, and runs approximately under 41st Street, but is the deepest of the platforms. There are various stairways and escalators leading to the different mezzanine and intermediate levels, too complex to fully describe here.

The mosaic band has "TS" highlights, and there is an old name tablet reading "Times Square" at the east end near the tower. Some old black on white signs indicating the station name hang along the platform but due to the ongoing renovations, these are an endangered species.

Important New Subway Station Opened in New York. The New York Transit Commission, the Queensborough Chamber of Commerce and several civic organizations arranged an elaborate program to celebrate the opening of the Seventh Avenue (Times Square) station of the Queensborough subway on March 14. The new station, in conjunction with the Interborough Seventh Avenue line and the Times Square-Grand Central station shuttle line of the Interborough, consists of four levels. It is one of the most commodious subway stations in the world and will relieve the present congestion at Grand Central, where the former terminus of the Queensborough line is located. There is a Queensborough station at Fifth Avenue and 42d Street, but because of traffic conditions most of the passengers who use the Queensborough line board and leave trains at Grand Central. A considerable portion of this traffic transfers from the Seventh Avenue line of the Interborough and reaches Grand Central by shuttle. All of this traffic will be handled in the new four-level station at Seventh Avenue and 41st Street.

The entire extension of the Queensborough subway from Grand Central Station westward under 42d Street, to the rear of the Public Library, thence under 41st Street and west to Eighth Avenue, with the Seventh Avenue connection with the west side subway of the I.R.T., was constructed by the Powers-Kennedy Contracting Corporation. The contract price for the entire extension was $3,867,138. Of this, approximately $1,500,000 has been expended for the section from Fifth Avenue to Eighth Avenue, including the cost of the station and its equipment. Immediately after the exercises the Interborough put in effect a regular schedule, approved by the Transit Commission. -- Electric Railway Journal, April 16, 1927, page 714.


Image 559
(127k, 640x480)
Photo by: Richard Brome
Location: Times Square

Image 4409
(320k, 712x1045)
Photo by: Doug Grotjahn
Collection of: David Pirmann
Location: Times Square

Image 31821
(146k, 1044x701)
Photo by: David Pirmann
Location: Times Square

Image 31822
(158k, 1044x701)
Photo by: David Pirmann
Location: Times Square

Image 32010
(199k, 820x620)
Photo by: Robert Mencher
Location: Times Square

Image 32011
(113k, 820x620)
Photo by: Robert Mencher
Location: Times Square

Image 32270
(166k, 720x478)
Photo by: Peter Ehrlich
Location: Times Square

Image 35676
(73k, 820x559)
Photo by: Michael Kohn
Location: Times Square

Image 74008
(244k, 1044x788)
Photo by: Danny Molina
Location: Times Square

Image 82954
(270k, 1044x788)
Photo by: David-Paul Gerber
Location: Times Square

Image 95602
(84k, 1024x768)
Photo by: Robbie Rosenfeld
Location: Times Square

Image 98475
(204k, 1044x788)
Photo by: Robert Mencher
Location: Times Square

Image 140265
(98k, 1024x768)
Photo by: Robbie Rosenfeld
Location: Times Square

Image 143592
(126k, 1024x768)
Photo by: Robbie Rosenfeld
Location: Times Square

Image 143593
(121k, 1024x768)
Photo by: Robbie Rosenfeld
Location: Times Square


More Images: 1-50 51-65

Artwork

New York in Transit, Jacob Lawrence (2001). Located above the midlevel mezzanine between the Shuttle area and the BMT Broadway Line.

The Return of Spring-The Onset of Winter, Jack Beal (1999). In the IRT West Side Line mezzanine.

Times Square Mural, Roy Lichtenstein. In the space between the three lines, closest to the IRT Shuttle. Easiest seen when entering from the new headhouse in Times Square.

Times Square Times: 35 Times, Toby Buonagurio (2005). Mostly located around the Shuttle and BMT line mezzanines.

The Revelers, Jane Dickson (2007). Mostly located in the transfer corridors between the BMT and IRT Flushing Line.

Untitled, John Blackford and James Fisher (2003). West 42nd Street and 7th Ave, S/E corner entrance

Lines

IRT West Side Line
1.GIF

242nd Street-Van Cortlandt Park · 238th Street · 231st Street · 225th Street · 215th Street · 207th Street · Dyckman Street · 191st Street · 181st Street · 168th Street · 157th Street · 145th Street · 137th Street-City College · 125th Street · 116th Street-Columbia University · 110th Street · 103rd Street · 96th Street · 91st Street · 86th Street · 79th Street · 72nd Street · 66th Street-Lincoln Center · 59th Street-Columbus Circle · 50th Street · Times Square-42nd Street · 34th Street-Penn Station · 28th Street · 23rd Street · 18th Street · 14th Street · Christopher Street-Sheridan Square · Houston Street · Canal Street · Franklin Street · Chambers Street · Cortlandt Street-World Trade Center · Rector Street · South Ferry

2.GIF

241st Street · 238th Street-Nereid Avenue · 233rd Street · 225th Street · 219th Street · Gun Hill Road · Burke Avenue · Allerton Avenue · Pelham Parkway · Bronx Park East · East 180th Street · West Farms Sq.-East Tremont Ave.-177th St. · 174th Street · Freeman Street · Simpson Street · Intervale Avenue · Prospect Avenue · Jackson Avenue · 3rd Avenue-149th Street · 149th Street-Grand Concourse · 135th Street · 125th Street · 116th Street · 110th Street-Central Park North · 96th Street · 72nd Street · Times Square-42nd Street · 34th Street-Penn Station · 14th Street · Chambers Street · Park Place · Fulton Street · Wall Street · Clark Street · Borough Hall · Hoyt Street · Nevins Street · Atlantic Avenue · Bergen Street · Grand Army Plaza · Eastern Parkway-Brooklyn Museum · Franklin Avenue · President Street · Sterling Street · Winthrop Street · Church Avenue · Beverly Road · Newkirk Avenue · Flatbush Avenue

3.GIF

148th Street-Lenox Terminal · 145th Street · 135th Street · 125th Street · 116th Street · 110th Street-Central Park North · 96th Street · 72nd Street · Times Square-42nd Street · 34th Street-Penn Station · 14th Street · Chambers Street · Park Place · Fulton Street · Wall Street · Clark Street · Borough Hall · Hoyt Street · Nevins Street · Atlantic Avenue · Bergen Street · Grand Army Plaza · Eastern Parkway-Brooklyn Museum · Franklin Avenue · Nostrand Avenue · Kingston Avenue · Utica Avenue · Sutter Avenue-Rutland Road · Saratoga Avenue · Rockaway Avenue · Junius Street · Pennsylvania Avenue · Van Siclen Avenue · New Lots Avenue

IRT Flushing Line
7.GIF Times Square · 5th Avenue · Grand Central · Vernon-Jackson Avenues · Hunterspoint Avenue · Court House Square-45th Road · Queensborough Plaza ·33rd Street-Rawson Street · 40th Street-Lowery Street · 46th Street-Bliss Street · 52nd Street-Lincoln Street · 61st Street-Woodside · 69th Street-Fisk Avenue · 74th Street-Broadway · 82nd Street-Jackson Heights · 90th Street-Elmhurst Avenue · Junction Boulevard · 103rd Street-Corona Plaza · 111th Street · Willets Point-Mets · Main Street-Flushing
IRT Times Square-Grand Central Shuttle
S.GIF Times Square · Grand Central
BMT Broadway Line
N.GIF Ditmars Boulevard · Astoria Boulevard-Hoyt Avenue · 30th Avenue-Grand Avenue · Broadway · 36th Avenue-Washington Avenue · 39th Avenue-Beebe Avenue · Queensborough Plaza · Lexington Avenue-59th Street · 5th Avenue · 57th Street · 42nd Street-Times Square · 34th Street-Herald Square · 14th Street-Union Square · Canal Street · Station: Pacific Street (4th Avenue) · Station: 36th Street (4th Avenue) · Station: 59th Street (4th Avenue) · 8th Avenue · Fort Hamilton Parkway · New Utrecht Avenue · 18th Avenue · 20th Avenue · Bay Parkway (22nd Avenue) · Kings Highway · Avenue U · 86th Street · Coney Island-Stillwell Avenue
R.GIF 71st-Continental Aves.-Forest Hills · 67th Avenue · 63rd Drive-Rego Park · Woodhaven Boulevard-Queens Mall · Grand Avenue-Newtown · Elmhurst Avenue · Roosevelt Avenue · 65th Street · Northern Boulevard · 46th Street · Steinway Street · 36th Street · Queens Plaza · Lexington Avenue-59th Street · 5th Avenue · 57th Street · 49th Street · 42nd Street-Times Square · 34th Street-Herald Square · 28th Street · 23rd Street · 14th Street-Union Square · 8th Street · Prince Street · Canal Street · City Hall · Cortlandt Street-World Trade Center · Rector Street · Whitehall Street · Court Street · Jay Street-Metrotech · DeKalb Avenue · Pacific Street · Union Street · 9th Street · Prospect Avenue · 25th Street · 36th Street · 45th Street · 53rd Street · 59th Street · Bay Ridge Avenue · 77th Street · 86th Street · 95th Street-Fort Hamilton
Q.GIF Ditmars Boulevard · Astoria Boulevard-Hoyt Avenue · 30th Avenue-Grand Avenue · Broadway · 36th Avenue-Washington Avenue · 39th Avenue-Beebe Avenue · Queensborough Plaza · Lexington Avenue-59th Street · 5th Avenue · 57th Street · 42nd Street-Times Square · 34th Street-Herald Square · 14th Street-Union Square · Canal Street · DeKalb Avenue · Atlantic Avenue · 7th Avenue · Prospect Park · Parkside Avenue · Church Avenue · Beverley Road · Cortelyou Road · Newkirk Plaza · Avenue H · Avenue J · Avenue M · Kings Highway · Avenue U · Neck Road · Sheepshead Bay · Brighton Beach · Ocean Parkway · West 8th Street · Coney Island-Stillwell Avenue








http://www.nycsubway.org/wiki/Station:_42nd_Street-Times_Square
Copyright © 1995-2012 www.nycsubway.org.
nycsubway.org is not affiliated with any transit agency or provider.