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47th–50th Streets – Rockefeller Center
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New York City Subway rapid transit station
Rockfeller Center Station by David Shankbone.jpg
Station statistics
Address Avenue of the Americas between West 47th Street & West 50th Street
New York, NY 10020
Borough Manhattan
Locale Midtown Manhattan
Coordinates 40°45′31″N 73°58′53″W / 40.758603°N 73.981376°W / 40.758603; -73.981376Coordinates: 40°45′31″N 73°58′53″W / 40.758603°N 73.981376°W / 40.758603; -73.981376
Division B (IND)
Line IND Sixth Avenue Line
Services       B weekdays until 9:30 p.m. (weekdays until 9:30 p.m.)
      D all times (all times)
      F all times (all times)
      V weekdays until midnight (weekdays until midnight)
Connection
Structure Underground
Platforms 2 island platforms
Tracks 4
Other information
Opened December 15, 1940
Accessible Handicapped/disabled access
Traffic
Passengers (2008) 17.477 million[1][2] 0.86%
Rank 13 out of 422
Station succession
Next north Seventh Avenue (6th to 8th): B weekdays until 9:30 p.m. D all times
57th Street (6th to 63rd): F all times
Fifth Avenue/53rd Street (Queens Boulevard): V weekdays until midnight
Next south 42nd Street – Bryant Park: B weekdays until 9:30 p.m. D all times F all times V weekdays until midnight


Next Handicapped/disabled access north 125th Street (Express): B weekdays until 9:30 p.m. D all times
Lexington Avenue – 63rd Street (63rd St): F all times
Lexington Avenue – 53rd Street (Queens Boulevard): V weekdays until midnight
Next Handicapped/disabled access south 34th Street – Herald Square: B weekdays until 9:30 p.m. D all times F all times V weekdays until midnight

47th–50th Streets – Rockefeller Center is an express station on the IND Sixth Avenue Line of the New York City Subway.

It has an unusual track arrangement. The northbound side has the traditional local on the side and express on the middle, but the southbound one has it reversed. This is to avoid flying junctions with the IND Queens Boulevard Line, which is perpendicular with the IND Sixth Avenue Line north of this station, as express trains come from the west while local trains come from the east.

The station has numerous passageways and exits, including fourteen street entrances. This does not include several passageways through Rockefeller Center, all of which are outside fare control. The mezzanine has a full time booth at its north end, at West 49th Street, with one passageway through Rockefeller Center on the east side, and another set of passageways through various Concourse levels of office buildings along the west side of Avenue of the Americas. A passageway to one northern part time staircase leads to Radio City Music Hall and West 50th Street. This is usually open late during evening performances. Another passageway along the west side of 49th Street connects to the 49th Street on the BMT Broadway Line (no free transfer). Middle fare control at West 48th Street has a ghost booth and all-day HEET access. South fare control at West 47th Street has a part-time booth and more staircases. Eagle eye movie fans who saw the 1976 thriller Marathon Man, will note the old KK rush hour subway route on a street entrance of the east side of 6th Avenue and West 47th Street, before the route's demise. Each platform has seven stairs to mezzanine, the north end of the northbound platform has an active tower, and is depressed about ten feet below the southbound platform. This is to prepare the lines to be branched out towards the Bronx and Queens. The color band is orange, with dark brown borders, "47" and "50" alternate each other below the tile band. The tiles above and below it are white.

South of this station, the two southbound tracks switch (not at grade level) and the line returns to the traditional local on the side and express in the middle in both directions.

References

  1. ^ "2008 Subway Ridership". New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority. http://www.mta.info/nyct/facts/ridership/ridership_sub.htm. Retrieved 2009-04-29. 
  2. ^ "2007 Ridership by Subway Station". New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority. http://www.mta.info/nyct/facts/ridership/ridership_sub_07.htm. Retrieved 2009-04-29. 

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