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West Fourth Street – Washington Square
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New York City Subway rapid transit station
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Station statistics
Address West 3rd Street & Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10014
(main station entrance)
Borough Manhattan
Locale Greenwich Village
Coordinates 40°43′54″N 74°00′03″W / 40.731682°N 74.000945°W / 40.731682; -74.000945Coordinates: 40°43′54″N 74°00′03″W / 40.731682°N 74.000945°W / 40.731682; -74.000945
Division B (IND)
Line IND Eighth Avenue Line
IND Sixth Avenue Line
Services      A all times (all times)
     B weekdays until 9:30 p.m. (weekdays until 9:30 p.m.)
     C all except late nights (all except late nights)
     D all times (all times)
     E all times (all times)
     F all times (all times)
     V weekdays until midnight (weekdays until midnight)
Connection
Structure Underground
Levels 2
Platforms 4 island platforms (2 on each level)
Tracks 8 (4 on each level)
Other information
Opened September 10, 1932[1] (upper level)
December 15, 1940 (lower level)
Accessible Handicapped/disabled access
Traffic
Passengers (2008) 12.588 million[2][3] 2.76%
Rank 19 out of 422
Station succession
Next north 14th Street (8th Avenue): A all times C all except late nights E all times
14th Street (6th Avenue local): F all times V weekdays until midnight
34th Street – Herald Square (6th Avenue express): B weekdays until 9:30 p.m. D all times
Next south Spring Street (8th Avenue local): A late nights C all except late nights E all times
Canal Street (8th Avenue express): A all except late nights
Broadway – Lafayette Street (6th Avenue): B weekdays until 9:30 p.m. D all times F all times V weekdays until midnight


Next Handicapped/disabled access north 14th Street (8th Avenue): A all times C all except late nights E all times
34th Street – Herald Square (6th Avenue): B weekdays until 9:30 p.m. D all times F all times V weekdays until midnight
Next Handicapped/disabled access south World Trade Center (8th Av. local): E all times (elevator temporarily closed)
Franklin Avenue (Fulton St. local): A late nights C all except late nights
Euclid Avenue (Fulton St. express): A all except late nights
DeKalb Avenue (via Manhattan Bridge local): B weekdays until 9:30 p.m. D late nights
Atlantic Avenue – Pacific Street (via Manhattan Bridge express): D all except late nights
Church Avenue (via Culver): F all times

West Fourth Street – Washington Square is an express station on the IND Sixth Avenue Line and IND Eighth Avenue Line Lines of the New York City Subway, located at the intersection of West 4th Street and Sixth Avenue in Greenwich Village, Manhattan. It is served at all times by the A, D, E, and F trains; by the B and V trains on weekdays; and by the C train at all times except late nights.

Upper level
Lower level

This bi-level station was built by the IND as the major transfer point between its two Manhattan trunk lines. Each level has two island platforms and four tracks; the upper level is served by the IND Eighth Avenue Line and the lower by the IND Sixth Avenue Line, with a full-length mezzanine sandwiched between the two. The upper level began service first, in September 1932. Service on the lower level began in January 1936 with a shuttle service to 2nd Avenue; through service on the Sixth Avenue local tracks began in December 1940. The Sixth Avenue express tracks were built later and were put into through service on July 1, 1968; prior to then, the express tracks here and at 34th Street – Herald Square were used as terminal tracks only.

There are two fare control areas, one at each end of the station. Both lead directly to the 8th Avenue Line at the upper level platforms; access to the Sixth Avenue Line at the lower level is via the upper level only. Recent renovations have added ADA-compliant elevators, providing access to both levels and to the mezzanine. Curiously, this massive station has unexpectedly few exits, and those that do exist are relatively small. This illustrates the station's main purpose as the major transfer point between the IND trunk lines. Furthermore, the station does not actually have an exit to Fourth Street itself. The north exit is at Waverly Place and the south exit is at West 3rd Street.

South of this station, at the curve from under Houston Street to Sixth Avenue on the IND Sixth Avenue Line (lower level), a bellmouth joins the Queens-bound local track. It is not known why this was built.

The station was named "West 4th Street" as opposed to merely "4th Street" because the planners of the Independent Subway System believed there would be confusion between this station and a proposed station on the never-built IND Second System at South 4th Street in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.[4]

Nearby points of interest

Street stair

References

  1. ^ New York Times, List of the 28 Stations on the New 8th Av. Line, September 10, 1932, page 6
  2. ^ "2008 Subway Ridership". New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority. http://www.mta.info/nyct/facts/ridership/ridership_sub.htm. Retrieved 2009-04-29.  
  3. ^ "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.  
  4. ^ Pollak, Michael (2008-09-12). ""F. Y. I."". The New York Times. http://www.nytimes.com/2008/09/14/nyregion/thecity/14fyi.html. Retrieved 2009-08-05.  

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