49th Street (BMT Broadway Line)

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49th Street
NYCS N NYCS Q NYCS R
New York City Subway rapid transit station
49th Street Platform.JPG
Downtown platform, note the red brick walls
Station statistics
AddressWest 49th Street & Seventh Avenue
New York, NY 10019
BoroughManhattan
LocaleMidtown Manhattan
Coordinates40°45′38″N 73°59′02″W / 40.760423°N 73.983779°W / 40.760423; -73.983779Coordinates: 40°45′38″N 73°59′02″W / 40.760423°N 73.983779°W / 40.760423; -73.983779
DivisionB (BMT)
Line      BMT Broadway Line
Services      N all times (all times)
      Q weekdays (weekdays)
      R all except late nights (all except late nights)
Connection
StructureUnderground
Platforms2 side platforms
Tracks4
Other information
OpenedJuly 10, 1919 (94 years ago) (1919-07-10)[citation needed]
AccessibleHandicapped/disabled access (northbound only)
Traffic
Passengers (2012)8,186,576[1] Increase 0.8%
Rank41 out of 421
Station succession
Next north57th Street – Seventh Avenue: N all times Q weekdays until 11:00 p.m. R all except late nights
Next southTimes Square – 42nd Street: N all times Q weekdays until 11:00 p.m. R all except late nights


Next Handicapped/disabled access northnone: N all times Q weekdays
Queens Plaza: R all except late nights
Next Handicapped/disabled access southnone; station not accessible southbound
(Times Square – 42nd Street: N all times Q weekdays until 11:00 p.m. R all except late nights)
 
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49th Street
NYCS N NYCS Q NYCS R
New York City Subway rapid transit station
49th Street Platform.JPG
Downtown platform, note the red brick walls
Station statistics
AddressWest 49th Street & Seventh Avenue
New York, NY 10019
BoroughManhattan
LocaleMidtown Manhattan
Coordinates40°45′38″N 73°59′02″W / 40.760423°N 73.983779°W / 40.760423; -73.983779Coordinates: 40°45′38″N 73°59′02″W / 40.760423°N 73.983779°W / 40.760423; -73.983779
DivisionB (BMT)
Line      BMT Broadway Line
Services      N all times (all times)
      Q weekdays (weekdays)
      R all except late nights (all except late nights)
Connection
StructureUnderground
Platforms2 side platforms
Tracks4
Other information
OpenedJuly 10, 1919 (94 years ago) (1919-07-10)[citation needed]
AccessibleHandicapped/disabled access (northbound only)
Traffic
Passengers (2012)8,186,576[1] Increase 0.8%
Rank41 out of 421
Station succession
Next north57th Street – Seventh Avenue: N all times Q weekdays until 11:00 p.m. R all except late nights
Next southTimes Square – 42nd Street: N all times Q weekdays until 11:00 p.m. R all except late nights


Next Handicapped/disabled access northnone: N all times Q weekdays
Queens Plaza: R all except late nights
Next Handicapped/disabled access southnone; station not accessible southbound
(Times Square – 42nd Street: N all times Q weekdays until 11:00 p.m. R all except late nights)

49th Street is a local station on the BMT Broadway Line of the New York City Subway. Located at West 49th Street and Seventh Avenue in Midtown Manhattan, it is served by the N train at all times, the R train at all times except late nights and the Q train on weekdays.

Station layout[edit]

GStreet LevelExit / Entrance
Handicapped/disabled access (Elevator at northeast corner of 49th Street and Seventh Avenue for northbound trains only)
P
Platform level
Side platform, doors will open on the right
Southbound localNYCS N (NYCS Q weekdays) toward Coney Island – Stillwell Avenue (Times Square – 42nd Street)
NYCS R toward Whitehall Street (weekdays) or Bay Ridge – 95th Street (weekends) (Times Square – 42nd Street)
Southbound expressNYCS Q does not stop here (weekends)
Northbound express NYCS Q does not stop here (weekends) →
Northbound local NYCS N (NYCS Q weekdays) toward Astoria – Ditmars Boulevard (57th Street – Seventh Avenue)
NYCS R toward Forest Hills – 71st Avenue (57th Street – Seventh Avenue)
Side platform, doors will open on the right Handicapped/disabled access

This underground station, opened on July 10, 1919, has four tracks and two side platforms. The two center express tracks are used by the Q train when it short turns at 57th Street – Seventh Avenue, the next station north.

There are four sets of platform-level fare controls, with no crossover or crossunder; each platform has a full-time booth at the north end (49th Street) and a part-time booth at the south end (47th Street). Only the northbound platform is ADA-accessible; an elevator was constructed in conjunction with a new office tower at the northeast corner of West 49th Street and Seventh Avenue. The elevator conceals an out-of-system underground passageway leading to Rockefeller Center and 47th–50th Streets station on the IND Sixth Avenue Line.

49th Street was originally built in the same style as the other BMT Broadway stations but underwent an experimental renovation in October 1973. New tiling of red glazed brick was installed over the original BMT-style tiled walls, reducing the platforms' widths by several inches; in addition, special ceiling soundproofing and terrazzo flooring were installed. Since the renovation, three of the four street entrances have been reconstructed, leaving only the 47th Street exit on the southbound platform with the red brick appearance; also, the soundproofing experiment was not repeated at any other station. Additional false brick tiles were added some time after the 1973 renovation, indicating the presence of a station facility. A passageway leading to an exit at West 47th Street and Broadway was also added after the renovation. Also, one of the staircases on the southbound side is walled off, making only one staircase available to the southbound side.

South of this station, the downtown local track goes slightly downgrade, and rises back up. The reason for this is because Broadway and Seventh Avenue meet at its narrow point of Times Square (45th Street), and the downtown local track crosses beneath the uptown local track of the IRT Broadway – Seventh Avenue Line.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Facts and Figures: Annual Subway Ridership". New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Retrieved 2013-04-02. 

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