D (New York City Subway service)

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Sixth Avenue Express
D symbol
D map
Northern endNorwood – 205th Street
Southern endConey Island – Stillwell Avenue
Stations41
 
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Sixth Avenue Express
D symbol
D map
Northern endNorwood – 205th Street
Southern endConey Island – Stillwell Avenue
Stations41

The D Sixth Avenue Express is a rapid transit service in the B Division of the New York City Subway. It is colored bright orange on route signs, station signs, and the official subway map, since it uses the IND Sixth Avenue Line through Manhattan.

The D service operates at all times between 205th Street in Norwood, Bronx, and Stillwell Avenue in Coney Island, Brooklyn via Concourse in the Bronx, Central Park West and Sixth Avenue in Manhattan, the north side of the Manhattan Bridge, Fourth Avenue and West End in Brooklyn. It is also the only B Division service to operate full-time in the Bronx.

The D runs express in Manhattan and makes all stops on the West End line in Brooklyn at all times. It makes all stops in the Bronx except at rush hour when it runs express in the peak direction. Daytime D service in Brooklyn bypasses DeKalb Avenue and runs express on Fourth Avenue; night service stops at DeKalb Avenue and runs local.

History[edit]

R68 D train to Coney Island enters Ninth Avenue
D Train (1986-1988).svg
The yellow D logo from 1986 to 1988, when it served the BMT Broadway Line.

D service began on December 15, 1940 when the IND Sixth Avenue Line opened. It ran from 205th Street, Bronx to World Trade Center on the IND Eighth Avenue Line (at that time was called Hudson Terminal), switching from the IND Sixth Avenue to the Eighth Avenue Lines at West Fourth Street – Washington Square.

On December 29, 1951, peak direction express service in the Bronx was discontinued.

On October 30, 1954, a connection between the IND South Brooklyn Line and BMT Culver Line opened. D service was rerouted via these two lines to Coney Island – Stillwell Avenue with limited rush hour trains to Church Avenue.

Between 1957 to 1959, limited rush hour trains ran express and/or local to Euclid Avenue.

From December 4 to December 27, 1962, a special service labeled DD was provided due to a water main break. It ran local from 205th Street, Bronx to 59th Street – Columbus Circle, then continued as a local down the Eighth Avenue Line to West Fourth Street, where it switched to the Sixth Avenue Line and continued on its normal route to Coney Island – Stillwell Avenue via the Culver Line.

On November 26, 1967, the Chrystie Street Connection opened, adding express service on the Sixth Avenue Line and connecting it with the Manhattan Bridge. D service was switched over to BMT Brighton Line via this new connector. It became the express service on weekdays to Brighton Beach and the local to Stillwell Avenue other times. In Manhattan, it ran express from West 4th Street to 34th Street rush hours only (the B used the express tracks to terminate there at other times). It would become the full-time Sixth Avenue Express when non-rush hours B service was extended to 57th Street – Sixth Avenue.

When the north side of the Manhattan Bridge was closed on April 13, 1986, the D service was divided and ran in two sections, one between the Bronx and 34th Street (the Orange D) while the other ran from 57th Street – Seventh Avenue on the BMT Broadway Line, then express along the Broadway Line to Canal Street, then over the south side of the Manhattan Bridge into Brooklyn, and then along the Brighton Line to Stillwell Avenue (the Yellow D). At this time, D/Q skip-stop service ran in Brooklyn on weekdays.

On December 11, 1988, the north side reopened and the two sections joined. The D now ran as the full-time Brighton Local to Stillwell Avenue.

In May 1995, the north side was closed during midday and weekends and D service was cut south of 34th Street-Herald Square. On July 22, 2001, it was closed at all times and D service was cut again. In Brooklyn, it was replaced by Q local service. [1]

After September 11, 2001, C service was suspended. On weekends, the D ran local on the Eighth Avenue Line north of 59th Street to fill in the gap caused by the suspension.

On February 22, 2004, full service on the Manhattan Bridge was restored and D trains were extended via the north side of the bridge to Brooklyn, replacing the W as the Fourth Avenue Express (late nights local) and West End Local to Stillwell Avenue. For Brooklyn service, the D had become the B and vice-versa.[2] The D was moved to the West End Line instead of returning to the Brighton Line, which it had run on since 1967, in order to avoid running two separate (B and D) shortened services outside of weekdays. The plan was for the B to run only on weekdays in the Bronx, while the restored service on the Brighton Line (formerly the D) was to run only on weekdays in Brooklyn. Thus, moving the D to the West End Line meant it could now provide 24-hour service to both the Concourse Line in the Bronx and West End Line in Brooklyn. In contrast, the B would only need to be operated during weekday hours. This eliminated the need to run late-night and/or weekend shuttles on either the Concourse or West End Line.[3]

From May 24 to Fall 2004, construction on the IND Concourse Line suspended D express service in the Bronx, but the B still traveled to/from Bedford Park Boulevard during rush hours.

In popular culture[edit]

Route[edit]

Service pattern[edit]

The following table shows the lines used by the D service, with shaded boxes indicating the route at the specified times:

LineFromToTracksTimes
non-
rush
rush
peak
late
nights
IND Concourse Line (full line)Norwood – 205th Streetall   
Bedford Park Boulevard145th Streetexpress  
local   
IND Eighth Avenue Line135th Street59th Street – Columbus Circleexpress 
IND Sixth Avenue LineSeventh AvenueBroadway – Lafayette Street
Chrystie Street ConnectionGrand Streetall
Manhattan Bridgenorth
BMT Fourth Avenue LineDeKalb Avenuebypass 
bridge   
Atlantic Avenue – Barclays Center36th Streetexpress   
local   
BMT West End Line (full line)Ninth AvenueConey Island – Stillwell Avenue  

Stations[edit]

For a more detailed station listing, see the articles on the lines listed above.

Station service legend
Stops all timesStops all times
Stops all times except late nightsStops all times except late nights
Stops late nights onlyStops late nights only
Stops weekdays onlyStops weekdays only
Stops all times except rush hours in the peak directionStops all times except rush hours in the peak direction
Stops rush hours onlyStops rush hours only
Stops rush hours in peak direction onlyStops weekdays in the peak direction only
Time period details
D serviceStationsHandicapped/disabled accessSubway transfersConnections
The Bronx
Stops all timesNorwood – 205th Street
Stops all timesBedford Park BoulevardB rush hours until 7:00 p.m.
Stops all timesKingsbridge RoadB rush hours until 7:00 p.m.
Stops all timesFordham RoadB rush hours until 7:00 p.m.Bx12 Select Bus Service
Stops all times except rush hours in the peak direction182nd–183rd StreetsB rush hours until 7:00 p.m.
Stops all timesTremont AvenueB rush hours until 7:00 p.m.
Stops all times except rush hours in the peak direction174th–175th StreetsB rush hours until 7:00 p.m.
Stops all times except rush hours in the peak direction170th StreetB rush hours until 7:00 p.m.
Stops all times except rush hours in the peak direction167th StreetB rush hours until 7:00 p.m.
Stops all times except rush hours in the peak direction161st Street – Yankee StadiumHandicapped/disabled accessB rush hours until 7:00 p.m.
4 all times (IRT Jerome Avenue Line)
Manhattan
Stops all times except rush hours in the peak direction155th StreetB rush hours until 7:00 p.m.
Stops all times145th StreetB weekdays until 11:00 p.m.
A all times C all except late nights (IND Eighth Avenue Line)
Stops all times125th StreetHandicapped/disabled accessA all times B weekdays until 11:00 p.m. C all except late nightsM60 Select Bus Service to LaGuardia Airport
Stops all times59th Street – Columbus CircleHandicapped/disabled accessA all times B weekdays until 11:00 p.m. C all except late nights
1 all times 2 late nights (IRT Broadway – Seventh Avenue Line)
Stops all timesSeventh AvenueB weekdays until 11:00 p.m.
E all times (IND Queens Boulevard Line)
Stops all times47th–50th Streets – Rockefeller CenterHandicapped/disabled accessB weekdays until 11:00 p.m. F all times M weekdays until 11:00 p.m.
Stops all times42nd Street – Bryant ParkB weekdays until 11:00 p.m. F all times M weekdays until 11:00 p.m.
7 all times <7>rush hours until 10:00 p.m., peak direction (IRT Flushing Line at Fifth Avenue)
Stops all times34th Street – Herald SquareHandicapped/disabled accessB weekdays until 11:00 p.m. F all times M weekdays until 11:00 p.m.
N all times Q all times R all except late nights (BMT Broadway Line)
M34 / M34A Select Bus Service
PATH at 33rd Street
Stops all timesWest Fourth Street – Washington SquareHandicapped/disabled accessB weekdays until 11:00 p.m. F all times M weekdays until 11:00 p.m.
A all times C all except late nights E all times (IND Eighth Avenue Line)
PATH at 9th Street
Stops all timesBroadway – Lafayette StreetHandicapped/disabled accessB weekdays until 11:00 p.m. F all times M weekdays until 11:00 p.m.
4 late nights 6 all times <6>weekdays until 8:45 p.m., peak direction (IRT Lexington Avenue Line at Bleecker Street)
Stops all timesGrand StreetB weekdays until 11:00 p.m.
Brooklyn
Stops late nights onlyDeKalb AvenueHandicapped/disabled accessN late nights Q all times
Stops all timesAtlantic Avenue – Barclays CenterHandicapped/disabled accessN all times R all except late nights
B weekdays until 11:00 p.m. Q all times (BMT Brighton Line)
2 all times 3 all except late nights 4 all times 5 weekdays until 8:45 p.m. (IRT Eastern Parkway Line)
LIRR Atlantic Branch at Atlantic Terminal
Stops late nights onlyUnion StreetN late nights
Stops late nights onlyNinth StreetN late nights
F all times G all times (IND Culver Line at Fourth Avenue)
Stops late nights onlyProspect AvenueN late nights
Stops late nights only25th StreetN late nights
Stops all times36th StreetN all times R all times
Stops all timesNinth Avenue
Stops all timesFort Hamilton Parkway
Stops all times50th Street
Stops all times55th Street
Stops all times62nd StreetN all times (BMT Sea Beach Line at New Utrecht Avenue)
Stops all times71st Street
Stops all times79th Street
Stops all times18th Avenue
Stops all times20th Avenue
Stops all timesBay ParkwayHandicapped/disabled access
Stops all times25th Avenue
Stops all timesBay 50th Street
Stops all timesConey Island – Stillwell AvenueHandicapped/disabled accessF all times (IND Culver Line)
N all times (BMT Sea Beach Line)
Q all times (BMT Brighton Line)

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