86th Street (IND Eighth Avenue Line)

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86th Street
"B" train"C" train
New York City Subway rapid transit station
86th Street - Central Park W Station.jpg
Uptown platform
Station statistics
Address West 86th Street & Central Park West
New York, NY 10024
Borough Manhattan
Locale Upper West Side
Coordinates 40°47′07″N 73°58′10″W / 40.785286°N 73.969316°W / 40.785286; -73.969316Coordinates: 40°47′07″N 73°58′10″W / 40.785286°N 73.969316°W / 40.785286; -73.969316
Division B (IND)
Line       IND Eighth Avenue Line
Services       A late nights (late nights)
      B weekdays until 11:00 p.m. (weekdays until 11:00 p.m.)
      C all except late nights (all except late nights)
Transit connections Bus transport NYCT Bus: M10, M86 SBS
Structure Underground
Levels 2
Platforms 2 side platforms (1 on each level)
Tracks 4 (2 on each level)
Other information
Opened September 10, 1932 (85 years ago) (1932-09-10)[1]
Station code 158[2]
Wireless service Wi-Fi and cellular service is provided at this station[3]
Passengers (2016) 3,478,317[4]Increase 0.1%
Rank 146 out of 422
Station succession
Next north 96th Street: A late nightsB weekdays until 11:00 p.m.C all except late nights
Next south 81st Street – Museum of Natural History: A late nightsB weekdays until 11:00 p.m.C all except late nights

86th Street is a local station on the IND Eighth Avenue Line of the New York City Subway. Located at Central Park West and 86th Street on the Upper West Side, it is served by the C train at all times except nights, when the A train takes over service. The B train provides additional service here on weekdays except nights.

Station layout

Track layout
Upper level
to 96 St
Lower level
to 81 St
G Street Level Exit / Entrance
B1 Northbound express "A" train "D" train do not stop here
Northbound local "B" train toward Bedford Park Boulevard rush hours, 145th Street other times (96th Street)
"C" train toward 168th Street ("A" train toward 207th Street late nights) (96th Street)
Side platform, doors will open on the left
Mezzanine Fare control, station agent, MetroCard vending machines
B2 Southbound express "A" train "D" train do not stop here →
Southbound local "B" train toward Brighton Beach (81st Street – Museum of Natural History)
"C" train toward Euclid Avenue ("A" train toward Far Rockaway late nights) (81st Street – Museum of Natural History)
Side platform, doors will open on the right

This underground station, opened on September 10, 1932,[1][5] has two levels with northbound trains on the upper level and southbound trains on the lower one. From west to east, each level has one side platform, one local track and one express track.

The platforms have no tile band and name tablets read "86TH ST." in white sans serif lettering on a Midnight blue background with a black border. There are small "86" and directional signs in white lettering on a black background. Blue I-beam columns run along both platforms at regular intervals with alternating ones having the standard black station name plate in white lettering.

Under the 2015–2019 MTA Capital Plan, the station, along with thirty other New York City Subway stations, will undergo a complete overhaul as part of the Enhanced Station Initiative and be entirely closed for up to 6 months. Updates included cellular service, Wi-Fi, USB charging stations, interactive service advisories and maps.[6][7] A request for proposals for the 72nd Street, 86th Street, Cathedral Parkway–110th Street, and 163rd Street–Amsterdam Avenue stations was issued on June 1, 2017,[8] and the New York City Transit and Bus Committee officially recommended that the MTA Board award the $111 million contract to ECCO III Enterprises in October 2017.[9]


This station has three fare control areas, all of which are on the upper level. The full-time one at 86th Street is at the south end and has a turnstile bank, token booth, and three street stairs. Right inside fare control, there is a staircase going down to the lower level.[10] The station's other two entrances/exits are unstaffed. The one at 87th Street, at the center of the upper level, has a staircase connecting both platforms.[10] The third fare control area at 88th Street has two HEET turnstiles and one exit-only turnstile.[10] The staircase here formerly showed a blue diamond B,[11] which was never used for service (an orange one was used in 1986-1988), but this has since been covered with decals indicating the correct services.

  • One stair, NW corner of Central Park West and West 86th Street[10]
  • Two stairs, SW corner of Central Park West and West 86th Street[10]
  • One stair, NW corner of Central Park West and West 87th Street[10]
  • One stair, NW corner of Central Park West and West 88th Street[10]


  1. ^ a b New York Times, List of the 28 Stations on the New Eighth Ave Line, September 10, 1932, page 6
  2. ^ "Station Developers' Information". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Retrieved June 13, 2017. 
  3. ^ "NYC Subway Wireless – Active Stations". Transit Wireless Wifi. Retrieved May 18, 2016.
  4. ^ "Facts and Figures: Annual Subway Ridership 2011–2016". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. May 31, 2017. Retrieved June 1, 2017. 
  5. ^ Crowell, Paul (September 10, 1932). "Gay Midnight Crowd Rides First Trains In The New Subway: Throngs at Station an Hour Before Time, Rush Turnstiles When Chains are Dropped". New York Times. Retrieved November 8, 2015. 
  6. ^ "MTA Will Completely Close 30 Subway Stations For Months-Long "Revamp"". Gothamist. January 8, 2016. Archived from the original on August 1, 2016. Retrieved July 18, 2016. 
  7. ^ "MTAStations" (PDF). governor.ny.gov. Government of the State of New York. Retrieved July 18, 2016. 
  8. ^ "Enhanced Stations Initiative Program; Contract A·36622C (Package 3) for Design & Construction at 72nd Street, 86th Street, Cathedral Parkway (110th Street), and 163rd Street - Amsterdam Avenue Stations on the 8th Avenue Line (IND), Manhattan" (PDF). Metropolitan Transportation Authority. June 1, 2017. Retrieved July 27, 2017. 
  9. ^ "New York City Transit and Bus Committee Meeting" (PDF). Metropolitan Transportation Authority. October 23, 2017. p. 131. Retrieved November 9, 2017. 
  10. ^ a b c d e f g "MTA Neighborhood Maps: Upper West Side" (PDF). mta.info. Metropolitan Transportation Authority. 2015. Retrieved December 30, 2016. 
  11. ^ picture

External links

  • nycsubway.org — IND 8th Avenue: 86th Street
  • Station Reporter — B Train
  • Station Reporter — C Train
  • The Subway Nut — 86th Street Pictures
  • 86th Street entrance from Google Maps Street View
  • 87th Street exit only stairs from Google Maps Street View
  • 88th Street entrance from Google Maps Street View
  • Platform from Google Maps Street View
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