96th Street station (IND Eighth Avenue Line)

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 96 Street
 "B" train"C" train
MTA NYC logo.svg New York City Subway station (rapid transit)
96th St IND 8th Av td (2019-04-18) 06.jpg
Uptown station platform
Station statistics
Address West 96th Street & Central Park West
New York, NY 10025
Borough Manhattan
Locale Upper West Side
Coordinates 40°47′30″N 73°57′53″W / 40.791622°N 73.964725°W / 40.791622; -73.964725Coordinates: 40°47′30″N 73°57′53″W / 40.791622°N 73.964725°W / 40.791622; -73.964725
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, M96, M106
Structure Underground
Levels 2
Platforms 2 side platforms (1 on each level)
Tracks 4 (2 on each level)
Other information
Opened September 10, 1932 (87 years ago) (1932-09-10)[1]
Station code 157[2]
Accessible not ADA-accessible; accessibility planned
Wireless service Wi-Fi and cellular service is provided at this station[3]
OMNY accepted Yes
Opposite-direction transfer available Yes
Passengers (2018) 2,836,643[4]Decrease 1.8%
Rank 168 out of 424
Station succession
Next north 103rd Street: A late nightsB weekdays until 11:00 p.m.C all except late nights
Next south 86th Street: A late nightsB weekdays until 11:00 p.m.C all except late nights

96th Street is a local station on the IND Eighth Avenue Line of the New York City Subway. Located at West 96th Street and Central Park West on the Upper West Side, it is served by the B on weekdays, the C train at all times except nights, and the A train during late nights only.


Entrance at 97th Street

This station opened on September 10, 1932 as part of the opening of the first city-owned subway line, the IND Eighth Avenue Line. On this date, the line opened from Chambers Street north to 207th Street.[5] Construction of the whole line cost $191.2 million. While the IRT Broadway–Seventh Avenue Line already provided parallel service, the new Eighth Avenue subway via Central Park West provided an alternative route.[6]

In 2019, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority announced that the station would become ADA-accessible as part of the agency's 2020–2024 Capital Program.[7]

Station layout

Track layout
Upper level
to 103 St
Lower level
to 86 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 middays and evenings, (103rd Street)
"C" train toward 168th Street ("A" train toward Inwood–207th Street late nights) (103rd Street)
Side platform, doors will open on the left
Mezzanine Fare control, station agent, MetroCard machines
B2 Southbound express "A" train "D" train do not stop here →
Southbound local "B" train toward Brighton Beach weekdays (86th Street)
"C" train toward Euclid Avenue ("A" train toward Far Rockaway late nights) (86th Street)
Side platform, doors will open on the right

This underground station has two levels with northbound trains using the upper level and southbound trains using the lower level. Each level has one side platform to the west of two tracks.[8]

The platforms have no trim line, but name tablets read "96TH ST." in white sans serif font on a blue background and black border. Small directional signs in white numbering on a black border are placed below the name tablets. They indicate a now closed fare control area to 95th Street on the extreme south end of the upper level platform.[9] "96" signs in the same format as the directional signs run along the platform walls at regular intervals at the same level as the name tablets. Blue columns run along both platforms at regular intervals with alternating ones having the standard black station name plate in white numbering.


All fare control areas are on the upper level platform and two staircases, one adjacent to each area, go down to the lower level. The full-time one at 96th Street is at the center of the platform. A staircase of four steps go down to a bank of three turnstiles that lead to a token booth. The other fare control area at 97th Street, at the station's extreme north end, is unstaffed, containing High Entry/Exit Turnstiles.[10] The northwest staircase was relocated with a longer passageway due to the widening of 97th Street.

Two staircases connect the two platforms. There are currently three exits to the following locations:

  • Southwest corner of West 96th Street and Central Park West.[10]
  • Both western corners (one staircase each) of West 97th Street and Central Park West.[10]

Directional signs that have been covered indicate that there was a third set of exits that led to West 95th Street.[9] Further evidence of this exit's existence includes new tiling with doorways that lead to converted storage spaces on both levels. This exit was closed sometime before 1992.[11]


  1. ^ "List of the 28 Stations on the New Eighth Ave Line". The New York Times. September 10, 1932. p. 6.
  2. ^ "Station Developers' Information". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Retrieved June 13, 2017.
  3. ^ "NYC Subway Wireless – Active Stations". Transit Wireless Wifi. Retrieved November 13, 2019.
  4. ^ "Facts and Figures: Annual Subway Ridership 2013–2018". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. July 18, 2019. Retrieved July 18, 2019.
  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" (PDF). New York Times. Retrieved November 8, 2015.
  6. ^ Duffus, R. l (September 9, 1932). "NEW LINE FIRST UNIT IN CITY-WIDE SYSTEM; 8th Av. Tube to Ease West Side Congestion at Once -- Branches to Link 4 Boroughs Later. LAST WORD IN SUBWAYS Run From 207th to Chambers St. Cut to 33 Minutes -- 42d St. Has World's Largest Station. COST HAS BEEN $191,200,000 Years of Digging Up City Streets, Tunneling Rock and Building Road Finally Brought to Completion". The New York Times. p. 12. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved August 3, 2017.
  7. ^ "Press Release - MTA Headquarters - MTA Announces 20 Additional Subway Stations to Receive Accessibility Improvements Under Proposed 2020-2024 Capital Plan". MTA. December 19, 2019. Retrieved December 24, 2019.
  8. ^ Dougherty, Peter (2006) [2002]. Tracks of the New York City Subway 2006 (3rd ed.). Dougherty. OCLC 49777633 – via Google Books.
  9. ^ a b Review of the A and C Lines (PDF) (Report). Metropolitan Transportation Authority. December 11, 2015. Archived from the original (PDF) on February 3, 2020. Retrieved January 19, 2016.
  10. ^ a b c "MTA Neighborhood Maps: Upper West Side" (PDF). mta.info. Metropolitan Transportation Authority. 2015. Retrieved December 30, 2016.
  11. ^ http://www.themoviedistrict.com/home-alone-2-lost-in-new-york/5/

External links

  • nycsubway.org – IND 8th Avenue: 96th Street
  • Station Reporter — B Train
  • Station Reporter — C Train
  • The Subway Nut — 96th Street Pictures
  • 96th Street entrance from Google Maps Street View
  • 97th Street entrance from Google Maps Street View
  • Platform from Google Maps Street View
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