96th Street (IND Eighth Avenue Line)

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96th Street
"B" train"C" train
New York City Subway rapid transit station
97th Street stair
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 (85 years ago) (1932-09-10)[1]
Station code 157[2]
Wireless service Wi-Fi and cellular service is provided at this station[3]
Passengers (2016) 3,044,779[4]Decrease 1.3%
Rank 169 out of 422
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 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 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 other times (103rd Street)
"C" train toward 168th Street ("A" train toward 207th Street late nights) (103rd 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 (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, opened on September 10, 1932,[1][5] 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.

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.[6] "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.[7] The northwest staircase was relocated with a longer passageway due to the widening of 97th Street.

  • One stair, SW corner of Central Park West and West 96th Street[7]
  • One stair, NW corner of Central Park West and West 97th Street[7]
  • One stair, SW corner of Central Park West and West 97th Street[7]


  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. ^ "Review of the A and C Lines" (PDF). Metropolitan Transportation Authority. December 11, 2015. Retrieved January 19, 2016. 
  7. ^ a b c d "MTA Neighborhood Maps: Upper West Side" (PDF). mta.info. Metropolitan Transportation Authority. 2015. Retrieved December 30, 2016. 

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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