86th Street station (IND Eighth Avenue Line)

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 B on weekdays, the C train at all times except nights, and the A train during late nights only.

 86 Street
 "B" train"C" train
MTA NYC logo.svg New York City Subway station (rapid transit)
86 Street Uptown Platform View.jpg
Uptown platform
Station statistics
AddressWest 86th Street & Central Park West
New York, NY 10024
LocaleUpper West Side
Coordinates40°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
DivisionB (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 connectionsBus transport NYCT Bus: M10, M86 SBS
Platforms2 side platforms (1 on each level)
Tracks4 (2 on each level)
Other information
OpenedSeptember 10, 1932 (87 years ago) (1932-09-10)[1]
ClosedJune 4, 2018; 19 months ago (2018-06-04) (reconstruction)
RebuiltOctober 26, 2018; 14 months ago (2018-10-26)
Station code158[2]
Wireless serviceWi-Fi and cellular service is provided at this station[3]
OMNY acceptedYes
Opposite-direction transfer availableYes
Passengers (2018)1,734,366[4]Decrease 45.4%
Rank268 out of 424
Station succession
Next north96th Street: A late nightsB weekdays until 11:00 p.m.C all except late nights
Next south81st Street–Museum of Natural History: A late nightsB weekdays until 11:00 p.m.C all except late nights


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.[1][5] Construction of the whole line cost $191,200,000. 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]

Under the 2015–2019 MTA Capital Plan, the station underwent a complete overhaul as part of the Enhanced Station Initiative and was entirely closed for several months. Updates included cellular service, Wi-Fi, USB charging stations, interactive service advisories and maps.[7][8] 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,[9] 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.[10] As part of the renovations, the station was closed from June 4, 2018, to October 26, 2018.[11]

Station layoutEdit

Track layout
Upper level
Lower level
G Street level Exit/entrance
B1 Northbound express     do not stop here
Northbound local   toward Bedford Park Boulevard rush hours, 145th Street middays and evenings, (96th Street)
  toward 168th Street (  toward Inwood–207th Street late nights) (96th Street)
Side platform, doors will open on the left
Mezzanine Fare control, station agent, MetroCard machines
B2 Southbound express     do not stop here →
Southbound local   toward Brighton Beach weekdays (81st Street–Museum of Natural History)
  toward Euclid Avenue (  toward Far Rockaway late nights) (81st Street–Museum of Natural History)
Side platform, doors will open on the right

This underground station 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.[12]

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. Grey I-beam columns run along both platforms at regular intervals with alternating ones having the standard black station name plate in white lettering. Before the station's reconstruction, the columns were painted blue.


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.[13] 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.[13] The third fare control area at 88th Street has three turnstiles and one gate, installed as part of the station's renovation. These replace the two HEET turnstiles and one exit-only turnstile[13] which were present beforehand.

  • One stair, NW corner of Central Park West and West 86th Street[13]
  • Two stairs, SW corner of Central Park West and West 86th Street[13]
  • One stair, NW corner of Central Park West and West 87th Street[13]
  • One stair, NW corner of Central Park West and West 88th Street[13]


  1. ^ a b "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. ^ "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.
  8. ^ "MTAStations" (PDF). governor.ny.gov. Government of the State of New York. Retrieved July 18, 2016.
  9. ^ "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.
  10. ^ "New York City Transit and Bus Committee Meeting" (PDF). Metropolitan Transportation Authority. October 23, 2017. p. 131. Archived from the original (PDF) on October 31, 2017. Retrieved November 9, 2017.
  11. ^ Warerkar, Tanay (February 19, 2018). "MTA will shutter 4 Upper Manhattan subway stations for repairs". Curbed NY. Retrieved February 20, 2018.
  12. ^ Dougherty, Peter (2006) [2002]. Tracks of the New York City Subway 2006 (3rd ed.). Dougherty. OCLC 49777633 – via Google Books.
  13. ^ a b c d e f g "MTA Neighborhood Maps: Upper West Side" (PDF). mta.info. Metropolitan Transportation Authority. 2015. Retrieved December 30, 2016.

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