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Lexington Avenue – 63rd Street (BMT 63rd Street Line)

Lexington Avenue – 63rd Street
NYCS F
New York City Subway rapid transit station
Second Avenue Subway.
Station statistics
Address Lexington Avenue & East 63rd Street
New York, NY 10065
Borough Manhattan
Locale Upper East Side
Coordinates

40°45′53″N 73°57′59″W / 40.764649°N 73.966398°W / 40.764649; -73.966398Coordinates: 40°45′53″N 73°57′59″W / 40.764649°N 73.966398°W / 40.764649; -73.966398

Division B (BMT/IND)
Line BMT 63rd Street Line
IND 63rd Street Line
Services       F all times (all times)
System transfers With MetroCard only:
4 all times 5 all except late nights 6 all times <6>weekdays until 8:45 p.m., peak direction at 59th Street (IRT Lexington Avenue Line)
N all times Q weekdays R all except late nights at Lexington Avenue / 59th Street (BMT Broadway Line)
(Transfer stations are not accessible)
Connection

Structure Underground
Levels 2
Platforms 2 island platforms (1 on each level, half of each in passenger service)
Tracks 4 (2 on each level)
(1 in passenger service on each level)
Other information
Opened October 29, 1989; 24 years ago (1989-10-29)[1]
Accessible
Traffic
Passengers (2012)4,566,850[2] Decrease 3.3%
Rank 101 out of 421
Station succession
Next north Roosevelt Island (63rd): F all times
72nd Street (2nd Ave): under construction
Next south 57th Street (6th Avenue): F all times
57th Street – Seventh Avenue (Broadway): no regular service


Next north south 47th–50th Streets – Rockefeller Center (6th Avenue): F all times
Times Square – 42nd Street (Broadway): no regular service

Lexington Avenue – 63rd Street is a two-level station shared by the BMT and IND 63rd Street Lines of the New York City Subway. Located at the intersection of Lexington Avenue and 63rd Street, it is served by the F train at all times. Downtown-bound trains use the upper level, and Queens-bound trains use the lower level. The original wall tiles installed in this station were red-orange; currently, there are no wall tiles because of the construction for the Second Avenue Subway. There are a total of ten escalators, six staircases and two elevators. Two additional staircases between the platform levels are at the eastern end of platforms, past the elevator.

Station layout

G Street Level Exit/ Entrance
M Mezzanine Fare control, station agent, MetroCard vending machines
B2 Southbound (future) NYCS Q (future) toward Coney Island – Stillwell Avenue (57th Street – Seventh Avenue)
Island platform, doors will open on the right
Southbound NYCS F toward Coney Island – Stillwell Avenue (57th Street)
B3 Northbound (future) NYCS Q (future) toward 96th Street (72nd Street)
Island platform, doors will open on the left
Northbound NYCS F toward Jamaica – 179th Street (Roosevelt Island)

From the street, there are two short escalators from the northwest corner, a staircase from the southwest corner, and a short elevator hidden around the corner from the escalators. From the fare control, there are three long escalators to an intermediate level, and then two long escalators to a lower mezzanine. Here, the bank splits and there are two separate tubes of two escalators each to each platform. The platform elevator has its own two turnstiles, and makes three stops (mezzanine, upper platform, lower platform).

The station may look like a typical one track, one side platform station, but on each level behind the station walls would reveal much more to the station. The walls taken down would expand the "side" platform into an island platform, also revealing an unused track. This track will be used for the connection between the BMT 63rd Street Line and the under construction Second Avenue Subway. When the station was built, it was decided to build a wall to separate the two tracks, as the IND (southern) tracks have always been used, while the BMT (northern) tracks have never seen regular service, only to be used for non-rush hour train storage. As part of the ongoing Second Avenue Subway construction, the walls are currently being removed, preparing the north side of each platform for future cross-platform interchange.

East of this station on the BMT side, the planned track connections to the Second Avenue Subway curve slightly north. After the tracks end, the roadbed goes on for a few hundred feet.[3][4]

East of this station on the IND side, the turnouts for a connection to Phase 3 of the Second Avenue Subway are clearly visible.[5] Also to the east, the two tracks of the IND line become the upper level of the 63rd Street Tunnel for the trip under the East River. The two tracks on the lower level of that tunnel are being connected to the Long Island Rail Road via the East Side Access project. The ESA project will bring trains from the LIRR Main line to Grand Central Terminal. The lower level has not yet been used.

History

The station was built using a combination of cut-and-cover construction and tunneling machines.[6][7] Although the station was completed in 1983, when it was named the Construction Achievement Project of the Year by the Metropolitan Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers, it did not open for passenger service until 1989 when the 63rd Street Tunnel was partially completed.[1][3][8]

When the 63rd Street Connector to the IND Queens Boulevard Line opened in 2001, a free MetroCard out-of-system transfer to the Lexington Avenue / 59th Street station was added. This was to provide a transfer to the IRT Lexington Avenue Line for F train customers as such a connection had been provided at the Lexington Avenue – 53rd Street station along the previous routing of the F train.

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References

External links

  • nycsubway.org—IND 6th Ave./63rd St. Line: Lexington Avenue–63rd Street
  • "Behind the Blue Wall" - A look at Second Avenue subway construction at Lex-63rd St Station - Oct 2012
  • Station Reporter — F Train
  • Lexington Avenue entrance from Google Maps Street View
  • 63rd Street elevator from Google Maps Street View
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