86th Street (IND Eighth Avenue Line)

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86th Street
NYCS-bull-trans-A.svg NYCS-bull-trans-B.svg NYCS-bull-trans-C.svg
New York City Subway rapid transit station
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An R32 NYCS-bull-trans-C.svg local train arriving in the station, southbound, with an R44 NYCS-bull-trans-A.svg express train bypassing.
Station statistics
Address West 86th Street & Central Park West
New York, NY 10024
Borough Manhattan
Locale Upper West Side
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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 (89 years ago) (1932-09-10)[1]
Wireless service Wi-Fi[2]
Passengers (2014) 3,515,551[3]Increase 3.1%
Rank 145 out of 421
Station succession
Next north 96th Street: A late nights B weekdays until 11:00 p.m. C all except late nights
Next south 81st Street – Museum of Natural History: A late nights B 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

G Street Level Exit / Entrance
B1 Northbound express NYCS-bull-trans-A.svg NYCS-bull-trans-D.svg do not stop here
Northbound local NYCS-bull-trans-B.svg toward Bedford Park Boulevard rush hours, 145th Street other times (96th Street)
NYCS-bull-trans-C.svg toward 168th Street (NYCS-bull-trans-A.svg 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 NYCS-bull-trans-A.svg NYCS-bull-trans-D.svg do not stop here →
Southbound local NYCS-bull-trans-B.svg toward Brighton Beach (81st Street – Museum of Natural History)
NYCS-bull-trans-C.svg toward Euclid Avenue (NYCS-bull-trans-A.svg 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, 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.

This station has three fare control areas, all of which are on the upper level. The full-time one is at the south end and has a turnstile bank, token booth, and three street stairs. One goes up to the northwest corner of 86th Street and Central Park West while the other two go up to the southwest corners. Right inside fare control, there is a staircase going down to the lower level.

The station's other two entrances/exits are unstaffed. The one at the center of the upper level is unstaffed and has a staircase connecting both platforms and one that goes up to the northwest corner of 87th Street and Central Park West. The third fare control area has two HEET turnstiles, one exit-only turnstile, and one staircase going up to the northwest corner of 88th Street and Central Park West. The staircase here formerly showed a blue diamond B,[4] 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.


  1. New York Times, List of the 28 Stations on the New Eighth Ave Line, September 10, 1932, page 6
  2. NYC Subway Wireless
  3. "Facts and Figures: Annual Subway Ridership". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Retrieved 2015-04-27.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
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