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86th Street (IND Eighth Avenue Line)

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Division  B (IND)
Transit connections  NYCT Bus: M10, M86 SBS
Levels  2
Opened  10 September 1932
Level  2
Line  IND Eighth Avenue Line
Structure  Underground
Borough  Manhattan
Locale  Upper West Side
86th Street (IND Eighth Avenue Line)
Services  A  (late nights)       B  (weekdays until 11:00 p.m.)       C  (all except late nights)
Address  New York, NY 10024, United States
Similar  72nd Street, Cathedral Parkway–110th Street, 103rd Street, 125th Street, 81st Street–Museum of Natural

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

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.

Under the 2015–2019 MTA Capital Plan, the station, along with thirty other New York City Subway stations, will undergo a complete overhaul and would be entirely closed for up to 6 months. Updates would include cellular service, Wi-Fi, charging stations, improved signage, and improved station lighting.


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. 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. The third fare control area at 88th Street has two HEET turnstiles and one exit-only turnstile. The staircase here formerly showed a blue diamond B, 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.

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

    86th Street (IND Eighth Avenue Line) Wikipedia

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