D (New York City Subway service)


D (New York City Subway service)
Sixth Avenue Express
D symbol
D map
Northern end Norwood – 205th Street
Southern end Coney Island – Stillwell Avenue
Stations 41

The D Sixth Avenue Express is a rapid transit service of the New York City Subway. It is colored orange on route signs, station signs, and the official subway map, since it uses the IND Sixth Avenue Line through Manhattan.

The D service operates at all times from 205th Street in Norwood, Bronx, to Stillwell Avenue in Coney Island, Brooklyn via Concourse in the Bronx, Eighth Avenue (under Central Park West) and Sixth Avenue in Manhattan, and the north side of the Manhattan Bridge to and from Brooklyn. In Brooklyn, D service operates via the BMT Fourth Avenue and West End lines.

At all times, D trains operate express in Manhattan. Trains operate local in the Bronx at all times except rush hours, when they run express in peak direction only (mornings to Manhattan, evenings from Manhattan). In Brooklyn, D trains bypass DeKalb Avenue and operate express along the Fourth Avenue corridor at all times except late nights, when they stop at DeKalb Avenue and operate local.

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History

R68 D train to Coney Island enters Ninth Avenue

D service began on December 15, 1940 when the IND Sixth Avenue Line opened. It ran from 205th Street, Bronx to World Trade Center on the IND Eighth Avenue Line (at that time was called Hudson Terminal), switching from the IND Sixth Avenue to the Eighth Avenue Lines at West Fourth Street – Washington Square.

On December 29, 1951, peak direction express service in the Bronx was discontinued.

On October 30, 1954, a connection between the IND South Brooklyn Line and BMT Culver Line opened. D service was rerouted via these two lines to Coney Island – Stillwell Avenue with limited rush hour trains to Church Avenue.

Between 1957 to 1959, limited rush hour trains ran express and/or local to IND Fulton Street Line.

From December 4 to December 27, 1962, a special service labeled DD was provided due to a water main break. It ran local from 205th Street, Bronx to 59th Street – Columbus Circle, then continued as a local down the Eighth Avenue Line to West Fourth Street, where it switched to the Sixth Avenue Line and continued on its normal route to Coney Island – Stillwell Avenue via the Culver Line.

On November 26, 1967, the Chrystie Street Connection opened, adding express service on the Sixth Avenue Line and connecting it with the Manhattan Bridge. D service was switched over to BMT Brighton Line via this new connector. It became the express service on weekdays to Brighton Beach and the local to Stillwell Avenue other times. In Manhattan, it ran express from West 4th Street to 34th Street rush hours only (the B used the express tracks to terminate there at other times). It would become the full time Sixth Avenue Express when non-rush hours B service was extended to 57th Street – Sixth Avenue.

When the north side of the Manhattan Bridge was closed in April 1986, D service ran in two sections, one between the Bronx and 34th Street (the Orange D) while the other ran from 57th Street – Seventh Avenue on the BMT Broadway Line, then express along the Broadway Line to Canal Street, then over the south side of the Manhattan Bridge into Brooklyn, and then along the Brighton Line to Stillwell Avenue (the Yellow D). At this time, D/Q skip-stop service ran in Brooklyn on weekdays.

In 1988, the north side reopened and the two sections joined. The D now ran as the full time Brighton Local to Stillwell Avenue.

In May 1995, the north side was closed during midday and weekends and D service was cut south of 34th Street-Herald Square. On July 22, 2001, it was closed at all times and D service was cut again. In Brooklyn, it was replaced by Q local service.

After September 11, 2001, C service was suspended. On weekends, the D ran local on the Eighth Avenue Line north of 59th Street to fill in the gap caused by the suspension.

On February 22, 2004, the north side of the Manhattan Bridge was reopened, and D trains were extended via the north side of the bridge to Brooklyn, replacing the W as the Fourth Avenue Express (late nights local) and West End Local to Stillwell Avenue. For Brooklyn service, the D had become the B and vice-versa.[1]

From May 24 to Fall 2004, construction on the IND Concourse Line suspended D express service in the Bronx, but the B still traveled to/from Bedford Park Boulevard during rush hours.

The Eighth Avenue fire in January 2005 caused D trains to run local on the Eighth Avenue Line north of 59th Street on weekday evenings until C service was restored on February 2.

Cultural references

  • Bob Dylan's 1966 song "Visions of Johanna" includes the lyric "In the empty lot where the ladies play blindman's bluff with the keychain/And the all-night girls, they whisper of escapades out on the D train." At the time, the D used the IND Culver Line to Coney Island.
  • Biz Markie's song "Pickin' Boogers" from his debut album Goin' Off features the line "I was chillin one day/with my partner Kane/headed up to the rooftop/ridin' the D train."
  • The opening track on Yoko Ono's 2009 album Between My Head And The Sky is titled 'Waiting For The D Train'. The Sixth Avenue Express D Train passes through 72nd Street Subway Station (opposite Yoko's apartment in the Dakota Building) BUT never stops, as 72nd Street is only a local station; this may be the reason Yoko is waiting so in the song! Several movies, including Rosemary's Baby and Vanilla Sky directed by Roman Polanski and Cameron Crowe respectively, use the exterior of the Dakota. It was also John Lennon's home - with Yoko Ono - from 1973 until his death (outside the building) in 1980.
  • In the late 1980s and early 1990s, numerous Top 10 Lists on Late Night with David Letterman contained references to the D train.
  • The famous car-chase scene in the movie The French Connection took place under the elevated tracks running from 86th Street into New Utrecht Avenue, Brooklyn (although at that time, the B was serving the West End Line). Many of the actual street scenes, however, were shot in other areas, such as Bushwick, Brooklyn.
  • The line is mentioned in the song 3 The Hard Way by Beastie Boys. Adam Yauch raps the following line: "Used to ride the D to beat the morning bell at Edward R. Murrow out on Avenue L..." (Referring to Edward R. Murrow High School, where the D served the station closest to the school, Avenue M, until 2001, when it was replaced by the Q).
  • Seinfeld uses the D line to go to Coney Island in the Seinfeld episode The Subway.
  • The 1980s folk-pop trio The Washington Squares includes a song titled "D Train" on their eponymous 1987 debut album.
  • Type O Negative refer to the D Train as the chosen transport to Brighton Beach, where lead singer Peter Steele will kill his girlfriend in their songs "Xero Tolerance," "Hey Pete", and "Kill You Tonight".
  • It is also mentioned in a episode of Penguins of Madagascar called "Gone In A Flash" where the penguins go to rescue Maurice and have to travel through the subway system.

Route

Service pattern

The following table shows the lines used by the D service, with shaded boxes indicating the route at the specified times:

Line From To Tracks Times
non-
rush
rush
peak
late
nights
IND Concourse Line (full line) Norwood – 205th Street all      
Bedford Park Boulevard 145th Street express    
local      
IND Eighth Avenue Line 145th Street 59th Street – Columbus Circle express  
IND Sixth Avenue Line 59th Street – Columbus Circle Broadway – Lafayette Street
Chrystie Street Connection Grand Street all
Manhattan Bridge north
BMT Fourth Avenue Line DeKalb Avenue bypass  
bridge      
Atlantic Avenue – Pacific Street 36th Street express      
local      
BMT West End Line (full line) Ninth Avenue Coney Island – Stillwell Avenue    

Stations

For a more detailed station listing, see the articles on the lines listed above.

Station service legend
Stops all times Stops all times
Stops all times except late nights Stops all times except late nights
Stops late nights only Stops late nights only
Stops weekdays only Stops weekdays only
Stops all times except rush hours in the peak direction Stops all times except rush hours in the peak direction
Stops rush hours only Stops rush hours only
Stops rush hours in peak direction only Stops rush hours in the peak direction only
Time period details
D service Stations Handicapped/disabled access Subway transfers Connections
The Bronx
Stops all times Norwood – 205th Street
Stops all times Bedford Park Boulevard B rush hours until 7:00 p.m.
Stops all times Kingsbridge Road B rush hours until 7:00 p.m.
Stops all times Fordham Road B rush hours until 7:00 p.m. Bx12 Select Bus Service
Stops all times except rush hours in the peak direction 182nd–183rd Streets B rush hours until 7:00 p.m.
Stops all times Tremont Avenue B rush hours until 7:00 p.m.
Stops all times except rush hours in the peak direction 174th–175th Streets B rush hours until 7:00 p.m.
Stops all times except rush hours in the peak direction 170th Street B rush hours until 7:00 p.m.
Stops all times except rush hours in the peak direction 167th Street B rush hours until 7:00 p.m.
Stops all times except rush hours in the peak direction 161st Street – Yankee Stadium Handicapped/disabled access B rush hours until 7:00 p.m.
4 all times (IRT Jerome Avenue Line)
Manhattan
Stops all times except rush hours in the peak direction 155th Street B rush hours until 7:00 p.m.
Stops all times 145th Street B rush hours until 7:00 p.m.
A all times C all except late nights (IND Eighth Avenue Line)
Stops all times 125th Street Handicapped/disabled access A all times B weekdays until 11:00 p.m. C all except late nights M60 bus to LaGuardia Airport
Stops all times 59th Street – Columbus Circle Handicapped/disabled access A all times B weekdays until 11:00 p.m. C all except late nights
1 all times 2 late nights (IRT Broadway – Seventh Avenue Line)
Stops all times Seventh Avenue B weekdays until 9:30 p.m.
E all times (IND Queens Boulevard Line)
Stops all times 47th–50th Streets – Rockefeller Center Handicapped/disabled access B weekdays until 9:30 p.m. F all times M weekdays until 11 p.m.
Stops all times 42nd Street – Bryant Park B weekdays until 9:30 p.m. F all times M weekdays until 11 p.m.
7 all times <7>rush hours until 10:00 p.m., peak direction (IRT Flushing Line at Fifth Avenue – Bryant Park)
Stops all times 34th Street – Herald Square Handicapped/disabled access B weekdays until 9:30 p.m. F all times M weekdays until 11 p.m.
N all times Q all times R all hours except late nights (BMT Broadway Line)
M34 / M34A Select Bus Service
PATH at 33rd Street
Stops all times West Fourth Street – Washington Square Handicapped/disabled access B weekdays until 9:30 p.m. F all times M weekdays until 11 p.m.
A all times C all except late nights E all times (IND Eighth Avenue Line)
PATH at 9th Street
Stops all times Broadway – Lafayette Street B weekdays until 9:30 p.m. F all times M weekdays until 11 p.m.
4 late nights 6 all times <6>weekdays until 8:45 p.m., peak direction (IRT Lexington Avenue Line at Bleecker Street; transfer to downtown trains only)
Stops all times Grand Street B weekdays until 9:30 p.m.
Brooklyn
Stops late nights only DeKalb Avenue Handicapped/disabled access N late nights Q all times
Stops all times Atlantic Avenue – Pacific Street Handicapped/disabled access N all times R all except late nights
B weekdays until 11 p.m. Q all times (BMT Brighton Line)
2 all times 3 all except late nights 4 all times 5 weekdays until 8:45 p.m. (IRT Eastern Parkway Line)
LIRR Atlantic Branch at Atlantic Terminal
Stops late nights only Union Street N late nights
Stops late nights only Ninth Street N late nights
F all times G all times (IND Culver Line at Fourth Avenue)
Stops late nights only Prospect Avenue N late nights
Stops late nights only 25th Street N late nights
Stops all times 36th Street N all times R all times
Stops all times Ninth Avenue
Stops all times Fort Hamilton Parkway
Stops all times 50th Street
Stops all times 55th Street
Stops all times 62nd Street N all times (BMT Sea Beach Line at New Utrecht Avenue)
Stops all times 71st Street
Stops all times 79th Street
Stops all times 18th Avenue
Stops all times 20th Avenue
Stops all times Bay Parkway
Stops all times 25th Avenue
Stops all times Bay 50th Street
Stops all times Coney Island – Stillwell Avenue Handicapped/disabled access F all times (IND Culver Line)
N all times (BMT Sea Beach Line)
Q all times (BMT Brighton Line)

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