Lexington Avenue Express
53 (limited services)
|Rolling stock||350 to 360 R142s (35 to 36 trains)|
|Depot||East 180th Street Yard (fleet interchange with at 239th Street Yard)|
|Started service||October 27, 1904|
The 5 Lexington Avenue Express is a rapid transit service in the A Division of the New York City Subway. Its route emblem, or "bullet", is colored apple green since it uses the IRT Lexington Avenue Line in Manhattan.
The 5 operates at all times. Weekday rush hour and midday service operates between Dyre Avenue in Eastchester, Bronx and Flatbush Avenue–Brooklyn College in Midwood, Brooklyn, making local stops in the Bronx and express stops in Manhattan and Brooklyn; during rush hours in the peak direction, 5 trains operate express in the Bronx between East 180th Street and Third Avenue–149th Street; limited rush hour service originates and terminates at Nereid Avenue[a] or 241st Street[b] in the Bronx instead of Dyre Avenue, as well as either at Utica[c] or New Lots Avenues[d] in Brooklyn instead of Flatbush Avenue. The 5 short turns at Bowling Green in Financial District, Manhattan during weekday evenings and weekends, and operates as a shuttle between Dyre Avenue and East 180th Street during late nights.
Historically, 5 trains have run to Crown Heights–Utica Avenue or New Lots Avenue. Since 1983, most trains run only to Bowling Green or Flatbush Avenue, although some rush-hour trains still run to Utica or New Lots Avenues. Peak service on White Plains Road was cut from 241st Street to 238th Street. During weekends in 2017 and 2018, service ran between 241st Street and Flatbush Avenue to replace 2 service.
The section from East 180th Street to Dyre Avenue was once part of the mainline of the New York, Westchester and Boston Railway, a standard gauge electric commuter railroad built by the New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad. Upon its closure in 1937, the entire property was put up for sale.
On December 21, 1925, the number of Manhattan-bound through trains in the morning rush hour, from the White Plains Road Line was doubled with the addition of two more through trips, and service was considerably increase in the evening rush hour toward the Bronx, with through trains running every 11 minutes.
Beginning on April 28, 1930, Saturday 5 service to Crown Heights–Utica Avenue began.
As of 1934, trains normally ran from Wakefield–241st Street or East 180th Street to Atlantic Avenue–Barclays Center. During weekday rush hours and weekend afternoons they were extended to Utica Avenue. Late-night service was not operated.
Express service on the IRT White Plains Road Line began on April 23, 1953 with alternate 5 trains using the middle track between East 180th Street and 149th Street during the weekday rush in the peak direction. Starting on October 2, 1953, 5 Thru-Expreses began running express between East 180th Street and Gun Hill Road using the middle track in order to encourage passengers who changed at Gun Hill Road for Third Avenue Elevated service to stay on subway trains. From June 7, 1954 to June 16, 1958, they skipped 138th Street. On June 16, 1958, these 5 trains resumed stopping at 138th, with 4 trains skipping the station during rush hours.
Beginning on May 3, 1957, limited rush hour 5 service ran to Flatbush Avenue–Brooklyn College replacing the 4 service. Evening, Saturday afternoon, and Sunday trains were cut back to South Ferry.
Beginning on March 1, 1960, evening trains began making all stops in Manhattan. Beginning on April 8, 1960, weekday evening service was discontinued, as was weekday rush service to Flatbush Avenue.
Starting on April 18, 1965, most daytime service was rerouted to Dyre Avenue, replacing 2 daytime service to Dyre Avenue except evenings and late nights when shuttle service served Dyre Avenue. Some weekday rush peak-direction service to 241st Street was retained, while Saturday and Sunday evening trains were cut back from 241st Street to East 180th Street. Also, Saturday morning trains were cut back from Atlantic Avenue to South Ferry. Starting on May 3, 1965, trains to or from 241st Street began making all stops between Gun Hill Road and East 180th Street.
Beginning on May 23, 1976, 5 service began starting late on Sunday mornings. As of May 24, 1976, weekday midday 5 service was cut back to Bowling Green from Atlantic Avenue. In 1979, with the color coding of subway routes based on their trunk line in Manhattan, the 5 service's color was changed to apple green, as it goes via the Lexington Avenue Line in Manhattan. On January 13, 1980, all 5 service to/from Dyre Avenue and Wakefield–241st Street during rush hours in the peak direction began running express in the Bronx. 5 service was re-extended May 15, 1980, to Atlantic Avenue. On July 10, 1983, all rush hour service ran to Flatbush Avenue, with limited service to/from Utica or New Lots Avenue. Beginning on January 18, 1988, all midday 5 service was cut back to Bowling Green, to allow 4 service to operate to Utica.
In Spring 1995, rush hour service to 241st Street was cut back to Nereid Avenue. 241st Street had insufficient capacity to terminate all 2 and 5 trains during rush hours, requiring some 2 and 5 trips to terminate at Nereid Avenue. To ease passenger confusion regarding which trips terminate where and to provide more reliable service, it was decided to have all 2 trips terminate at 241st Street and have all 5 trains terminate at 238th Street. In addition, the span of 5 peak period Bronx express service to Dyre Avenue was expanded by 45 minutes in each rush hour. These two recommendations were made in response to comments made as party of the Northeast Bronx Comprehensive Study. New York City Transit decided against operating all 5 trains via the Dyre Avenue Line because it would reduce the attractiveness of the White Plains Road Line as it would force passengers using the Lexington Avenue Line to transfer. However, this would have simplified operations.
On May 27, 2005, use of the 5 diamond to indicate peak direction service to Nereid Avenue was discontinued.
From March 29 to September 3, 2010, rush hour peak direction 5 express service was suspended due to rehabilitation of East 180th Street and signal replacements along the IRT White Plains Road Line. PM northbound express service was suspended again on March 28, 2011, to allow for the second phase of the signal replacement project. This time, service was restored on August 8.
Due to repairs to Hurricane Sandy-related damage in the Clark Street Tunnel, which carries the IRT Broadway–Seventh Avenue Line into Brooklyn, between June 17, 2017 and June 23, 2018, the 5 was extended to Flatbush Avenue on weekends, running local in Brooklyn. In the Bronx, the 5 ran to 241st Street instead of Dyre Avenue in place of the 2.
In 1940, the City of New York purchased the New York, Westchester and Boston Railway, and began integrating the line into the system. The railroad north of the city line to White Plains and Port Chester was quickly dismantled. The section below East 180th Street to Greens Farm Junction was once used to interchange with the New Haven (and later Penn Central and Conrail) to bring subway cars and other equipment on and off the system. That section has since been removed, isolating this part of the subway from the interchange.
The East 180th Street–Dyre Avenue Shuttle or Dyre Avenue Shuttle was established as a new subway service and full-time shuttle along this section on May 15, 1941, between the former East 180th Street station of the New York, Westchester and Boston Railway and Eastchester–Dyre Avenue, which was the northernmost station on the NYW&B within New York City. Passengers had to make a walking transfer between the Dyre Avenue Line and the IRT White Plains Road Line at East 180th Street as there was no track connection between the lines.
In 1957, a flyover connection opened between the East 180th Street station of the White Plains Road Line and the Dyre Avenue Line, enabling through service by trains from the 2 route from Manhattan to Dyre Avenue. At the same time, the former NYW&B station was closed and the off-hours Dyre Avenue Shuttle rerouted to the White Plains Road Line station. These shuttles were initially labeled 2 like the full-time service but were later signed as 9, a number used decades later when skip-stop service on the IRT Broadway–Seventh Avenue Line was instituted and split between the 1 and 9 services. The off-hours Dyre Avenue Shuttle still operates, but those trains are signed as 5, the same as the through service.
The following table shows the lines used by the 5, with shaded boxes indicating the route at the specified times:
|late nights||rush peak|
|IRT Dyre Avenue Line (full line)||Eastchester–Dyre Avenue||Morris Park||all||Most trains|
|IRT White Plains Road Line||Wakefield–241st Street||Nereid Avenue||local||N/A||N/A||N/A||Very limited service|
|Nereid Avenue||Bronx Park East||local||N/A||N/A||N/A||Limited service|
|East 180th Street||all|
|West Farms Square–East Tremont Avenue||Jackson Avenue||local|
|Third Avenue–149th Street||149th Street–Grand Concourse||all|
|IRT Jerome Avenue Line||138th Street–Grand Concourse||local|
|IRT Lexington Avenue Line (full line)||125th Street||Brooklyn Bridge–City Hall||express|
|Fulton Street||Bowling Green||all|
|Joralemon Street Tunnel|
|IRT Eastern Parkway Line||Borough Hall||Franklin Avenue||express|
|IRT Nostrand Avenue Line (full line)||President Street||Flatbush Avenue–Brooklyn College||all||Most trains|
|IRT Eastern Parkway Line||Franklin Avenue||Crown Heights–Utica Avenue||express||N/A||N/A||N/A||Limited service|
|IRT New Lots Line (full line)||Sutter Avenue–Rutland Road||New Lots Avenue||all||Very limited service|
For a more detailed station listing, see the articles on the lines listed above.
|Station service legend|
|Stops all times|
|Stops all times except late nights|
|Stops weekdays only|
|Stops daily except rush hours in the peak direction|
|Stops rush hours only|
|Stops rush hours/weekdays in the peak direction only (including limited service)|
|Time period details|
|Station is compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act|
|↑||Station is compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act|
in the indicated direction only
|Elevator access to mezzanine only|
|Dyre Avenue Line|
|Gun Hill Road/Seymour Avenue||Manhattan-bound platform is closed due to renovations until February 2020.|
|Pelham Parkway/Esplanade||Bx12 Select Bus Service|
|White Plains Road Line (peak-direction rush hour trips only)|
|N/A||Wakefield–241st Street||2||Northern terminal for limited a.m. rush hour trips in the northbound direction only|
|Nereid Avenue||2||Northern terminal for most rush hour peak direction trips to/from Manhattan and Brooklyn|
|233rd Street||2||Metro-North Railroad Harlem Line at Woodlawn|
|Gun Hill Road/White Plains Road||2||Bx41 Select Bus Service|
Metro-North Railroad Harlem Line at Williams Bridge
|Pelham Parkway/White Plains Road||2||Bx12 Select Bus Service|
|Bronx Park East||2|
|East 180th Street||2||Some southbound rush hour trips begin at this station|
Some northbound a.m. rush hour trips terminate at this station
Southern terminal for late night service
|West Farms Square–East Tremont Avenue||2||Q44 Select Bus Service|
|Intervale Avenue||2||Bx6 Select Bus Service|
|Third Avenue–149th Street||2||Bx41 Select Bus Service|
|149th Street–Grand Concourse||2
4 (IRT Jerome Avenue Line)
|Jerome Avenue Line|
|138th Street–Grand Concourse||4|
|Lexington Avenue Line|
|125th Street||4 6 <6>||Metro-North Railroad at Harlem–125th Street|
M60 Select Bus Service to LaGuardia Airport
|86th Street||↑||4 6 <6>||M86 Select Bus Service|
|59th Street||4 6 <6>
N R W (BMT Broadway Line)
Out-of-system transfer with MetroCard: F <F> M N Q R (63rd Street Lines at Lexington Avenue–63rd Street)
|Roosevelt Island Tramway|
|Grand Central–42nd Street||4 6 <6>
7 <7> (IRT Flushing Line)
S (42nd Street Shuttle)
|Metro-North Railroad at Grand Central Terminal|
|14th Street–Union Square||4 6 <6>
L (BMT Canarsie Line)
N Q R W (BMT Broadway Line)
|M14A / M14D Select Bus Service|
|Brooklyn Bridge–City Hall||4 6 <6>
J Z (BMT Nassau Street Line at Chambers Street)
2 3 (IRT Broadway–Seventh Avenue Line)
A C (IND Eighth Avenue Line)
J Z (BMT Nassau Street Line)
|Connection to N R W (BMT Broadway Line) at Cortlandt Street via Dey Street Passageway|
PATH at World Trade Center
|Bowling Green||4||Staten Island Ferry at Whitehall Terminal|
Southern terminal for evening and weekend service, as well as some rush hour service
|Eastern Parkway Line|
2 3 (IRT Broadway–Seventh Avenue Line)
R W (BMT Fourth Avenue Line)
|Station is ADA-accessible in the northbound direction only|
|Nevins Street||2 3 4 |
|Atlantic Avenue–Barclays Center||2 3 4
B Q (BMT Brighton Line)
D N R W (BMT Fourth Avenue Line)
|LIRR Atlantic Branch at Atlantic Terminal|
|Franklin Avenue||2 3 4
S (BMT Franklin Avenue Line)
|Nostrand Avenue Line|
|Sterling Street||2||B44 Select Bus Service|
|Winthrop Street||2||B44 Select Bus Service|
|Church Avenue||2||B44 Select Bus Service|
|Newkirk Avenue||2||B44 Select Bus Service|
|Flatbush Avenue–Brooklyn College||2||B44 Select Bus Service|
|Eastern Parkway Line (limited rush hour service only)|
|↑||Nostrand Avenue||2 3 4 ||One rush-hour train to the Bronx stops here|
|↑||Kingston Avenue||2 3 4 ||One rush-hour train to the Bronx stops here|
|Crown Heights–Utica Avenue||2 3 4 ||B46 Select Bus Service|
Southern terminal for some rush hour service
|New Lots Line (limited rush hour service only)|
|Sutter Avenue–Rutland Road||2 3 4 ||B15 bus to JFK Int'l Airport|
|Saratoga Avenue||2 3 4 |
|Rockaway Avenue||2 3 4 |
|Junius Street||2 3 4 |
|Pennsylvania Avenue||2 3 4 |
|Van Siclen Avenue||2 3 4 |
|New Lots Avenue||2 3 4 ||B15 bus to JFK Int'l Airport|
Southern terminal for some northbound a.m. rush hour service
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