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34th Street or 34th Street–Herald Square is a New York City Subway station complex on the BMT Broadway Line and the IND Sixth Avenue Line. It is located at Herald Square in Midtown Manhattan where 34th Street, Broadway and Sixth Avenue intersect, and is served by:
- D, F, N and Q trains at all times
- R trains at all times except late nights
- B, V and W trains weekdays
Just south of the complex, an underground connection is available to PATH at 33rd Street. There is an exit from the station directly into the Manhattan Mall, and Macy's flagship store is located just outside the station. Pennsylvania Station is one block west. Since the closure of an underground walkway between the two stations in the 1990s, passengers must walk at street level to transfer.
34th Street station complex was overhauled in the late 1970s. MTA fixed the station's structure and the overall appearance. It replaced the original wall tiles, old signs, and incandescent lighting with 70's modern look wall tile band and tablet mosaics, signs and fluorescent lights. It also fixed staircases and platform edges. In the early 1990s, the station received a major overhaul. It was received state of repairs as well as upgrading the station for ADA compliance and modernize wall tiling. MTA did repair the staircases, re-tiling for the walls, new tiling on the floors, upgrading the station's lights and the public address system, installing ADA safety threads along the platform edge, new signs, and new trackbeds in both directions.
BMT Broadway Line platformsEdit
34th Street on the BMT Broadway Line has 2 island platforms. These platforms opened several years after the opening of the Port Authority Trans-Hudson station; the Sixth Avenue platforms were built later.
IND Sixth Avenue Line platformsEdit
34th Street on the IND Sixth Avenue Line has 2 island platforms. The station has many entrances and exits, including one directly into Manhattan Mall and another that extends to the eastern side of Fifth Avenue.
During construction on the IND portion of this station, constructors had to counter problems in their path. For one, the BMT and PATH platforms existed decades before this portion of the station was completed. Constructors had to dig deeper in order to pass the original platforms without interference, as well as avoiding wires and pipes.
Until around mid-1980s, there were passageways (but not free transfers) to the adjacent 42nd Street–Bryant Park station to the north and to 34th Street–Penn Station on the IRT Broadway-Seventh Avenue Line.