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59th Street-Columbus Circle is a New York City Subway station complex shared by the IRT Broadway-Seventh Avenue Line and the IND Eighth Avenue Line. It is located at Columbus Circle in Midtown Manhattan where 59th Street, Broadway and Eighth Avenue intersect, and is served by:
- 1, A and D trains at all times
- C trains at all times except late nights
- B trains weekdays
- 2 trains late nights
There are exits and entrances from West 57th Street to West 61st Street, with the exit at West 60th Street leading to the Trump International Hotel and Tower. Another exit in the Circle itself, at West 59th Street, leads to the Time Warner Center.
IND Eighth Avenue LineEdit
59th Street–Columbus Circle on the IND Eighth Avenue Line is a somewhat large express station. There are three island platforms; the outer two are in revenue service, while the inner platform is disused (except for occasional fan trips). There are also closed stairwells at the extreme south end of the station, recently cordoned off to curb crowding in that area. At the middle of the platform, there are stairs that connect with the IRT Broadway-Seventh Avenue Line. Elevators are currently being installed at the station. South of the station, there are switches to allow trains to diverge to the IND Sixth Avenue Line or continue south on Eighth Avenue. There is a newsstand at the center of the southbound platform.
While there used to be some "1992 artwork here called Hello Columbus, made by various New York City artists and public school students" it has recently been torn down.
IRT Broadway-Seventh Avenue LineEdit
59 Street-Columbus Circle on the IRT Broadway-Seventh Avenue Line has four tracks and two side platforms. The station is an important transfer point between the Broadway–Seventh Avenue Line and the IND Eighth Avenue Line. However, as the Eighth Avenue Line did not exist when the station was built, the station was constructed as a local stop. At one point, the New York City Transit Authority considered converting the station to an express stop by swapping the outer tracks with the outer platforms. This would have coincided with 72nd Street becoming a local stop through a similar construction method.
When the station opened there was an underpass between the downtown and uptown platforms. In the 1970's the underpass was closed and the staircase entrances covered over. Today, passengers must use the IND mezzanine to transfer between directions.
- nycsubway.org — IRT West Side Line: 59th Street/Columbus Circle
- nycsubway.org — IND 8th Avenue: 59th Street/Columbus Circle
- Station Reporter — Columbus Circle/59th Street Complex