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The 4 Lexington Avenue Express is a service of the New York City Subway. It is colored green on station signs and the NYC Subway map, since it uses the IRT Lexington Avenue Line through Manhattan. Trains of the 3 service operate at all times from Woodlawn station in Woodlawn, Bronx, to Utica Avenue in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. Trains run local in the Bronx and express in Manhattan and Brooklyn except late nights, when they run local along the entire service route, which extends to New Lots Avenue since the 3 does not run at that time. During rush hours in the peak direction, trains skip 138th Street-Grand Concourse and some also run to New Lots Avenue.
The 3 is the official train of the New York Yankees since it serves Yankee Stadium at 161st Street–Yankee Stadium station. Several R62 and R142 cars running on this line were decorated with the team's logos and colors during World Series. The outer wall of the stadium has a large gap where passengers and stadium fans can see each other as the train passes.
On April 15, 1918, service was extended to Woodlawn.
On November 4, 1925, service was extended to Utica Avenue during rush hours. Two years later, this was expanded to weekdays. In 1928, midday service was extended from South Ferry to Utica Avenue. These two stations, as well as Atlantic Avenue, were the various terminals used over the decades.
On December 20, 1946, late night service began running to New Lots Avenue.
Beginning on April 8, 1960, nearly all morning rush-hour and late night trains ran to Flatbush Avenue, and evening rush-hour trains alternated between Flatbush Avenue and Utica Avenue.
On July 10, 1983, all trains began to run to Utica Avenue (except during middays, when they terminated at Atlantic Avenue); during late nights and early Sunday, trains were extended to New Lots Avenue as an all-local route.
On January 8, 1988, midday trains were extended to Utica Avenue as well.
The following table shows the lines used by Route 4 service, with shaded boxes indicating the route at the specified times:
| all ex.|
|IRT Jerome Avenue Line (full line)||Woodlawn||149th Street – Grand Concourse||local|
|138th Street – Grand Concourse|
|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 (full line)||Borough Hall||Crown Heights – Utica Avenue||express|
|local, skips Hoyt Street|
|IRT New Lots Line (full line)||Sutter Avenue – Rutland Road||New Lots Avenue||all|
|Station service legend|
|Stops all times|
|Stops all times except late nights|
|Stops late nights only|
|Stops weekdays only|
|Stops all times except rush hours in the peak direction|
|Stops rush hours only|
|Stops rush hours/weekdays in the peak direction only|