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Station: West 4th Street-Washington Square

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IND 8th Avenue/Fulton Street/Rockaway Line
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A.GIF 207th Street · Dyckman Street-200th Street · 190th Street-Overlook Terrace · 181st Street · 175th Street-George Washington Bridge Bus Terminal · 168th Street · 163rd Street-Amsterdam Avenue · 155th Street · 145th Street · 125th Street · 59th Street-Columbus Circle · 42nd Street-Port Authority Bus Terminal · 34th Street-Penn Station · 14th Street · West 4th Street-Washington Square · Canal Street-Holland Tunnel · Chambers Street-World Trade Center · Fulton Street (Broadway-Nassau) · High Street-Brooklyn Bridge · Jay St.-Metrotech (Borough Hall) · Hoyt-Schermerhorn Street · Nostrand Avenue · Utica Avenue · Broadway-East New York · Euclid Avenue · Grant Avenue · 80th Street-Hudson Street · 88th Street-Boyd Avenue · Rockaway Boulevard · 104th Street-Oxford Avenue · 111th Street-Greenwood Avenue · Lefferts Boulevard · Aqueduct Racetrack · Aqueduct-North Conduit Avenue · Howard Beach · Jamaica Bay Crossing · Broad Channel · Hammels Wye · Beach 67th Street-Gaston Avenue · Beach 60th Street-Straiton · Beach 44th Street-Frank Avenue · Beach 36th Street-Edgemere · Beach 25th Street-Wavecrest · Mott Avenue-Far Rockaway · Beach 90th Street-Holland · Beach 98th Street-Playland · Beach 105th Street-Seaside · Rockaway Park-Beach 116th Street
C.GIF 168th Street · 163rd Street-Amsterdam Avenue · 155th Street · 145th Street · 135th Street · 125th Street · 116th Street · 110th Street-Cathedral Parkway · 103rd Street · 96th Street · 86th Street · 81st Street-Museum of Natural History · 72nd Street · 59th Street-Columbus Circle · 50th Street · 42nd Street-Port Authority Bus Terminal · 34th Street-Penn Station · 23rd Street · 14th Street · West 4th Street-Washington Square · Spring Street · Canal Street-Holland Tunnel · Chambers Street-World Trade Center · Fulton Street (Broadway-Nassau) · High Street-Brooklyn Bridge · Jay St.-Metrotech (Borough Hall) · Hoyt-Schermerhorn Street · Lafayette Avenue · Clinton-Washington Avenues · Franklin Avenue · Nostrand Avenue · Kingston-Throop Avenues · Utica Avenue · Ralph Avenue · Rockaway Avenue · Broadway-East New York · Liberty Avenue · Van Siclen Avenue · Shepherd Avenue · Euclid Avenue
E.GIF Jamaica Center -- Parsons-Archer · Sutphin Blvd.-Archer Ave.-JFK · Jamaica-Van Wyck · Union Turnpike-Kew Gardens · 71st-Continental Aves.-Forest Hills · Roosevelt Avenue · Queens Plaza · Court Square · Lexington Avenue-53rd Street · 5th Avenue-53rd Street · 7th Avenue-53rd Street · 50th Street · 42nd Street-Port Authority Bus Terminal · 34th Street-Penn Station · 23rd Street · 14th Street · West 4th Street-Washington Square · Spring Street · Canal Street-Holland Tunnel · Chambers Street-World Trade Center
IND 6th Avenue Line
B.GIF Bedford Park Boulevard ·Kingsbridge Road ·Fordham Road · 182nd-183rd Street · Tremont Avenue · 174th-175th Street · 170th Street · 167th Street · 161st Street-Yankee Stadium · 155th Street-8th Avenue · 145th Street · 135th Street · 125th Street · 116th Street · 110th Street-Cathedral Parkway · 103rd Street · 96th Street · 86th Street · 81st Street-Museum of Natural History · 72nd Street · 59th Street-Columbus Circle · 7th Avenue-53rd Street · 47-50th Street-Rockefeller Center · 42nd Street · 34th Street-Herald Square · West 4th Street-Washington Square · Broadway-Lafayette · Grand Street · DeKalb Avenue · Atlantic Avenue · 7th Avenue · Prospect Park · Church Avenue · Newkirk Plaza · Kings Highway · Sheepshead Bay · Brighton Beach
D.GIF 205th Street · Bedford Park Boulevard ·Kingsbridge Road ·Fordham Road · 182nd-183rd Street · Tremont Avenue · 174th-175th Street · 170th Street · 167th Street · 161st Street-Yankee Stadium · 155th Street-8th Avenue · 145th Street · 125th Street · 59th Street-Columbus Circle · 7th Avenue-53rd Street · 47-50th Street-Rockefeller Center · 42nd Street · 34th Street-Herald Square · West 4th Street-Washington Square · Broadway-Lafayette · Grand Street · Pacific Street · 36th Street · 59th Street · 9th Avenue · Fort Hamilton Parkway · 50th Street · 55th Street · 62nd Street · 71st Street · 79th Street · 18th Avenue · 20th Avenue · Bay Parkway · 25th Avenue · Bay 50th Street · Coney Island-Stillwell Avenue
F.GIF 179th Street · 169th Street · Parsons Boulevard · Sutphin Boulevard · Briarwood-Van Wyck Boulevard · Union Turnpike-Kew Gardens · 75th Avenue · 71st-Continental Aves.-Forest Hills · Roosevelt Avenue · 21st Street-Queensbridge · Roosevelt Island · Lexington Ave.-63rd St. · 57th Street · 47-50th Street-Rockefeller Center · 42nd Street · 34th Street-Herald Square · 23rd Street · 14th Street · West 4th Street-Washington Square · Broadway-Lafayette · 2nd Avenue · Delancey Street · East Broadway · York Street · Jay St.-Metrotech · Bergen Street · Carroll Street · Smith-9th Street · 4th Avenue · 7th Avenue-Park Slope · 15th Street-Prospect Park · Fort Hamilton Parkway · Church Avenue · Ditmas Avenue · 18th Avenue · Avenue I · Bay Parkway · Avenue N · Avenue P · Kings Highway · Avenue U · Avenue X · Neptune Avenue · West 8th Street · Coney Island-Stillwell Avenue
M.GIF

71st-Continental Aves.-Forest Hills · 67th Avenue · 63rd Drive-Rego Park · Woodhaven Boulevard-Queens Mall · Grand Avenue-Newtown · Elmhurst Avenue · Roosevelt Avenue · 65th Street · Northern Boulevard · 46th Street · Steinway Street · 36th Street · Queens Plaza · Court Square · Lexington Avenue-53rd Street · 5th Avenue-53rd Street · 47-50th Street-Rockefeller Center · 42nd Street · 34th Street-Herald Square · 23rd Street · 14th Street · West 4th Street-Washington Square · Broadway-Lafayette · Essex Street · Marcy Avenue · Hewes Street · Lorimer Street · Flushing Avenue · Myrtle Avenue · Central Avenue · Knickerbocker Avenue · Wyckoff Avenue · Seneca Avenue · Forest Avenue · Fresh Pond Road · Metropolitan Avenue


Overview

Opened: 9/10/1932

Two track levels, four tracks and two island platforms on each level, with a full-length mezzanine between the two levels (not above). The upper level services trains from the IND 8th Avenue subway, and the lower level services those from the IND 6th Avenue/Houston Street subway. The upper level began service first, beginning in September, 1932. The first service on the lower level was a shuttle along Houston Street to 2nd Avenue, starting January, 1936, with through service along the 6th Avenue local tracks starting December 1940. The 6th Avenue express tracks were built later, and didn't begin service until July 1, 1968, so between 1936 and 1968, the express tracks here at West 4th Street (and also at 34th Stree/6th Avenue) were used as terminal tracks only.

The station, which doesn't actually have an exit to 4th St., is probably so-called to differentiate it from the planned IND second system South 4th St. station/line in Brooklyn.

There are two fare control areas; one reached via ramps at the south end of the two upper level platforms, in a small "mezzanine"; and one at the south end of each of the upper level platforms. Since the fare control areas all lead directly to the upper level (8th Avenue) platforms, passengers for 6th Avenue trains walk a short distance along the upper plaforms to the stairs down to the mezzanine, and thence to the lower level platforms. Crossover and transfer is provided via the mezzanine. Elevators were recently added connecting the two platforms and the mezzanine.

The mezzanine now houses a large NYCT office complex at the north end; closed stairways from the lower level platforms reveal the "shortened" mezzanine above. Rumor has it that there used to be direct exits to the street from this middle level mezzanine. For a station this large it actually has relatively few and small exits to the street; this station was meant as a mass transfer point between the two trunk lines.

The tile adornment is standard IND; both track levels have dark green tile stripes with an even darker green border. There are no other artworks or mosaics along the platforms or trackside walls.

The streets around this station bear scars of the IND construction. Sixth Avenue started at 3rd Street; there was no street continuing south at that point. A new street was sliced through the Village to accommodate the new subway. Bits and bites of the adjoining blocks were cut off by the new street. There are numerous buildings with sides ripped out and bare; many have been cosmetically redone over the ages. This slicing through of the IND subway (and of the IRT West Side line as well) helped contribute to the triangular blocks so famous to the Village.

This new southern extension of Sixth Avenue is extra wide to fit the cunning interchange between the 6th and 8th Avenue lines. South of the station there are three levels of track. The 8th Avenue express is the upper level. The local tracks of both lines are in the middle with their flying junction. The 6th Avenue express is the lowest level.

Area Track Map

Single Line Diagram of the West 4th St. Station, Lower Level

How to Read Single Line Diagrams

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