SUBWAY LINE NAMES

by Joseph D. Korman

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World Trade Center Terror - 9-11-2001

On September 11, 2001 two hijacked planes crashed into and destroyed the two World Trade Center towers. While the loss of life far overshadowed the subway service disruptions, here are the services the TA was able to operate during the disaster.

LINE NORTH MAIN SOUTH Notes
IRT Lines
1 242 Broadway/7th Ave 14th Local
2 241 Broadway/7th Ave 34th-7th Express
3 148 Lenox Terminal Lenox Ave 96th (?) Shuttle
2-4 Atlantic Ave Brooklyn Lines Flatbush and New Lots Local
4 Woodlawn Jerome-Lexington Grand Central Local
5 Dyre Dyre E. 180th Shuttle
6 Pelham Pelham-Lexington Grand Central Local
BMT-IND Lines
A 207th 8th Ave-Houston Lefferts & Rockaways Local
C Suspended
E Parsons-Archer 8th Ave Houston Second Ave Express in Queens
N Court St Sea Beach-Fourth Ave Stillwell Ave Days - Local
Astoria Sea Beach-Fourth Ave Stillwell Ave Nights - via Bridge
R Court St Fourth Ave 95th-4th Days
J Essex St Broadway-Bklyn Parsons-Archer Local
M Broadway-Myrtle Myrtle Metropolitan Shuttle
W Astoria Broadway - Bridge Stillwell West End Local in Manhattan

During the hours and days after the attack, service was changing quickly as lines were assessed as to damage severity. For at least Wednesday through Friday the only south Brooklyn to Manhattan service was via the Manhattan Bridge and the Rutgers St tunnel.

Once damage was assessed and more regular service was able to be provided the following services were provided:

LINE NORTH MAIN SOUTH Notes
IRT Lines
1 242 Broadway/7th Ave 14th Express
2 241 Broadway/7th Ave Flatbush Local
3 148 Lenox Terminal Broadway/7th Ave New Lots Local
4 Woodlawn Jerome-Lexington Atlantic/Utica/New Lots Express - No stop at Wall St
5 Dyre White Plains Rd Flatbush Ave Express - No stop at Wall St
6 Pelham Pelham-Lexington Brooklyn Bridge Local
BMT-IND Lines
A 207th 8th Ave Lefferts & Rockaways Days - Local to 145th St - Express CPW - 8th Ave & Brooklyn
Night Local 207 to Rockaway
E Jamaica Parsons 8th Ave Houston Euclid Ave Express in Queens - Local in Brooklyn
C Suspended - See A and E
N Suspended - See W and M
R Suspended - See Q and J
J Parsons-Archer Broadway-Bklyn-Nassau 95th-4th Ave Replacing R train in Bay Ridge
M Metropolitan Ave Myrtle-Broadway-Nassau Stillwell Ave - Sea Beach Replacing N train via Sea Beach
Q Continental Ave Queens Blvd - Broadway Stillwell Brighton Repacing R service in Queens
W Astoria Broadway - Bridge Stillwell West End Local in Manhattan

The above services were as of Monday morning's rush hour.

The Cortlandt St Station of the 1 and 9 was crushed by the impact of the collapse of the towers. The Cortlandt station of the N and R will re-open in a few weeks (months).

After a few days of switching delays at 96th St, the following adjustments were made effective 9/19/2001:

LINE NORTH MAIN SOUTH Notes
IRT Lines
1 242 Broadway/7th Ave New Lots Local - days
242 Broadway/7th Ave 14th St Local - nights
2 241 Broadway/7th Ave Flatbush Local
3 148 Lenox Terminal Broadway/7th Ave 14th Express - days
No night service - use bus from 135th-Lenox

Effective 9/22/2001 the E and C returned to almost normal service.

LINE NORTH MAIN SOUTH Notes
BMT-IND Lines
E Jamaica Parsons 8th Ave Canal St Relay at WTC
C 168th St 8th Euclid No stop at Chambers St

Effective Sunday October 28, 2001 the N and R lines were returned to normal service except for not stopping at Cortlandt St.

LINE NORTH MAIN SOUTH Notes
IRT Lines
1&2


Stops at Park Place
BMT-IND Lines
J Jamaica Parsons Nassua St Broad St
M Metropolitan Ave Nassau Bay Parkway
Ninth Ave - West End

N Astoria Broadway - Tunnel Coney Island
via Sea Beach
No stop at Cortlandt
R Continental Ave Broadway - Tunnel 95th St - Fourth Ave No stop at Cortlandt
Z Jamaica Parsons Nassua St Broad St Skip Stop with J

The IRT Cortlandt St Station, which will be closed indefinately. Closed too are Rector and South Ferry.


The Courtlandt St Station on the BMT re-opened on September 8, 2002.

The rebuilt line of the IRT was opened on September 15, 2002. The Rector and South Ferry stations re-opened.

An unofficial Service map as of 2001-09-19 based on M. Calcagno's work.

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