The 2 Seventh Avenue Express[2] is a rapid transit service in the A Division of the New York City Subway. Its route emblem, or "bullet", is colored red since it uses the IRT Broadway–Seventh Avenue Line through most of Manhattan.

"2" train symbol
Seventh Avenue Express
Map of the "2" train
Note: Dashed pink line shows limited rush hour service to/from New Lots Avenue.
Northern end
Southern end
52 (limited service)
61 (late night service)
Rolling stock350 to 360 R142s (35 to 36 trains)[1]
Depot239th Street Yard (Fleet interchange with "5" train at East 180th Street Yard)
Started serviceNovember 26, 1904; 114 years ago (1904-11-26)
Route map

Down arrow  2 
Wakefield–241st Street
Down arrow  5  (limited rush)
Nereid Avenue
233rd Street
225th Street
219th Street
Gun Hill Road
Burke Avenue
Allerton Avenue
Pelham Parkway
Bronx Park East
East 180th Street
Up arrow  5 
(late nights)
West Farms Square–East Tremont Avenue
174th Street
Freeman Street
Simpson Street
Intervale Avenue
Prospect Avenue
Jackson Avenue
Third Avenue–149th Street
149th Street–Grand Concourse
The Bronx
135th Street
125th Street
116th Street
Central Park North–110th Street
late nights switches to local tracks
(96th Street to Chambers Street)
96th Street
86th Street
79th Street
72nd Street
66th Street–Lincoln Center
59th Street–Columbus Circle
50th Street
Times Square–42nd Street
Up arrow  3  (late nights)
34th Street–Penn Station
28th Street
23rd Street
18th Street
14th Street
Christopher Street–Sheridan Square
Houston Street
Canal Street
Franklin Street
Chambers Street
Park Place
Fulton Street
Wall Street
Clark Street
Borough Hall
Handicapped/disabled access
northbound only
for 4 and ​5 services
Hoyt Street
Nevins Street
Atlantic Avenue–Barclays Center
Bergen Street
Grand Army Plaza
Eastern Parkway–Brooklyn Museum
Franklin Avenue
Nostrand Avenue
Kingston Avenue
Crown Heights–Utica Avenue
Up arrow  4  ( 5  limited)
Sutter Avenue–Rutland Road
Saratoga Avenue
Rockaway Avenue
Junius Street
Pennsylvania Avenue
Van Siclen Avenue
New Lots Avenue
Up arrow  3  ( 2  ​​ 4  5  limited)
President Street
Sterling Street
Winthrop Street
Church Avenue
Beverly Road
Newkirk Avenue
Flatbush Avenue–Brooklyn College
Up arrow  2 
( 5  weekdays)

Lines used by the "2" train
Other services sharing tracks with the "2" train
Unused lines, connections, or service patterns
Termini of services

Cross-platform interchange

Platforms on different levels

The 2 operates at all times between 241st Street in Wakefield, Bronx and Flatbush Avenue–Brooklyn College in Flatbush, Brooklyn; limited rush hour service originates and terminates at New Lots Avenue in East New York, Brooklyn instead of Flatbush Avenue. Daytime service makes local stops in the Bronx and Brooklyn and express in Manhattan; late night service makes local stops along the entire route.

Historically, 2 trains have also run to Crown Heights–Utica Avenue or New Lots Avenue. They ran exclusively on the IRT New Lots Line until 1983, when the 2 was routed to Flatbush Avenue. This is still the case with some rush-hour trains, although they now run to New Lots Avenue only.


Service historyEdit

The first section of what became the current 2 entered service on November 26, 1904, from the temporary 180th Street–Bronx Park terminal via the West Farms El to 149th Street–3rd Avenue. On July 10, 1905, the connection between the IRT Lenox Avenue Line and IRT White Plains Road Line (which was previously served by the Third Avenue El) opened, allowing subway service from Manhattan to the Bronx.[3][4][5][6]

On January 9, 1908, the Joralemon Street Tunnel opened, connecting the current IRT Lexington Avenue Line to Brooklyn. At this time, trains ran from East 180th Street to Borough Hall.[3] On May 1, 1908, trains were extended to Nevins Street and Atlantic Avenue.[3]

On March 3, 1917, the IRT White Plains Road Line was extended to 219th Street.[7][8] On March 31, 1917, the IRT White Plains Road Line was extended to 238th Street–Nereid Avenue,[9] and to Wakefield–241st Street on December 13, 1920.[3][10] On August 1, 1918, the entire IRT Broadway–Seventh Avenue Line was completed.[11] On April 15, 1919, the Clark Street Tunnel, connecting the line to Brooklyn, opened as well.[12]

Beginning on December 19, 1919, trains ran to South Ferry with some rush hour trains to Atlantic Avenue.[3] In 1923, during rush hours, 2 trains alternated between South Ferry and Utica Avenue.[3] Beginning December 1, 1924, 2 trains that had ended at South Ferry were extended to New Lots Avenue.[3]

As of 1934, 2 trains ran from 180th Street-Bronx Park to Flatbush Avenue weekdays and Saturday during daytime and to South Ferry evenings and Sundays, express in Manhattan. Late-night service was from 241st St to South Ferry, making all stops. There were occasional lay-up/put-ins from New Lots. Four weekday evening trains turned at Atlantic.[3] On September 5, 1937, some evening rush hour trains started running to Flatbush Avenue.[3]

As of July 1, 1938, weekday and Saturday evening service was extended to Flatbush Avenue from South Ferry.[13]

Sunday service was extended to Flatbush Avenue on March 5, 1950.

Beginning on December 26, 1950, alternate weekday rush trains were extended to 241st Street in the peak direction, but PM rush service to 241st Street was discontinued on June 26, 1952. Beginning on August 4, 1952, the 180th Street - Bronx Park station was closed, with trains rerouted to East 180th Street. Morning rush hour service to 241st Street, on October 2, 1953, was cut back to Gun Hill Road.

On March 19, 1954, weekend service was rerouted to New Lots Avenue at all times except late nights. On May 4, 1957, a track connection to the IRT Dyre Avenue Line was completed and daytime 2 trains were rerouted to Dyre Avenue.[3] Evening service remained a shuttle between Dyre Avenue and East 180th Street, and morning rush service from Gun Hill Road was discontinued. On December 20, 1957, weekday trains were rerouted to New Lots Avenue at all times except late nights. On June 26, 1958, late night service began between Dyre Avenue and East 180th Street. Beginning on December 12, 1958, late night service was extended to Flatbush Avenue, and the 2 began running express at all times. Beginning February 6, 1959, trains ran between Wakefield–241st Street and Flatbush Avenue at all times except late nights, when they ran between East 180th Street and New Lots Avenue.[3]

Beginning on April 8, 1960, daytime service was rerouted from Dyre Avenue to 241st Street, and service in Brooklyn was rerouted from New Lots Avenue to Flatbush Avenue. At the same time, late night service was rerouted from Flatbush Avenue to New Lots Avenue.

Better Subway Service For Bronx IRT Riders

Beginning on April 18, 1965, evening service was extended from East 180th Street to 241st Street, and in addition daytime service was rerouted from Flatbush Avenue to New Lots Avenue.

On July 10, 1983, the 2 and 3 services swapped Brooklyn terminals. Trains began running between Wakefield–241st Street and Flatbush Avenue at all times, making local stops in Bronx and Brooklyn and express stops in Manhattan. This move enabled the 3's equipment to be inspected and maintained at the Livonia Shop, as the 3 service's equipment were assigned to Livonia Yard.[14]

In Spring 1995, rush hour 5 service to 241st Street was cut back to Nereid Avenue. 241st Street had insufficient capacity to terminate all 2 and 5 trains during rush hours, requiring some 2 and 5 trips to terminate at Nereid Avenue. To ease passenger confusion regarding which trips terminate where and to provide more reliable service, it was decided to have all 2 trips terminate at 241st Street and have all 5 trains terminate at 238th Street. This recommendation was made in response to comments made as party of the Northeast Bronx Comprehensive Study.[15]

From March 2[16] to October 12, 1998, the IRT Lenox Avenue Line was rehabilitated. On weekdays, 2 trains ran via the IRT Lexington Avenue Line between 149th Street–Grand Concourse and Nevins Street uptown from 5:00 a.m. to midnight and downtown from midnight to 5:00 a.m.[17] On October 3, 1999, the 2 began running local in Manhattan during late night hours.[3]

After September 11, 2001, 2 trains ran local in Manhattan at all times so they would not be delayed behind 3 trains terminating at 14th Street. Daytime express service resumed on September 15, 2002.[3]

Due to repairs to Hurricane Sandy-related damage on the Clark Street Tube, on weekends between June 17, 2017 and June 24, 2018, the 2 ran between Eastchester–Dyre Avenue in the Bronx and South Ferry in Lower Manhattan, with 5 trains replacing it in Brooklyn and the Bronx north of East 180th Street. Trains ran express only between 96th Street and Times Square–42nd Street during the daytime.[18][19]


Service patternEdit

The following table shows the lines used by the 2, with shaded boxes indicating the route at the specified times:[20]

Line From To Tracks Times
all ex. nights late nights rush peak
IRT White Plains Road Line (full line) Wakefield–241st Street 149th Street–Grand Concourse local      
IRT Lenox Avenue Line 135th Street Central Park North–110th Street all
IRT Broadway–Seventh Avenue Line 96th Street Chambers Street express  
IRT Broadway-Seventh Avenue Line,
Brooklyn Branch
Park Place Borough Hall all    
IRT Eastern Parkway Line Hoyt Street Franklin Avenue local
IRT Nostrand Avenue Line (full line) President Street Flatbush Avenue–Brooklyn College all Most trains
IRT Eastern Parkway Line Nostrand Avenue Crown Heights–Utica Avenue local     Limited service
IRT New Lots Line (full line) Sutter Avenue–Rutland Road New Lots Avenue all


For a more detailed station listing, see the articles on the lines listed above.[2]

Station service legend
  Stops all times
  Stops all times except late nights
  Stops late nights only
  Stops late nights and weekends only
  Stops weekdays only
  Stops weekends only
  Stops daily except rush hours in the peak direction
  Stops rush hours only
  Station closed
  Stops rush hours in the peak direction only (limited service)
Time period details
  Station is compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act
  ↑ Station is compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act
in the indicated direction only
  Elevator access to mezzanine only
Stations   Subway transfers Connections
The Bronx
White Plains Road Line
    Wakefield–241st Street Metro-North Railroad Harlem Line at Wakefield
    Nereid Avenue 5   Originating point for some southbound a.m. rush hour trains
    233rd Street   5   Metro-North Railroad Harlem Line at Woodlawn
    225th Street 5  
    219th Street 5  
    Gun Hill Road   5   Bx41 Select Bus Service
Metro-North Railroad Harlem Line at Williams Bridge
    Burke Avenue 5  
    Allerton Avenue 5  
    Pelham Parkway   5   Bx12 Select Bus Service
    Bronx Park East 5  
    East 180th Street   5  
    West Farms Square–East Tremont Avenue 5   Q44 Select Bus Service
    174th Street 5  
    Freeman Street 5  
    Simpson Street   5  
    Intervale Avenue 5   Bx6 Select Bus Service
    Prospect Avenue 5  
    Jackson Avenue 5  
    Third Avenue–149th Street   5   Bx41 Select Bus Service
    149th Street–Grand Concourse 5  
4   (IRT Jerome Avenue Line)
Lenox Avenue Line
    135th Street   3  
    125th Street 3   M60 Select Bus Service to LaGuardia Airport
    116th Street 3  
    Central Park North–110th Street 3  
Broadway–Seventh Avenue Line
    96th Street   1   ​​3  
  | 86th Street 1   M86 Select Bus Service
  | 79th Street 1   M79 Select Bus Service
    72nd Street   1   ​​3  
  | 66th Street–Lincoln Center   1  
  | 59th Street–Columbus Circle   1  
A  D   (IND Eighth Avenue Line)
  | 50th Street 1  
    Times Square–42nd Street   1   ​​3  
7   <7>  ​ (IRT Flushing Line)
A  C  E   (IND Eighth Avenue Line at 42nd Street–Port Authority Bus Terminal)
N  Q  R  W   (BMT Broadway Line)
S   (42nd Street Shuttle)
Port Authority Bus Terminal
M34A Select Bus Service
    34th Street–Penn Station   1   ​​3   M34 / M34A Select Bus Service
Amtrak, LIRR and NJ Transit at Pennsylvania Station
  | 28th Street 1  
  | 23rd Street 1   M23 Select Bus Service
  | 18th Street 1  
    14th Street 1   ​​3  
F  M   (IND Sixth Avenue Line at 14th Street)
L   (BMT Canarsie Line at Sixth Avenue)
PATH at 14th Street
M14A/D Select Bus Service
  | Christopher Street–Sheridan Square 1   PATH at Christopher Street
  | Houston Street 1  
  | Canal Street 1  
  | Franklin Street 1  
    Chambers Street   1   ​​3  
Brooklyn Branch
    Park Place   3  
A  C   (IND Eighth Avenue Line at Chambers Street)
E   (IND Eighth Avenue Line at World Trade Center)
N  R  W   (BMT Broadway Line at Cortlandt Street)
PATH at World Trade Center
    Fulton Street   3  
4  5   (IRT Lexington Avenue Line)
A  C   (IND Eighth Avenue Line)
J  Z   (BMT Nassau Street Line)
PATH at World Trade Center
    Wall Street 3  
    Clark Street   3  
    Borough Hall   3  
4  5   (IRT Eastern Parkway Line)
N   R  W   (BMT Fourth Avenue Line)
Eastern Parkway Line
    Hoyt Street 3  
    Nevins Street 3  4  5  
    Atlantic Avenue–Barclays Center   3  4  5  
B  Q   (BMT Brighton Line)
D  N  R  W   (BMT Fourth Avenue Line)
LIRR Atlantic Branch at Atlantic Terminal
    Bergen Street 3  4  
    Grand Army Plaza 3  4  
    Eastern Parkway–Brooklyn Museum 3  4  
    Franklin Avenue 3  4  5  
S   (BMT Franklin Avenue Line)
Services to Flatbush Avenue and New Lots Avenue split
Nostrand Avenue Line
  N/A President Street 5  
  Sterling Street 5   B44 Select Bus Service
  Winthrop Street 5   B44 Select Bus Service
  Church Avenue   5   B44 Select Bus Service
  Beverly Road 5  
  Newkirk Avenue 5   B44 Select Bus Service
  Flatbush Avenue–Brooklyn College   5   B44 Select Bus Service
Eastern Parkway Line (limited rush hour service only)
N/A   Nostrand Avenue 3  4  5   B44 Select Bus Service
  Kingston Avenue 3  4  5  
  Crown Heights–Utica Avenue   3  4  5   B46 Select Bus Service
New Lots Line (limited rush hour service only)
N/A   Sutter Avenue–Rutland Road 3  4  5   B15 bus to JFK Int'l Airport
  Saratoga Avenue 3  4  5  
  Rockaway Avenue 3  4  5  
  Junius Street 3  4  5  
  Pennsylvania Avenue 3  4  5  
  Van Siclen Avenue 3  4  5  
  New Lots Avenue 3  4  5   B15 bus to JFK Int'l Airport


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