D (New York City Subway service)

Sixth Avenue Express

A train made of R68 cars in D service at Bay Parkway, bound for Manhattan and the Bronx.
Northern end Norwood – 205th Street
Southern end Coney Island – Stillwell Avenue
Stations 41
Rolling stock 232 R68s (29 trains, AM rush)
216 R68s (27 trains, AM rush)
Depot Concourse Yard
Started service December 15, 1940 (1940-12-15)

The D Sixth Avenue Express is a rapid transit service in the B Division of the New York City Subway. Its route emblem, or "bullet", is colored bright orange since it uses the IND Sixth Avenue Line in Manhattan.[1] The D operates at all times between 205th Street in Norwood, Bronx, and Stillwell Avenue in Coney Island, Brooklyn via Grand Concourse in the Bronx, Central Park West / Sixth Avenue in Manhattan, the north side of the Manhattan Bridge, and Fourth Avenue / West End in Brooklyn. The D runs express in Manhattan and makes all stops on the BMT West End Line in Brooklyn at all times. The D also makes all stops in the Bronx except when it runs express in the peak direction during rush hours. The D runs express on Fourth Avenue at all times except nights when it serves all stops.


A poster showing the temporary DD service that resulted from a water main break.
Sixth Avenue Subway Will Be Opened to the Public at 12-01 A.M. Sunday, Dec. 15, 1940

D service began on December 15, 1940 when the IND Sixth Avenue Line opened. It ran from 205th Street, the Bronx to World Trade Center (at that time called Hudson Terminal) on the IND Eighth Avenue Line, switching between the IND Sixth Avenue to the Eighth Avenue Lines just south of West Fourth Street – Washington Square.[2]

D service was increased on October 24, 1949 in order to offset the loss off CC service.[3]

On December 29, 1951, peak direction express service in the Bronx was discontinued.

On October 30, 1954, a connection between the IND South Brooklyn Line and BMT Culver Line opened. D service was rerouted via these two lines to Coney Island – Stillwell Avenue with limited rush hour trains to Church Avenue.[4]

Between 1957 and 1959, limited rush hour trains ran express and/or local to Euclid Avenue.

From December 4 to December 27, 1962, a special service labeled DD was provided due to a water main break. It ran local from 205th Street, Bronx to 59th Street – Columbus Circle, then continued as a local down the Eighth Avenue Line to West Fourth Street, where it switched to the Sixth Avenue Line and continued on its normal route to Coney Island – Stillwell Avenue via the Culver Line.[5]

1967-1979 bullet

On November 26, 1967, the Chrystie Street Connection opened, adding express service on the Sixth Avenue Line and connecting it with the north tracks of the Manhattan Bridge. D service was switched over to BMT Brighton Line via this new connector. It became the express service weekdays to Brighton Beach and the local to Stillwell Avenue at other times. In Manhattan, it ran express from West 4th Street to 34th Street rush hours only (the B used the express tracks to relay when it terminated at West 4th Street at other times).[6] It would become the full-time Sixth Avenue Express when non-rush hours B service was extended to 57th Street – Sixth Avenue.

Yellow D bullet from 1986 to 1988, when it served the BMT Broadway Line.

When the north tracks of the Manhattan Bridge closed on April 13, 1986 due to construction, the D service was divided and ran in two sections, one between Norwood-205th Street in the Bronx and 34th Street – Herald Square (the Orange D) while the other ran from 57th Street – Seventh Avenue on the BMT Broadway Line, then express along the Broadway Line to Canal Street, then over the south tracks of the Manhattan Bridge into Brooklyn, and then along the Brighton Line to Stillwell Avenue (the Yellow D). At this time, D/Q skip-stop service ran in Brooklyn on weekdays.

On December 11, 1988, the north tracks of the Manhattan Bridge reopened and the two sections of the D joined together running via Sixth Avenue Express. The D now ran as the full-time Brighton Local to Stillwell Avenue.[7]

In May 1995, the north tracks were closed during midday and weekends and D service was cut south of 34th Street-Herald Square. On July 22, 2001, it was closed at all times and D service was cut again. In Brooklyn, it was replaced by Q local service.[8]

After September 11, 2001, C service was suspended. On weekends, the D ran local on the Eighth Avenue Line north of 59th Street to fill in the gap in service caused by the suspension.

On February 22, 2004, full service on the Manhattan Bridge was restored and D trains were extended via the north tracks of the bridge to Brooklyn, replacing the W as the Fourth Avenue Express (late nights local) and West End Local to Coney Island – Stillwell Avenue.[9][10][11] The D was moved to the West End Line instead of returning to the Brighton Line, which it had run on since 1967, in order to avoid running two separate (B and D) shortened services outside of weekdays. Moving the D to the West End Line meant it could now provide 24-hour service to both the Concourse Line in the Bronx and West End Line in Brooklyn. This eliminated the need to run late-night and/or weekend shuttles on either the West End or Concourse lines.[12]

From May 24, 2004 to Fall 2004, construction on the IND Concourse Line, required the suspension of D express service in the Bronx.[13]

In popular culture


Service pattern

The following table shows the lines used by the D, with shaded boxes indicating the route at the specified times:

Line From To Tracks Times
IND Concourse Line (full line) Norwood–205th Street all      
Bedford Park Boulevard 145th Street express    
IND Eighth Avenue Line 135th Street 59th Street–Columbus Circle express  
IND Sixth Avenue Line Seventh Avenue Broadway–Lafayette Street
Chrystie Street Connection Grand Street all
Manhattan Bridge north
BMT Fourth Avenue Line DeKalb Avenue bypass  
Atlantic Avenue–Barclays Center 36th Street express      
BMT West End Line (full line) Ninth Avenue Coney Island–Stillwell Avenue    


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

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
Station closed
Stops weekdays in the peak direction only
Time period details
Stations Subway transfers Connections
The Bronx
Concourse Line
Norwood–205th Street
Bedford Park Boulevard B 
Kingsbridge Road B 
Fordham Road B  Bx12 Select Bus Service
182nd–183rd Streets B 
Tremont Avenue B 
174th–175th Streets B 
170th Street B 
167th Street B 
161st Street–Yankee Stadium B 
4  (IRT Jerome Avenue Line)
155th Street B 
145th Street B 
A  C  (IND Eighth Avenue Line)
Eighth Avenue Line
125th Street A  B  C  M60 Select Bus Service to LaGuardia Airport
59th Street–Columbus Circle A  B  C 
1  2  (IRT Broadway – Seventh Avenue Line)
Sixth Avenue Line
Seventh Avenue B 
E  (IND Queens Boulevard Line)
47th–50th Streets–Rockefeller Center B  F  M 
42nd Street–Bryant Park B  F  M 
7  <7> (IRT Flushing Line at Fifth Avenue)
34th Street–Herald Square B  F  M 
N  Q  R  W  (BMT Broadway Line)
M34 / M34A Select Bus Service
PATH at 33rd Street
West Fourth Street–Washington Square B  F  M 
A  C  E  (IND Eighth Avenue Line)
PATH at 9th Street
Broadway–Lafayette Street B  F  M 
4  6  <6> (IRT Lexington Avenue Line at Bleecker Street)
Chyrstie Street Branch
Grand Street B 
Fourth Avenue Line
DeKalb Avenue N  Q  R 
Atlantic Avenue–Barclays Center N  R 
B  Q  (BMT Brighton Line)
2  3  4  5  (IRT Eastern Parkway Line)
LIRR Atlantic Branch at Atlantic Terminal
Union Street N  R 
Ninth Street N  R 
F  G  (IND Culver Line at Fourth Avenue)
Prospect Avenue N  R 
25th Street N  R 
36th Street N  R 
West End Line
Ninth Avenue
Fort Hamilton Parkway
50th Street
55th Street
62nd Street N  (BMT Sea Beach Line at New Utrecht Avenue)
71st Street
79th Street
18th Avenue
20th Avenue
Bay Parkway
25th Avenue
Bay 50th Street
Coney Island–Stillwell Avenue F  (IND Culver Line)
N  (BMT Sea Beach Line)
Q  (BMT Brighton Line)


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  2. "The New Subway Routes". The New York Times. 1940-12-15. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2016-06-20.
  3. "IND Faster Service Will Start Sunday". New York Times. October 20, 1949. Retrieved February 20, 2016.
  4. "Bronx to Coney Ride In New Subway Link". New York Times. October 18, 1954. Retrieved February 20, 2016.
  5. Brochure reflecting the service change
  6. "New Subway Routes Brochure". www.thejoekorner.com. New York City Transit Authority. November 26, 1967. Retrieved 2016-01-24.
  7. "System-Wide Changes In Subway Service Effective Sunday, December 11, 1988". Flickr - Photo Sharing!. Retrieved 2016-06-17.
  8. http://web.archive.org/web/20030629092241/http://mta.info/nyct/service/pdf/tdcur.pdf
  9. Lower Manhattan : News | New Manhattan Bridge Subway Service
  10. "B D M N Q R W Weekday Service Manhattan Bridge Map" (PDF). mta.info. Metropolitan Transportation Authority. February 2004. Retrieved September 18, 2016.
  11. "MTA NYC Transit Manhattan Bridge Information". 2004-02-05. Retrieved 2016-09-18.
  12. "A Subway Map Remade, in Hopes of Matching Routes and Riders". The New York Times. February 20, 2004. Retrieved June 9, 2014.
  13. "MTA NYC Transit - Subway Service Information". 2004-10-12. Archived from the original on October 12, 2004. Retrieved 2016-06-17.
  14. "MoMA". MoMA.org.

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