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The 2 Seventh Avenue Express is a service of the New York City Subway. It is colored red on station signs and the NYC Subway map because it represents service provided on the IRT Broadway-Seventh Avenue Line through Manhattan. Trains of the 2 service run all the time. The usual pattern is express through Manhattan and local elsewhere; at late nights it is local everywhere. Some rush hour trips run to New Lots Avenue. Limited rush hour service operates on the IRT Lexington Avenue Line (two trains heading to Brooklyn during morning rush hours, and four trains heading to the Bronx during evening rush hours) to clear congestion.
The 2 service was one of the last strongholds of the Redbird cars. Introduced in the mid-1950s to early 1960s, they ran on the line until 2001–2002 and were replaced by the Bombardier-built R142s.
The IRT White Plains Road Line had been serviced by 3rd Avenue El trains until July 10, 1905, when the connecting subway from 135th Street to the portal past Third Avenue–149th Street opened. Trains went to South Ferry, which opened the same day, from 180th St–Bronx Park.
On December 1, 1924, trains that ended at South Ferry now ran to New Lots Avenue instead.
On September 5, 1937, evening trains were rerouted to the IRT Nostrand Avenue Line.
Over the decades, the 1 and 2 (and later the 3) trains switched terminals between Flatbush Avenue–Brooklyn College and New Lots Avenue several times, until April 18, 1965 when all 2 trains were sent to New Lots Avenue at all times.
On July 10, 1983, the 2 train was sent back to Flatbush Avenue–Brooklyn College, its current route.
From March to October 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 to 12:00 and downtown from 12:00 to 0:00.
In 1999, late night express service in Manhattan was discontinued.
The following table shows the lines used by Route 2 service, with shaded boxes indicating the route at the specified times:
|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,
|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|
|IRT Eastern Parkway Line||Nostrand Avenue||Crown Heights – Utica Avenue||local|
|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 daily except rush hours in the peak direction|
|Stops rush hours only|
|Stops rush hours/weekdays in the peak direction only|
|Stations||Transfer||Connections and notes|
|Wakefield – 241st Street||Metro-North: Harlem Line @ Wakefield|
|233rd Street||Metro-North: Harlem Line @ Woodlawn|
|Gun Hill Road||Bx41 SBS|
|Pelham Parkway||Bx12 SBS|
|Bronx Park East|
|East 180th Street|
|West Farms Square – East Tremont Avenue|
|Third Avenue – 149th Street||Bx41 SBS|
|149th Street – Grand Concourse|
|125th Street||M60 SBS to LaGuardia Airport|
|Central Park North – 110th Street|
|66th Street – Lincoln Center|
|59th Street – Columbus Circle|
|Times Square – 42nd Street||
(42nd Street Shuttle)
|Port Authority Bus Terminal|
|34th Street – Penn Station||M34 / M34A SBS, Amtrak, LIRR, NJ Transit @ Pennsylvania Station|
|14th Street||PATH @ 14th Street|
|Christopher Street – Sheridan Square||PATH @ Christopher Street|
|Park Place||PATH @ World Trade Center|
|Atlantic Avenue – Barclays Center||LIRR: Atlantic Branch @ Atlantic Terminal|
|Grand Army Plaza|
|Eastern Parkway – Brooklyn Museum|
(Franklin Avenue Shuttle)
|Sterling Street||B44 SBS|
|Winthrop Street||B44 SBS|
|Church Avenue||B44 SBS|
|Newkirk Avenue||B44 SBS|
|Flatbush Avenue – Brooklyn College||B44 SBS|
|Nostrand Avenue||B44 SBS|
|Crown Heights – Utica Avenue|
|Sutter Avenue – Rutland Road||B15 to JFK Airport|
|Van Siclen Avenue|
|New Lots Avenue||B15 to JFK Airport|