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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 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:
| all ex.|
|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|