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NYCS Route 1 Broadway – Seventh Avenue Local
NYCS Route 2 Seventh Avenue Express
NYCS Route 3 Seventh Avenue Express
NYCS Route 4 Lexington Avenue Express
NYCS Route 5 Lexington Avenue Express
NYCS Route 6 Lexington Avenue/Pelham Local
NYCS Route 6d Lexington Avenue Local/Pelham Express
NYCS Route 7 Flushing Local
NYCS Route 7d Flushing Express
NYCS Route A Eighth Avenue Express
NYCS Route B Sixth Avenue Express
NYCS Route C Eighth Avenue Local
NYCS Route D Sixth Avenue Express
NYCS Route E Eighth Avenue Local
NYCS Route F Sixth Avenue Local
NYCS Route G Crosstown Local
NYCS Route J Nassau Street Local
NYCS Route L 14 Street – Canarsie Local
NYCS Route M Sixth Avenue Local
NYCS Route N Broadway Express
NYCS Route Q Broadway Express
NYCS Route R Broadway Local
NYCS Route W Broadway Local
NYCS Route Z Nassau Street Express
NYCS Route S 42nd Street Shuttle
NYCS Route S Franklin Avenue Shuttle
NYCS Route S Rockaway Park Shuttle
NYCS Route SIRl Staten Island Railway Local
NYCS Route SIRe Staten Island Railway Express
NYCS Route T Second Avenue Local (future)

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The L 14th Street–Canarsie Local is a service of the New York City Subway, running local along the full length of the BMT Canarsie Line, 24 hours a day. The service is colored gray on station signs and the NYC Subway map, as it represents a service provided on the Canarsie Line. For more information on the service, including history of the line, see the Canarsie Line article.

Annual ridership for the L service:[1]
1994 . . . 16,968,025
1996 . . . 18,107,243
1998 . . . 21,196,693
2000 . . . 26,155,806
2005 . . . 30,452,319

Time between scheduled trains:

Morning and evening rush hours: 4 mins.

Midday: 8 mins.

Overnight: 20 mins.

Five busiest stations in 2005:


Ridership on the L train has increased dramatically since 2000. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority's $443 million fleet of subway cars on the L service was introduced in 2002, but by 2006 was already too small to handle growing ridership. The Transit Authority had projected that 212 Kawasaki-made R143 subway cars would be enough to accommodate ridership demands for years to come, but ridership has risen higher than expected.

Due to the L train's route through the heavily gentrified neighborhood of Willamsburg, the train is sometimes known to New Yorkers as the "hipster express".

The L tracks have been undergoing an extensive retrofit that will eventually allow them to utilize CBTC, a system that will transfer control of the trains to a computer on board, as opposed to the current system, where the trains are manually operated by a conductor. While the retrofit has resulted in nearly two years of service changes and station closings (often, there are no trains between Manhattan and Brooklyn after midnight), this system will eventually allow trains to run closer together, and enable in-station displays to note the exact time until the next train arrives. Original plans called for the system to also allow the use of OPTO (one person train operation), but public outcry due to perceived safety issues, which increased after the July 2005 London tube bombings, caused the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to scuttle these plans.

Service historyEdit



R1 end rollsigns for original short line and full Canarsie service (later said 14TH ST. LINE[2])

1967–1979 bullet
(in a circle)

The L service, being a local train, was originally the Template:NYCS LL. From 1928 to 1967, the same service was assigned the BMT number 16.

In 1924, part of the eventual 14th Street–Canarsie Line opened, called the "14th Street–Eastern District Line" (commonly the "14th Street–Eastern Line"), and carrying the number 16. This was extended east, and in 1928 it was joined to the existing Canarsie Line east of Broadway Junction. Since that time, the 14th Street–Canarsie Line service has operated as it is today, except for an extension from Sixth Avenue to Eighth Avenue, which opened in 1931 to connect to the new Eighth Avenue Subway.

On November 26, 1967, with the opening of the Chrystie Street Connection, the BMT Eastern District lines were given letters; the 16 became the Template:NYCS LL. When double letters were dropped on May 5, 1986, the Template:NYCS LL became the L, and it still has that designation.

Before the 14th Street–Eastern and Canarsie Lines were connected, the Canarsie part of the line already had a number, 14, running from lower Manhattan via the Broadway Elevated and called the Canarsie Line. When the 14th Street-Eastern Line was connected in 1928, this was renamed to the Broadway (Brooklyn) Line, but continued to operate to Canarsie. In 1967, the 14 Canarsie service was given the label JJ (though the 14 itself was designated KK, continuing east from Broadway Junction towards Jamaica). Canarsie service to lower Manhattan was discontinued in 1968.


Route L uses the following lines with the same service pattern at all times.

Line From To Tracks
BMT Canarsie Line Eighth Avenue Canarsie – Rockaway Parkway all
Station service legend
Black dot Stops all times
Period dot Stops all times except late nights
Circle dot Stops weekdays only
Half diamond Stops rush hours in the peak direction only
Half diamond Stops weekdays in the peak direction only
NYCS Route L Stations Wheelchair Transfer Connections and notes
Black dot Eighth Avenue Wheelchair NYCS Route ABlack dot NYCS Route CPeriod dot NYCS Route EBlack dot
Black dot Sixth Avenue NYCS Route 1Black dot NYCS Route 2Black dot NYCS Route 3Period dot NYCS Route FBlack dot NYCS Route MCircle dot
Black dot Union Square Wheelchair NYCS Route 4Black dot NYCS Route 5Period dot NYCS Route 6Black dot NYCS Route 6dHalf diamond NYCS Route NBlack dot NYCS Route QBlack dot NYCS Route RPeriod dot
Black dot Third Avenue
Black dot First Avenue
Black dot Bedford Avenue
Black dot Lorimer Street NYCS Route GBlack dot
Black dot Graham Avenue
Black dot Grand Street
Black dot Montrose Avenue
Black dot Morgan Avenue
Black dot Jefferson Street
Black dot DeKalb Avenue
Black dot Myrtle – Wyckoff Avenues Wheelchair NYCS Route MBlack dot
Black dot Halsey Street
Black dot Wilson Avenue
Black dot Bushwick Avenue – Aberdeen Street
Black dot Broadway Junction NYCS Route ABlack dot NYCS Route CPeriod dot NYCS Route JBlack dot NYCS Route ZHalf diamond
Black dot Atlantic Avenue
Black dot Sutter Avenue
Black dot Livonia Avenue
Black dot New Lots Avenue
Black dot East 105th Street
Black dot Canarsie – Rockaway Parkway Wheelchair


  1. "Oh, L, not enuf trains!" New York Daily News July 7, 2006.[1]


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