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West Fourth Street–Washington Square is a station on the IND Sixth Avenue and IND Eighth Avenue Lines of the New York City Subway, located at the intersection of West Fourth Street and Sixth Avenue in Greenwich Village, Manhattan. It is served at all times by the A, E, D, and F trains; by the B and V trains on weekdays; and by the C on weekdays and weekends.
This bi-level station was built by the IND as the major transfer point between its two Manhattan trunk lines. Each level has two island platforms and four tracks; the upper level is served by the IND Eighth Avenue Line and the lower by the IND Sixth Avenue Line, with a full-length mezzanine sandwiched between the two. The upper level began service first, in September 1932. Service on the lower level began in January 1936 with a shuttle service to Second Avenue; through service on the Sixth Avenue local tracks began in December 1940. The Sixth Avenue express tracks were built later and were put into through service on July 1, 1968; prior to then, the express tracks here and at 34th Street–Herald Square were used as terminal tracks only.
There are two fare control areas, one at each end of the station. Both lead directly to the Eighth Avenue Line at the upper level platforms; access to the Sixth Avenue Line at the lower level is via the upper level only. Recent renovations have added ADA-compliant elevators, providing access to both levels and to the mezzanine. Curiously, this massive station has unexpectedly few exits, and those that do exist are relatively small. This illustrates the station's main purpose as the major transfer point between the IND trunk lines. Furthermore, the station does not actually have an exit to Fourth Street itself. The north exit is at Waverly Place and the south exit is at West 3rd Street
Nearby points of interestEdit
- nycsubway.org — IND 8th Avenue: West 4th Street/Washington Square
- Station Reporter — A Lefferts
- Station Reporter — A Rockwaway
- Station Reporter — B Train
- Station Reporter — C Train
- Station Reporter — D Train
- Station Reporter — E Train
- Station Reporter — F Train
- Station Reporter — V Train