47th–50th Streets–Rockefeller Center (IND Sixth Avenue Line)


47th–50th Streets–Rockefeller Center (IND Sixth Avenue Line)

Infobox NYCS
name = 47th–50th Streets–Rockefeller Center



bg_color = #FF6E1A
line = IND Sixth Avenue Line
service = Sixth
platforms = 2 island platforms
tracks = 4
passengers = 16.801 million
pass_year = 2006
pass_percent = 3
borough = Manhattan
open_date = December 15, 1940
north_custom_station = NYCS next|type=Sixth to Eighth|station=Seventh Avenue|line=IND Sixth Avenue Line|service=Sixth 53rd
north_custom_station_2 = NYCS next|type=Sixth to 63rd|station=57th Street|line=IND Sixth Avenue Line|service=63rd IND
north_custom_station_3 = NYCS next|type=Queens Boulevard|station=Fifth Avenue/53rd Street|line=IND Queens Boulevard Line|service=Sixth Queens
south_station = 42nd Street–Bryant Park
south_line = IND Sixth Avenue Line
south_service = Sixth

47th–50th Streets–Rockefeller Center is an express station on the IND Sixth Avenue Line of the New York City Subway. It has an unusual track arrangement. The northbound side has the traditional local on the side and express on the middle, but the southbound one has it reversed. This is to avoid flying junctions with the IND Queens Boulevard Line, which is perpendicular with the IND Sixth Avenue Line north of this station, as express trains come from the west while local trains come from the east. The station has numerous passageways and exits, including fourteen street entrances. This does not include several passageways through Rockefeller Center, all of which are outside fare control. The mezzanine has a full time booth is at north end, at West 49th Street, with one passageway through Rockefeller Center on the east side, and another set of passageways through various Concourse levels of office buildings along the west side of Avenue of the Americas. A passageway to one northern part time staircase leads to Radio City Music Hall and West 50th Street. This is usually open late during evening performances. Another passageway along the west side of 49th Street connects to the 49th Street on the BMT Broadway Line (no free transfer). Middle fare control at West 48th Street has a ghost booth and all-day HEET access. South fare control at West 47th Street has a part-time booth and more staircases. Eagle eye movie fans who saw the 1976 thriller "Marathon Man", will note the old NYCS|KK rush hour subway route on a street entrance of the east side of Sixth Avenue and West 47th Street, before the route's demise. Each platform has seven stairs to mezzanine, the north end of the northbound platform has an active tower, and is depressed about ten feet below the southbound platform. This is to prepare the lines to be branched out towards the Bronx and Queens. The color band is orange, with dark brown borders, "47" and "50" alternate each other below the tile band. The tiles above and below it are white.

South of this station, the two southbound tracks switch (not at grade level) and the line returns to the traditional local on the side and express in the middle in both directions.

Bus connections

*M27
*M50

External links

* [http://www.stationreporter.net/btrain.htm 47–50th Streets at Station Reporter]
* [http://www.nycsubway.org/perl/stations?221:272 47th–50th Streets at the New York City Subway Resource site]


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