The D Sixth Avenue Express is a rapid transit service in the B Division of the New York City Subway. Its route emblem, or "bullet", is colored orange since it uses the IND Sixth Avenue Line in Manhattan.
The D operates at all times between 205th Street in Norwood, Bronx, and Stillwell Avenue in Coney Island, Brooklyn. Daytime service operates local in the Bronx and express in Manhattan and in Brooklyn (between Atlantic Avenue–Barclays Center and 36th Street, bypassing DeKalb Avenue). During rush hours in the peak direction, service operates express between Fordham Road in the Bronx and 145th Street in Manhattan. Late night service operates local in the Bronx and Brooklyn (stopping at DeKalb Avenue) and express in Manhattan.
In its early years, the D ran to World Trade Center in Lower Manhattan via the lower IND Eighth Avenue Line. From the 1954 to 1967, the D used the IND Culver Line and from 1967 to 2001, BMT Brighton Line. A short-lived yellow D service ran via the BMT Broadway Line in Manhattan to the Brighton Line in Brooklyn, while orange D service used the Sixth Avenue, Central Park West, and Concourse Lines in Manhattan and the Bronx.
D service began on December 15, 1940 when the IND Sixth Avenue Line opened. It ran from 205th Street, the Bronx to World Trade Center (at that time called Hudson Terminal) on the IND Eighth Avenue Line, switching between the IND Sixth Avenue to the Eighth Avenue Lines just south of West Fourth Street – Washington Square.
On December 29, 1951, peak direction express service in the Bronx was discontinued.
On October 30, 1954, a connection between the IND South Brooklyn Line and BMT Culver Line opened. D service was rerouted via these two lines to Coney Island–Stillwell Avenue with limited rush hour trains to Church Avenue.
Between 1957 and 1959, limited rush hour trains ran express and/or local to Euclid Avenue.
From December 4 to 27, 1962, a special service labeled DD was provided due to a water main break. It ran local from 205th Street, Bronx to 59th Street–Columbus Circle, then continued as a local down the Eighth Avenue Line to West Fourth Street, where it switched to the Sixth Avenue Line and continued on its normal route to Coney Island – Stillwell Avenue via the Culver Line.
On November 26, 1967, the Chrystie Street Connection opened, adding express service on the Sixth Avenue Line and connecting it with the north tracks of the Manhattan Bridge. D service was switched over to BMT Brighton Line via this new connector, running express on weekdays to Brighton Beach and local to Stillwell Avenue at all other times. In Manhattan, it ran express from West 4th Street to 34th Street rush hours only (the B used the express tracks to relay when it terminated at West 4th Street at other times). It would become the full-time Sixth Avenue Express when non-rush hours B service was extended to 57th Street – Sixth Avenue.
When the north tracks of the Manhattan Bridge closed on April 13, 1986 due to construction, the D service was divided and ran in two sections, one between Norwood–205th Street in the Bronx and 34th Street–Herald Square (the Orange D) while the other ran from 57th Street–Seventh Avenue on the BMT Broadway Line, then express along the Broadway Line to Canal Street, then over the south tracks of the Manhattan Bridge into Brooklyn, and then along the Brighton Line to Stillwell Avenue (the Yellow D). At this time, the tracks on the BMT Brighton Line also underwent reconstruction, necessitating the suspension of express service. As a substitute, the D and Q ran skip-stop service between Newkirk Avenue and Sheepshead Bay on weekdays. D trains served Neck Road, Avenue M and Avenue H; the Q skipped those stops, serving Avenue U and Avenue J, while both lines served Kings Highway. By 1987, as reconstruction on the Brighton Line progressed, the weekday skip-stop pattern expanded to Prospect Park, with D trains serving Beverley Road while Q trains served Cortelyou Road and Parkside Avenue, with Church Avenue as a mutual station.
On December 11, 1988, the north tracks of the Manhattan Bridge reopened and the two sections of the D joined together running via Sixth Avenue Express. The D now ran as the full-time Brighton Local to Stillwell Avenue.
From April 30 to November 12, 1995, the Bridge's north tracks closed during middays and weekends and during these hours, D service was cut south of 34th Street-Herald Square. Service in Brooklyn was replaced by the Q, running local to Stillwell Avenue; during these hours, the Q ran via the Montague Street Tunnel and Broadway Express. On July 22, 2001, the north tracks were closed at all times and the southern (Broadway Line) tracks reopened. D service was again cut below 34th Street-Herald Square. In Brooklyn, D service was replaced by Q local service.
On February 22, 2004, full service on the Manhattan Bridge was restored and D trains were extended via the north tracks of the bridge to Brooklyn, replacing the W as the Fourth Avenue Express (late nights local) and West End Local to Coney Island–Stillwell Avenue. The D was moved to the West End Line instead of returning to the Brighton Line, which it had run on since 1967, to provide 24-hour service to both the Concourse Line and West End Line and avoid running two separate (B and D) shortened services outside of weekdays. This eliminated the need to run late-night and/or weekend shuttles on the West End Line as done prior to 2002.
The following table shows the lines used by the D, with shaded boxes indicating the route at the specified times:
|IND Concourse Line (full line)||Norwood–205th Street||all|
|Bedford Park Boulevard||145th Street||express|
|IND Eighth Avenue Line||135th Street||59th Street–Columbus Circle||express|
|IND Sixth Avenue Line||Seventh Avenue||Broadway–Lafayette Street|
|Chrystie Street Connection||Grand Street||all|
|BMT Fourth Avenue Line||DeKalb Avenue||bypass|
|Atlantic Avenue–Barclays Center||36th Street||express|
|BMT West End Line (full line)||Ninth Avenue||Coney Island–Stillwell Avenue|
For a more detailed station listing, see the articles on the lines listed above.
|Station service legend|
|Stops all times|
|Stops all times except late nights|
|Stops late nights only|
|Stops weekdays only|
|Stops all times except rush hours in the peak direction|
|Stops rush hours only|
|Stops weekdays in the peak direction only|
|Time period details|
|Station is compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act|
|↑||Station is compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act
in the indicated direction only
|Elevator access to mezzanine only|
|Bedford Park Boulevard||B||Some a.m. rush hour trips to and from Brooklyn begin or end their runs at this station[a]|
|Fordham Road||B||Bx12 Select Bus Service|
|161st Street–Yankee Stadium||B
4 (IRT Jerome Avenue Line)
|Bx6 Select Bus Service|
A C (IND Eighth Avenue Line)
|Eighth Avenue Line|
|125th Street||A B C ||M60 Select Bus Service to LaGuardia Airport|
|59th Street–Columbus Circle||A B C
1 2 (IRT Broadway–Seventh Avenue Line)
|Sixth Avenue Line|
E (IND Queens Boulevard Line)
|47th–50th Streets–Rockefeller Center||B F M|
|42nd Street–Bryant Park||B F M
7 <7> (IRT Flushing Line at Fifth Avenue)
|34th Street–Herald Square||B F M
N Q R W (BMT Broadway Line)
|M34 / M34A Select Bus Service
PATH at 33rd Street
|West Fourth Street–Washington Square||B F M
A C E (IND Eighth Avenue Line)
|PATH at 9th Street|
|Broadway–Lafayette Street||B F M
4 6 <6> (IRT Lexington Avenue Line at Bleecker Street)
|One northbound weekday evening trip begins at this station|
|Chyrstie Street Branch|
|Fourth Avenue Line|
|DeKalb Avenue||N Q R|
|Atlantic Avenue–Barclays Center||N R W
B Q (BMT Brighton Line)
2 3 4 5 (IRT Eastern Parkway Line)
|LIRR Atlantic Branch at Atlantic Terminal|
|Union Street||N R|
|Ninth Street||N R
F G (IND Culver Line at Fourth Avenue)
|Prospect Avenue||N R|
|25th Street||N R|
|36th Street||N R W|
|West End Line|
|Fort Hamilton Parkway|
|62nd Street||N W (BMT Sea Beach Line at New Utrecht Avenue)|
|Bay 50th Street|
|Coney Island–Stillwell Avenue||F (IND Culver Line)
N (BMT Sea Beach Line)
Q (BMT Brighton Line)
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