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The New York City Subway Lines Project:
D Train (6th Avenue Express)

The D Train runs from Bedford Park Blvd in The Bronx to Coney Island in Brooklyn. It always runs express in Manhattan and local in Brooklyn. During rush hour it runs express in The Bronx as well. It is a part of the Orange Line and while in midtown Manhattan it can be found on 6th Avenue (Avenue of the Americas), thus the name.

Station Information for the D Train is as follows:

The Bronx:

205 St - Norwood, Bainbridge Av
Bus and other connections: Bx10 Bx16 Bx28 Bx30 Bx34

Bedford Park Blvd, Grand Concourse
Transfers: C
Bus and other connections: Bx1 Bx2 Bx26 W4 W20 W20X W21

Kingsbridge Rd, Grand Concourse
Bus and other connections: Bx9 Bx22 Bx26 Bx28

Fordham Rd, Grand Concourse
Transfers: C
Bus and other connections: Bx12 Bx24 Bx34 W60 W61 W62 W90

182 - 183 Sts, Grand Concourse
Except in peak direction during rush hours.

Tremont Av, Grand Concourse
Transfers: C
Bus and other connections: Bx36

174 - 175 Sts, Grand Concourse
Except in peak direction during rush hours.
Bus and other connections: Bx32

170 Street, Grand Concourse
Except in peak direction during rush hours.
Bus and other connections: Bx11 Bx18

167 Street, Grand Concourse
Except in peak direction during rush hours.
Bus and other connections: Bx2 Bx35

161 Street - Yankee Stadium, River Av
Except in peak direction during rush hours.
(On game nights, stops here in rush hours.)
Transfers: 4
Bus and other connections: Bx1 Bx6 Bx13

Manhattan:

155 Street, 8 Avenue
Except in peak direction during rush hours.
Bus and other connections: M2 M10 Bx6

145 Street, St Nicholas Av
Transfers: A B C
Bus and other connections: M3 Bx19

125 Street, St Nicholas Av
Transfers: A B C
Bus and other connections: M3 M18 M60 (LaGuardia Airport) M100 M101 Bx15

59 Street - Columbus Circle, 8 Avenue
Transfers: A B C1 9
Bus and other connections: M5 M7 M10 M30 M31 M57 M104

7 Avenue, 53 Street
Transfers: B E
Bus and other connections: M6 M7 M10 M104

47-50 Streets - Rockefeller Center, Av of Americas
Transfers: B F Q
Bus and other connections: M27 M50

42 Street, Av of Americas
Transfers: 7 B F Q
Bus and other connections: M42 M104

34 Street - Herald Sq, Av of Americas
Wheelchair accessible.
Transfers: B F N Q R
Bus and other connections: M4 M6 M16 M34 Q32 PATH LIRR Amtrak NJTransit

W 4 Street - Washington Square, Av of Americas
Except late nights.
Transfers: A B C E F Q
Bus and other connections: M5 M6 M8 PATH

Broadway - Lafayette St, Houston Street
Except late nights.
Transfers: B F Q 6 (6 is Downtown Only )
Bus and other connections: M1 M5 M6 M21

Grand Street, Chrystie St
Except late nights.
Transfers: B Q
Bus and other connections: M103

Brooklyn:

DeKalb Av, Flatbush Avenue
Transfers: M N Q R
Bus and other connections: B25 B26 B37 B38 B52

Atlantic Avenue, Flatbush Avenue
Transfers: 2 3 4 5 B M N Q R
Bus and other connections: B41 B45 B63 B65 B67 LIRR

7 Avenue, Flatbush Av
Bus and other connections: B41 B67

Prospect Park, Empire Blvd Flatbush Av
Transfers: Q S
Bus and other connections: B16 B41 B43 B48

Parkside Av, Ocean Av
Bus and other connections: B12 B16

Church Av, East 18 St
Transfers: Q
Bus and other connections: B35

Beverley Rd, East 16 St

Cortelyou Rd, East 16 St
Bus and other connections: B23

Newkirk Av, East 16 St
Transfers: Q
Bus and other connections: B8

Avenue H, East 16 St

Avenue J, East 16 St
Bus and other connections: B6 B11

Avenue M, East 16 St
Bus and other connections: B9

Kings Highway, East 16 St
Transfers: Q
Bus and other connections: B2 B7 B31 B82 B100

Avenue U, East 16 St
Bus and other connections: B3

Neck Road, East 16 St

Sheepshead Bay, East 16 St
Transfers: Q
Bus and other connections: B4 B36 B49

Brighton Beach, Brighton 6 St
Transfers: Q
Bus and other connections: B1 B68

Ocean Parkway, Brighton Beach Av
Bus and other connections: B1

West 8 St - NY Aquarium, Surf Av
Transfers: F
Bus and other connections: B36

Stillwell Av- Coney Island, Surf Av
Transfers: B F N
Bus and other connections: B36 B64 B74

The route that is the current D Train began as the Brighton Line, a mid 19th century tourist railway through Southern Brooklyn that took holiday makers to the resort at Coney Island. This is the portion of the currentD route from approximately Church Ave. to near Brighton Beach.

Eventually, the Brighton Line was acquired, along with the rest of the South Brooklyn railways, by the Brooklyn Raid Transit Corporation, or BRT, later the Brooklyn Manhattan Transit corporation, or BMT. The BMT operated the vast elevated transit network in Brooklyn at the turn of the century, and was one of the two private companies, along with the Interboro Rapid Transit, that built the initial portions of the New York City subway and whose systems, along with the city built Independent, were consolidated to form the subway system as we know it.

The BMT initially tied the Brighton line into the rest of its network through the route of the current Franklin Avenue Shuttle from Parkside to Fulton Avenue, where it connected to the Fulton Avenue Elevated and service to Manhattan via the Brooklyn Bridge. The Brighton line was also extended at the southern end to the terminal at Stillwell Avenue.

By 1920 the BMT had already completed one subway route between south Brooklyn and Manhattan, the line that runs up Brooklyn's Fourth Avenue, across the East River on one of two routes, and up Broadway (today's R Train). Several other older railways from Southern Brooklyn were connected into this line for through service and could run either through the Montague Street tunnel to the Broadway line in the financial district, or over the south side Manhattan Bridge tracks to Canal Street, where they joined it. The two Manhattan access lines, via the bridge and via the tunnel, diverged at De Kalb Avenue.

Later, in the Dual Contracts era of subway construction, in which the city planned the routes of the BMT and IRT, the BMT tied the Brighton Line into this De Kalb Avenue network of Manhattan access with the subway under Flatbush Avenue. There was now a route identical to today's D train in the portion from Brighton Beach to the Manhattan Bridge. At the time trains from Brighton went either through the tunnel or over the bridge to the Broadway line, neither of which they do today.

In the late 20s and early 30s, the city built its own Independent system to compete with the BMT and IRT. The Independent, or IND, included the rest of the route of today's D, a trunk line under Sixth Avenue in Manhattan connecting to a line under Central Park West and the Concourse Line under the Grand Concourse in the Bronx. The express tracks under Sixth Avenue were not yet built and the line was not yet connected to the Manhattan Bridge.

In 1940 the city consolidated the three formerly separate transit systems and began the task of unifying them. The final step in the evolution of the route of today's D was the Chrystie Street connection, completed in 1967, which connected tracks on the north side of the Manhattan Bridge to the new Sixth Avenue express tracks. This was a major step in the unification of the system. Trains from Brighton and under Flatbush could now cross the Manhattan Bridge and continue via Sixth Avenue to Central Park West and the Concourse line, as they do today. When letters were introduced for the new lines, this route was assigned to the B Train with the 'QB' running as an express route.

Eventually the Brighton/Flatbush/Sixth Avenue route was reassigned to the D, and when double letters were eliminated in 1986 the QB became the Q Train.

The D line currently runs exclusively R68 stock, disgusting 75' cars from the early 80s with mirrored interiors.

There are major changes in store for the D. Construction will close the south side tracks on the Manhattan Bridge, and the D will likely be rerouted to the north side tracks, which connect to Canal Street and the Broadway line. It will probably run in two segments, a southern one as far as 34th Street on the Broadway line, and a northern one including the Upper West Side and Bronx portions.

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