7 Avenue/IND 53 Street Crosstown
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7 Avenue is one of the more unusual subway stations and the only stop where trains running on different lines running in different directions share the same island platform. The stop has two of these, located three staircases below the surface since the station underpins both the IRT Broadway-7 Avenue Line running beneath Broadway and the BMT Broadway Line running beneath 7 Avenue (the lines switch and do not cross each other at Times Square). The lower level platform is for uptown trains with E trains arriving from the east (5 Avenue), and B and D trains arriving from the west (59 Street-8 Avenue). The reverse is true with the upper level for downtown trains (see this table for a visual depiction). E trains run on the southern tracks, and B and D trains run on the northern tracks. The two station levels are connected by quite a few staircases, and the stop has two separate but basically identical fare control areas, both starting with a street stairs on the NE and SE corners of Broadway or 7 Avenue and 53 Street that lead to small mezzanine areas right beneath 53 Street but not Broadway or 7 Avenue itself since the line is underpinning subways beneath both of those streets. From each of these areas turnstiles (with the 7 Avenue entrance hosting the token booth) lead to two staircases that stop at an intermediate landing before reaching the upper level downtown platform. There is also an up-escalator (giving the station two in total) that directly connects these mezzanine areas with the upper level downtown platform. The platform walls were retiled in the 1990s in a scheme in the IND style but with some differences including much smaller little purple mosaic tiles with a black boarder and little 7th Aves written directly on one square (2 x 2) tile beneath the trimline.
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(7b1) Looking down one of the tracks
22 July, 2003
(7b2) One of many staircases that connect the upper level platform with the lower level platform
14 August, 2008
(7b3) The mosaic trimline at 7TH Ave with that little tile beneath a line of purple tiles
14 August, 2008
(7b4) The trimline and a 7th Ave is visible between the ends of two R40S Slant cars on a B train
14 August, 2008
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(7b5) Looking down one of the platforms at 7 Av
6 August, 2009
(7b6) Looking down the uptown lower level platform
6 August, 2009
(7b7) Up to the exit or down to uptown trains?
12 August, 2011
(7b8) Looking down towards the eastern end of the platforms where a lone staircase connects to the lower level at an extreme end of the platform
12 August, 2011
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(7b9) Looking down the upper level platform by one of the escalators
12 August, 2011
(7b10) Approaching the turnstiles at the 7 Avenue ends little fare control area
12 August, 2011
(7b11) The two street stairs at the Broadway end of the station
12 August, 2011
(7b12) An improving non-stop sign for modernizing the signal system
12 August, 2011
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(7b13) The turnstiles at Broadway's little upper mezzanine area
12 August, 2011
(7b14) Looking through the turnstiles at the three ways to reach the platforms two staircases (that all become aligned at small intermediate mezzanines) and the escalator
12 August, 2011
(7b15) A staircase from the upper level platform to the lower level platform
12 August, 2011
(7b16) A non descriptive To 24 hour booth sign on the lower level uptown platform
12 August, 2011
Upper
Level:
<-Next stop 50 St <-Next stop 47-50 Sts
Lower
Level:
<-Next stop 59 St-Columbus Circle<-Next stop 5 Avenue
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Last Updated: 14 August, 2011
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