Canal Street/IND 8 Avenue Subway
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Canal Street is the last or first stop before the local tracks diverge to terminate at World Trade Center (Hudson Terminal) and the express tracks continue onto Brooklyn. It has two slightly offset platforms with the downtown platform more north than the uptown. The switches the C uses to crossover are in the area where the platforms are offset. This means that C trains in both directions crossover after stopping at Canal Street. On the Downtown Platform they share the local tracks with E trains, uptown platform with A express trains. Pre-1999 when the C began running out to Euclid Avenue at all times it is in operation (except late nights) uptown trains came in on either track depending upon time of day. The stop was renovated in 2000 and has a modern panels (put directly over the original times) consisting of a blue trimline with Canal written in capital letters in an incorrect font beneath. The two platforms have a single line of blue columns with Canal St signs.

The stop has a full-length mezzanine with a layout for use as a Pedestrian Underpass as signs in the station read, but none at the entrances. This means that all exits can be walked between without paying a fare and there are five distinct fare control areas and only one actually has a free change of direction crossover at the southern end of the station. This is where our tour starts with a streetstair down from the NE corner of 6 Avenue and Walker Street in front of the AT & T building that has its own direct entrance in its basement to the station through a revolving door. Here there is an unstaffed bank of turnstiles with one staircase down to the extreme southern end of the downtown platform and two to the northbound platform providing the only free crossover. The public area of the mezzanine outside of fare control gets much narrower, occupied by the Police Station for district 2. After the police station ends there are streetstairs out to what is the west corner of a complicated 5-way intersection between West Broadway and Lispenard Street, intersecting 6 Avenue and across from it between the NW corner of 6 Avenue and West Broadway and one block long York Street. This is immediately followed by the staffed token booth facing two separate banks of turnstiles for each direction. There are large name tablets on the walls facing them saying Uptown or Downtown. The mezzanine continues with some areas of fencing allowing peepholes down to the platforms. This is before small fare control areas on each side with high turnstiles only with a few staircases down to each platform and a streetstair to SW corner of Laight Street and 6 Avenue, with the northernmost one, a streetstair to the NE corner of Canal Street and 6 Avenue near where Thomas Street enters the complicated intersection.

Creative Station at Spring Street Arts For Transit at Canal Street
A Gathering, 2000,
Bronze
By Walter Martin and Paloma Muñoz
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(canala1) One of my first subway photos: Looking out the window of an uptown A train of R68s stopped at Canal Street
19 February, 2003
(canala2) The Canal Street wall tiling taken out the window of the R1-9s in revenue service for the Centennial
21 August, 2004
(canala3) #484 stops at Canal Street running in revenue service for the centennial stops at Canal Street
21 August, 2004
(canala4) Passengers step of a stopping R32 C train
6 September, 2005
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(canala5) R38 #3879 stops at Canal Street
6 September, 2005
(canala6) A R160 E train stops at Canal Street
24 May, 2010
(canala7) Looking down the downtown platform towards its northern end at Canal Street
24 May, 2010
(canala8) An exit staircase up to Canal Street
24 May, 2010
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(canala9) One of the smaller fare control areas with high turnstiles only towards the northern end of the mezzanine at Canal Street
24 May, 2010
(canala10) Another view of the small mezzanine towards the northern end of the downtown platform
24 May, 2010
(canala11) A Canal St name tablet added during renovations in the mezzanine
24 May, 2010
(canala12) A or CE at the bottom of a staircase to the downtown platform at Canal St
24 May, 2010
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(canala13) A staircase to the middle actual bank of turnstiles and token booth
24 May, 2010
(canala14) The small bank of turnstile for the downtown platform
24 May, 2010
(canala15) This name tablet says downtown behind the main turnstile entrance to that platform
24 May, 2010
(canala16) The two facing turnstiles of the main fare control area for the seperate direction at Canal Street
24 May, 2010
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(canala17) R160A #9668 stops at Canal Street
24 May, 2010
(canala18) The small fare control area on one side of the police station at the southern end of the station that has the one free crossover in the station
24 May, 2010
(canala19) The southern end of the mezzanine
24 May, 2010
(canala20) The pillars on the sides of the staircase to the AT&T Building
24 May, 2010
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