86 Street/IRT Lexington Avenue Line
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86 Street (and Nostrand Avenue) today are the only two express stops in the entire subway system that do not have a free crossover or under. This is due to the stacked nature of the station with the local tracks above the express tracks and each track having its own side platform giving the stop a total of four. Each local platform has a single fare control area directly on it. The local and express platforms are connected for each direction by a total of three staircases. Two are directly along each side of the fare control area and one towards the southern end of the platforms. These fare control areas each have a bank of turnstiles with the uptown platform's now unstaffed, downtown has the token booth. Exits from them for the uptown platform consists of two street stairs up to the SE corner of 86 Street and Lexington Avenue, while the NE corner requires walking through a small underground shopping arcade with a gold buyer jeweler, barber shop, shoe repairer, and a locksmith. There are two entrances from the street here surrounded by signs advertising the shops. Access to the downtown platform is by almost identical arrangement: two streetstairs out to the SW corner and two storefront entrances in a store that houses best buy although there is not a shopping arcade. The stop was renovated in the mid-2000s and each platform has a standard dual-contracts era trimline of yellows and browns with 86s inside it (in an unusual circle format), name tablets spell out 86th Street in white on reddish brown background with a light brown inner boarder and green outer boarder. Columns now painted teal (red before the renovations) are along both platforms.

Art For Transit at 86 Street Arts For Transit at 86 Street
Happy City, 2004
Glass and etched stone mosaic
By Peter Sis
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(86n41) The staircase down to the express platform in the stations pre-renovated state
22 July, 2003
(86n42) One of the street stairs is under construction
18 November, 2003
(86n43) Looking down the floor of the platform
8 November, 2004
(86n44) Close-up of 86 in the trimline
15 August, 2008
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(86n45) A mosaic for Downtown Trains within fare control a bit unnecessary because there is no way to get to uptown trains
15 August, 2008
(86n46) Passengers get off a downtown 6 train
15 August, 2008
(86n47) Campers in the uptown entrance surrounded by shops
28 July, 2009
(86n48) The staircase away from fare control for the Uptown & Bronx Express 4/5 platform, the signs never reference express and local for the respective platforms, just 6 or 4/5
28 July, 2009
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(86n49) Mosaic for Up Town Trains
28 July, 2009
(86n410) The secondary staircase for downtown trains
10 June, 2011
(86n411) The downtown platform entry area
10 June, 2011
(86n412) Stepping off of a downtown train
12 August, 2011
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(86n413) A name tablet
12 August, 2011
(86n414) Looking down the downtown local platform
12 August, 2011
(86n415) Almost at street level at one of the storefront downtown entrances
12 August, 2011
(86n416) One of the entrances inside the storefront of Best Buy
12 August, 2011
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