The Abandoned Subway Level Below Times Square Port Authority

Abandoned Platform-Level-Times Square-Port Authority-A-C-E-Aqueduct Racetrack Line-LIRR-8Image by Peter Dougherty via NYCSubway.org

We’ve mentioned the abandoned level below Times Square before in our piece about abandoned subway levels and platforms in New York City. But this is the first time we’re featuring some images of what it looked like when it was operating and after some years of abandonment.

It’s unclear why the the lower level of the A/C/E track was constructed, as it never operated as part of the IND or IRT systems but it was used between 1959 and 1981 as the origin for the special Aqueduct Racetrack train. 

Abandoned Platform-Level-Times Square-Port Authority-A-C-E-Aqueduct Racetrack Line-LIRR-9Image by Peter Dougherty via NYCSubway.org

According to NYCSubway, the platform is on the southbound side, “one track, underneath the downtown local track on the upper level, and one side platform underneath the island platform.” The entrances have all been sealed, except for one under a trap door on the “south end of the southbound platform,” at the time Peter Doughtery was writing. 

Abandoned Platform-Level-Times Square-Port Authority-A-C-E-Aqueduct Racetrack Line-LIRR-2Image by Peter Dougherty via NYCSubway.org

Abandoned Platform-Level-Times Square-Port Authority-A-C-E-Aqueduct Racetrack Line-LIRRImage by Peter Dougherty via NYCSubway.org

Abandoned Platform-Level-Times Square-Port Authority-A-C-E-Aqueduct Racetrack Line-LIRR-6Image by Peter Dougherty via NYCSubway.org

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For more abandoned transit, check out:

7 of NYC’s Abandoned Subway Stations: City Hall, 18th St, Worth Street, Myrtle Ave, 91st St

9 of NYC’s Abandoned and Incomplete Subway Platforms and Levels

Trolley Ghosts of the Abandoned Essex/Delancey Williamsburg Bridge Rail Terminal in NYC

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5 Responses
  1. Peter Kaufman Reply

    It’s widely believed (and quite possible), that the sole reason for the construction of the lower level platform was to block any possible westward expansion of the IRT’s #7 line; a “spite station”, if you will.

    As Ben K. noted, when the 7 finally did “go West”, it had to bisect the then long-abandoned platform.

    It did serve one useful purpose though… back before the IND 42nd Street station was reconfigured (with the free transfer to the 7th Avenue line), there was no way to transfer at the mezzanine level between uptown and downtown trains without paying another token.

    The lower level platform provided that access – though it was creepy. Not Gimbels’ Passge scary, butnot pretty.

  2. I’d note too that the tunnels are being converted into anything. The 7 line extension is entirely new tunnel that bisects the old IND 8th Ave. lower level. You can see photos of it in my set for 2012.

  3. “It’s unclear why the the lower level of the A/C/E track was constructed, as it never operated as part of the IND or IRT systems but it was used between 1959 and 1981 as the origin for the special Aqueduct Racetrack train, which ran on the former LIRR Rockaway line (which is now being considered for conversion as The Queensway, a “High Line” for Queens).”

    This train never ran on the closed portion of the LIRR Rockaway line; it followed the present course of the A train down Liberty Avenue, joining the Rockaway tracks where the present A train does now.

    forgotten-ny.com

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