Number 12 Subway Sign-NYC-MTA-TrainPhoto by Robert Marrerofrom Wikimedia Commons

We found a curious thing on the New York Transit Museum Facebook page yesterday, a subway sign for an 11 train! Further digging showed that there are signs on the trains that are available just in case, but aren’t actual lines anymore. According to commenters on the Transit Museum Facebook post, the former BMT line used to have 16 numbers. Many have been converted into the letters you’re familiar with today. Zero is also used internally by the MTA to refer to the 42nd Street Shuttle. 

Here’s a recap of some found in the wild!

Number 11 Subway Sign-NYC-MTA-Train-Grand Central-Times Square
Image Source: Wikimedia by Heyneff

Next, read about NYC’s double letter subway trains and discover the Top 12 Secrets of the NYC subway.

 Cities 101, MTA, subway

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