The New York City Subway Lines Project:
E Train (8th Avenue Local)

The E Train runs from Jamaica in Queens down to the World Trade Center in Manhattan. The E Train runs express in Queens and local in Manhattan except during late nights when it runs local everwhere it goes.

Station Information for the E Train is as follows:

Queens:

Jamaica Center - Parsons/Archer
Wheelchair accessible.
Transfers: J Z
Bus and other connections: Q4 Q5 Q25/34 Q30 Q31 Q42 Q44 Q54 Q56 Q65 Q83 Q84 Q85 Q110 Q111 Q112 Q113 N4

Sutphin Blvd - Archer Av
Wheelchair accessible.
Transfers: J Z
Bus and other connections: Q6 Q8 Q9 Q24 Q30 Q31 Q40 Q41 Q43 Q44 Q54 Q56 Q60 LIRR

Jamaica - Van Wyck,Queens Blvd
Wheelchair accessible.
Bus and other connections: Q24 Q54 Q56

Union Turnpike - Kew Gardens,Queens Blvd
Transfers: F G
Bus and other connections: Q10/Q10A (to JFK Airport) Q37 Q46 Q74

71 - Continental Avs - Forest Hills,Queens Blvd
Transfers: F G R
Bus and other connections: Q23 Q65A LIRR

Roosevelt Av - Jackson Heights, Broadway
Transfers: F G R 7
Bus and other connections: Q19B Q32 Q33 (to LaGuardia Airport) Q45 Q47 (to LGA Marine Air Terminal) Q53

Queens Plaza,Queens Blvd
Transfers: F G R
Bus and other connections: Q19A Q32 Q39 Q60 Q66 Q67 Q101 Q102 B61

23 Street (Ely Avenue),44 Drive
Transfers: F G
Bus and other connections: Q19A Q39 Q66 Q67 B61

Manhattan:

Lexington - 3 Avenue,53 Street
Transfers: 4 (late nights) 6 F
Bus and other connections: M98 M101 M102 M103

5 Avenue,53 Street
Transfers: F
Bus and other connections: M1 M2 M3 M4 M5 Q32

7 Avenue,53 Street
Transfers: B D
Bus and other connections: M6 M7 M10 M104

50 Street, 8 Avenue
Wheelchair accessible southbound only.
Transfers: C
Bus and other connections: M10 M27 M50 M104

42 Street, 8 Avenue
Wheelchair accessible.
Transfers: 1 2 3 7 9 A C N R S
Bus and other connections: M10 M16 M47 M42 M104 Port Authority Bus Terminal

34 Street - Penn Station, 8 Avenue
Transfers: A C
Bus and other connections: M4 M16 M34 Q32 LIRR Amtrak NJTransit

23 Street, 8 Avenue
Bus and other connections: M23

14 Street, 8 Avenue
Transfers: A C L
Bus and other connections: M10 M14

W 4 Street - Washington Sq, Av of Americas
Transfers: A B C D F Q
Bus and other connections: M5 M8 PATH

Spring Street, Av of Americas
Bus and other connections: M21

Canal Street, Av of Americas
Transfers: A C

World Trade Center ,Church Street
Wheelchair accessible.
Transfers: 2 3 A C
Bus and other connections: M22 PATH Hoboken Ferry

The E train is one of only three lines of the New York City subway to be underground along its entire route (a feat it shares with the C and R Trains), and one of only three lines that is entirely on trackage built by the city operated Independent Subway System (a feat matched by only the C and G Trains).

Most of the route of the E was part of the original Independent Subway System construction in the early 30s, including the Eighth Avenue line (home also to parts of today's A and C Trains), the portion under 53rd street and under the 53rd street East River tunnel (which the E shares with today's F Train), and the Queens Boulevard line (which is home to portions of today's F, R, and G Trains). Only the short distance from where the E leaves the old Queens boulevard line at Briarwood to the terminal at Jamaica center was built later.

After several incarnations, a route on this trackage running from the Hudson Manhattan Terminal in lower Manhattan, local up the Eighth Avenue, across 53rd street and through the tunnel to Queens, and express on the Queens Boulevard line received the letter designation E. I believe this is a rather recent route letter designation, perhaps dating to the 70s. After the completion of the World Trade Center that station was renamed accordingly, and still serves as the Manhattan terminal of the E.

The farthest outlying portion of the E line in Queens, from where the E leaves the Queens Boulevard line at Briarwood three stops to the terminal at Jamaica Center is some of the newest and most unique construction on the New York City subway. Completed in the 80s, the tunnels are alabaster concrete and the stations are extremely bright, cavernous, modern edifices that resemble certain stations on the BART more than most stations of the New York City subway.

The E train runs a mix of R32 and R44-46 rolling stock. The R32s are 65' cars from the early 60s and really show their age, updated with a comical blue bulb route letter display that looks like a sorry attempt to replicate LED. They will soon be retired. The R44s are nicely appointed 75' cars from the early 70s.

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