The New York City subway is composed of three formerly separate systems that merged in 1940. Officially the system counts 472 stations. However, some transfer stations are classified as two or more stations known as "station complexes" within the terminology of the NYC Subway. If station complexes are counted as one, then the total number will be 424.

Several stations that were once operated are currently closed and out of order.

The new NYC Subway stations are considered as part of the second avenue subway and are situated on Second Avenue at 72nd, 86th, and 96th streets. These stations were opened in 2017.

Four hundred seventy stations are served 24 hours a day. All 275 of subway stations in New York are typically accessed by staircases that go down from the ground level.

A typical NYC station has waiting platforms that are usually ranging from 480 to 600 feet. Because of the large number of transit lines, one platform may serve more than one service. Passengers should look at the signs that are conveniently hung at the platform entrance steps to see which trains stop there and when, and at arriving train to see which train it is.

Some stations include two different levels that are separating the platforms of various services or/and directions. For example, trains of two different lines may be divided into two different levels. Trains of two different directions can also be separated on two levels, with a cross-platform interchange on each level.


For offering the convenience to the riders, different stations are equipped with different amenities.

Restrooms are rare in the subway system since only 133 provide the convenience of open toilets. Most stations restrooms that were previously available to the public and converted to storage spaces or are accessible for only employee use.

Some platforms have newspaper stands that are offering different items, including food and newspapers.

According to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, NYC subway houses 345 retail spaces.

Because the most significant part of the system was built before 1990, many NYC stations were not designed to be handicapped-accessible. For complying with ADA, elevators have been included in newly constructed stations.

Busiest stations

Due to being the world's most extended rapid transit system and also the biggest one in terms of the number of stations, an average of 5.65 million riders are using the system daily. However, the most significant of the stations are the top three busiest stations.

In terms of business, stations are ranked with Times Square at the top. Due to data from 2015, it was stated that the station has a ridership of over 66 million people. Times Square station is directly connected with one of the most popular locations in the city, which even includes Broadway theatre. The station is situated in midtown Manhattan and is considered the most prime real estate area.

Grand Central comes second and is situated on the same street with a ridership of more than 46 million passengers in 2015. Grand Central is a popular destination for tourists during the whole year. The station also includes a world record number of 44 platforms.

Herald Square comes in at the third place among the busiest subway stations in NYC. The station is located at important nearby attractions such as the Empire State Building, Manhattan Mall, and Madison Square Garden.