Third Avenue is a station on the BMT Canarsie Line of the New York City Subway. Located at the intersection of Third Avenue and East 14th Street in Gramercy and East Village, Manhattan, it is served by the L train at all times.


This station opened on June 30, 1924, as part of the 14th Street–Eastern Line, which ran from Sixth Avenue under the East River and through Williamsburg to Montrose Avenue and Bushwick Avenues.[4][5]

Station layout

Track layout
to 1 Av
Entrance to the station
G Street Level Exit/ Entrance
Platform level
Side platform, doors will open on the right
Northbound "L" train toward Eighth Avenue (Union Square)
Southbound "L" train toward Canarsie–Rockaway Parkway (First Avenue)
Side platform, doors will open on the right

This station has two side platforms, which are 500 feet (150 m) long, and two tracks. West of the station there is a double crossover.[6] The platforms are column-less and have the standard BMT style trim-line and name tablets. The former contains "3" tablets in standard intervals while the latter consists of "THIRD AVE" in Times New Roman font.

There are also directions signs to the station's only entrances/exits saying "TO STREET" in the same style as the name tablets. Each platform has its own same-level fare control at the extreme west (railroad north) end. As a result, there is no free transfer between directions. This station is identical to the next one east (railroad south), First Avenue except that the fare control areas there are at a small mezzanine above the platforms.

Third Avenue is one of only two stations along the Canarsie Line in Manhattan that does not contain a transfer to another line. The other station is the nearby First Avenue Subway station. However, a transfer station is planned to the 14th Street station of the Second Avenue Subway, as part of Phase 3 of construction from 55th Street to Houston Street.[7]


Each platform-level fare control area has a bank of turnstiles, token booth, and two street stairs apiece—one to the east side of Third Avenue and East 14th Street, the other to East 14th Street just east of Third Avenue. The stairs on the Eighth Avenue-bound side lead to the northeast corner while the ones on the Brooklyn-bound side lead to the southeast corner.[8]

Experimental platform doors

As part of a pilot program, the station will be refitted with 32 half-height platform screen doors (PSDs) while the 14th Street Tunnel is rebuilt from April 2019 to March 2020. This is possible as a result of the L train's automated train operation, as well as the route's exclusive use of 60-foot-long (18 m) subway cars with four doors, which allow trains to stop at the same part of the platform every time. The MTA will use the results of the pilot in order to determine the feasibility of adding such doors citywide.[9][10] The PSDs will be approximately 54 inches (140 cm) high and will be coordinated with the location of the subway car doors when a train is in the station.[11]

To ensure that the subway car is precisely lined up with the doors, a wayside-only berthing system will be installed. Emergency egress gates will be installed in between the regular doors to allow people to exit in the case of an emergency. The platform edges and topping will be removed and replaced so that they align with the sills of the train doors and to be in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. To ensure that people do not get trapped in between the subway car doors and the PSDs, sensors and CCTV cameras will be installed with monitors at the center and front of the platforms visible to the train operator and conductor.[12]


  1. ^ "Station Developers' Information". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Retrieved June 13, 2017. 
  2. ^ "NYC Subway Wireless – Active Stations". Transit Wireless Wifi. Retrieved May 18, 2016.
  3. ^ "Facts and Figures: Annual Subway Ridership 2011–2016". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. May 31, 2017. Retrieved June 1, 2017. 
  4. ^ "Subway Tunnel Through". The New York Times. August 8, 1919. Retrieved February 28, 2010. 
  5. ^ "Celebrate Opening of Subway Link". The New York Times. July 1, 1924. Retrieved February 13, 2010. 
  6. ^ Dougherty, Peter (2006) [2002]. Tracks of the New York City Subway 2006 (3rd ed.). Dougherty. OCLC 49777633 – via Google Books. 
  7. ^ "Figure 2-1 New York City Subway Service with Second Avenue Subway Line" (PDF). mta.info. Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Retrieved June 5, 2016. 
  8. ^ "MTA Neighborhood Maps: East Village" (PDF). Metropolitan Transportation Authority. 2015. Retrieved August 6, 2015. 
  9. ^ Barone, Vin (2017-10-24). "Platform door pilot heads to L train station". am New York. Retrieved 2017-10-25. 
  10. ^ Furfaro, Danielle (2017-10-25). "MTA to test barrier to stop people from falling on tracks". New York Post. Retrieved 2017-10-25. 
  11. ^ "New York City Transit and Bus Committee Meeting" (PDF). Metropolitan Transportation Authority. December 13, 2017. p. 145. Retrieved November 9, 2017. 
  12. ^ "C-32518: Design, Build, Furnish & Maintain a Platform Barrier Door System at the 3rd Avenue Station on the Canarsie Line, Borough of Manhattan" (PDF). mta.info. Metropolitan Transportation Authority. February 20, 2018. Retrieved March 15, 2018. 

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