What are all the above ground NYC Subway Stations?
November 8, 2016 10:18 PM   Subscribe

I need a list of all the NYC Subway stations that have above ground platforms. I've seen this map, and Wikipedia has this. But, ideally, I would like a table or list of the actual stations in text form. I found this fantastic NYC Transit Subway Entrance And Exit Dataset, but it doesn't list if the station is underground or not (not sure if I can infer from the data it does have?). Transportation nerds of MeFi, can you help me?
posted by bluefly to Travel & Transportation around New York, NY (1 answer total)
I've lived in NYC for 20 years, and I'm a transit and map nerd. I've never heard of a listing like you ask for. That isn't to say the list you want doesn't exist, though. I'd kind of love to see this as a map, personally.

I can tell you that Underground service map you link to does not directly translate to a list of aboveground stations. Several of them are underground stations adjacent to areas where the train runs aboveground. (I know the 181st stop on the 1 line and the Grand St. B/D stop are underground, for example.)

It is a good starting point, though. I wonder if you could cross-reference with google maps earth view to confirm above-ground stations? Using the longitudes and latitudes from your third link would make that search pretty easy.

The wikipedia list looks fairly complete. Knowing train geeks, I'd personally trust the wisdom of the crowd for that list. You can probably cross-reference with the third link to get the list you need.

You might also reach out to the NYC Transit Museum. If you can find a sympathetic archivist there, they may find a list for you.

There's also this article from 2012. Chuck Gordanier may still work at the MTA, and may be able to help you too.

I'll be watching this thread, I'm interested to see what you come up with.
posted by Cranialtorque at 11:44 AM on November 9, 2016 [2 favorites]

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