Options for paying for and entering the subway system
- Swipe your Reduced-Fare MetroCard at the turnstile.
- Purchase a Reduced-Fare MetroCard at Station Booth (must have proper ID).
- To enter through the service gate, ask the station agent to open the gate.
- Most ADA-accessible stations are equipped with AutoGate. To enter and exit these stations, dip your specially encoded Reduced-Fare MetroCard into the special farebox and the AutoGate will open automatically. Customers will not be charged when exiting.
Boarding, riding, and leaving trains
- Wait near the center of the platform where the conductor will be able to see you and keep the doors open while you board.
- Take extra care when crossing gaps between platforms and subway cars.
- Position wheelchairs close to either end of the subway car but not blocking the doors.
- Remember to lock wheelchair brakes.
- If you miss your stop, stay on the train until you reach a station where you can transfer on the same platform and ride back to the station missed.
- Ask a conductor or train operator if you need assistance.
- Remember to stay behind yellow tactile edge-warning strips on subway platforms.
- A wheelchair should never be positioned between a station column and the platform edge.
Elevator and escalator status
We work hard to keep elevators and escalators in good repair, but sometimes they may need to be taken out of service for maintenance or repairs.
- View status of all MTA elevators and escalators.
- Find out how to get e-mail alerts about elevator/escalator changes sent to your computer, or e-mail or text message alerts sent to your mobile phone.
- You can also call 511, a voice recognition system that directs you to a menu or NYC Transit representative. For elevator/escalator status, just say "MTA," then say "Subway and Buses" and "current service status." Wait to be transferred and press "2." Callers who have hearing loss may use their preferred relay service provider or the free 711 relay.
Station accessibility projects in progress
Making our system as accessible as possible is one of our top priorities. Below is a list of stations with accessibility projects currently in design or construction. When projects at these stations are complete, they will have full vertical accessibility via elevator or ramp, and other features such as AutoGates, accessible boarding areas, tactile warning strips and tactile-braille signage.
Additionally, the MTA has committed to invest more than $5 billion in station accessibility projects as part of the 2020-2024 Capital Program. Learn more.
Stations marked with an asterisk were announced as part of the 2020-2024 Capital Plan, but have since been advanced to the 2015-2019 plan to accelerate their completion.
- 149 St–Grand Concourse (4)
- 149 St–Grand Concourse (2, 5)
- 170 St (4)
- Bedford Pk Blvd (B, D)
- Gun Hill Rd (5)
- Tremont Av (B, D)*
- Westchester Sq East Tremont Av (6)
- 8 Av (N) (Coney Island-bound)
- 59 St (N, R)
- 86 St (R)
- Bay Ridge-95 St (R)
- Bedford Av (L)
- Eastern Pkwy Brooklyn Museum (2, 3)
- Greenpoint Av (G)
- Livonia Av (L)
- Canarsie Rockaway Pkwy (L)
- 1 Av (L)
- 6 Av (L)*
- 14 St (F, M)*
- 14 St (1, 2, 3)*
- 57 St - 7 Av (N, Q, R, W)
- 68 St Hunter College (6)
- Chambers St (J, Z)
- Times Sq – 42 St (S)
- Astoria Blvd (N, W)
- Court Sq (G)
- Queensboro Plaza (N, W, 7)
- Woodhaven Blvd (J, Z)