THE JFK EXPRESS


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The express was a subway service to JFK airport from 57th street / Sixth Ave to W 4 St, then along the Eighth Ave subway non-stop to Howard Beach in 1978. "Take the train to the plane" used to be the famous slogan during that time period. A fare of $6.50 was collected onboard the train itself. At certain times, regular passengers were allowed on too.


When the 63rd street tunnel was completed, the line was extended to Queensbridge on 10/29/1989. Although the phased out on April 15, 1990, a monorail tram was built from Jamaica train station on the LIRR straight to JFK airport in 2003.


The JFK express, Sixth Ave Manhattan, 1970s


The JFK express (JFK train)

21ST STREET - QUEENSBRIDGE 63rd street subway (Queens) opened 10/29/1989, yellow B from Broadway went to 21st Queenbridge on weekends 10/29/1989 - 10/29/1990, also served the express 1989 to 4/15/1990, also served Q train 10/30/1989 - 4/30/1995 from Queensbridge - Stillwell, orange B ran weekday evenings 10/29/1990 - 1998 yellow shuttle ran between 21st Queensbridge and 57th/7th Ave 2/22/1998. Extended to 34th Herald Square 4/6/1998 skipping 49th till 5/22/1999 every twenty minutes because of Manhattan bridge troubles, another 63rd street shuttle began 7/22/2001 due to the closure of the north tracks of the Manhattan bridge. It ran from 21st/Queensbridge to Broadway/Lafayette till 12/16/2001 served by F train 1990 - 1997 via new 63rd street tunnel, sent back to '53rd' street tunnel till 2001 due to track work, served by the F train 2001 - present via 63rd street tunnel - present (F)
ROOSEVELT ISLAND (63rd street tunnel to Manhattan) 63rd street subway (Manhattan) opened 10/29/1989, yellow B from Broadway went to 21st Queenbridge on weekends 10/29/1989 - 10/29/1990, also served the express 1989 to 4/15/1990, also served Q train 10/30/1989 - 4/30/1995 from Queensbridge - Stillwell, orange B ran weekday evenings 10/29/1990 - 1998 yellow shuttle ran between 21st Queensbridge and 57th/7th Ave 2/22/1998. Extended to 34th Herald Square 4/6/1998 skipping 49th till 5/22/1999 every twenty minutes because of Manhattan bridge troubles, another 63rd street shuttle began 7/22/2001 due to the closure of the north tracks of the Manhattan bridge. It ran from 21st/Queensbridge to Broadway/Lafayette till 12/16/2001 served by F train 1990 - 1997 via new 63rd street tunnel, sent back to '53rd' street tunnel till 2001 due to track work, served by the F train 2001 - present via 63rd street tunnel - present (F)
LEXINGTON AVE / 63rd STREET 63rd street subway (Manhattan) opened 10/29/1989, yellow B from Broadway went to 21st Queenbridge on weekends 10/29/1989 - 10/29/1990, also served the express 1989 to 4/15/1990, also served orange Q train via IND Sixth Ave 10/30/1989 - 4/30/1995 from Queensbridge - Stillwell, orange B ran weekday evenings 10/29/1990 - 1998 yellow shuttle ran between 21st Queensbridge and 57th/7th Ave 2/22/1998. Extended to 34th Herald Square 4/6/1998 skipping 49th till 5/22/1999 every twenty minutes because of Manhattan bridge troubles, another 63rd street shuttle began 7/22/2001 due to the closure of the north tracks of the Manhattan bridge. It ran from 21st/Queensbridge to Broadway/Lafayette till 12/16/2001 served by F train 1990 - 1997 via new 63rd street tunnel, sent back to '53rd' street tunnel till 2001 due to track work, served by the F train 2001 - present via 63rd street tunnel, opposite side of platform open for Q train via BMT Broadway service on 1/1/2017 to Second Ave/96th street - present (F,Q,N,R,W,4,5,6)
57TH STREET / SIXTH AVE Sixth Ave subway (Manhattan) opened 7/1/1968, premiered with B train during non rush hours 7/1/1968 until the 1970s and also the KK train 7/1/1968, renamed K 1/2/1973 to 8/27/1976, also served by the F train 7/1/1968 - present served the express 1978 to 4/15/1990, Q train 12/12/1988 from 57th/Sixth - Stillwell, 9/1989 from 207th - Stillwell, 10/30/1989 from Queensbridge to Stillwell, and 11/12/1995 - 7/22/2001 from 57th/Sixth to Stillwell served Grand street shuttle 1986 - 1988, shuttle returned 7/22/2001 - 12/16/2001 from Grand to Broadway-Lafayette, B ran weekday evenings 10/29/1990 till 1999 at 57th street, another 63rd street shuttle began 7/22/2001 due to the closure of the north tracks of the Manhattan bridge. It ran from 21st/Queensbridge to Broadway/Lafayette till 12/16/2001 - present (F)
47TH - 50TH STREETS (Rockefeller Center) Sixth Ave subway (Manhattan) opened 12/15/1940 D train premiered from 205th the Bronx to Hudson Terminal (WTC) 12/15/1940, D extended to Church Ave after 1940, continued south of Church Ave via Culver el to Stillwell Ave 10/30/1954 to 11/26/1967, B train premiered from 168th street to 34th street 12/15/1940, (BB renamed B 11/26/1967 - present) F train also premiered here from Parsons to Hudson Terminal (WTC) via 53rd street tunnel using today's E route on 12/15/1940 to 10/30/1954, F replaced D train all the way to Stillwell Ave via Culver el 11/26/1967 - present, served by the KK train 7/1/1968, renamed K 1/2/1973 to 8/27/1976, also served the express 1978 to 4/15/1990 also served Q train 12/12/1988 from 57th/Sixth - Stillwell, 9/1989 from 207th - Stillwell, 10/30/1989 from Queensbridge to Stillwell, and 11/12/1995 - 7/22/2001 from 57th/Sixth to Stillwell, also V train 12/17/2001 to 6/25/2010 taken over by M train 6/25/2010 - present present (F,D,B,M)
42ND STREET (Bryant Park) Sixth Ave subway (Manhattan) opened 12/15/1940 D train premiered from 205th the Bronx to Hudson Terminal (WTC) 12/15/1940, D extended to Church Ave after 1940, continued south of Church Ave via Culver el to Stillwell Ave 10/30/1954 to 11/26/1967, B train premiered from 168th street to 34th street 12/15/1940, (BB renamed B 11/26/1967 - present) F train also premiered here from Parsons to Hudson Terminal (WTC) via 53rd street tunnel using today's E route on 12/15/1940 to 10/30/1954, F replaced D train all the way to Stillwell Ave via Culver el 11/26/1967 - present, served by the KK train 7/1/1968, renamed K 1/2/1973 to 8/27/1976, also served the express 1978 to 4/15/1990 also served Q train 12/12/1988 from 57th/Sixth - Stillwell, 9/1989 from 207th - Stillwell, 10/30/1989 from Queensbridge to Stillwell, and 11/12/1995 - 7/22/2001 from 57th/Sixth to Stillwell, also V train 12/17/2001 to 6/25/2010 taken over by M train 6/25/2010 - present present (F,D,B,M,7)
34TH STREET (Herald Square) Sixth Ave subway (Manhattan) opened 12/15/1940 D train premiered from 205th the Bronx to Hudson Terminal (WTC) 12/15/1940, D extended to Church Ave after 1940, continued south of Church Ave via Culver el to Stillwell Ave 10/30/1954 to 11/26/1967, B train premiered from 168th street to 34th street 12/15/1940, (BB renamed B 11/26/1967 - present) F train also premiered here from Parsons to Hudson Terminal (WTC) via 53rd street tunnel using today's E route on 12/15/1940 to 10/30/1954, F replaced D train all the way to Stillwell Ave via Culver el 11/26/1967 - present, served by the KK train 7/1/1968, renamed K 1/2/1973 to 8/27/1976, also served the express 1978 to 4/15/1990 also served Q train 12/12/1988 from 57th/Sixth - Stillwell, 9/1989 from 207th - Stillwell, 10/30/1989 from Queensbridge to Stillwell, and 11/12/1995 - 7/22/2001 from 57th/Sixth to Stillwell, also V train 12/17/2001 to 6/25/2010 taken over by M train 6/25/2010 - present present (F,D,B,M,N,Q,R)
W 4TH STREET Sixth Ave subway (Manhattan) upper level E and A trains premiered 9/10/1932 - present, also premiered with AA train 9/10/1932 - 5/5/1986, renamed K train 5/5/1986 - 12/11/1988, C train express also premiered 7/1/1933 to 12/1/1940, and CC train 7/1/1933, (CC renamed C on 5/5/86 - present), EE train premiered here 4/24/1937 - 7/1/1937 lower level D train premiered from 205th the Bronx to Hudson Terminal (WTC) 12/15/1940, D extended south to Church Ave after 1940, continued south of Church Ave via Culver el to Stillwell Ave 10/30/1954 to 11/26/1967, B train extended here 11/26/1967 - present lower level F train also premiered here from Parsons to Hudson Terminal (WTC) via 53rd street tunnel on 12/15/1940, F replaced D train all the way to Stillwell Ave via Culver el 11/26/1967 - present, served KK train 7/1/1968, (renamed K 1/2/1973 to 8/27/1976), also served the express 1978 to 4/15/1990 also served Q train 12/12/1988 from 57th/Sixth - Stillwell, 9/1989 from 207th - Stillwell, 10/30/1989 from Queensbridge to Stillwell, and 11/12/1995 - 7/22/2001 from 57th/Sixth to Stillwell, also V train 12/17/2001 to 6/25/2010 taken over by M train 6/25/2010 - present present (A,B,C,D,E,F,M)
CHAMBERS ST Eighth Ave subway (Manhattan) opened 9/10/1932 premiered with A train 9/10/1932 - present, E train extended here 4/29/1956 to 1976, also premiered with AA train 9/10/1932, (AA renamed K train 5/5/1986 - 12/11/1988) served the express 1978 to 4/15/1990 also C express premiered 7/1/1933 to 12/1/1940, and CC train 7/1/1933 - present, (CC renamed C on 5/5/86 - present), and F train premiered 12/15/1940 to 10/30/1954 present (A,C)
BROADWAY-NASSAU ST Eighth Ave subway (Manhattan) opened 7/1/1933 premiered with A train 7/1/1933 - present, E train extended here 4/29/1956 to 1976 served the express 1978 to 4/15/1990 CC renamed C train 5/5/1986 going from 145th to Euclid Ave, became 168th to Euclid 3/1/1998 - present present (A,C,J,Z,2,3,4,5)
JAY STREET - METRO TECH (Lawrence street) Fulton st subway (Brooklyn) opened 7/1/1933 premiered with A train 7/1/1933 - present, E train extended here 4/291956 to 1976, F train 11/26/1967 - present served the express 1978 to 4/15/1990 CC renamed C train 5/5/1986 going from 145th to Euclid Ave, became 168th to Euclid 3/1/1998 - present present (A,C,F,R)
AQUADUCT RACE TRACK Rockaway shuttle (Queens) opened March 21, 1877 between Greenpoint and Rockaways, terminal changed to Hunters Point 3/13/1878, later connected to Williamsburg Terminal 1898 - 1917, later Chambers 1913 - 1916, later Penn Station 1911 - 1962 tracks sold to Transit Authority in 4/29/1956, A extended here 9/19/1956 - 1/27/1957, returned 9/8/1958 - present, E extended here 1/27/1957 - 1976, CC extended here 1976 - 12/11/1988, (CC renamed C train 5/5/1986 - present) served the express 1978 to 4/15/1990 served by the Rockaway shuttle 6/28/1956, renamed HH train 11/26/1967 to 9/10/1972, HH brought back in service late 70s, renamed H on 5/5/86, H renamed S in 1994 - present present (A)
HOWARD BEACH - JFK AIRPORT Rockaway shuttle (Queens) opened March 21, 1877 between Greenpoint and Rockaways, terminal changed to Hunters Point 3/13/1878, later connected to Williamsburg Terminal 1898 - 1917, later Chambers 1913 - 1916, later Penn Station 1911 - 1962 tracks sold to Transit Authority in 4/29/1956, A extended here 9/16/1956 - 1/27/1957, returned 9/8/1958 - present, E extended here 1/27/1957 - 1976, CC extended here 1976 - 12/11/1988, (CC renamed C train 5/5/1986 - present) served the express 1978 to 4/15/1990 served by the Rockaway shuttle 6/28/1956, renamed HH train 11/26/1967 to 9/10/1972, HH brought back in service late 70s, renamed H on 5/5/86, H renamed S in 1994 - present present (A)


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WASHINGTON HEIGHTS 8TH AVE - FULTON
WASHINGTON HEIGHTS 6TH AVE - BRIGHTON
GRAND CONCOURSE 8TH AVE LOCAL
GRAND CONCOURSE 6TH AVE - WEST END
QUEENS BLVD - 8TH AVE EXPRESS
QUEENS BLVD / 6TH AVE - CULVER
BROOKLYN QUEENS CROSSTOWN
THE ROCKAWAY SHUTTLE
QUEENS BLVD / 6TH AVE EXTRA
THE BROADWAY - QUEENS BLVD
SEA BEACH / QUEENS BLVD LINE
THE COURT STREET SHUTTLE
THE SECOND AVE SUBWAY
THE EIGHTH AVE LOCAL
THE FOURTH AVE / QUEENS BLVD
MYRTLE-CHAMBERS 6TH AVE
QUEENS BLVD - 8TH AVE SUBWAY
JFK EXPRESS TO PLANE
6TH AVE SUBWAY - JAMAICA EL
QUEENSBRIDGE / 6TH AVE - BRIGHTON

THE GRAND STREET SHUTTLE
ATLANTIC AV TUNNEL
BRIGHTON EXP (BMT 1c)
ROCKAWAY BRANCH
THE 63RD STREET SHUTTLE

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