59th Street – Columbus Circle is a New York City Subway station complex shared by the IRT Broadway – Seventh Avenue Line and the IND Eighth Avenue Line. It is located at Columbus Circle in Midtown Manhattan where 59th Street, Broadway and Eighth Avenue intersect, and is served by the:
- 1, A, and D trains at all times
- C train at all times except late nights
- B train during weekdays until 11:00 p.m.
- 2 train during late nights
As of 2011, 59th Street – Columbus Circle is the seventh-busiest station in the system with 21,300,892 annual riders.
This station complex has many entrances/exits from the streets. The one at the north end of Columbus Circle leads to the Trump International Hotel And Tower
. It has a double wide staircase going down to an intermediate level before another double-wide staircase goes down to fare control, where a now unused token booth and turnstile bank lead to the IND mezzanine as well as the north end of the northbound IRT platform. There is also one elevator from the back of the staircase that goes down to fare control.
Two staircases from the northwest corner of Broadway and West 60th Street go down to an unstaffed fare control area, where three full height turnstiles and a short staircase provide direct access to the north end of the southbound IRT platform. Another staircase at the southern island of the aforementioned intersection go down to a bank of turnstiles leading to the center of the same platform.
The Time Warner Center
at the northwest corner of West 58th Street and Broadway has a set of elevators, escalators, and staircases going down to fare control, where a token booth and turnstile bank provide entrance/exit to the station. A single staircase goes down to each IND platform at their extreme south end while a passageway leads to the southbound IRT platform. The mezzanine also has a staircase going up to the northeast corner of West 58th Street and Broadway. There is a passageway leading to another staircase that goes up to the southeast corner of West 59th Street and Eighth Avenue. This staircase is built within the Hearst Tower
.The south end of the northbound IRT platform has a same-level unstaffed fare control area containing full height turnstiles and two staircases going up to the south corners of West 59th Street and Broadway.
IND Eighth Avenue Line platforms
59th Street – Columbus Circle on the IND Eighth Avenue Line, opened on September 10, 1932, is a large express station. There are four tracks and three island platforms with the outer two in revenue service. B and C trains run on the local tracks, while the D and daytime A trains run on the express tracks.South of the station, the A and C trains continue on Eighth Avenue while the B and D trains diverge east to the Seventh Avenue station via the IND Sixth Avenue Line. North of the station are crossovers in both directions and the northbound local and express tracks cross over the southbound tracks to form a two level configuration to 103rd Street.
The center platform was first used in passenger service in 1959, but was originally built along with the other platforms. It served the purpose of a Spanish solution, allowing passengers to exit both sides of subway cars as the express trains would open the doors on both sides. Newer subway cars' door controls made it more difficult to open doors on both sides of the train simultaneously, thus this solution became impractical and the platform was closed on November 8, 1973. In 2007–2010, it was converted to a crossunder between the IRT side platforms. Large metal fences have been erected to keep people away from the edges.At the middle of each open platform, there are two staircases and one elevator that connect with the northbound platform of IRT Broadway – Seventh Avenue Line. There are also one staircase from each platform at the north end leading to the same area. A single staircase at the extreme south end connect to the southbound IRT platform. There are two newsstands which are the center of both platforms.
This station formerly had a 1992 artwork called Hello Columbus, made by various New York
City artists and public school students. Sol LeWitt created tile work on the stairway from the platforms to the Uptown 1 train entitled "Whirls and Twirls". Currently, large white "59"s are placed over the blue stripes – similar to the "42"s at 42nd Street – Port Authority.