Sixth Avenue IND Subway: A Challenging Subway Project

Sixth Avenue IND Subway: A Challenging Subway Project JuneJun 24 2022 01:00pm - 02:00pmOnline

Sixth Avenue IND Subway: A Challenging Subway Project

Friday, June 24, 2022

1:00 PM ET

Free Online Program


Despite measuring a mere two and a half miles long, the Sixth Avenue Line is considered by many to be the most complicated and challenging project in New York City transportation history. As the last major mid-Manhattan subway route to be built, it had to be intricately threaded through earlier subway tunnels and pre-existing underground infrastructure. The Sixth Avenue Line originally opened in December 1940, and additional trackage was added in November 1967 as part of a larger project to integrate the IND and BMT systems.


Join long-time Transit Museum volunteer, CUNY instructor, and historian Andrew Sparberg for a digital discussion on the history of the Sixth Avenue Line. Using images from the Transit Museum archives, we will take a virtual station-to-station ride along the line and discover unique and often-hidden engineering challenges that its builders had to overcome.




Please Note: This event will take place online. Upon registration, all participants will receive two emails - one will be a receipt and the other will include a Zoom link with instructions on how to participate. We encourage you to download the Zoom app in advance for the best user experience.


All attendees are welcome. You will have the option to turn on automatic captions for this virtual program. Staff will share instructions for how to do so at the start of the event. Please email [email protected] with any questions.



Photo: Sixth Avenue Subway Opening Sign, 1940; New York Transit Museum. 

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