New York houses one of the biggest underground subway systems in the world, but it’s also one of the least wheelchair friendliest systems.

This is because all stations were built before the disability act of 1990.

A large portion of stations are not accessible or only partial accessible to wheelchairs and people with some type of physical disability.

How many NYC subway stations have elevators?

There are in total 472 stations in Manhattan but only 118 have elevators installed, and only 36 of the 118 stations are accessible by wheelchairs.

The government has reserved $1.6 billion for making all 472 stations accessible by elevator and for anyone with a disability.

This sounds promising but up till now the process is very slow, due to complicated systems, high amount of visitors per day, and safety requirements.

List of subway stations with elevators Manhattan

The list below shows all the stations in Manhattan that have elevators and are accessible for wheelchairs users.

Keep in mind that a station with an elevator or is wheelchair accessible, does not guarantee to have trains and platforms that are also accessible.

Note: The Times Square-42nd Street station is wheelchair friendly, but the S-line platform is not. 

For more information I recommend visiting the MTA website for accessible stations.

The first set of names are the stations names, the bolded names are the locations of the elevator.

  • 14th Street - On the corner: 14th St. & 8th Ave.
  • 14th Street – Union Square - On the corner: 14th St. & Park Ave. South
  • 34th Street – Herald Square - Herald Center Bldg., West of Broadway
  • 34th Street – Penn Station - At LIRR Entrance
  • 34th Street – Penn Station - Inside Penn Station
  • 42nd Street – Port Authority Bus Terminal - Inside North Wing of Bus Terminal
  • 47th-50th Streets – Rockefeller Center - Corner: 6th Ave. & 49th St.
  • 49th Street (Accessible Northbound only) - Corner: 7th Ave. & 49th St.
  • 50th Street (Accessible Southbound only) - 49th St., West of 8th Ave.
  • 51st Street - On the corner: 52nd St. & Lexington Ave.
  • 59th Street – Columbus Circle - On the corner: Columbus Cir. & Central Park West
  • 66th Street – Lincoln - On the corner: 66th St. & Broadway
  • 72nd Street - Inside station house on 72nd St.
  • 96th Street - Inside station house on Broadway
  • 125th Street - On the corner: 125th St. & Lexington Ave.
  • 125th Street - On the corner: 125th St. & Saint Nicholas Ave.
  • 135th Street - On the corner: 135th St. & Lenox Ave.
  • 168th Street - SE Corner: 168th St. & Saint Nicholas Ave.
  • 175th Street - On the corner: 177th St. & Fort Washington Ave.
  • Bowling Green - NE Corner: Broadway & Battery Place
  • Broadway-Lafayette/Bleecker St. - Houston St., between Lafayette/Crosby Sts.
  • Brooklyn Bridge-City Hall - Chambers St. & Centre St.
  • Canal Street - On the corner: Canal St. & Lafayette St.
  • Chambers Street - On the corner: Hudson St. & Chambers St.
  • Cortlandt Street - On the corner: Dey St. & Broadway
  • Dyckman St. (Southbound) - On the corner: Hillside Ave. & St. Nicholas Ave.
  • Fulton Street - On the corner: Dey St. & Broadway
  • Grand Central – 42nd Street - Main Entrance, GC Terminal
  • Inwood – 207th Street - On the corner: Broadway & 207th St.
  • Lexington Avenue/53rd Street - On the corner: 52nd St. & Lexington Ave.
  • Lexington Avenue/63rd Street - Unknown
  • Roosevelt Island - Unknown
  • South Ferry [Closed] - Bowling Green is the nearest accessible station.
  • Times Square – 42nd Street - SE Corner: 7th Ave. & 42nd St.
  • West 4th Street - NE Corner: W 3rd St. & 6th Ave.
  • World Trade Ctr. – Chambers St. - Elevator under construction.

NYC subway elevator map

On this map all stations have been removed except for the stations that are accessible to wheelchair users and people with a disability.

This way you can clearly see what stations you can use when traveling around in New York city.

MTA map of wheelchair accessible wheelchair stations

Photo credit - The Guardian.