How to Get to Columbia University Irving Medical Center While 1 Train Bypasses 168th St Subway Station

This page shows alternate mass transit routes, including ADA-accessible options

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By now you may be aware that 1 trains are skipping the 168th street subway station through early 2020 so the MTA can replace the elevators that service the 1 train platform.

 

We want you to know that this suspension does not affect A and C train service. These trains will continue to stop at the 168th street subway station, so they are excellent transfer options.

 

1 train riders who cannot transfer to the A or the C have many other ways for getting to Columbia University Irving Medical Center. Please check the list of options below.

 

Because information may be added as it becomes available, we suggest that you check this page frequently and follow Columbia University Irving Medical Center on Twitter and Facebook.

 
 

We’re sorry for any inconvenience, and thank you for your patience during this time. We especially want to thank our patients for their continued support and understanding.

Public transit alternatives to 168th St

Take the A or C train to 168th Street.

Traveling from the south?

  • Take the 1 train to 157th Street and transfer to the uptown M5 bus. You may also transfer to the M4, M3, or M101 buses.
  • ADA-accessible route 1: Take the 1 train to 59th Street/Columbus Circle and transfer to the A or C. 
  • ADA-accessible route 2: Take the 1 train to 96th Street and transfer to the uptown M5 bus.

Traveling from the north?

  • Take the 1 train to 215th or 207th streets and walk to the A train station at 207th Street.  
  • Take the 1 train to 157th Street and transfer to the uptown M5 bus. You may also transfer to the M4, M3, or M101 buses.
  • ADA-accessible route 1: Take the 1 train to Dyckman Street and transfer to the M100 bus.
  • ADA-accessible route 2: Use the Bx7 bus.

Expanded M5 bus service

The MTA has expanded M5 bus service in this area. Additional M5 buses are now running during peak hours (8 to 9 a.m. and 5 to 6 p.m.) See the updated M5 schedule.

Columbia Intercampus Shuttle

Columbia Intercampus Shuttle will continue to provide service among the Columbia campuses, and shuttles will make an additional stop at 157th Street. Instead of stopping at 168th Street, southbound shuttles will instead stop at 166th Street and Broadway in front of Children's Hospital.  

Riders must show their Columbia ID to take the shuttle. Seniors, people with disabilities, and people with service animals are exempt from this requirement.

  • Schedule: The shuttle will run Monday to Friday on its normal schedule. View a PDF of the shuttle schedule. Please note: The shuttle does not run on state and federal holidays. 
  • Accessibility: The Intercampus Shuttle is wheelchair accessible. However, the 157th Street subway station is not ADA accessible. People with disabilities may prefer to use one of the accessible travel options listed above.
  • Tools: Map your route or track the shuttle, live, with the interactive shuttle map online or the Passio GO app. You can download the app for free.

Need more information? Read our FAQ below or visit the MTA’s 168th Street station advisory page.

    FAQ

    Which subway lines will be affected?

    The 1 train will bypass the 168th Street subway station in both directions. A and C trains are not affected and will continue to stop at 168th Street.

    When will 1 train service resume at this station?

    The MTA has said that 1 train service will return to the 168th Street station in January 2020.

    How can I get help to plan my route?

    The following resources are available to help you plan alternate routes:

    • Download the MYmta app for free.
    • Download the MTA’s Subway Time or Bus Time apps for free.
    • Use the MTA Trip Planner.
    • Call 511.

    You can also visit the MTA’s 168th Street station advisory page.

    What improvements are being made at the 168th Street station?

    The MTA will:

    • Install four new elevator cars.
    • Make structural upgrades to the elevator shafts and stairways.
    • Replace mechanical components.

    The MTA says these changes will provide more reliable elevator service and improve passenger flow.

    This page was last updated on Jan. 18, 2019.