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The Subway Car is an adaptation of the classic NYC subway car in Grand Theft Auto III, Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories, Grand Theft Auto IV and its episodes.

GTA III and GTA Liberty City Stories

In GTA III and GTA Liberty City Stories, the games' stock train consists of two-to-three car electric trains, with a curved base. The train resembles the classic subway cars used in New York City's subway system.

The train can be used to go around Portland Island between three stops as an El-Train;

The train can also be seen as a Subway running between four stops across Liberty City, with one in Portland, two in Staunton Island and one in Shoreside Vale;

GTA IV + Episodes

The subway car cannot be driven, but it can be entered to go on subway rides in Liberty City. The train will not stop at stations when the player has a three star or higher wanted level. If the player is on the train with a three star or higher level, it will stop when it reaches the next station and will refuse to go on until the player exits or loses their wanted level. Falling under the train will instantly result in the player being wasted. It is implied that the trains are poorly maintained, as their interiors are quite dirty and the cars are covered with graffiti inside and out.

The cars of the trains are based on a mixture of the NYCTA R32 cars (currently the oldest cars in service in the system) and the 1966–67 built NYCT R38 cars (which were completely retired by March 2009); the bulkheads (front) of the cars feature curtain route signs (rollsigns) and additional lights seen only on pre-rebuilt R38s (rebuilt R32s and R38s feature only a digital flipdot sign).

The trains will make distinctive blue sparks from their wheels when cornering around long stretches of track.

The trains have unique door-ajar-chimes, so when doors are closing, they will bleep, until they are shut. This can be heard when a train leaves at any station.

Prominent Appearances in Missions

Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories

Grand Theft Auto IV

The Ballad of Gay Tony

Unique Variants


  • Yusuf Amir claims he wants to open an underwater hotel with a unique Subway submarine that can give tours.
  • The GTA IV variant has rollsigns and line indicators, and is the first train in the series to have them. However, they are a fixed part of the train's texture file, and therefore are fixed, no matter the line. In addition, they are inaccurate in several ways:
    • The route symbol sign states "K - Happiness Island", even though no train services Happiness Island.
      • In addition, the Route Letter + Name combination has not been in use by the MTA in over 20 years, having been deprecated in favor of the flipdot symbol.
    • The rollsign states "Sundance St., Sth. Slopes" - this most likely refers to Schottler Station in Broker (it's on the border of the South Slops neighborhood, and it has a Sundance St. exit) - but Schottler is not served by K trains, only 3 and 8.

See Also

  • Train, listing other forms of trains in the Grand Theft Auto series

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