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A route map of Liberty City in GTA IV, depicting the subway system's extent in Algonquin, Bohan, Dukes and Broker.

Based heavily on the New York City Subway, the Subway in Liberty City in Grand Theft Auto IV is a heavy rail rapid transit system that serves a large portion of the city. With 26 stops and 8 routes, it is largest and most complex rapid transit system in the Grand Theft Auto world. The system is operated by the Liberty Transport Authority (LTA).



Stations in the system are both elevated and underground. Virtually all stations in Broker, Dukes and Bohan are located above ground; all stations in Algonquin, aside from Frankfort High LTA, are underground, their entrances distinguishable by their green iron fencing and attached globe lamps. All stations in the system are operational except one, unofficially referred to as Dukes Boulevard station along a short stub branch of the Broker Line in East Island City; the line is also connected to a train yard located in Firefly Projects. The cost of using the subway is deducted after the trip, as the ticket machines are not operable. Subway lines can be seen on the Radar in the HUD as semitransparent gray lines, with stations marked as square lozenges. If a station is underground, multiple access points will be available front street level, typically depicted in the form of a stairway leading underground surrounded by cast iron grills with lampposts attached in the corners. Some of the city's homeless can be found taking shelter in a the large junction tunnel under Lancet.

The subway is a good way to escape from the police at any wanted levels. At lower levels, players may still use the train; as the AI is confused by the player entering the trains, the train may take you well outside the wanted zone. However, use of the subway trains is impossible when the player has a three-star wanted level or more, as the trains will either stop at stations indefinitely, bypass any station the player is in, or are halted. Alternatively, the subway tunnels themselves may be effectively used by the player to escape on foot as police officers do not venture into the tunnels unless they spot the player earlier and pursue him into the tunnels. There is also a bug where the player may receive a 1 star wanted level when entering certain trains while police are nearby. This may be a bug in the game's programming as the trains are not "owned" by the player, and the Police AI is programmed to chase the player when he enters a vehicle that isn't owned by him.

Subway trains are not operational, or even available, on multiplayer. However, access to the tracks is still available, and is a useful way to escape the cops. However, their abcense on multiplayer is greatly appreciated, as you will not have to worry about trains coming out of nowhere and plowing you.


A two car LTA train on an elevated line bound for Hove Beach station.

The subway trains, which appear in the form of two cars or three, are heavily graffitied, and have black and white internal CCTV cameras via which the player can view the protagonist during their journey. The subway Interior can also be viewed, if you use the camera function on the player's cell phone. Doing that, reveals the actual shabbiness of the interior, that is hard to see on security cameras. The cars of the trains are based on 1966–67 New York City Subway Class R38 cars, which were completely retired by March 2009; the bulkheads of the cars feature curtain route signs and additional lights seen only on pre-rebuilt R38s (rebuilt R38s feature only a flipdot sign). The signs consistently reference the K line and "Sundance St.; Sth. Slopes" (implying Schottler station), which the K line does not serve.

Like Grand Theft Auto III and Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, it is impossible to destroy trains during gameplay. Trains are scripted to be derailed in the mission No Way on the Subway, destroyed in the mission Bang Bang, and decoupled in the mission For the Man Who Has Everything. There are no visible drivers on the trains, and trains cannot be commandeered by the player.

Abandoned railway lines

It is possible that the Liberty City Subway may have shared the tracks with (now defunct) freight trains in the past, as well as having a completely different route (possibly reserved for the freight trains).

There is an abandon portion of an old railway appears in western Algonquin along Westminster and The Meat Quarter, running from the plaza of a new building, blocked off by barrier boards, and runs through several buildings before splitting up. One section runs into a garage in a building (supporting the fact that it may have been used for freight), and the other leads to a broken off edge forming a ramp.

Several disused tracks and railcars also dot industrial areas in Alderney. These include two abandoned rail depots (one that has been almost completely torn down), several sections of track (mostly running through old alleyways), a section of track running by the old Sprunk Factory that splits up, with one side leading into a bricked up tunnel. There is also a rail line running from a bricked up tunnel running from southern Alderney City, through Normandy, through Port Tudor (with parts of the track heading onto one of the piers, and ending on a ramp and several old pillars near northern Acter Industrial Park. This track is mostly intact, though several newer structures (roads, buildings) have been built over it.

In western East Island City, a section of railway leading from a bricked up tunnel exists, west toward Algonquin, and stops facing that water, suggesting a bridge may have at one point existed, as well as a series of abandoned subway tunnels.


The subway system has four main lines, in pairs:

These four lines serve all boroughs of Liberty City, but do not serve the state of Alderney.



Algonquin Outer Line

  • Route A trains run clockwise
  • Route J trains run counter-clockwise
  • At Easton, Route J trains become Route 3 for the Broker line
  • At Manganese East, Route A trains become Route 8 for the Broker Line

Broker Line

  • Route 8 trains run clockwise in Broker, counter-clockwise in Dukes
  • Route 3 trains run counter-clockwise in Broker, clockwise in Dukes
  • At Easton, Route 8 trains become Route A for the Algonquin Outer Line
  • At Manganese East, Route 3 trains become Route J for the Algonquin Outer Line

Algonquin Inner Line

Bohan Line

  • Route E trains run clockwise
  • Route B trains run counter-clockwise
  • At Frankfort High, Route E trains become Route K for the Algonquin Inner Line
  • At Frankfort Low, Route B trains become Route C for the Algonquin Inner line


See also

This article uses material from the "Subway in GTA IV" article on the GTA wiki at Wikia and is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike License.


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