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103rd Street station (IND Eighth Avenue Line)

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 103 Street
 "B" train"C" train
MTA NYC logo.svg New York City Subway station (rapid transit)
103rd Street IND IMG 9257.JPG
Downtown platform on lower level
Station statistics
AddressWest 103rd Street & Central Park West
New York, NY 10025
LocaleUpper West Side
Coordinates40°47′46″N 73°57′41″W / 40.79604°N 73.96142°W / 40.79604; -73.96142
DivisionB (IND)
Line      IND Eighth Avenue Line
Services      A late nights (late nights)
      B weekdays until 11:00 p.m. (weekdays until 11:00 p.m.)
      C all except late nights (all except late nights)
Transit connectionsBus transport NYCT Bus: M10
Platforms2 side platforms (1 on each level)
Tracks4 (2 on lower level, 1 on upper level, 1 on ramp from upper to lower level)
Other information
OpenedSeptember 10, 1932 (87 years ago) (1932-09-10)[1]
Station code156[2]
Wireless service
Wi-Fi and cellular service is provided at this station
Opposite-direction transfer availableYes
Passengers (2019)1,498,363[5]Decrease 8.1%
Rank299 out of 424[5]
Station succession
Next northCathedral Parkway–110th Street: A late nightsB weekdays until 11:00 p.m.C all except late nights
Next south96th Street: A late nightsB weekdays until 11:00 p.m.C all except late nights

103rd Street is a local station on the IND Eighth Avenue Line of the New York City Subway. Located at West 103rd Street and Central Park West on the Upper West Side, it is served by the B on weekdays, the C train at all times except nights, and the A train during late nights only.


The station opened on September 10, 1932, as part of the city-operated Independent Subway System (IND)'s initial segment, the Eighth Avenue Line between Chambers Street and 207th Street.[6][1] Construction of the whole line cost $191.2 million. While the IRT Broadway–Seventh Avenue Line already provided parallel service, the new Eighth Avenue subway via Central Park West provided an alternative route.[7]

Station layout

Track layout
Superimposed tracks section
(Left tracks above right ones)
Upper level
Lower level
G Street level Exit/entrance
B1 Northbound express "A" train"D" train do not stop here
Northbound local "B" train weekdays toward Bedford Park Boulevard or 145th Street (Cathedral Parkway–110th Street)
"C" train toward 168th Street (Cathedral Parkway–110th Street))
"A" train toward 207th Street late nights (Cathedral Parkway–110th Street))
Side platform
Mezzanine Fare control, station agent, MetroCard machines
B2 Southbound express "A" train"D" train do not stop here →
Southbound local "B" train weekdays toward Brighton Beach (96th Street)
"C" train toward Euclid Avenue (96th Street)
"A" train toward Far Rockaway late nights (96th Street)
Side platform
The only entrance, at 103rd Street
The only entrance, at 103rd Street
Tile color is blue with a black border
Tile color is blue with a black border

This underground station has two levels with northbound trains using the upper level and southbound trains using the lower one. Each level has one side platform to the west of two tracks.[8]

Both platforms have no trim line, but name tablets read "103RD ST." in white sans serif lettering on a blue background and black border. Small black "103" signs with white numbering run along the tiles at regular intervals and directional signs in the same style are below the name tablets. Blue columns run along both platforms at regular intervals with every other one having the standard black station name plate in white numbering.

Within this station, the northbound express track descends to allow the northbound local to cross over it, before rising up at 110th Street, where the line becomes the standard four tracks side by side with the local tracks on the side and express tracks in the center.[8]

The IRT Lenox Avenue Line passes underneath this station at the extreme north end on West 104th Street to Central Park North–110th Street. The line is not visible from the platforms. On the east side of Central Park West and West 104th Street, adjacent to Central Park, is an emergency exit enclosed in a small brick house for the IRT line, which passes underneath the station. From here the line curves northeast, running directly under Central Park's North Woods at this point.


This station has one fare control area at the center of the upper level platform. A single staircase connects the two platforms before a turnstile bank leads to a token booth and one staircase going up to the northwest corner of West 103rd Street and Central Park West. The station is unique in that it has only one open staircase to street level.[9]

Directional signs that have been covered indicate that there were two more fare control areas. One exit at the extreme south end had two staircases going to southwestern corner of West 102nd Street and Central Park West, and the other at the extreme north end had two that went to both western corners of West 104th Street.[10] Further evidence of these exits' existences includes new tiling on both levels, and doorways that lead to converted storage spaces on the upper level.


  1. ^ a b "List of the 28 Stations on the New 8th Av. Line". The New York Times. September 10, 1932. p. 6. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved April 21, 2020.
  2. ^ "Station Developers' Information". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Retrieved June 13, 2017.
  3. ^ "NYC Subway Wireless – Active Stations". Transit Wireless Wifi. Retrieved November 13, 2019.
  4. ^ "Facts and Figures: Annual Subway Ridership 2014–2019". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. 2020. Retrieved May 26, 2020.
  5. ^ a b "Facts and Figures: Annual Subway Ridership 2014–2019". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. 2020. Retrieved May 26, 2020.
  6. ^ Crowell, Paul (September 10, 1932). "Gay Midnight Crowd Rides First Trains In The New Subway: Throngs at Station an Hour Before Time, Rush Turnstiles When Chains are Dropped" (PDF). New York Times. Retrieved November 8, 2015.
  7. ^ Duffus, R. L. (September 9, 1932). "New Line First Unit In City-Wide System; 8th Av. Tube to Ease West Side Congestion at Once -- Branches to Link 4 Boroughs Later. LAST WORD IN SUBWAYS Run From 207th to Chambers St. Cut to 33 Minutes -- 42d St. Has World's Largest Station. Cost has been $191,200,000 - Years of Digging Up City Streets, Tunneling Rock and Building Road Finally Brought to Completion". The New York Times. p. 12. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved August 3, 2017.
  8. ^ a b Dougherty, Peter (2006) [2002]. Tracks of the New York City Subway 2006 (3rd ed.). Dougherty. OCLC 49777633 – via Google Books.
  9. ^ "MTA Neighborhood Maps: Upper West Side" (PDF). Metropolitan Transportation Authority. 2015. Retrieved December 30, 2016.
  10. ^ Review of the A and C Lines (PDF) (Report). Metropolitan Transportation Authority. December 11, 2015. Archived from the original (PDF) on February 3, 2020. Retrieved January 19, 2016.

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