103rd Street (IND Eighth Avenue Line)
Downtown platform on lower level
|Address||West 103rd Street & Central Park West
New York, NY 10025
|Locale||Upper West Side|
|Line||IND Eighth Avenue Line|
|Services||A (late nights)
B (weekdays until 11:00 p.m.)
C (all except late nights)
|Platforms||2 side platforms (1 on each level)|
|Tracks||4 (2 on each level)|
|Opened||September 10, 1932 |
|Passengers (2013)||1,528,633 3.9%|
|Rank||295 out of 421|
|Next north||Cathedral Parkway – 110th Street: A B C|
|Next south||96th Street: A B C|
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 C train at all times except late nights, when the A train takes over service. The B train provides additional service here on weekdays.
This underground station, opened on September 10, 1932, 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. The two express tracks that bypass this station are used by the A train during daytime hours and the D train at all times.
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.
This station has one fare control area at the center of the upper level platform, but directional signs indicate there were two more fare control areas, one at the extreme south end that led to West 102nd Street and the other at the extreme north end that led to West 104th Street. 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 Central Park West and West 103rd Street.
North of 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. Also, the IRT Lenox Avenue Line passes underneath this station at the extreme north end and is not visible from the platforms.
On the east side of Central Park West and West 104th Street adjacent to Central Park is a small brick shed that is Emergency Exit #80 for the IRT Lenox Avenue Line, which passes underneath the station on West 104th Street to Central Park North – 110th Street. From here the line curves northeast, running directly under Central Park at this point.
|G||Street Level||Exit / Entrance|
|B1||Northbound express||← do not stop here|
|Northbound local||← toward Bedford Park Boulevard rush hours, 145th Street other times (Cathedral Parkway – 110th Street)
← toward 168th Street ( toward 207th Street late nights) (Cathedral Parkway – 110th Street)
|Side platform, doors will open on the left|
|Mezzanine||Fare control, station agent, MetroCard vending machines|
|B2||Southbound express||→ do not stop here →|
|Southbound local||→ toward Brighton Beach (96th Street) →
→ toward Euclid Avenue ( toward Far Rockaway late nights) (96th Street) →
|Side platform, doors will open on the right|
Media related to 103rd Street (IND Eighth Avenue Line) at Wikimedia Commons
- nycsubway.org – IND 8th Avenue: 103rd Street
- Station Reporter – B Train
- Station Reporter – C Train
- The Subway Nut - 103rd Street Pictures
- 103rd Street entrance from Google Maps Street View