125th Street (IRT Lexington Avenue Line)

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125th Street
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New York City Subway rapid transit station
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Station statistics
Address East 125th Street & Lexington Avenue
New York, NY 10035
Borough Manhattan
Locale East Harlem
Coordinates 40°48′15″N 73°56′15″W / 40.804259°N 73.937473°W / 40.804259; -73.937473Coordinates: 40°48′15″N 73°56′15″W / 40.804259°N 73.937473°W / 40.804259; -73.937473
Division A (IRT)
Line       IRT Lexington Avenue Line
Services       4 all times (all times)
      5 all except late nights (all except late nights)
      6 all times (all times) <6>weekdays until 8:45 p.m., peak direction (weekdays until 8:45 p.m., peak direction)
Connection
Structure Underground
Levels 2
Platforms 2 island platforms (1 on each level)
cross-platform interchange
Tracks 4 (2 on each level)
Other information
Opened July 17, 1918; 96 years ago (1918-07-17)
Accessible Handicapped/disabled access
Traffic
Passengers (2014) 9,574,765[1]Increase 3.1%
Rank 34 out of 421
Station succession
Next north 138th Street – Grand Concourse (Jerome local): 4 all except rush hours, peak direction 5 all except late nights
149th Street – Grand Concourse (Jerome express): 4 rush hours, peak direction
Third Avenue – 138th Street (Pelham): 6 all times <6>weekdays until 8:45 p.m., peak direction
Next south 116th Street (local): 4 late nights 6 all times <6>weekdays until 8:45 p.m., peak direction
86th Street (express): 4 all except late nights 5 all except late nights


Next Handicapped/disabled access north 161st Street – Yankee Stadium (via Jerome): 4 all times
Third Avenue – 149th Street (via White Plains Road): 5 all except late nights
Hunts Point Avenue (via Pelham): 6 all times <6>weekdays until 8:45 p.m., peak direction
Next Handicapped/disabled access south 51st Street (local): 4 late nights 6 all times <6>weekdays until 8:45 p.m., peak direction
Grand Central – 42nd Street (express): 4 all except late nights 5 all except late nights

125th Street is an express station that has four tracks and two island platforms. It is the northernmost Manhattan station on the IRT Lexington Avenue Line of the New York City Subway. Located at Lexington Avenue and East 125th Street (also known as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard) in East Harlem, it is served by the 4 and 6 trains at all times, the 5 train at all times except late nights, and the <6> during weekdays in peak direction. The station lies one block east of the Harlem – 125th Street station on the Metro-North Railroad. A proposed northern extension of the Second Avenue Subway would connect with this station.

Station layout[edit]

G Street Level Exit/ Entrance
B1 Mezzanine Fare control, station agents
Handicapped/disabled access (Elevator at NE corner of 125th Street and Lexington Avenue)
B2 Northbound express NYCS-bull-trans-4.svg toward Woodlawn (149th Street – Grand Concourse during the PM rush, or 138th Street – Grand Concourse all other times)
NYCS-bull-trans-5.svg toward Nereid Avenue PM rush hours, Dyre Avenue all times except nights (138th Street – Grand Concourse)
Island platform, doors will open on the left or right Handicapped/disabled access
Northbound local NYCS-bull-trans-6.svg NYCS-bull-trans-6d.svg toward Pelham Bay Park all times, Parkchester rush hours and middays (Third Avenue – 138th Street)
NYCS-bull-trans-4.svg toward Woodlawn (late nights) (138th Street – Grand Concourse)
B3 Southbound local NYCS-bull-trans-6.svg NYCS-bull-trans-6d.svg toward Brooklyn Bridge – City Hall (116th Street)
Island platform, doors will open on the left or right Handicapped/disabled access
Southbound express NYCS-bull-trans-4.svg toward Crown Heights – Utica Avenue (86th Street)
NYCS-bull-trans-4.svg toward New Lots Avenue (late nights) (116th Street)
NYCS-bull-trans-5.svg toward Flatbush Avenue weekdays, Bowling Green weekends (86th Street)
The platform in 1977
Mosaic with depiction of bridge

The station is unusual in design, as a bi-level station with island platforms but not configured in the standard express-local lower-upper configuration. Instead, the upper platform serves northbound (uptown) trains and the lower level serves southbound (downtown) trains. North of the station, just after crossing the Harlem River, the line splits into the IRT Jerome Avenue Line (heading north) and the IRT Pelham Line (heading east). On the lower platform, each track comes from one line, and a flying junction south of the station allows trains to be diverted to the local or express track.

There is an active tower at the north end of the upper platform; it is a satellite to the tower at Grand Central – 42nd Street, which controls the entire length of the Lexington Avenue Line. This station's renovation was completed in 2005.

This station has a mezzanine with two separate turnstile banks; the northern turnstile bank leads to two staircases going to both northern corners of Lexington Avenue and 125th Street, and an elevator going to the NE corner of Lexington Avenue and 125th St; the southern turnstile bank has two exits leading to both southern corners of Lexington Avenue and 125th Street.

Planned Second Avenue Subway station[edit]

The planned northern terminal for the Second Avenue Subway would be built below,[2] at right angles to this station, along 125th Street. As of 2007, Phase 1 of the Second Avenue Subway from 63rd Street to 96th Street is under construction. The 125th Street station is part of Phase 2, from 96th Street to 125th Street.

If built, this platform will be five levels below street level, or two levels below the lower-level IRT Lexington Avenue Line platform. The platform will be a three-track, two-island platform layout[3] with a mezzanine above it. There will be railroad switches to the right of the platforms to switch the direction of terminating trains.[2]

In popular culture[edit]

The location is referenced in The Velvet Underground song "Waiting for the Man", in which the song's protagonist uses the train station en route to buy heroin in Harlem: "Up to Lexington, 1-2-5 / Feel sick and dirty, more dead than alive."

Exits[edit]

Exit location Exit Type Number of exits Platform served
NW corner of Lexington Avenue and 125th Street Staircase 1 Both
NE corner of Lexington Avenue and 125th Street Staircase 1 Both
NE corner of Lexington Avenue and 125th Street Elevator Handicapped/disabled access 1 Both
SW corner of Lexington Avenue and 125th Street Staircase 1 Both
SE corner of Lexington Avenue and 125th Street Staircase 1 Both

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External links[edit]

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