Harlem – 148th Street (IRT Lenox Avenue Line)

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Harlem – 148th Street
New York City Subway rapid transit station
148 St Harlem terminal jeh.jpg
View of platform at Harlem – 148th Street
Station statistics
Address West 149th Street & Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard
New York, NY 10039
Borough Manhattan
Locale Harlem
Coordinates 40°49′26″N 73°56′13″W / 40.824°N 73.937°W / 40.824; -73.937Coordinates: 40°49′26″N 73°56′13″W / 40.824°N 73.937°W / 40.824; -73.937
Division A (IRT)
Line IRT Lenox Avenue Line
Services ‹See Tfm›      3 all times (all times)
Connection NYCT Bus: M2
Structure At-grade
Platforms 1 island platform
Tracks 2
Other information
Opened May 13, 1968; 47 years ago (1968-05-13)
Former/other names 148th Street – Lenox Terminal
Passengers (2014) 1,209,633[1]Increase 3.3%
Rank 336 out of 421
Station succession
Next north (Terminal): 3 all times
Next south 145th Street: 3 all times

Harlem – 148th Street (signed as 148th Street – Lenox Terminal), is a terminal station on the IRT Lenox Avenue Line of the New York City Subway. The name is partially erroneous, as the station is not actually at 148th Street, but at the intersection of 149th Street and Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard, in Harlem. It is served by the 3 train at all times.

This station is the northern terminal of the IRT Lenox Avenue Line. There are two tracks and one island platform here. The tracks end at bumper blocks at the west end of the platform. Next to the station is Lenox Yard, which is used for train storage and has no maintenance facility. The yard predates the station, which was added in 1968 at a relatively low cost, since the yard and the track connection were already there. Formerly, the terminal was one station to the south, at 145th Street.

Sign on the platform of Harlem – 148th Street

Due to the high ceiling, platform service information signs are hung from heavy cables.

The station's only mezzanine is at the west (railroad north) end of the station. From the single island platform, a double-wide stairway leads up to a set of doors that separate the street-level station-house at Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard. There are three turnstiles and a token-booth.

This station was intended to be a replacement for the 145th Street station. However, plans to shut down 145th Street were cancelled due to protests from residents of a nearby[where?] apartment complex.[which?][2]

From 1995 to 2008, this station lacked full-time service, as 3 trains did not operate during late nights. Full-time service was restored on July 27, 2008.[3]

While this station may appear to be underground, it is actually at-grade. A building, which rests on pilotis, exists above the station.[4][5][6]

Station layout[edit]

G Street Level Exit/Entrance
Fare control Station agent, MetroCard vending machines
Platform level
Yard tracks No passenger service
Track 2 NYCS 3 toward New Lots Avenue (Times Square – 42nd Street late nights) (145th Street)
Island platform, doors will open on the left or right
Track 1 NYCS 3 toward New Lots Avenue (Times Square – 42nd Street late nights) (145th Street)
Maintenance tracks No passenger service


  1. ^ "Facts and Figures: Annual Subway Ridership". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Retrieved 2015-04-25. 
  2. ^ Cox, Jeremiah (June 26, 2008). "148th Street – Lenox Terminal Pictures". The Subway Nut. Retrieved September 2012. 
  3. ^ "Service Enhancements on 3 Line" (Press release). MTA New York City Transit. 2008-07-24. Retrieved 2008-07-26. 
  4. ^ Powell Boulevard Station entrance (The Subway Nut)
  5. ^ West end of the station (under the parking lot to the left) from Google Maps Street View
  6. ^ East end of the station from Google Maps Street View

External links[edit]

Media related to Harlem – 148th Street (IRT Lenox Avenue Line) at Wikimedia Commons