103rd Street (IRT Broadway – Seventh Avenue Line)

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103rd Street
New York City Subway rapid transit station
103rd Street IRT 003.JPG
Northbound platform
Station statistics
Address West 103rd Street & Broadway
New York, NY 10025
Borough Manhattan
Locale Upper West Side, Manhattan Valley
Coordinates 40°47′58″N 73°58′05″W / 40.799419°N 73.968158°W / 40.799419; -73.968158Coordinates: 40°47′58″N 73°58′05″W / 40.799419°N 73.968158°W / 40.799419; -73.968158
Division A (IRT)
Line       IRT Broadway – Seventh Avenue Line
Services       1 all times (all times)
Transit connections Bus transport NYCT Bus: M104
Structure Underground
Platforms 2 side platforms
Tracks 3 (2 in regular service)
Other information
Opened October 27, 1904; 110 years ago (1904-10-27)[1]
Passengers (2014) 4,199,559[2]Decrease 5.1%
Rank 115 out of 421
Station succession
Next north Cathedral Parkway – 110th Street: 1 all times
Next south 96th Street: 1 all times

103rd Street is a local station on the IRT Broadway – Seventh Avenue Line of the New York City Subway. Located at the intersection of 103rd Street and Broadway on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, within Manhattan Valley, it is served by the 1 train at all times.

Station layout[edit]

G Street Level Exit/ Entrance
Platform level
Side platform, doors will open on the right
Northbound local NYCS-bull-trans-1.svg toward Van Cortlandt Park – 242nd Street (110th Street)
Peak-direction express No regular service
Southbound local NYCS-bull-trans-1.svg toward South Ferry (96th Street)
Side platform, doors will open on the right

103rd Street station is laid out in a typical local stop setup.[3] There are two side platforms and three tracks, the center one being an unused express track.[3] The southbound local track is technically known as BB1 and the northbound one is BB4; the BB designation is used for chaining purposes along the Broadway – Seventh Avenue Line from 96th Street to 242nd Street. Although it cannot be accessed at 103rd Street, the center track is designated as M. It is important to note that these designations are rarely, if ever, used in everyday speech.

This is the southernmost 3-track station on the line. South of the station, there are switches that connect the express track to either local track with trains then being able to crossover to the rising express tracks, which joined from the IRT Lenox Avenue Line. Under 103rd Street, the dual express tracks serving the southern part of the line descend and curve to the east to form the IRT Lenox Avenue Line. They turn off of Broadway and onto 104th Street directly underneath this station. An emergency exit from the Lenox Avenue Line is located in the middle of the northbound platform.

In popular culture[edit]

The 103rd Street station was one of the settings in the William S. Burroughs book Junkie and was briefly featured in the film Black Swan.

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  1. ^ "Our Subway Open: 150,000 Try It". nycsubway.org. New York Times. October 28, 1904. Retrieved 2012-04-02. 
  2. ^ "Facts and Figures: Annual Subway Ridership". New York City Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Retrieved 2015-04-22. 
  3. ^ a b 103rd Street NYCSubway Retrieved 2009-06-24

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