125th Street (IRT Lexington Avenue Line)

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125th Street
"4" train"5" train"6" train "6" express train
New York City Subway rapid transit station
125th Street IRT 001.JPG
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)
Transit connections Bus transport NYCT Bus: M35, Airport transportation M60 SBS, M100, M101, M103, Bx15
Bus transport Short Line Bus: 208
Railway transportation Metro-North: Harlem, Hudson, and New Haven Lines (at Harlem–125th Street)
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; 99 years ago (1918-07-17)
Station code 392[1]
Accessible This station is compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 ADA-accessible
Wireless service Wi-Fi and cellular service is provided at this station[2]
Traffic
Passengers (2016) 9,431,163[3]Decrease 1.6%
Rank 35 out of 422
Station succession
Next north 149th Street–Grand Concourse (Jerome express): 4 rush hours, peak direction
138th Street–Grand Concourse (Jerome local): 4 all except rush hours, peak direction5 all except late nights
Third Avenue–138th Street (Pelham): 6 all times <6> weekdays until 8:45 p.m., peak direction
Next south 116th Street (local): 4 late nights6 all times <6> weekdays until 8:45 p.m., peak direction
86th Street (express): 4 all except late nights5 all except late nights


Next adjacent station compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 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 adjacent station compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 south 51st Street (local): 4 late nights6 all times <6> weekdays until 8:45 p.m., peak direction
Grand Central–42nd Street (express): 4 all except late nights5 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 on weekdays, and the <6> during weekdays in peak direction.

A planned northern extension of the Second Avenue Subway would connect with this station and with the Metro-North Railroad's Harlem–125th Street station, located one block west.

History[edit]

Mosaic with depiction of bridge

This station opened on July 17, 1918 as part of the extension of the original subway up Lexington Avenue to 125th Street and into the Bronx.[4] Initially, service was provided only as a shuttle on the local tracks of the then-formed Lexington Avenue Line between Grand Central, continuing past this station and under the Harlem River to 167th Street on the IRT Jerome Avenue Line. On August 1, 1918, through service on the Lexington Avenue Line began. Both express trains and local trains began stopping at this station, running from Lower Manhattan and Brooklyn.[5] The extension from Grand Central cost $58,000,000.[6]

The opening of this station resulted in development in the surrounding neighborhood of East Harlem.[7]

In 1952 or 1953, a public address system was installed at this station, providing information to passengers and train crews.[8]

In 1981, the MTA listed the station among the 69 most deteriorated stations in the subway system.[9] This station's renovation was completed in 2005.

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 "4" train toward Woodlawn (149th Street–Grand Concourse during the PM rush, or 138th Street–Grand Concourse all other times)
"5" train toward Dyre Avenue weekdays except nights, Wakefield–241st Street weekends, Nereid Avenue PM Rush (138th Street–Grand Concourse)
Island platform, doors will open on the left or right Handicapped/disabled access
Northbound local "6" train "6" express train toward Pelham Bay Park all times, Parkchester rush hours and middays (Third Avenue–138th Street)
"4" train toward Woodlawn (late nights) (138th Street–Grand Concourse)
B3 Southbound local "6" train "6" express train toward Brooklyn Bridge–City Hall (116th Street)
Island platform, doors will open on the left or right Handicapped/disabled access
Southbound express "4" train toward Crown Heights–Utica Avenue weekdays (86th Street)
"4" train toward New Lots Avenue (late nights and weekends) (116th Street) late nights; (86th Street) weekends
"5" train toward Flatbush Avenue except weekday late nights (86th Street)
Track layout
Superimposed track section
Left tracks under right tracks
Lower level
Upper level

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.[6] Adding to the unusual design is the local track on each level having train doors open to the right; the express tracks likewise have doors opening to the left. 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.[10] Throughout the station's history, this station has been one of the more important on the line as it is the northernmost transfer point between express trains to the IRT Jerome Avenue and White Plains Road Lines, and local trains to the IRT Pelham Line.[6]

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.

Exits[edit]

There are four stair exits and one elevator exit.

  • Entrance 2: Staircase at SW corner of Lexington Avenue and 125th Street[11][12]
  • Entrance 3: Staircase at SE corner of Lexington Avenue and 125th Street[11][12]
  • Handicapped/disabled access Entrance 4: Staircase and elevator at NE corner of Lexington Avenue and 125th Street[11][12]
  • Entrance 5: Staircase at NW corner of Lexington Avenue and 125th Street[11][12]

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 Street. The southern turnstile bank has two exits leading to both southern corners of Lexington Avenue and 125th Street.[11]

The station lies one block east of the Metro-North Railroad's Harlem–125th Street station on Park Avenue.[11]

As part of a proposed Second Avenue Subway station, a new exit would be built at the southeast corner of 125th Street and Park Avenue, as well as an ancillary facility on that site.[12] An ancillary would also be built at the southeast corner of 125th Street and Third Avenue.[12]

Planned Second Avenue Subway station[edit]

125th Street
future
Future New York City Subway rapid transit station
Station statistics
Division B (IND)
Line       IND Second Avenue Line
Services future
Structure Underground
Platforms 2 island platforms (planned)
Tracks 3 (planned)
Station code 472[a][1]
Station succession


Next adjacent station compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 north none: future
Next adjacent station compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 south 116th Street: future

The planned northern terminal for the Second Avenue Subway would be built below, perpendicular to the existing station along 125th Street. The 125th Street station would be part of Phase 2, from 96th Street to 125th Street, with the next station south being 116th Street. Phase 2 would also include a station at 106th Street.[13] A station at Lexington Avenue and 125th Street was not on the original Second Avenue Subway proposed as part of the New York City Transit Authority's 1968 Program for Action; instead, a Second Avenue Subway station would be built at 126th Street and Second Avenue. The line was to be built in two phases—the first phase from 126th to 34th Streets, the second phase from 34th to Whitehall Streets.[14][15] When opened, it will initially be served by the Q train, with the T providing service when phase 3 of the line is built.

Introduction of the station to plans[edit]

In March 2007, the Second Avenue Subway was revived.[16] The line's first phase, the "first major expansion" to the New York City Subway in more than a half-century,[17] included three stations in total and cost $4.45 to $4.5 billion.[18][19] spanning from 105th Street and Second Avenue to 63rd Street and Third Avenue.[20] Phase 1 opened on January 1, 2017.[21][22]

The second phase, between 125th and 96th Streets, was allocated $525 million in the MTA's 2015–2019 Capital Plan for planning, design, environmental studies, and utility relocation.[23][24] This phase will complete the project's East Harlem section. The alignment will run under Second Avenue to 124th Street,[25] before turning west on 125th Street.[26] On October 18, 2016, the de Blasio administration announced a rezoning plan for East Harlem.[27] One of the three Special Transit Land Use (TA) districts is for the area of the 125th Street/Lexington Avenue station.[28]

On November 21, 2016, the MTA requested that the Phase 2 project be entered into the Project Development phase under the Federal Transit Administration's New Starts program.[29] On December 15, several elected officials for the area announced that they were seeking $6 billion of funding for Phase 2 of the line, including $2 billion from the federal government.[30] These officials wished to secure funding from the presidential administration of Barack Obama before Obama's term ended on January 20, 2017. In their request for funding, they cited that they wanted to avoid an uncertain response from the administration of Donald Trump and start construction on Phase 2 as soon as possible.[30] The FTA granted this request in late December 2016.[31] Under the approved plan, the MTA would complete an environmental reevaluation by 2018, receive funding by 2020, and open Phase 2 between 2027 and 2029.[32] In January 2017, it was announced that Phases 2 and 3, which are expected to cost up to a combined $14.2 billion, were on the Trump administration's priority list of 50 most important transportation projects nationwide.[33][34]

Current plans[edit]

When built, this platform will be the permanent northern terminal of the Second Avenue Subway. It will be five levels below street level, or two levels below the lower-level IRT Lexington Avenue Line platform.[12] The station will have a three-track, two-island platform layout with a mezzanine above it.[35] There will be railroad switches to the east of the platforms to switch the direction of terminating trains.[36] The station will also include a new exit leading directly from the Second Avenue Line platform to the south side of Park Avenue and 125th Street, allowing for a quick connection to the Metro-North station.[13] The tracks will continue west of the station to midblock between Fifth Avenue and Lenox Avenue, creating space for tail tracks to store trains and providing a provision for a future expansion of the line along 125th Street.[37]

Second Avenue Subway Community Information Center[edit]

A Second Avenue Subway Community Information Center for Phase 2, along 125th Street between Park and Madison Avenues, was originally planned to open in May 2017.[38] The center's opening was delayed to September 18, 2017.[39]

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."

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ This is the station code it will have whenever it opens. This fits into the gap for the station numbering. 96th Street is 475, and 34th Street–Hudson Yards is 471, so clearly, the numbers in between are for the second phase of the SAS. 474 would be 106th Street, 473 would be 116th Street, and 472 would be 125th Street.

References[edit]

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  5. ^ "Open New Subway Lines to Traffic; Called a Triumph — Great H System Put in Operation Marks an Era in Railroad Construction — No Hitch in the Plans — But Public Gropes Blindly to Find the Way in Maze of New Stations — Thousands Go Astray — Leaders in City's Life Hail Accomplishment of Great Task at Meeting at the Astor". New York Times. August 2, 1918. p. 1. Retrieved November 6, 2016. 
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