145th Street (IND Eighth Avenue Line)

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145th Street
NYCS-bull-trans-A.svg NYCS-bull-trans-B.svg NYCS-bull-trans-C.svg NYCS-bull-trans-D.svg
New York City Subway rapid transit station
145th Street - Brooklyn Bound Lower Level Platform.jpg
Lower level platform
Station statistics
Address West 145th Street & St. Nicholas Avenue
New York, NY 10031
Borough Manhattan
Locale Harlem, Hamilton Heights
Coordinates 40°49′27″N 73°56′41″W / 40.82404°N 73.944769°W / 40.82404; -73.944769Coordinates: 40°49′27″N 73°56′41″W / 40.82404°N 73.944769°W / 40.82404; -73.944769
Division INDno
Line       IND Eighth Avenue Line
IND Concourse Line
Services       A all times (all times)
      B weekdays until 11:00 p.m. (weekdays until 11:00 p.m.)
      C all except late nights (all except late nights)
      D all times (all times)
Transit connections Bus transport NYCT Bus: M3, Bx19
Structure Underground
Levels 2
Platforms 4 island platforms (2 on each level)
cross-platform interchange
Tracks 7 (4 on upper level, 3 on lower level)
Other information
Opened September 10, 1932 (84 years ago) (1932-09-10)[1]
Accessibility Cross-platform wheelchair transfer available
Wireless service Wi-Fi[2]
Traffic
Passengers (2015) 7,923,696[3]Increase 1.9%
Rank 51 out of 422
Station succession
Next north 155th Street (8th local): A late nights C all except late nights
168th Street (8th express): A all except late nights
155th Street (Concourse local): B rush hours until 7:00 p.m. D all except rush hours, peak direction
Tremont Avenue (Concourse express): D rush hours, peak direction
(Terminal): B weekdays until 11:00 p.m.
Next south 135th Street (local): A late nights B weekdays until 11:00 p.m. C all except late nights
125th Street (express): A all except late nights D all times

145th Street is a bi-level express station on the IND Eighth Avenue and Concourse Lines of the New York City Subway, located at the intersection of 145th Street and St. Nicholas Avenue in Harlem and Hamilton Heights, Manhattan. It is served by the A and D trains at all times, by the C train at all times except late nights, and by the B train on weekdays only.

History[edit]

This underground station opened on September 10, 1932, as part of the initial segment of the Independent Subway System, at the time comprising what is now the IND Eighth Avenue Line from Chambers Street to 207th Street.[1][4] At this time, only the upper level of the station opened, as the IND Concourse Line was still under construction. When the IND Concourse Line opened for service on July 1, 1933,[5] the lower level was opened.[6]

The station is planned to be renovated starting in 2016, as part of the 2010–2014 MTA Capital Program. This is because of an MTA study conducted in 2015, which found that 45% of components were out of date.[7]

Station layout[edit]

G Street Level Exit/ Entrance
B1 Mezzanine Fare control, station agents
B2
Eighth Avenue Line level
Northbound local NYCS-bull-trans-C.svg toward 168th Street (NYCS-bull-trans-A.svg toward 207th Street late nights) (155th Street)
Island platform, doors will open on the left, right
Northbound express NYCS-bull-trans-A.svg toward 207th Street (168th Street)
Southbound express NYCS-bull-trans-A.svg toward Lefferts Boulevard or Far Rockaway ( Rockaway Park PM rush) (125th Street)
Island platform, doors will open on the left, right
Southbound local NYCS-bull-trans-C.svg toward Euclid Avenue (NYCS-bull-trans-A.svg toward Far Rockaway late nights) (135th Street)
B3
Concourse Line level
Northbound local NYCS-bull-trans-B.svg toward Bedford Park Boulevard rush hours (155th Street)
NYCS-bull-trans-D.svg toward Norwood – 205th Street (155th Street)
Island platform, doors will open on the left, right
Peak-direction express /
Short turn track
NYCS-bull-trans-D.svg toward Norwood – 205th Street PM rush (Tremont Avenue)
NYCS-bull-trans-D.svg toward Coney Island – Stillwell Avenue AM rush (125th Street)
NYCS-bull-trans-B.svg toward Brighton Beach middays and evenings (135th Street)
Island platform, doors will open on the left, right
Southbound local NYCS-bull-trans-B.svg toward Brighton Beach rush hours (135th Street)
NYCS-bull-trans-D.svg toward Coney Island – Stillwell Avenue off-peak hours (125th Street)
Upper level platform

The upper level has four tracks and two island platforms. The band is gold with black border. The station had a full mezzanine, although the central portion is now used as a police precinct. The lower level has three tracks and two island platforms. The tile border here is gold with black and the name tablets are black with gold border. The northbound platform is twice as wide as the station's other three similarly-sized platforms, being 39 feet wide, so that the three trackways on the lower level line up directly with those above.[6] Escalators lead up from this level to the mezzanine, bypassing the upper-level platforms. The full-time entrance is at 145th Street with a part-time north exit at 147th Street.

The center track on the lower level is used to terminate B trains during middays and late evenings, when it does not run into the Bronx. During rush hours, this track is used by D trains that run express on the IND Concourse Line in the peak direction. This track is not used during weekends or late nights.[8][9][10]

On the upper level, just north of the station, there is an open space next to the uptown local track[11] that was a remnant of the construction of the subway and not built for a specific purpose. That open space is where the lower level tracks turn off to the IND Concourse Line. There is a hole in the floor that allows a view of the lower level.

South of this station, through 135th Street, to just north of 125th Street, the line has six tracks. The express trains use the innermost pair of tracks, and the locals uses the outermost tracks. This section of the line is nicknamed "Homeball Alley" due to the large amount of switches and signals in this area.[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b New York Times, List of the 28 Stations on the New Eighth Ave Line, September 10, 1932, page 6
  2. ^ "NYC Subway Wireless – Active Stations". Transit Wireless Wifi. Retrieved 2016-05-18.
  3. ^ "Facts and Figures: Annual Subway Ridership". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Retrieved 2016-04-18. 
  4. ^ Crowell, Paul (September 10, 1932). "Gay Midnight Crowd Rides First Trains In The New Subway: Throngs at Station an Hour Before Time, Rush Turnstiles When Chains are Dropped". New York Times. Retrieved 8 November 2015. 
  5. ^ "New Bronx Subway Starts Operation". New York Times. July 1, 1933. p. 15. 
  6. ^ a b Kramer, Frederick A. (1990-01-01). Building the Independent Subway. Quadrant Press. ISBN 9780915276509. 
  7. ^ "Review of the A and C Lines" (PDF). Metropolitan Transportation Authority. December 11, 2015. Retrieved 19 January 2016. 
  8. ^ "B Train Subway Timetable June 12, 2016" (PDF). mta.info. Metropolitan Transportation Authority. June 12, 2016. Retrieved July 17, 2016. 
  9. ^ "D Train Subway Timetable June 12, 2016" (PDF). mta.info. Metropolitan Transportation Authority. June 12, 2016. Retrieved July 17, 2016. 
  10. ^ "Harlem-145 Street (A,B,C,D)-The SubwayNut". www.subwaynut.com. Retrieved 2016-07-17. 
  11. ^ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MiTJoNPqjH4&feature=related The "bellmouth" or that open space is visible to the right at the 3:33 mark, just as the train leaves the 145th Street station (Upper level).
  12. ^ "rapidtransit.net - Tracks of the NYC Subway by Peter Dougherty Reviewed page 2". www.rapidtransit.net. Retrieved 2016-07-17. 

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