145th Street (IRT Lenox Avenue Line)

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145th Street
New York City Subway rapid transit station
145 Lenox IRT sta jeh.JPG
Station statistics
Address West 145th Street & Malcolm X Boulevard
New York, NY 10030
Borough Manhattan
Locale Harlem
Coordinates 40°49′12″N 73°56′10″W / 40.820°N 73.936°W / 40.820; -73.936Coordinates: 40°49′12″N 73°56′10″W / 40.820°N 73.936°W / 40.820; -73.936
Division A (IRT)
Line IRT Lenox Avenue Line
Services       3 all times (all times)
Connection NYCT Bus: M1, M7, M102, Bx19
Structure Underground
Platforms 2 side platforms
Tracks 2
Other information
Opened November 23, 1904; 110 years ago (1904-11-23)
Passengers (2014) 1,114,674[1]Increase 3.9%
Rank 352 out of 421
Station succession
Next north Harlem – 148th Street: 3 all times
Next south 135th Street: 3 all times

145th Street Subway Station (IRT)
MPS New York City Subway System MPS
NRHP Reference # 05000231[2]
Added to NRHP March 30, 2005

145th Street is a station on the IRT Lenox Avenue Line of the New York City Subway. Located at the intersection of 145th Street and Lenox Avenue in the Harlem neighborhood of Manhattan, it is served by the 3 train at all times.

Like the other stations on the original IRT subway, it was built for shorter trains. Eventually, all of the other stations were either lengthened or closed, leaving 145th Street as the only original IRT station that still cannot accommodate ten-car trains. There are two tracks with two short side platforms that accommodate about 6 cars (only the first 5 cars open, due to the fact that all five cars of each R62 train used on the 3 service must have their doors open at the same time). There is no entrance from the street to the northbound platform, as both street staircases contain a high exit-only turnstile and emergency gate. Directly north of the station is a diamond crossover for the approach to the northern terminal of the 3 train at Harlem – 148th Street. Directly south of the station is the 142nd Street Junction with the IRT White Plains Road Line. The proximity of the switches in either direction is the reason why the station was not lengthened, though it would be inexpensive to move the switch immediately to the north of the station.

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]

The station has been on the National Register of Historic Places since March 30, 2005.[4]

Station layout[edit]

G Street Level Exit/ Entrance
Platform level
Side platform, doors will open on the right for the first five cars only
Northbound NYCS-bull-trans-3.svg toward Harlem – 148th Street (alighting passengers only) (Terminus)
Southbound NYCS-bull-trans-3.svg toward New Lots Avenue (Times Square – 42nd Street late nights) (135th Street)
Side platform, doors will open on the right for the first five cars only


  1. ^ "Facts and Figures: Annual Subway Ridership". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Retrieved 2015-04-25. 
  2. ^ "NPS Focus". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. Retrieved November 6, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Service Enhancements on 3 Line" (Press release). MTA New York City Transit. 2008-07-24. Archived from the original on 2014-12-29. Retrieved 2014-12-23. 
  4. ^ National Register of Historic Places

External links[edit]

A 3 train speeds by the platforms of 145th Street station

Media related to 145th Street (IRT Lenox Avenue Line) at Wikimedia Commons