125th Street (IRT Lexington Avenue Line)

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125th Street
NYCS 4 NYCS 5 NYCS 6 NYCS 6d
New York City Subway rapid transit station
125th Street IRT 001.JPG
Station statistics
AddressEast 125th Street & Lexington Avenue
New York, NY 10035
BoroughManhattan
LocaleEast Harlem
Coordinates40°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
DivisionA (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)
Connection
StructureUnderground
Levels2
Platforms2 island platforms (1 on each level)
cross-platform interchange
Tracks4 (2 on each level)
Other information
OpenedJuly 17, 1918; 94 years ago (July 17, 1918)
AccessibleHandicapped/disabled access
Traffic
Passengers (2011)8,868,272[1] Increase 0.4%
Rank34 out of 421
Station succession
Next north138th Street – Grand Concourse (Jerome local): 4 all except rush hours, peak direction 5 all except late nights
149th Street – Grand Concourse (Jerome express): 4 rush hours, peak direction
Third Avenue – 138th Street (Pelham): 6 all times <6>weekdays until 8:45 p.m., peak direction
Next south116th Street (local): 4 late nights 6 all times <6>weekdays until 8:45 p.m., peak direction
86th Street (express): 4 all except late nights 5 all except late nights
116th Street (2nd Ave): planned


Next Handicapped/disabled access north161st Street – Yankee Stadium (via Jerome): 4 all times
Third Avenue – 149th Street (via White Plains Road): 5 all except late nights
Pelham Bay Park (via Pelham): 6 all times except weekdays until 8:45 p.m., peak direction <6>weekdays until 8:45 p.m., peak direction
Next Handicapped/disabled access south51st Street (local): 4 late nights 6 all times <6>weekdays until 8:45 p.m., peak direction
Grand Central – 42nd Street (express): 4 all except late nights 5 all except late nights
 
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125th Street
NYCS 4 NYCS 5 NYCS 6 NYCS 6d
New York City Subway rapid transit station
125th Street IRT 001.JPG
Station statistics
AddressEast 125th Street & Lexington Avenue
New York, NY 10035
BoroughManhattan
LocaleEast Harlem
Coordinates40°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
DivisionA (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)
Connection
StructureUnderground
Levels2
Platforms2 island platforms (1 on each level)
cross-platform interchange
Tracks4 (2 on each level)
Other information
OpenedJuly 17, 1918; 94 years ago (July 17, 1918)
AccessibleHandicapped/disabled access
Traffic
Passengers (2011)8,868,272[1] Increase 0.4%
Rank34 out of 421
Station succession
Next north138th Street – Grand Concourse (Jerome local): 4 all except rush hours, peak direction 5 all except late nights
149th Street – Grand Concourse (Jerome express): 4 rush hours, peak direction
Third Avenue – 138th Street (Pelham): 6 all times <6>weekdays until 8:45 p.m., peak direction
Next south116th Street (local): 4 late nights 6 all times <6>weekdays until 8:45 p.m., peak direction
86th Street (express): 4 all except late nights 5 all except late nights
116th Street (2nd Ave): planned


Next Handicapped/disabled access north161st Street – Yankee Stadium (via Jerome): 4 all times
Third Avenue – 149th Street (via White Plains Road): 5 all except late nights
Pelham Bay Park (via Pelham): 6 all times except weekdays until 8:45 p.m., peak direction <6>weekdays until 8:45 p.m., peak direction
Next Handicapped/disabled access south51st Street (local): 4 late nights 6 all times <6>weekdays until 8:45 p.m., peak direction
Grand Central – 42nd Street (express): 4 all except late nights 5 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, and the <6> during weekdays in peak direction. The station lies one block east of the Harlem – 125th Street station on the Metro-North Railroad. A proposed northern extension of the Second Avenue Subway will connect with this station.

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IRT Lexington Avenue Line platforms

The platform in 1977
Mosaic with depiction of bridge

The station is unique in design. It is a bi-level station, with an island platform on each level, but is not configured in the standard express-local lower-upper configuration (which is used in most stations south of this point). Instead, the upper platform serves northbound (uptown) trains and the lower level serves southbound (downtown) trains. 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.

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. This station's renovation was completed in 2005.

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 ..."

Planned Second Avenue Subway station

The planned northern terminal for the Second Avenue Subway would be built below and at right angles to this station, along 125th Street. Phase 1 of the Second Avenue Subway from 63rd Street to 96th Street is under construction as of 25 September 2012. The 125th Street station is part of Phase 2, from 96th Street to 125th Street.

References

  1. ^ "Facts and Figures: 2011 Annual Subway Ridership". New York City Metropolitan Transportation Authority. http://mta.info/nyct/facts/ridership/ridership_sub_annual.htm. Retrieved 2012-04-09. 

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