|New York City Subway station (rapid transit)|
Downtown platform on lower level
|Address||West 103rd Street & Central Park West|
New York, NY 10025
|Locale||Upper West Side|
|Line||IND Eighth Avenue Line|
|Services||A (late nights) |
B (weekdays until 11:00 p.m.)
C (all except late nights)
|Transit connections||NYCT Bus: M10|
|Platforms||2 side platforms (1 on each level)|
|Tracks||4 (2 on lower level, 1 on upper level, 1 on ramp from upper to lower level)|
|Opened||September 10, 1932|
|Passengers (2018)||1,630,405 10.8%|
|Rank||277 out of 424|
|Next north||Cathedral Parkway–110th Street: A B C|
|Next south||96th Street: A B C|
103rd Street is a local station on the IND Eighth Avenue Line of the New York City Subway. Located at West 103rd Street and Central Park West on the Upper West Side, it is served by the B on weekdays, the C train at all times except nights, and the A train during late nights only.
This station opened on September 10, 1932 as part of the opening of the first city-owned subway line, the IND Eighth Avenue Line. On this date, the line opened from Chambers Street north to 207th Street. Construction of the whole line cost $191,200,000. While the IRT Broadway–Seventh Avenue Line already provided parallel service, the new Eighth Avenue subway via Central Park West provided an alternative route.
|B1||Northbound express||← do not stop here|
|Northbound local||← toward 145th Street weekdays, Bedford Park Boulevard rush hours (Cathedral Parkway–110th Street)|
← toward 168th Street ( toward Inwood–207th Street nights) (Cathedral Parkway–110th Street))
|Side platform, doors will open on the left|
|Mezzanine||Fare control, station agent, MetroCard machines|
|B2||Southbound express||do not stop here →|
|Southbound local|| toward Brighton Beach weekdays (96th Street) → |
toward Euclid Avenue ( toward Far Rockaway nights) (96th Street) →
|Side platform, doors will open on the right|
Both platforms have no trim line, but name tablets read "103RD ST." in white sans serif lettering on a blue background and black border. Small black "103" signs with white numbering run along the tiles at regular intervals and directional signs in the same style are below the name tablets. Blue columns run along both platforms at regular intervals with every other one having the standard black station name plate in white numbering.
Within this station, the northbound express track descends to allow the northbound local to cross over it, before rising up at 110th Street, where the line becomes the standard four tracks side-by-side with the local tracks on the side and express tracks in the center.
The IRT Lenox Avenue Line passes underneath this station at the extreme north end on West 104th Street to Central Park North–110th Street. The line is not visible from the platforms. On the east side of Central Park West and West 104th Street - adjacent to Central Park - is an emergency exit enclosed in a small brick for the IRT line, which passes underneath the station. From here the line curves northeast, running directly under Central Park at this point.
This station has one fare control area at the center of the upper level platform. A single staircase connects the two platforms before a turnstile bank leads to a token booth and one staircase going up to the northwest corner of West 103rd Street and Central Park West.
Directional signs that have been covered indicate that there were two more exits. One exit at the extreme south end had two staircases going to southwestern corner of West 102nd Street and Central Park West, and the other at the extreme north end had two that went to both western corners of West 104th Street. Further evidence of these exits' existences includes new tiling on both levels, and doorways that lead to converted storage spaces on the upper level.
- The New York Times, List of the 28 Stations on the New Eighth Ave Line, September 10, 1932, page 6
- "Station Developers' Information". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Retrieved June 13, 2017.
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- Duffus, R. l (September 9, 1932). "NEW LINE FIRST UNIT IN CITY-WIDE SYSTEM; 8th Av. Tube to Ease West Side Congestion at Once -- Branches to Link 4 Boroughs Later. LAST WORD IN SUBWAYS Run From 207th to Chambers St. Cut to 33 Minutes -- 42d St. Has World's Largest Station. COST HAS BEEN $191,200,000 Years of Digging Up City Streets, Tunneling Rock and Building Road Finally Brought to Completion". The New York Times. p. 12. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved August 3, 2017.
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- nycsubway.org – IND 8th Avenue: 103rd Street
- Station Reporter – B Train
- Station Reporter – C Train
- The Subway Nut - 103rd Street Pictures
- 103rd Street entrance from Google Maps Street View
- Uptown Platform from Google Maps Street View