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145th Street (IRT Lenox Avenue Line)

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Division  A (IRT)
Services  3  (all times)
Platforms  2 side platforms
Borough  Manhattan
Added to NRHP  30 March 2005
Line  IRT Lenox Avenue Line
Structure  Underground
Opened  23 November 1904
Locale  Harlem
Tracks  2
145th Street (IRT Lenox Avenue Line)
Transit connections  NYCT Bus: M1, M7, M102, Bx19 Short Line Bus: 208
Address  New York, NY 10039, United States
Similar  135th Street, 116th Street, Harlem–148th Street, 125th Street, Chambers Street

Harlem 148th street brooklyn bound r62 3 trains at 145th street irt lenox avenue line


145th Street is a landmarked 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.

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Station layout

There are two tracks with two short side platforms that accommodate about 6 cars (only the first 5 cars open, because all five cars of each R62 train used on the 3 service must have their doors open at the same time (selective door operation is used)). Even then, only four cars opened up to serve passengers at this station until 2002, as each 3 train ran nine cars per train on the R62A cars.

Like the other stations on the original IRT subway, it was initially built for trains shorter in length than the standard eight to ten cars used by the subway. Eventually, all of the other stations were either lengthened or closed, leaving 145th Street as one of only two original IRT stations that still cannot accommodate ten-car trains (the other being the South Ferry loop station). 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.

Exits

Street staircases from platform level go up to all four corners of 145th Street and Malcolm X Boulevard. There is no entrance from the street to the northbound platform, as both eastern street staircases contain a high exit-only turnstile and emergency gate.

  • One stair, NW corner of Lenox Avenue and West 145th Street (southbound only)
  • One stair, SW corner of Lenox Avenue and West 145th Street (southbound only)
  • One stair, NE corner of Lenox Avenue and West 145th Street (exit only)
  • One stair, SE corner of Lenox Avenue and West 145th Street (exit only)
  • History

    The Lenox Avenue Line opened south of 145th Street just after midnight on November 23, 1904, as part of the IRT's original system. This station served as the northern terminal of the IRT Lenox Avenue Line until May 13, 1968, when the line was extended north to Harlem-148th Street through the pre-existing Lenox Yard. At that time, this station was planned to be closed. However, such plans were shelved due to protests from the local community over the long walk (up to seven blocks) to either the new station or 135th Street one stop south, and due to possible congestion issues at 135th Street.

    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.

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

    Under the 2015–2019 MTA Capital Plan, the station, along with thirty other New York City Subway stations, will undergo a complete overhaul and would be entirely closed for up to 6 months. Updates would include cellular service, Wi-Fi, charging stations, improved signage, and improved station lighting.

    References

    145th Street (IRT Lenox Avenue Line) Wikipedia


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