103rd Street (IND Eighth Avenue Line)

103rd Street
New York City Subway rapid transit station

Downtown platform on lower level
Station statistics
Address West 103rd Street & Central Park West
New York, NY 10025
Borough Manhattan
Locale Upper West Side
Coordinates 40°47′46″N 73°57′41″W / 40.79604°N 73.96142°W / 40.79604; -73.96142Coordinates: 40°47′46″N 73°57′41″W / 40.79604°N 73.96142°W / 40.79604; -73.96142
Division B (IND)
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
Structure Underground
Levels 2
Platforms 2 side platforms (1 on each level)
Tracks 4 (2 on each level)
Other information
Opened September 10, 1932 (1932-09-10)[1]
Wireless service [2]
Passengers (2015) 1,521,132[3]Decrease 2.2%
Rank 306 out of 422
Station succession
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 C train at all times except late nights, when the A train takes over service. The B train provides additional service here on weekdays.

Station layout

Track layout
to 110 St
Superimposed tracks section
(Left tracks above right ones)
to 96 St
Upper level
Lower level
G Street Level Exit / Entrance
B1 Northbound express do not stop here
Northbound local toward Bedford Park Boulevard rush hours, 145th Street other times (Cathedral Parkway – 110th Street)
toward 168th Street ( toward 207th Street late nights) (Cathedral Parkway – 110th Street)
Side platform, doors will open on the left
Mezzanine Fare control, station agent, MetroCard vending machines
B2 Southbound express do not stop here →
Southbound local toward Brighton Beach (96th Street)
toward Euclid Avenue ( toward Far Rockaway late nights) (96th Street)
Side platform, doors will open on the right
The only entrance, at 103rd Street
Tile color is blue with a black border

This underground station, opened on September 10, 1932,[1][4] has two levels with northbound trains using the upper level and southbound trains using the lower one. Each level has one side platform to the west of two tracks.

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.

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 Central Park West and West 103rd Street. Directional signs indicate there were two more fare control areas, one at the extreme south end that led to West 102nd Street and the other at the extreme north end that led to West 104th Street.[5]

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. Also, the IRT Lenox Avenue Line passes underneath this station at the extreme north end and is not visible from the platforms.

On the east side of Central Park West and West 104th Street adjacent to Central Park is a small brick shed that is Emergency Exit #80 for the IRT Lenox Avenue Line, which passes underneath the station on West 104th Street to Central Park North – 110th Street. From here the line curves northeast, running directly under Central Park at this point.


  1. 1 2 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. "Review of the A and C Lines" (PDF). Metropolitan Transportation Authority. December 11, 2015. Retrieved 19 January 2016.

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