125th Street station (IRT Broadway–Seventh Avenue Line)

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 125 Street
 "1" train
MTA NYC logo.svg New York City Subway station (rapid transit)
125th Street - Platforms.jpg
Station statistics
AddressWest 125th Street & Broadway
New York, NY 10027
LocaleManhattanville, Morningside Heights
Coordinates40°48′54″N 73°57′29″W / 40.815°N 73.958°W / 40.815; -73.958Coordinates: 40°48′54″N 73°57′29″W / 40.815°N 73.958°W / 40.815; -73.958
DivisionA (IRT)
Line      IRT Broadway–Seventh Avenue Line
Services      1 all times (all times)
Transit connectionsBus transport NYCT Bus: M4, M104, Bx15
Platforms2 side platforms
Tracks3 (2 in regular service)
Other information
OpenedOctober 27, 1904; 115 years ago (1904-10-27)[1]
Station code306[2]
Opposite-direction transfer availableYes
Former/other namesManhattan Street
Passengers (2019)2,368,025[4]Decrease 3.6%
Rank199 out of 424[4]
Station succession
Next north137th Street–City College: 1 all times
Next south116th Street–Columbia University: 1 all times

IRT Broadway Line Viaduct (a.k.a.; Manhattan Valley Viaduct)
NRHP reference No.83001749[5]
NYCL No.1094
Significant dates
Added to NRHPSeptember 15, 1983
Designated NYCLNovember 24, 1981[6]

125th Street (formerly Manhattan Street) is a local station on the IRT Broadway–Seventh Avenue Line of the New York City Subway. Located at the intersection of 125th Street and Broadway, at the border of the Manhattanville and Morningside Heights neighborhoods of Manhattan, it is served by the 1 train at all times, and is the only elevated station in Manhattan.[7]


Track layout

Operation of the first subway began on October 27, 1904, with the opening of the original 28 stations of the New York City Subway from City Hall to 145th Street on the West Side Branch including the 125th Street station.[8]:162–191[9][1]

In 1948, platforms on the IRT Broadway–Seventh Avenue Line from 103rd Street to 238th Street were lengthened to 514 feet (157 m) to allow full ten-car express trains to stop at this station. Previously, the station could only hold six-car local trains. The platform extensions were opened in stages. The platform extensions at 125th Street opened on June 11, 1948.[10][11]

In 2002, it was announced that 125th Street would be one of ten subway stations citywide, as well as one of five on the IRT Broadway–Seventh Avenue Line, to receive renovations.[12] The renovation took place the following year.

Station layout[edit]

Platform level
Side platform
Northbound local "1" train toward 242nd Street (137th Street–City College)
Peak-direction express No regular service
Southbound local "1" train toward South Ferry (116th Street–Columbia University)
Side platform
M Mezzanine Fare control, station agent, MetroCard machines
G Street level Entrances/exits
The station seen up close from Broadway.

This station was part of the original subway. It has two side platforms and three tracks; the center track is not used in revenue service.[13] Both platforms have beige windscreens and red canopies with windows and green frames and outlines in the center that were installed in a 2003 renovation. On either side, there are green, waist-high, ironwork fences.

The 125th Street station is the only station on the 2,174-foot-long (663 m) Manhattan Valley Viaduct, which bridges Manhattanville from 122nd to 135th Streets and has been on the National Register of Historic Places since 1983.[5] The viaduct allows the trains to remain relatively level and avoid steep grades while traversing the valley. The steel arch across 125th Street is 168.5 feet (51.4 m) long and 54 feet (16 m) high. Most of the remainder of the viaduct is a simple steel structure, similar to other early IRT lines, except the approach ramps from 122nd to LaSalle Streets and from 133rd to 135th Streets, which are made of masonry.[14][6]


This station has one elevated station house at the center of the platforms and tracks. Two staircases from each side go down to a waiting area/crossunder, where a turnstile bank provides access to and from the station. Outside fare control, there is a token booth and an enclosed passageway on the west side leading to two escalators going down to the west side of Broadway, diverging in opposite directions. One escalator leads to 125th Street while the other leads to Tiemann Place. On the east side of the station house, another enclosed passageway leads to an escalator facing south and going down to the southeast corner of Broadway and 125th Street. Adjacent to this passageway is an "L" shaped staircase with its upper half directly above Broadway and the lower half beneath the enclosed escalator going to the same corner of the intersection.[15]

Image gallery[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Our Subway Open: 150,000 Try It; Mayor McClellan Runs the First Official Train". The New York Times. October 28, 1904. p. 1. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved April 21, 2020.
  2. ^ "Station Developers' Information". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Retrieved June 13, 2017.
  3. ^ "Facts and Figures: Annual Subway Ridership 2014–2019". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. 2020. Retrieved May 26, 2020.
  4. ^ a b "Facts and Figures: Annual Subway Ridership 2014–2019". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. 2020. Retrieved May 26, 2020.
  5. ^ a b "New York SP IRT Broadway Line Viaduct". Records of the National Park Service, 1785 - 2006, Series: National Register of Historic Places and National Historic Landmarks Program Records, 2013 - 2017, Box: National Register of Historic Places and National Historic Landmarks Program Records: New York, ID: 75319648. National Archives.
  6. ^ a b Framberger, David; Sklar, Barbara (November 24, 1981). Interborough Rapid Transit System, Manhattan Valley Viaduct (PDF) (Report). New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission. p. 3. Archived (PDF) from the original on December 26, 2019. Retrieved November 19, 2019.
  7. ^ https://www.nycsubway.org/wiki/Subway_FAQ:_Elevated_Sections_of_the_Subway
  8. ^ Walker, James Blaine (1918). Fifty Years of Rapid Transit — 1864 to 1917. New York, N.Y.: Law Printing. Retrieved November 6, 2016.
  9. ^ "On this day - New York City subway opens". History Channel. A&E Television Networks. November 6, 2019. Archived from the original on February 8, 2020. Retrieved March 30, 2020.
  10. ^ Report for the three and one-half years ending June 30, 1949. New York City Board of Transportation. 1949. hdl:2027/mdp.39015023094926.
  11. ^ "More Long Platforms – Five Subway Stations on IRT to Accommodate 10-Car Trains" (PDF). The New York Times. July 10, 1948. p. 8. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved March 27, 2016.
  12. ^ "Renovation Is Set For 10 Subway Stations". New York Daily News. June 11, 2002. Retrieved January 8, 2018.
  13. ^ Dougherty, Peter (2006) [2002]. Tracks of the New York City Subway 2006 (3rd ed.). Dougherty. OCLC 49777633 – via Google Books.
  14. ^ Guide to Civil Engineering Projects In and Around New York City (2nd ed.). Metropolitan Section, American Society of Civil Engineers. 2009. pp. 90–91.
  15. ^ "MTA Neighborhood Maps: Morningside Heights" (PDF). mta.info. Metropolitan Transportation Authority. 2018. Retrieved October 1, 2018.

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