149th Street–Grand Concourse station

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 149 Street–Grand Concourse
 "2" train"4" train"5" train
MTA NYC logo.svg New York City Subway station complex
149 IRT gc sta jeh.jpg
Street entrance
Station statistics
Address East 149th Street & Grand Concourse
Bronx, NY 10451
Borough The Bronx
Locale Mott Haven, Melrose
Coordinates 40°49′05″N 73°55′39″W / 40.8181°N 73.9275°W / 40.8181; -73.9275Coordinates: 40°49′05″N 73°55′39″W / 40.8181°N 73.9275°W / 40.8181; -73.9275
Division A (IRT)
Line IRT Jerome Avenue Line
IRT White Plains Road Line
Services       2 all times (all times)​
      4 all times (all times)​
      5 all except late nights (all except late nights)
Transit connections Bus transport NYCT Bus: Bx1, Bx2, Bx19
Levels 2
Other information
Station code 603[1]
Accessible not ADA-accessible; accessibility planned
Wireless service Wi-Fi and cellular service is provided at this station[2]
Traffic
Passengers (2018) 3,972,763 (station complex)[3]Decrease 6.6%
Rank 121 out of 424

149th Street–Grand Concourse is a New York City Subway station complex shared by the IRT Jerome Avenue Line and the IRT White Plains Road Line. It is located at East 149th Street and Grand Concourse in Mott Haven and Melrose in the Bronx. The complex is served by the:

  • 2 and 4 trains at all times
  • 5 train at all times except late nights

Station layout[edit]

G Street Level Exit / Entrance
B1 Mezzanine Fare control, station agent, Metrocard vending machines
B2
Jerome Ave Line
Northbound local "4" train toward Woodlawn off-peak hours (161st Street–Yankee Stadium)
Island platform, doors will open on the left, right
Peak-direction express "4" train toward Woodlawn PM rush hours (161st Street–Yankee Stadium)
"4" train toward Utica Avenue AM rush hours (125th Street)
(No service: Burnside Avenue (northbound))
Island platform, doors will open on the left, right
Southbound local "4" train toward Utica Avenue off-peak hours except nights, New Lots Avenue late nights (138th Street–Grand Concourse)
B3 Mezzanine Transfer between platforms
B4
White Plains Rd Line
Side platform, doors will open on the right
Southbound "2" train toward Flatbush Avenue–Brooklyn College (135th Street)
"5" train toward Flatbush Avenue–Brooklyn College weekdays, Bowling Green weekends (138th Street–Grand Concourse)
Northbound "2" train toward Wakefield–241st Street (Third Avenue–149th Street)
"5" train toward Eastchester–Dyre Avenue except nights, or Nereid Avenue rush hours (Third Avenue–149th Street)
Side platform, doors will open on the right

Exits[edit]

There are two exit stairs each to the southwest and southeast corners of 149th Street and Grand Concourse.[4]

IRT Jerome Avenue Line platforms[edit]

 149 Street–Grand Concourse
 "4" train
MTA NYC logo.svg New York City Subway station (rapid transit)
149th St Concourse IRT td (2019-03-15) 03.jpg
A view from Woodlawn bound platform
Station statistics
Division A (IRT)
Line IRT Jerome Avenue Line
Services       4 all times (all times)
Structure Underground
Platforms 2 island platforms
cross-platform interchange
Tracks 3
Other information
Opened June 2, 1917; 102 years ago (1917-06-02)
Station code 390[1]
Accessible not ADA-accessible; accessibility planned
Wireless service Wi-Fi and cellular service is provided at this station[2]
Station succession
Next north Burnside Avenue (express): no regular service
161st Street–Yankee Stadium (local): 4 all times
Next south 138th Street–Grand Concourse (local): 4 all except rush hours, peak direction
125th Street (express): 4 rush hours, peak direction
Track layout
to 161 St
to 138 St
to 125 St

149th Street–Grand Concourse is an express station on the IRT Jerome Avenue Line that has three tracks and two island platforms, with the center track used during rush hours in the peak direction. This station is on the upper level of the two-level station complex, with a free transfer to the IRT White Plains Road Line on the lower level. There are some remaining signs on the walls that point to a never-built station of the New York Central Lines (now part of Metro-North Railroad).[5]

The station was opened on June 2, 1917, and was the southern terminus of the Jerome Avenue Line until it was extended through Mott Haven Avenue into the Upper East Side extension of the IRT Lexington Avenue Line. Both upper level platforms are planned to receive full ADA accessibility as part of the MTA's 2015-2019 Capital Program.[6][7][8]:90

IRT White Plains Road Line platforms[edit]

 149 Street–Grand Concourse
 "2" train"5" train
MTA NYC logo.svg New York City Subway station (rapid transit)
149th Street-Grand Concourse.jpg
Platform view
Station statistics
Division A (IRT)
Line IRT White Plains Road Line
Services       2 all times (all times)
      5 all times except late nights (all times except late nights)
Structure Underground
Platforms 2 side platforms
Tracks 2
Other information
Opened July 10, 1905; 114 years ago (1905-07-10)
Station code 435[1]
Accessible not ADA-accessible; accessibility planned
Accessibility Same-platform wheelchair transfer available
Wireless service Wi-Fi and cellular service is provided at this station[2]
Former/other names Mott Avenue
Station succession
Next north Third Avenue–149th Street: 2 all times5 all times except late nights
Next south 138th Street–Grand Concourse (Jerome): 5 all except late nights
135th Street (Lenox): 2 all times

Mott Avenue Control House
Mott Avenue Control House; IN COLOR!.jpg
November 2014 image of the NRHP-listed Mott Avenue Control House
MPS New York City Subway System MPS
NRHP reference # 800002590[9]
Added to NRHP May 6, 1980
Track layout
to 138 St–GC
to 135 St

149th Street–Grand Concourse on the IRT White Plains Road Line has two tracks and two side platforms. There is a high rounded ceiling that is visible at the west end of the station and is similar in design to those of 168th Street and 181st Street stations on the IRT Broadway–Seventh Avenue Line. The IRT White Plains Road Line platforms are located on the lower level of this two level complex.

Originally opened as Mott Avenue on July 10, 1905, 149th Street–Grand Concourse was the first subway station to be opened in the Bronx. The original headhouse is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Today, all of the original mosaic "Mott Avenue" name tablets have been covered over with metal "149 St–Grand Concourse" signs. Only one name tablet, located on the downtown platform between the last two staircases at the northern end, remained uncovered and survived intact until a few years into the 21st century when a serious water leak after very heavy rainfall caused individual tiles to separate from the wall and fall off. There were no known plans by the MTA to repair or restore this name tablet. In the fall of 2011, the MTA covered this name tablet with a metal "149 St–Grand Concourse" sign.

There were 2 elevators that had four levels: one at the northbound lower level platform, one at the level of a now-closed pedestrian bridge connecting the two lower level platforms at their southern ends, one at the mezzanine of the upper level platforms (added when those platforms were opened),[citation needed] and one at a headhouse.[10][11] When the elevators were opened up for service, they were considered state-of-the-art at the time, holding up to 20 people. However, the elevators and areas near the elevators were closed in 1975 due to security reasons. The MTA initially cited in February 2014 that there were no plans to reopen them as the station itself "was not a main station".[12] In response, South Bronx residents entering the station (senior citizens, disabled persons and mothers carrying baby strollers) and several institutions within the area (Michelangelo Houses, Hostos Community College, Lincoln Hospital, 149th St. General Post Office and Pregones Theatre) protested in 2013. In December 2015, the MTA agreed to repair the elevators in addition to installing another one across the street. It is estimated that $45 million will go towards elevator installation and repairs.[13][14][15] Both lower level platforms are planned to receive full ADA accessibility as part of the MTA's 2015-2019 Capital Program.[6][7][8]:90

South of the station, there are track connections to the IRT Jerome Avenue Line. The line splits and makes a sharp turn to merge with the Jerome Avenue Line just south of the upper level station. There is a huge amount of train traffic in this area, and the connections' turns are so sharp that 5 trains using the connections usually get delayed for about a minute. The White Plains Road Line continues straight under the Harlem River and merges with the IRT Lenox Avenue Line at 142nd Street Junction.

From the time of the opening of the station in 1905 until 2002, there were no columns between the northbound and southbound tracks, allowing an unobstructed view across the station. Thin supports for communications conduit have since been installed.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Station Developers' Information". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Retrieved June 13, 2017.
  2. ^ a b c "NYC Subway Wireless – Active Stations". Transit Wireless Wifi. Retrieved May 18, 2016.
  3. ^ "Facts and Figures: Annual Subway Ridership 2013–2018". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. July 18, 2019. Retrieved July 18, 2019.
  4. ^ "149th Street–Grand Concourse Neighborhood Map" (PDF). new.mta.info. Metropolitan Transportation Authority. April 2018. Retrieved February 28, 2019.
  5. ^ Walsh, Kevin. "Subway Signs to Nowhere". forgotten-ny.com. Forgotten New York.
  6. ^ a b "Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) Notice of Public Hearing and Description of Projects – Tuesday, August 23, 2016 4:30 P.M. – Request for Federal Financial Assistance Under the Federal Transportation Authorization For Federal Fiscal Year 2017 Capital Improvement Projects" (PDF). mta.info. Metropolitan Transportation Authority. July 28, 2016. Archived from the original (PDF) on August 17, 2016. Retrieved August 7, 2016.
  7. ^ a b "Funding For Subway Station ADA-Accessibility Approved". www.mta.info. April 26, 2018. Archived from the original on April 28, 2018. Retrieved April 27, 2018.
  8. ^ a b "Capital Program Oversight Committee Meeting November 2018" (PDF). Metropolitan Transportation Authority. November 13, 2018. Retrieved November 10, 2018.
  9. ^ "NPS Focus". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. Retrieved February 28, 2014.
  10. ^ "Showing Image 7913". www.nycsubway.org.
  11. ^ "Showing Image 120315". www.nycsubway.org.
  12. ^ "Group Calls For South Bronx Subway Elevator To Be Restored After 30 Years". January 20, 2014.
  13. ^ "MTA will repair Concourse elevator after 40 years – Mott Haven Herald".
  14. ^ "Grand Concourse subway station to get elevators". bronx.news12.com.
  15. ^ Conde, Ed García (November 25, 2015). "3 Bronx Subway Stations To Get Elevator Access In Proposed MTA Capital Program".

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