Third Avenue–149th Street station

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 3 Avenue–149 Street
 "2" train"5" train
MTA NYC logo.svg New York City Subway station (rapid transit)
01-Third Avenue–149th Street; IRT White Plains Road.jpg
The pillar and wall with their own signs as seen from the doors of a train.
Station statistics
Address East 149th Street, Third, Willis & Melrose Avenues
Bronx, NY 10455
Borough The Bronx
Locale The Hub, Mott Haven
Coordinates 40°48′58″N 73°55′04″W / 40.816099°N 73.917676°W / 40.816099; -73.917676Coordinates: 40°48′58″N 73°55′04″W / 40.816099°N 73.917676°W / 40.816099; -73.917676
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)
Transit connections Bus transport NYCT Bus: Bx2, Bx4, Bx4A, Bx15, Bx19, Bx21, Bx41, Bx41 SBS
Structure Underground
Platforms 2 side platforms
Tracks 2
Other information
Opened July 10, 1905; 114 years ago (1905-07-10)
Station code 434[1]
Accessible This station is compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 ADA-accessible
Wireless service Wi-Fi and cellular service is provided at this station[2]
Passengers (2018) 6,784,053[3]Decrease 9%
Rank 58 out of 424
Station succession
Next north East 180th Street (express): 5 rush hours until 8:45 p.m., peak direction
Jackson Avenue (local): 2 all times5 all times except rush hours in the peak direction and late nights
Next south 149th Street–Grand Concourse: 2 all times5 all times except late nights

Next adjacent station compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 north East 180th Street (express): 5 rush hours until 8:45 p.m., peak direction
Simpson Street (local): 2 all times5 all times except rush hours in the peak direction and late nights
Next adjacent station compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 south 135th Street (via Lenox): 2 all times
125th Street (via Lexington): 5 all except late nights

Third Avenue–149th Street is a station on the IRT White Plains Road Line of the New York City Subway. It is located at Third Avenue and East 149th Street (the latter of which is also known as Eugenio Maria de Hostos Boulevard) in the Hub in the South Bronx adjacent to Mott Haven and Melrose, and is served by the 2 train at all times and the 5 train at all times except late nights. It is the second-busiest station in the Bronx (161st Street–Yankee Stadium has more riders), 52nd overall, with over 7 million passengers as of 2017.[3]


Street stair

The station opened on July 10, 1905, along with the 149th Street–Grand Concourse station and the connection with the IRT Lenox Avenue Line in Manhattan. Free transfers were provided between the subway and the existing 149th Street elevated station of the IRT Third Avenue Line, which opened in 1887.[4][5] The convergence of the two rapid transit lines, the surface trolley lines along Third Avenue and 149th Street, and the ensuing commercial development led to the coining of the name "the Hub" for the intersection in the early 20th century.[5][6][7][8]

Following the closure of the Third Avenue elevated in 1973,[9][10] free paper transfers were provided between the subway and the Bx55 limited bus which replaced the elevated.[11][12][13][14] Because of the unique transfer, the station was one of the first to test the MetroCard system in the early 1990s.[13]

In 1981, the MTA listed the station among the 69 most deteriorated stations in the subway system.[15]

Station layout[edit]

Track layout
G Street Level Exit/Entrance
Handicapped/disabled access Uptown elevator at SW corner of 149th Street and 3rd Avenue; downtown elevator at NW corner
Platform level
Side platform, doors will open on the right Handicapped/disabled access
Southbound "2" train toward Flatbush Avenue (149th Street–Grand Concourse)
"5" train toward Flatbush Avenue weekdays, Bowling Green weekends (149th Street–Grand Concourse)
Northbound "2" train toward Wakefield–241st Street (Jackson Avenue)
"5" train toward Dyre Avenue except nights, or Nereid Avenue rush hours (East 180th Street PM rush hours, Jackson Avenue other times)
Side platform, doors will open on the right Handicapped/disabled access

The station has two tracks and two side platforms, with no crossovers between the platforms. The station has been renovated, with ADA-accessible elevators installed on both sides of the station.

The station tiles have dark red and dark green/gray lower accents and dark red upper border. There are ceramic mosaics, installed in 1996 under the MTA's Arts for Transit program, entitled Una Raza, Un Mundo, Universo (One Race, One World, One Universe), by Jose Ortega. Four such mosaics are on each platform near the fare control.[16] The token booths are built into the wall. Prior to the renovation, terra cotta "3" plaques were on the platform walls. One of these has been preserved at the New York Transit Museum.

Immediately east (railroad north) of the station, past Bergen Avenue, the tracks ascend to become an elevated structure for the trip to East 180th Street. This is the longest section of elevated track built under IRT Contract I. At the El level, one can still see the shortened supports for former track connections with the Third Avenue El.[17] The express run to the next express station north, East 180th Street is 3.4 miles (5.5 km) long and bypasses seven stations, making it the second-longest express run in the system behind the 3.5-mile (5.6 km) express run between 125th Street and 59th Street–Columbus Circle on the IND Eighth Avenue Line, which also bypasses seven stations.


The fare control is at platform level and there is a closed crossunder. Each fare control area has a bus transfer booth, which was used for the connection to the former Bx55 bus route that replaced the IRT Third Avenue Line in the Bronx. The extra booths and turnstiles, while still present, are no longer in use, having closed in July 1997 when system-wide free transfers were introduced with the MetroCard.[18]

For each platform, three staircases lead up from fare control to the street; the north side of 149th Street for the Manhattan-bound platform, and the south side for the Bronx-bound platform. The elevators are located on the west side of the intersection.[19][20]

Points of interest[edit]

The station is located in the Hub, the oldest major shopping locale in the Bronx.[21]

Nearby points of interest include:

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Station Developers' Information". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Retrieved June 13, 2017.
  2. ^ "NYC Subway Wireless – Active Stations". Transit Wireless Wifi. Retrieved May 18, 2016.
  3. ^ a b "Facts and Figures: Annual Subway Ridership 2013–2018". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. July 18, 2019. Retrieved July 18, 2019.
  4. ^ "Subway Trains Running from Bronx to Battery" (PDF). The New York Times. July 10, 1905. p. 1. Retrieved October 4, 2011.
  5. ^ a b Herzberg, Joseph G. (September 4, 1972). "The Bronx Had Everything, Including Own Shows" (PDF). The New York Times. Retrieved October 7, 2015.
  6. ^ "Bronx Has New Crosstown Trolley Line Entering Manhattan Through 149th Street" (PDF). The New York Times. October 22, 1911. Retrieved October 7, 2015.
  7. ^ "Review of Week's Important Deals – Strength of the Realty Market Evident in Many Million-Dollar Deals – Operators Are Big Buyers – Famous Old Schermerhorn Mansion to Make Way for Big Loft Structure – Excellent Prices at Auction" (PDF). The New York Times. May 7, 1911. Retrieved October 7, 2015.
  8. ^ "The Real Estate Field – Bronx Plot Sells for $200 a Front Foot – John D. Rockefeller, Jr., Takes Title to the Francis S. Kinney House – $148,000 Paid for Theatre and Office Building Site in Jamaica, L.I." (PDF). The New York Times. March 2, 1912. Retrieved October 7, 2015.
  9. ^ Donovan, Aaron (July 29, 2001). "If You're Thinking of Living In/Belmont; Close-Knit Bronx Area With Italian Aura". The New York Times. Retrieved September 24, 2015.
  10. ^ Blumenthal, Ralph (August 27, 1977). "Now That El's Gone, Bronx Hub Sees A Brighter Future" (PDF). The New York Times. Retrieved September 24, 2015.
  11. ^ Seigel, Max H. (July 18, 1972). "City Plans to Raze 3d Ave. El in Bornx" (PDF). The New York Times. Retrieved September 24, 2015.
  12. ^ "The 3rd Avenue Corridor". The Bronx Journal. March 27, 2013. Retrieved September 24, 2015.
  13. ^ a b Faison, Seth (November 18, 1992). "Bronx Bus Line Riders Get Glimpse of Future". The New York Times. Retrieved September 24, 2015.
  14. ^ "3d Avenue El Closes Saturday; Fleet of 60 Buses to Replace It" (PDF). The New York Times. April 22, 1973. Retrieved October 7, 2015.
  15. ^ Gargan, Edward A. (June 11, 1981). "Agency Lists Its 69 Most Deteriorated Subway Stations". The New York Times. p. B5. Retrieved August 13, 2016.
  16. ^ Cotter, Holland (May 7, 1999). "Way Up in the Bronx A Hardy Spirit Blooms". The New York Times. p. E29. Retrieved October 7, 2015.
  17. ^ "30 Hurt, 500 in Peril in Odd Train Wreck on 3d Av. Elevated – Cars Jump the Rails at Switch and Dash a Signal Tower to Pieces – Flames Menace Wreckage – Police Climb From Street and Put Out the Fire With Sand – Debris Hits Man in Street – Six Among the Victims Seriously Injured – Towerman Disappears – Bronx Prosecutor to Investigate" (PDF). The New York Times. May 31, 1921. p. 1. Retrieved October 7, 2015.
  18. ^ "Transfer Scheme Ends". The New York Times. July 8, 1997. p. B3. Retrieved October 7, 2015.
  19. ^ a b c d e f "Third Avenue–149th Street Neighborhood Map" (PDF). Metropolitan Transportation Authority. April 2018. Retrieved February 28, 2019.
  20. ^ "NYC Official Accessibility Guide" (PDF). City of New York. 2008. Archived from the original (PDF) on August 7, 2015. Retrieved September 20, 2015.
  21. ^ Community Board District 1, The South Bronx. Accessed September 23, 2007.

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