Baychester Avenue station

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 Baychester Avenue
 "5" train
MTA NYC logo.svg New York City Subway station (rapid transit)
Baychester Avenue.jpg
June 2006 view of the platforms of Baychester Avenue station towards the canopies from the Dyre Avenue-bound platform
Station statistics
Address Baychester Avenue & Tillotson Avenue
Bronx, NY 10475
Borough The Bronx
Locale Eastchester, Baychester
Coordinates 40°52′43″N 73°50′18″W / 40.87864°N 73.838369°W / 40.87864; -73.838369Coordinates: 40°52′43″N 73°50′18″W / 40.87864°N 73.838369°W / 40.87864; -73.838369
Division A (IRT, formerly NYW&B)
Line IRT Dyre Avenue Line
Services       5 all times (all times)
Structure Embankment
Platforms 2 side platforms
Tracks 3 (2 in regular service)
Other information
Opened May 29, 1912; 107 years ago (1912-05-29) (NYW&B station)
May 15, 1941; 78 years ago (1941-05-15) (re-opened as a Subway station)
Closed December 12, 1937; 81 years ago (1937-12-12) (NYW&B station)
Station code 443[1]
Passengers (2018) 1,006,343[2]Decrease 4.6%
Rank 351 out of 424
Station succession
Next north Eastchester–Dyre Avenue: 5 all times
Next south Gun Hill Road: 5 all times

Baychester Avenue is a station on the IRT Dyre Avenue Line of the New York City Subway, located at the intersection of Baychester and Tillotson Avenues in the Bronx. It is served by the 5 train at all times.


Baychester Avenue opened on May 29, 1912 as a local station of the New York, Westchester and Boston Railway (NYW&B). This station was closed on December 12, 1937 when the NYW&B went bankrupt.[3]

The New York City Board of Transportation (BOT) bought the NYW&B within the Bronx north of East 180th Street in April 1940 for $1,800,000 and rehabilitated the line.[4]:59–60 On May 15, 1941, a shuttle service was implemented between Dyre Avenue and East 180th Street using IRT gate cars.[5][6] The Dyre Avenue Line was connected directly to the White Plains Road Line north of East 180th Street for $3,000,000 and through service began on May 6, 1957.[7][8]

On February 27, 1962, the New York City Transit Authority announced a $700,000 modernization plan of the Dyre Avenue Line. The plan included the reconstruction of the Dyre Avenue station, and the extension of the platforms of the other four stations on the line, including Baychester Avenue to 525 feet (160 m) to accommodate ten-car trains. At the time, the line was served by 9-car trains during the day, and 3-car shuttles overnight. Between 1954 and 1961, ridership on the line increased by 100%, owing to the development of the northeast Bronx.[9][10]

On April 18, 1965, IRT Broadway–Seventh Avenue Line trains and IRT Lexington Avenue Line trains swapped their northern routings, with Broadway–Seventh Avenue 2 trains running via the IRT White Plains Road Line to 241st Street, and Lexington Avenue 5 trains running via the Dyre Avenue Line to Dyre Avenue.[11][12][13] The line is still operated as a shuttle late nights.[14]

The northbound platform was closed between September 9, 1991 and June 15, 1992 so that it could be rehabilitated. The platform was supposed to reopen in May. As part of the project, the station received an improved electrical system, new lighting, reinforced concrete platforms, a new canopy, a new drainage system, new graphics on windscreens and new handrails.[15][16]

Station layout[edit]

Track layout
Platform level
Side platform, doors will open on the right
Northbound local "5" train toward Eastchester–Dyre Avenue (Terminus)
Northbound express Trackbed
Southbound express No regular service
Southbound local "5" train toward Flatbush Avenue weekdays, Bowling Green weekends, East 180th Street late nights (Gun Hill Road)
Side platform, doors will open on the right
M Mezzanine to entrances/exits, station agent, MetroCard vending machines
G Street Level Entrances/Exits

The station has two side platforms and three tracks with space for a fourth. It is on an embankment with a cut in the embankment for the street to run below (Baychester Avenue).


The station house is on street level below the platforms and tracks on their extreme north end. A staircase from each platform goes down to an underpass, where on the Dyre Avenue-bound side, a single exit-only turnstile leads to a set of doors to the streets. The main fare control area is on the Manhattan-bound side. It has a set of doors to the underpass, another to the platform stairs, a turnstile bank, token booth, and doors to the streets.[17]


  1. ^ "Station Developers' Information". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Retrieved June 13, 2017.
  2. ^ "Facts and Figures: Annual Subway Ridership 2013–2018". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. July 18, 2019. Retrieved July 18, 2019.
  3. ^ "Westchester Line Passes with 1937". The New York Times. January 1, 1938. p. 36. Retrieved October 4, 2011.
  4. ^ Cudahy, Brian J. (2003). A Century of Subways: Celebrating 100 Years of New York's Underground Railways. New York: Fordham University Press. ISBN 0-8232-2292-6.
  5. ^ "Rail Line is Added to Subway System". The New York Times. May 16, 1941. p. 25. Retrieved October 4, 2011.
  6. ^ "Transit Record for 1940-1941". Photobucket. March 1942. Retrieved June 16, 2017.
  7. ^ "Subway Trains Run to Dyre Avenue: Through Service Replacing Shuttle for Part of Each Day on Bronx Line" (PDF). New York Times. May 7, 1957. Retrieved December 20, 2015.
  8. ^ "IRT Spur Opens Today: Dyre Avenue Line in Bronx Will Have Five Stations" (PDF). New York Times. May 6, 1957. Retrieved December 20, 2015.
  9. ^ "For Release: Tuesday, Feb. 27, 1962 #238" (PDF). New York City Transit Authority. February 27, 1962. Retrieved March 8, 2019.
  10. ^ "IRT Improvements Set: $700,000 Contract Awarded for Work on Dyre Ave. Line" (PDF). New York Times. February 28, 1962. Retrieved December 20, 2015.
  11. ^ "New Routes Scheduled for 2 IRT Lines in Bronx" (PDF). New York Times. March 22, 1965. Retrieved December 20, 2015.
  12. ^ "Better Subway Service For Bronx IRT Riders Starting Sunday, April 18". Photobucket. New York City Transit Authority. April 1965. Retrieved August 31, 2016.
  13. ^ "Better Subway Service For Bronx IRT Riders Starting Sunday, April 18". Photobucket. New York City Transit Authority. April 1965. Retrieved August 31, 2016.
  14. ^ "5 Subway Timetable, Effective June 24, 2018" (PDF). Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Retrieved June 24, 2018.
  15. ^ "Attention Bronx 5 Subway Riders: Uptown Trains Will Not Stop at Baychester Avenue Station. September 9 to May 1992". New York Daily News. September 6, 1991. Retrieved February 13, 2019.
  16. ^ "Attention 5 Customers: Beginning June 15, 1992: Baychester Avenue Station Dyre Av-bound platform reopens". New York Daily News. June 12, 1992. Retrieved March 8, 2019.
  17. ^ "Baychester Avenue Neighborhood Map" (PDF). Metropolitan Transportation Authority. April 2018. Retrieved February 28, 2019.

External links[edit]

Preceding station   New York, Westchester and Boston Railway   Following station
Former services
Gun Hill Road   Main Line   Eastchester–Dyre Avenue