Gun Hill Road station (IRT Dyre Avenue Line)

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 Gun Hill Road
 "5" train
MTA NYC logo.svg New York City Subway station (rapid transit)
Gun Hill Road.jpg
2006 photograph from the Dyre Avenue platform with a train beneath the station approaching the East 180th Street-bound platform.
Station statistics
Address East Gun Hill Road & Seymour Avenue
Bronx, NY 10469
Borough The Bronx
Locale Baychester, Allerton, Pelham Gardens
Coordinates 40°52′13″N 73°50′45″W / 40.87017°N 73.845806°W / 40.87017; -73.845806Coordinates: 40°52′13″N 73°50′45″W / 40.87017°N 73.845806°W / 40.87017; -73.845806
Division A (IRT, formerly NYW&B)
Line IRT Dyre Avenue Line
Services       5 all times (all times)
Transit connections Bus transport NYCT Bus: Bx28, Bx38
Structure Open-cut
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 444[1]
Accessible not ADA-accessible; currently undergoing renovations for ADA access
Former/other names Gunhill Road
Traffic
Passengers (2018) 1,521,987[2]Decrease 2.2%
Rank 288 out of 424
Station succession
Next north Baychester Avenue: no regular service
Next south Pelham Parkway: 5 all times

Gun Hill Road is a station on the IRT Dyre Avenue Line of the New York City Subway, located at the intersection of Gun Hill Road and Seymour Avenue in the northeast Bronx. It is served by the 5 train at all times.

History[edit]

Gun Hill Road 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 Gun Hill Road 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]

As part of the 2015–2019 MTA Capital Program, elevators will be added to the platforms and street, which would make the station fully compliant with accessibility guidelines under the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.[15][16][17] A contract for the elevators' construction was awarded in April 2018, and substantial completion is projected for July 2020.[18] In conjunction with this work, the Eastchester-bound platform is closed from March 1, 2019, to September 2019.[19]

Station layout[edit]

Track layout
G Street level station house Exit/Entrance, fare control, station agent
P
Platform level
Side platform, not in service
Northbound local "5" train does not stop here (Baychester Avenue)
Northbound express Trackbed
Southbound express No regular service
Southbound local "5" train toward Flatbush Avenue weekdays, Bowling Green weekends, East 180th Street late nights (Pelham Parkway)
Side platform, doors will open on the right

This open-cut station has two side platforms with three tracks and space for a fourth. The street (Gun Hill Road) is above the northern part of the station. The entrance is at street level.

Exit[edit]

The station's only entrance/exit is a head house on the south side of Gun Hill Road between Sexton and Dewitt Places. The entrance and exit are separate from each other within the headhouse.[20]

References[edit]

  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. ^ "MTA Capital Program 2015-2019: Renew. Enhance. Expand" (PDF). Metropolitan Transportation Authority. October 28, 2015. p. 61. Retrieved October 28, 2015.
  16. ^ "Funding For Subway Station ADA-Accessibility Approved". www.mta.info. April 26, 2018. Retrieved April 27, 2018.
  17. ^ "MTA 2017 Preliminary Budget July Financial Plan 2017 –2020 Volume 2" (PDF). mta.info. Metropolitan Transportation Authority. July 2016. Retrieved August 6, 2016.
  18. ^ "Capital Program Oversight Committee Meeting November 2018" (PDF). Metropolitan Transportation Authority. November 13, 2018. p. 90. Retrieved November 10, 2018.
  19. ^ "Service Information". MTA. March 14, 2019. Archived from the original on March 14, 2019. Retrieved March 14, 2019.
  20. ^ "Gun Hill Road Neighborhood Map" (PDF). new.mta.info. Metropolitan Transportation Authority. April 2018. Retrieved February 28, 2019.

External links[edit]

Preceding station   New York, Westchester and Boston Railway   Following station
Former services
Pelham Parkway   Main Line   Baychester Avenue