Simpson Street station
|New York City Subway station (rapid transit)|
Station house as viewed from the street
|Address||Simpson Street & Westchester Avenue
Bronx, NY 10459
|Line||IRT White Plains Road Line|
2 (all times)
5 (all times except rush hours in the peak direction and late nights)
|Transit connections||NYCT Bus: Bx4, Bx4A, Bx5, Bx11, Bx19, Bx27, Bx35|
|Platforms||2 side platforms|
|Opened||November 26, 19043rd Ave. Line; Bergen Avenue By-pass)
July 10, 1905 (White Plains Rd. Line)
|Passengers (2018)||2,585,974 12.8%|
|Rank||182 out of 424|
|Next north||Freeman Street: 2 5|
|Next south||Intervale Avenue: 2 5|
|Next north||East 180th Street: 2 5|
|Next south||Third Avenue–149th Street: 2 5|
Simpson Street Subway Station and Substation #18 (IRT)
The accompanying IRT Substation #18 at 1043 Simpson Street less than one block north of the subway station.
|MPS||New York City Subway System MPS|
|NRHP reference #||04001027|
|Added to NRHP||September 17, 2004|
Simpson Street is a local station on the IRT White Plains Road Line of the New York City Subway. Located at the intersection of Simpson Street and Westchester Avenue in the Longwood neighborhood of the Bronx, it is served by the 2 train at all times, and the 5 train at all times except late nights and rush hours in the peak direction.
The initial segment of the IRT White Plains Road Line opened on November 26, 1904 between East 180th Street and Jackson Avenue. Initially, trains on the line were served by elevated trains from the IRT Second Avenue Line and the IRT Third Avenue Line. Once the connection to the IRT Lenox Avenue Line opened on July 10, 1905, trains from the newly opened IRT subway ran via the line.
On June 13, 1949, the platform extensions at this station, as well as those on White Plains Road Line stations between Jackson Avenue and 177th Street, opened. The platforms were lengthened to 514 feet (157 m) to allow full ten-car express trains to platform. Previously the stations could only platform six-car local trains. Third Avenue Line service ended on May 12, 1955. The station was renovated in the early 2000s.
|Side platform, doors will open on the right|
|Southbound local||← toward Flatbush Avenue–Brooklyn College (Intervale Avenue)
← toward Flatbush Avenue–Brooklyn College weekdays, Bowling Green weekends (Intervale Avenue)
|Peak-direction express||← does not stop here (rush hours, peak direction only) →|
toward Wakefield–241st Street (Freeman Street) →
toward Eastchester–Dyre Avenue except PM rush and nights (Freeman Street) →
|Side platform, doors will open on the right|
Uptown elevator at SW corner of Simpson Street and Westchester Avenue; downtown elevator at NW corner
This station has two side platforms and three tracks. The center express track is used by the 5 train during rush hours in the peak direction. To the north, the line curves from Westchester Avenue to Southern Boulevard. The IRT Pelham Line (6 and <6> trains), which curves above Westchester Avenue five blocks northeast of this station, is visible from the east end of the platforms.
Both platforms have cream-colored windscreens and red canopies. Both platforms also have green outlines, frames, and support columns in their center and green waist-high, ornament-style steel fences at either ends with several lampposts. The station's signs are in the standard black name plates with white Helvetica lettering.
Due to the tracks' low height above ground, both station houses are at platform level and there are no crossovers or crossunders. Elevators from the street to each platform make this station ADA-accessible. The station's elevators were installed in August 1989, making the station one of the earliest to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.
The southbound platform (for trains headed to Manhattan) has a station house that is staffed full-time and contains several sets of doors leading to the small waiting area from the platform, a turnstile bank, token booth, two staircases going down to either northern corners of Simpson Street and Westchester Avenue, and one elevator going down to the northeast corner. A high exit-only turnstile on either side of the station house leads directly to one of the street stairs from the platform.
The northbound platform's station house is unstaffed, containing several sets of doors leading to the small waiting area from the platform, a bank of three turnstiles, two staircases going down to either southern corners of Simpson Street and Westchester Avenue, and one elevator going down to the southwest corner. It had a customer assistance booth until April 2010. A high exit-only turnstile on either side of the station house leads directly to one of the street stairs from the platform.
The 2006 artwork here is called What We Build is Not Permanent, We Are Not What We Build by Lisa Amowitz. It consists of stained glass panels on the platform windscreens and station houses with the theme with renewing or rebuilding what has died or fallen.
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- Salisbury, Harrison E. (May 13, 1955). "Cars Are Packed For Last 'El' Trip — 3d Ave. Salutes With Raised Glasses as Train Makes Noisy and Slow Journey" (PDF). New York Times. p. 16. Retrieved November 8, 2016.
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- Simpson Street Subway Station and Substation #18 (IRT) (NRHP)
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Simpson Street (IRT White Plains Road Line).|
- nycsubway.org – IRT White Plains Road Line: Simpson Street
- nycsubway.org — What We Build is Not Permanent, We Are Not What We Build Artwork by Lisa Amowitz (2006)
- Station Reporter — 2 Train
- Station Reporter — 5 Train
- The Subway Nut — Simpson Street Pictures
- MTA's Arts For Transit — Simpson Street (IRT White Plains Road Line)
- Simpson Street entrance from Google Maps Street View
- Platforms from Google Maps Street View