149th Street – Grand Concourse (New York City Subway)

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149th Street – Grand Concourse
NYCS 2 NYCS 4 NYCS 5
New York City Subway rapid transit station complex
149 IRT gc sta jeh.jpg
Station statistics
Address East 149th Street & Grand Concourse
Bronx, NY 10451
Borough The Bronx
Locale Mott Haven
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)
Connection NYCT Bus: Bx1, Bx2, Bx19
Levels 2
Traffic
Passengers (2013) 4,427,399 (station complex)[1] Increase 7.7%
Rank 110 out of 421

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. Located at East 149th Street and Grand Concourse in Mott Haven and Grand Concourse 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
B2
Jerome Ave Line
Northbound local NYCS 4 toward Woodlawn off-peak hours (161st Street – Yankee Stadium)
Island platform, doors will open on the left, right
Peak-direction express NYCS 4 toward Woodlawn PM rush hours (161st Street – Yankee Stadium)
NYCS 4 toward Utica Avenue AM rush hours (125th Street)
(No service: Burnside Avenue (northbound))
Island platform, doors will open on the left, right
Southbound local NYCS 4 toward Utica Avenue off-peak hours (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 NYCS 2 toward Flatbush Avenue – Brooklyn College (135th Street)
NYCS 5 toward Flatbush Avenue – Brooklyn College weekdays, Bowling Green weekends (138th Street – Grand Concourse)
Northbound NYCS 2 toward Wakefield – 241st Street (Third Avenue – 149th Street)
NYCS 5 toward Nereid Avenue PM rush, Eastchester – Dyre Avenue all times (Third Avenue – 149th Street)
Side platform, doors will open on the right


IRT White Plains Road Line platforms[edit]

149th Street – Grand Concourse
NYCS 2 NYCS 5
New York City Subway rapid transit station
149th Street-Grand Concourse.jpg
Station statistics
Division A (IRT)
Line IRT White Plains Road Line
Services       2 all times (all times)
      5 all except late nights (all except late nights)
Structure Underground
Platforms 2 side platforms
Tracks 2
Other information
Opened July 10, 1905; 109 years ago (1905-07-10)
Former/other names Mott Avenue
Station succession
Next north Third Avenue – 149th Street: 2 all times 5 all except late nights
Next south

135th Street (Lenox): 2 all times
138th Street – Grand Concourse (Jerome): 5 all except late nights

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[2]
Added to NRHP May 6, 1980

149th Street – Grand Concourse on the IRT White Plains Road Line has two tracks and two side platforms, with a high rounded ceiling similar to 168th Street and 181st Street stations on the IRT Broadway – Seventh Avenue Line, the ceiling is visible at the west end of the station. It is located on the lower level of this two level complex. There are elevators (now closed) and a pedestrian bridge between the two platforms (also closed) on this level at the southern end of the platforms.

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.

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 turns are so sharp, that 5 trains entering the connections usually get delayed for about a minute. The White Plains Road Line continues straight to go 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 pillars installed between the northbound and southbound tracks. Today, with the pillars now installed, the station now blocks the unobstructed view that was once available. However, the station is now structurally stable.

IRT Jerome Avenue Line platforms[edit]

149th Street – Grand Concourse
NYCS 4
New York City Subway rapid transit station
149th Street Jerome vc.jpg
Station 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; 97 years ago (1917-06-02)
Station succession
Next north 161st Street – Yankee Stadium (local): 4 all times
Burnside Avenue (express): no regular service
Next south 138th Street – Grand Concourse (local): 4 all except rush hours, peak direction
125th Street (express): 4 rush hours, peak direction

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 a 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).[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Facts and Figures: Annual Subway Ridership". New York City Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Retrieved 2014-03-25. 
  2. ^ "NPS Focus". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. Retrieved February 28, 2014. 
  3. ^ Subway Signs to Nowhere (Forgotten New York)

External links[edit]

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