231st Street (IRT Broadway – Seventh Avenue Line)
|Address||West 231st Street & Broadway
Bronx, NY 10463
|Locale||Kingsbridge and Riverdale|
|Line||IRT Broadway – Seventh Avenue Line|
|Services||1 (all times)|
|Connection||NYCT Bus: Bx1, Bx2, Bx7, Bx9, Bx10, Bx20|
|Platforms||2 side platforms|
|Tracks||3 (2 in regular service)|
|Opened||January 27, 1907|
|Passengers (2013)||2,757,855 2.6%|
|Rank||179 out of 421|
|Next north||238th Street: 1|
|Next south||Marble Hill – 225th Street: 1|
|Next north||none: 1|
|Next south||Dyckman Street: 1|
231st Street is a local station on the IRT Broadway – Seventh Avenue Line of the New York City Subway. Located at the intersection of West 231st Street and Broadway in the Kingsbridge and Riverdale sections of the Bronx, it is served by the 1 train at all times.
This elevated station, opened on January 27, 1907, but was built near the site of the originally proposed northern terminus of the Broadway - Seventh Avenue Line at Bailey Avenue and 230th Street, a block southeast of the current station. It was also near two former Kingsbridge railroad stations owned by two separate branches inherited by the New York Central Railroad; One was along a former segment of the Spuyten Duyvil and Port Morris Railroad(Hudson Line), and the other was for the New York and Putnam Railroad. The station was extensively renovated in 2003-04, has two side platforms and three tracks. The center track that bypasses this station is not used in revenue service. This is the IRT Broadway-Seventh Avenue Line's southernmost station in the Bronx (Marble Hill – 225th Street station is physically on the mainland, but legally part of Manhattan).
Both platforms have beige windscreens and red canopies with green frames and outlines in the center and green waist-high, steel fences at either ends with lampposts at regular intervals. The platforms are offset with the Manhattan-bound platform to the south of the 242nd Street-bound one. The station signs are in the standard black name plates in white lettering.
Each platform has an adjacent same-level station house in the center. However, only the Manhattan-bound platform is open to the public. A set of doors from the platform leads to a small waiting area and a bank of turnstiles. Outside fare control, there is a token booth, two staircases going down to either western corners of 231st Street and Broadway, and one ADA-accessible elevator going down to the southwest corner. Two emergency gates on the platform lead directly to each of the staircases.
On the 242nd Street-bound platform, a set of High Entry/Exit and Exit-Only turnstiles lead to a passageway around the station house separated from the platform by a metal fence. Outside fare control, there are two staircases going down to either eastern corners of 231st Street and Broadway and one ADA-compliant elevator going down to the northeast corner. Prior to the 2003 renovation, this platform only had two exit-only turnstiles (meaning it was impossible to board a 242nd Street-bound train at this station, since 242nd Street is so close to this station) and neither side had elevators.
There are two sets of artwork at this station. One of them was made in 1991 and is called Elevated Nature I-IV by Wopo Holup. It consists of gray marble tiles with a green border on the platform walls of the station house. It is also located at four other stations on this line. The other artwork was made in 2007 by Felipe Galindo and is called Magic Realism in Kingsbridge. It consists of stained glass panels on the platform windscreens depicting images of the surrounding area.
|Side platform, doors will open on the right|
|Northbound local||← toward Van Cortlandt Park – 242nd Street (238th Street)|
|Peak-direction express||→ No regular service|
|Southbound local||→ toward South Ferry (Marble Hill – 225th Street) →|
|Side platform, doors will open on the right|
|M||Mezzanine||to entrances/exits, station agent, MetroCard vending machines
(Uptown elevator at SE corner of 231 Street and Broadway; downtown elevator at SW corner)
- "Facts and Figures: Annual Subway Ridership". New York City Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Retrieved 2014-03-25.
- Media related to 231st Street (IRT Broadway – Seventh Avenue Line) at Wikimedia Commons
- nycsubway.org—IRT West Side Line: 231st Street
- nycsubway.org — Magic Realism in Kingsbridge Artwork by Felipe Galindo (2007)
- nycsubway.org — Elevated Nature I-IV Artwork by Wopo Holup (1991) along with 207th, 215th, and 225th Street stations
- Station Reporter — 1 Train
- The Subway Nut — 231st Street Pictures
- MTA's Arts For Transit — 231st Street (IRT Broadway – Seventh Avenue Line)
- 231st Street entrance from Google Maps Street View