Botanical Garden (Metro-North station)
Southbound Harlem Line train of M7A cars bypassing the station via the middle tracks
|Location||2999 Southern Boulevard and
422 Bedford Park Boulevard (200th Street)
Bedford Park, Bronx, New York
|Owned by||Metro-North Railroad|
|Platforms||2 side platforms|
|Connections||NYCT Bus: Bx26, Bx41, Bx41 (SBS)|
|Electrified||700V (DC) third rail|
The Botanical Garden (also known as Botanical Garden – East 200th Street) Metro-North Railroad station serves the residents of the Bedford Park section of the Bronx via the Harlem Line. It is 9.5 miles (15.3 km) from Grand Central Terminal and is located just north of the intersection of Doctor Theodore Kazimiroff Boulevard (Southern Boulevard) and Bedford Park Boulevard (East 200th Street) adjacent to the site of the New York Botanical Garden. Service at Botanical Garden is hourly. This station is located in the Zone 2 Metro-North fare zone.
Prior to the establishment of the station, Botanical Gardens Station was the former site of Jerome Park Station, a railroad station that connected to a one mile spur leading west to the Jerome Park Racetrack. The racetrack was closed on October 4, 1894 to make way for the installation of the Jerome Park Reservoir, and the spur was used for construction of the reservoir until 1906.
Like the site for which it was named, Botanical Garden station originates back to the 1890s, although it originally had structures on both sides of the tracks. The structure that serves the gardens itself on the north side of the tracks still exists, while the old station house on the southbound platforms was torn down.
From 1920 to 1973, there was also a connection to the 200th Street Station along the IRT Third Avenue Line over the intersection of Webster Avenue and Bedford Park Boulevard just southwest of the station.
As with many NYCRR stations in the Bronx, the station became a Penn Central station once the NYC & Pennsylvania Railroads merged in 1968. Penn Central's continuous financial despair throughout the 1970s forced them to turn over their commuter service to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Sometime between 1975 and 1981, MTA demolished the southbound station house and replaced it with aluminum and Plexiglas bus shelters. The station and the railroad were turned over to Conrail in 1976, and eventually became part of the MTA's Metro-North Railroad in 1983.
Platform and track configuration
|3||■Harlem Line||for Grand Central|
|■New Haven Line||no stop|
|1||■New Haven Line||no stop|
|2||■New Haven Line||no stop|
|4||■Harlem Line||for Southeast, Wassaic|
|■New Haven Line||no stop|
This station has two high-level side platforms, each eight cars long. The western platform, adjacent to Track 4, is generally used by southbound trains. The eastern platform, adjacent to Track 3, is generally used by northbound trains.
The Harlem Line has four tracks at this location. The two inner tracks not adjacent to either platform are used only by express trains.
- Media related to Botanical Garden (Metro-North station) at Wikimedia Commons
- Metro-North Railroad - Botanical Garden
- List of upcoming train departure times and track assignments from MTA