East 180th Street (IRT White Plains Road Line)

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For the former terminal station slightly to the northwest, see 180th Street – Bronx Park (IRT White Plains Road Line).
East 180th Street
NYCS 2 NYCS 5
New York City Subway rapid transit station
East 180th Street-Morris Park Avenue.jpg
Station statistics
Address East 180th Street & Morris Park Avenue
Bronx, NY 10460
Borough The Bronx
Locale West Farms
Coordinates 40°50′28″N 73°52′26″W / 40.841°N 73.874°W / 40.841; -73.874Coordinates: 40°50′28″N 73°52′26″W / 40.841°N 73.874°W / 40.841; -73.874
Division A (IRT)
Line IRT White Plains Road Line
Services       2 all times (all times)
      5 all times (all times)
Connection
Structure Elevated
Platforms 2 island platforms
cross-platform interchange
Tracks 3
Other information
Opened March 3, 1917; 98 years ago (1917-03-03)
Accessible Handicapped/disabled access
Former/other names East 180th Street – Morris Park Avenue
Traffic
Passengers (2014) 2,445,421[1]Increase 13.6%
Rank 200 out of 421
Station succession
Next north Bronx Park East (White Plains local): 2 all times 5 rush hours, peak direction
Gun Hill Road (White Plains express): no regular service
Morris Park (Dyre): 5 all times
Pelham Parkway (Dyre express): no regular service
Next south West Farms Square – East Tremont Avenue (local): 2 all times 5 all except late nights and rush hours, peak direction
Third Avenue – 149th Street (express): 5 rush hours until 8:45, peak direction
(Terminal): 5 late nights


Next Handicapped/disabled access north Pelham Parkway (White Plains local): 2 all times 5 rush hours, peak direction
Gun Hill Road (White Plains express): no regular service
none: 5 all times
Next Handicapped/disabled access south Simpson Street (local): 2 all times 5 all except late nights and rush hours, peak direction
Third Avenue – 149th Street (express): 5 rush hours until 8:45, peak direction
none: 5 late nights

East 180th Street (originally East 180th Street – Morris Park Avenue) is an elevated station on the IRT White Plains Road Line of the New York City Subway in the Bronx at the intersection of East 180th Street and Morris Park Avenue. It is served by the 2 and 5 trains at all times.

The station was designed by Stem, Allen H., Fellheimer & Long. It opened on March 3, 1917. Its design is reminiscent of late 19th and early 20th century revivals. It was placed on the National Register of Historic Places on April 23, 1980.[2]

Station layout[edit]

3F Crossover Restricted access
2F
Platforms
Southbound local NYCS 2 toward Flatbush Avenue – Brooklyn College (West Farms Square – East Tremont Avenue)
NYCS 5 toward Flatbush Avenue – Brooklyn College or Bowling Green (West Farms Square – East Tremont Avenue)
Island platform, doors will open on the left, right Handicapped/disabled access
Peak-direction express NYCS 5 toward Flatbush Avenue – Brooklyn College (AM rush) (Third Avenue – 149th Street)
NYCS 5 toward Eastchester – Dyre Avenue (PM rush and late nights) (Morris Park)
(No service: Pelham Parkway (Dyre))
NYCS 5 toward Nereid Avenue (PM rush) (Bronx Park East)
(No service: Gun Hill Road (Nereid))
Island platform, doors will open on the left, right Handicapped/disabled access
Northbound local NYCS 2 toward 241st Street (Bronx Park East)
NYCS 5 toward Eastchester – Dyre Avenue (Morris Park)
(No service: Pelham Parkway (Dyre))
Gap between platforms
Former NYW&B southbound No service
Island platform, not in service
Former NYW&B northbound No service
1F Mezzanine Fare control, station agent
Handicapped/disabled access (Elevators inside station house on NW corner of East 180th Street and Morris Park Avenue)
G Street Level Exit / Entrance

New York City Subway platforms[edit]

The New York City Subway station has two island platforms and three tracks. All 2 trains, and 5 trains at all times except rush hours and late nights, stop at the outer tracks. The center track is used by 5 service during rush hours in the peak direction (when it runs express to or from Third Avenue – 149th Street), and late nights (when shuttle trains from Eastchester – Dyre Avenue terminate here). The express run to Third Avenue – 149th Street is 3.4 miles and bypasses seven stations, making it the second-longest express run in the system, behind only the express run between 125 Street and 59th Street – Columbus Circle on the IND Eighth Avenue Line.

The south end of the platforms has a staff-only bridge allowing access from the platforms to the East 180th Street Yard directly to the west. Until the 1980s, the station had escalators to street level via a mezzanine, the remains of which are visible beneath the tracks. A walk is required to reach fare control on the former New York, Westchester and Boston Railway station house. A secondary exit leads to 180th Street.

Heading north, after West Farms Square – East Tremont Avenue, trains turn east and enter the S-curve to East 180th Street. To the northeast are the Unionport Yard and a signal tower; just to the northwest is the flyover that carries the southbound track of the IRT Dyre Avenue Line. The 2 train continues on the IRT White Plains Road Line to Wakefield – 241st Street. The 5 train diverges to the Dyre Avenue Line northeast, and also continues on the White Plains Road Line to Nereid Avenue during rush hours in the peak direction.

New York, Westchester and Boston Railway platforms[edit]

Disused platform of the New York, Westchester, and Boston Railway

Directly to the east of the platforms are the platforms of the old New York, Westchester and Boston Railway's 180th Street station.[3] After the collapse of NYW&B in 1937, a portion of the main line was bought by the city of New York, which converted it into the subway and renamed it the IRT Dyre Avenue Line. The line north of Eastchester – Dyre Avenue and south of East 180th Street was abandoned and demolished, leaving the Dyre Avenue Line with no rail connections, so subway service debuted in 1940 as a full-time shuttle.

In 1957, a flyover connection between the IRT White Plains Road and Dyre Avenue Lines opened, allowing trains from the latter to travel to Manhattan and Brooklyn. All services that formerly used the NYW&B tracks and platforms moved to the White Plains Road Line platforms and tracks.

The original NYW&B station house on Morris Park Avenue is still in use as the main entrance. It is also home to some office space, a small convenience store, and until recently, a New York City Transit Police precinct (which now has a building across the street from the station entrance). Restoration of the station house was completed by MTA in 2013.[4]

Rehabilitation[edit]

Since March 2010, the station has been undergoing a rehabilitation through the architectural efforts of Lee Harris Pomeroy.[5] Some of the improvements include fixing up the entrance and forecourt; replacing parts of the canopy roof, track beds, platforms and platform edges; adding new elevator access to improve circulation; and repairing electrical, mechanical, plumbing, lighting and communication equipment. Community groups hope to see the addition of businesses inside the station such as a barber shop, shoe repair, and dry cleaners which existed at one time many decades ago.[6]

The New York City Transit Authority paid $66.6 million for the station's renovation and the Citnalta Construction Corporation contributed the cost of the 45-inch clock with Roman numerals on the facade.[7]

Image gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Facts and Figures: Annual Subway Ridership". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Retrieved 2015-04-25. 
  2. ^ "State Listings New York". National Register of Historic Places. Retrieved 2010-08-18. 
  3. ^ 100 Years Later, a Railroad Landmark Is Revived
  4. ^ MTA Restores Historic Bronx Subway Station (Metropolitan Transportation Authority; Wednesday, March 13, 2013)
  5. ^ "Lee Harris Pomery Architects, P.C.". East 180th Street Station Restoration. Retrieved 2011-10-16. 
  6. ^ Mitchell, Max (August 25, 2010). "Station rehab may bring in new stores". Bronx-Times Reporter. p. 8. Retrieved 2011-02-09. 
  7. ^ Dunlap, David W. (January 31, 2013). "100 Years Later, a Railroad Landmark Is Revived". The New York Times. Retrieved 2013-03-11. 

External links[edit]

Media related to East 180th Street (IRT White Plains Road Line) at Wikimedia Commons