Pelham Bay Park (IRT Pelham Line)
Pelham Bay Park station (2007)
|Address||Bruckner Boulevard & Westchester Avenue
Bronx, NY 10461
|Line||IRT Pelham Line|
|Services||6 (all times except weekdays until 8:45 p.m., peak direction) <6> (weekdays until 8:45 p.m., peak direction)|
|Platforms||1 island platform (in service)
2 side platforms (unused)
|Opened||December 20, 1920|
|Passengers (2013)||2,096,130 3.2%|
|Rank||227 out of 421|
|Next north||(Terminal): 6 <6>|
|Next south||Buhre Avenue (local): 6 <6>
Parkchester (express): no regular service
|Next north||none: 6 <6>|
|Next south||125th Street: 6 <6>|
Pelham Bay Park is the northern terminal station of the IRT Pelham Line of the New York City Subway. Located by Pelham Bay Park, at the intersection of the Bruckner Expressway and Westchester Avenue in the Bronx, it is served by the 6 train at all times, except weekdays in the peak direction, and the <6> train on weekdays in the peak direction.
During weekdays from approximately 6:30 AM to 8:45 PM (6:30 to 20:45), the station is solely served by <6> trains that change designations here. In the morning, 6 trains arriving become <6> trains for the return trip to Manhattan. In the afternoon and early evening, <6> trains arriving become 6 trains for the return trip. The northern end of the Pelham Line is served by a local train at all times except for rush hours (<6> trains make local stops north of Parkchester). During the morning rush, select 6 trains short turn at Parkchester to become local 6 trains for the return trip; during the evening rush, all local 6 trains short turn at Parkchester. The <6> trains, using the center track, run express from Parkchester toward Third Avenue in the morning, and operates express in the opposite direction between these two stations in the evening.
|Side platform, not in service|
|Track 1||← toward Brooklyn Bridge – City Hall (Buhre Avenue)
(No service: Parkchester)
|Track 2||← toward Brooklyn Bridge – City Hall (Buhre Avenue)
(No service: Parkchester)
|M||Mezzanine||Station agent, MetroCard vending machines, fare control
(Elevator at back of station beyond escalators, near corner of Westchester Avenue and Bruckner Boulevard)
|G||Street Level||Exit/ Entrance|
This is an elevated station which has two tracks, one island platform and two disused side platforms. The tracks end at bumper blocks at the north end of the platforms. The station was formerly set up as a Spanish solution with alighting passengers using the side platforms and boarding passengers using the island platform. Now all passengers use the island platform. In 2005, work commenced to build rooms on the side platforms for temporary crew use while the crew quarters at the north end of the station was rebuilt. At the south end is a staff-only crossover bridge between the center and west side platform. It also used to connect to the east side platform but that portion has been removed. There is also a tower and crew facilities at the south end. There are old style signs which are covered over on the main platform.
In the 1970s, the Pelham line was planned to be extended to Co-op City with the conversion of the line to IND standards, making this station no longer a terminus; financial woes caused the plan to be shelved.
Fare control is in the mezzanine below the platforms. There are two staircases, an escalator, and an elevator that lead to Westchester Avenue. There is also a pedestrian bridge from the station entrance that crosses the Bruckner Expressway and leads to Pelham Bay Park.
The Taking of Pelham One Two Three superstition
In the novel The Taking of Pelham One Two Three by Morton Freedgood and its film adaptations (the 1974 original and the 1998 and 2009 remakes), the train that gets hijacked leaves the Pelham Bay Park station at 1:23 p.m. (hence the title). Realizing that it would become too much of a reminder to the public, after the 1974 film's release, the New York City Transit Authority, for many years, banned any schedule of a train leaving this station either at 1:23 in the afternoon, or in the morning. Eventually, this policy was rescinded, but due to the superstitions involved, dispatchers have continued to avoid scheduling a Manhattan-bound train to leave at 1:23.
Nearby points of interest
- "Facts and Figures: Annual Subway Ridership". New York City Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Retrieved 2014-03-25.
- "1968 NYCTA Expansion Plans (Picture)". Second Avenue Sagas. Retrieved December 2013.
- Program for Action maps from thejoekorner.com
- nycsubway.org—The New York Transit Authority in the 1970s
- Dwyer, Jim (1991). Subway lives : 24 hours in the life of the New York City subway. New York: Crown. ISBN 0-517-58445-X.
Media related to Pelham Bay Park (IRT Pelham Line) at Wikimedia Commons
- nycsubway.org—IRT Pelham Line: Pelham Bay Park
- Station Reporter — 6 Train
- The Subway Nut — Pelham Bay Park Pictures
- Burr Avenue entrance from Google Maps Street View
- Bruckner Boulevard entrance from Google Maps Street View