Williams Bridge (Metro-North station)

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Williams Bridge
Williams Bridge Train Station.JPG
Southbound view of the Gun Hill Road Bridge over Williams Bridge Station
Station statistics
Address 402 Gun Hill Road and
3399 Webster Avenue
Williamsbridge, Bronx, New York
Coordinates 40°52′44″N 73°52′15″W / 40.8788°N 73.8707°W / 40.8788; -73.8707Coordinates: 40°52′44″N 73°52′15″W / 40.8788°N 73.8707°W / 40.8788; -73.8707
Line(s)
Connections New York City Subway:
NYCS 2 NYCS 5 trains at Gun Hill Road
Local Transit NYCT Bus: Bx28, Bx30, B38, Bx41, Bx55
Platforms 2 side platforms
Tracks 4
Other information
Electrified 700V (DC) third rail
Owned by Metro-North Railroad
Fare zone 2
Services
Preceding station   MTA NYC logo.svg Metro-North Railroad   Following station
Harlem Line
toward Wassaic
  Former services  
New York Central Railroad
Harlem Division
toward Chatham

The Williams Bridge (also known as Williams Bridge - East 210th Street) Metro-North Railroad station serves the residents of the Williamsbridge section of The Bronx via the Harlem Line. It is 10.5 miles (16.9 km) from Grand Central Terminal and is located at the intersection of Gun Hill Road and Webster Avenue. Service at Williams Bridge is hourly. Due to its short platform length, only the doors of four cars open for passengers.

This station is located in the Zone 2 Metro-North fare zone.

History[edit]

Rail service in Williams Bridge can be traced as far back as 1842 with the establishment of the New York and Harlem Railroad, which became part of the New York Central and Hudson River Railroad in 1864 and eventually taken over by the New York Central Railroad. Williams Bridge Station itself, which was originally built sometime in the 19th Century, originally had a station house on the southeast corner of the Gun Hill Road bridge and even had a turntable. From 1920 through the 1970s, it was in close proximity to the 210th Street – Williamsbridge elevated station of the IRT Third Avenue Line.[1] In fact, the line itself used to curve from Webster Avenue over Gun Hill Road before terminating at Gun Hill Road station on the IRT White Plains Road Line to the east. Because of this, the Gun Hill Road bridge over the Harlem Line was a two-level bridge until the Third Avenue Line was abandoned in 1973.[2]

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. 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[edit]

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 offset high-level side platforms, each four cars long and accessible from East Gun Hill Road (East 210th Street). When trains stop at this station, normally the front four open cars receive and discharge passengers.

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.

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