231st Street (IRT Broadway–Seventh Avenue Line)
|New York City Subway rapid transit station|
|Address||West 231st Street & Broadway
Bronx, NY 10463
|Locale||Kingsbridge and Riverdale|
|Line||IRT Broadway–Seventh Avenue Line|
|Services||1 (all times)|
|Transit connections|| NYCT Bus: Bx1, Bx2, Bx7, Bx9, Bx10, Bx20
MTA Bus: BxM1, BxM2, BxM18
|Platforms||2 side platforms|
|Tracks||3 (2 in regular service)|
|Opened||January 27, 1907|
|Passengers (2016)||3,013,521 1.6%|
|Rank||172 out of 422|
|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 station opened on January 27, 1907 as the 230th Street station, 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.
In 1948, platforms on the IRT Broadway–Seventh Avenue Line from 103rd Street to 238th Street were lengthened to 514 feet to allow full ten-car express trains to platform. Previously the stations could only platform six car local trains. The platform extensions were opened in stages. On July 9, 1948, the platform extensions at stations between 207th Street and 238th Street were opened for use at the cost of $423,000.
In 2002, it was announced that 231st Street would be one of ten subway stations citywide, as well as one of five on the IRT Broadway–Seventh Avenue Line, to receive renovations. The station was extensively renovated in 2003–2004.
|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)
This elevated station 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 of New York State, 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.
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.
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. 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 on the Manhattan-bound platform, 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. Outside fare control on the 242nd Street-bound platform, 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.
- "Station Developers' Information". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Retrieved June 13, 2017.
- "Facts and Figures: Annual Subway Ridership 2011–2016". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. May 31, 2017. Retrieved June 1, 2017.
- Report for the three and one-half years ending June 30, 1949. New York City Board of Transportation. 1949.
- "More Long Platforms – Five Subway Stations on IRT to Accommodate 10-Car Trains". The New York Times. 1948-07-10. p. 8. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2016-03-27.
- "RENOVATION IS SET FOR 10 SUBWAY STATIONS". NY Daily News. June 11, 2002. Retrieved 2018-01-08.
- "MTA Neighborhood Maps: Riverdale" (PDF). mta.info. Metropolitan Transportation Authority. 2015. Retrieved 15 September 2015.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to 231st Street (IRT Broadway – Seventh Avenue Line).|
- 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
- Platforms from Google Maps Street View