Intervale Avenue (IRT White Plains Road Line)

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Intervale Avenue
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New York City Subway rapid transit station
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Northbound stair
Station statistics
Address Intervale Avenue & Westchester Avenue
Bronx, NY 10459
Borough The Bronx
Locale Longwood
Coordinates 40°49′19″N 73°53′49″W / 40.822°N 73.897°W / 40.822; -73.897Coordinates: 40°49′19″N 73°53′49″W / 40.822°N 73.897°W / 40.822; -73.897
Division A (IRT)
Line IRT White Plains Road Line
Services       2 all times (all times)
      5 all except late nights and rush hours, peak direction (all except late nights and rush hours, peak direction)
Transit connections Bus transport NYCT Bus: Bx4, Bx4A, Bx6
Structure Elevated
Platforms 2 side platforms
Tracks 3
Other information
Opened April 30, 1910; 106 years ago (1910-04-30)
Rebuilt April 21, 1992; 24 years ago (1992-04-21) (re-opened after 1989 fire)
Former/other names Intervale Avenue–163rd Street
Traffic
Passengers (2015) 1,039,265[1]Decrease 5.1%
Rank 360 out of 422
Station succession
Next north Simpson Street: 2 all times 5 all except late nights and rush hours, peak direction
Next south Prospect Avenue: 2 all times 5 all except late nights and rush hours, peak direction

Intervale Avenue (formerly Intervale Avenue – 163rd Street[2]) is a local station on the IRT White Plains Road Line of the New York City Subway. Located at the intersection of Intervale and Westchester Avenues in Longwood, it is served by the 2 train at all times, and the 5 train at all times except late nights and rush hours in the peak direction.

Station layout[edit]

P
Platform level
Side platform, doors will open on the right
Southbound local NYCS-bull-trans-2.svg toward Flatbush Avenue – Brooklyn College (Prospect Avenue)
NYCS-bull-trans-5.svg toward Flatbush Avenue – Brooklyn College weekdays, Bowling Green weekends (Prospect Avenue)
Peak-direction express NYCS-bull-trans-5.svg does not stop here (rush hours only) →
Northbound local NYCS-bull-trans-2.svg toward 241st Street (Simpson Street)
NYCS-bull-trans-5.svg toward Dyre Avenue (Simpson Street)
Side platform, doors will open on the right
M Mezzanine Station agent, MetroCard vending machines, fare control
G Street Level Exit / Entrance
Underneath the station

This elevated station, opened on April 30, 1910 as the first station in the Bronx with escalators. The station was built at the cost of $100,000, and it was paid with private capital.[3][4] It has three tracks and two side platforms. The center express track is used by the 5 train during rush hours in the peak direction. Both platforms have beige windscreens that run along the entire length and brown canopies with green frames and support columns in the center.

The station's only entrance is an elevated station house beneath the tracks. Inside fare control, it has two staircases to the center of each platform and a waiting area that allows a free transfer between directions. Outside fare control, there is a turnstile bank, token booth, one staircase going down to the southeast corner of Intervale and Westchester Avenues, and one staircase and one enclosed escalator (both perpendicular from each other) going down to the northeast corner.

Station house arson[edit]

Platform with the former name from 1977.

On March 15, 1989, three men set the wooden station house on fire after a failed attempt to rob the token booth. The clerk was not seriously injured, while the suspects fled and were never identified.[2][5]

After the incident, New York City Transit considered closing this station permanently due to its close proximity to Prospect Avenue and Simpson Street. However, a community uproar led to the scrapping of the plans.[2] The station was rebuilt with steel canopies and windscreens and a concrete station house with glass block windows and embossed leather-looking walls. Renovations took two and a half years.[6] Artwork called El 2/El 5 by Michael Kelly Williams was installed in the mezzanine and features two mosaic murals depicting underground and elevated tracks. The renovated station reopened on April 21, 1992.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Facts and Figures: Annual Subway Ridership". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Retrieved 2016-04-19. 
  2. ^ a b c Blair, William G. (1989-12-26). "Intervale Pleads for Reopening of El Station". The New York Times. Retrieved 2015-10-26. 
  3. ^ "MOTHER ANGEL'S BODY FOUND.; Bones of Brigham Young's First Mother-in-Law Long Missing.". Retrieved 2016-09-22. 
  4. ^ District, New York (State) Public Service Commission 1st (1912-01-01). Report of the Public Service Commission for the First District of the State of New York. J.B. Lyon Company, printers. 
  5. ^ "METRO DATELINES; 3 Men Burn Station In a Failed Robbery". The New York Times. 1989-03-16. Retrieved 2015-10-26. 
  6. ^ "IRT Station to Take 2 1/2 Years". The New York Times. 1990-03-17. Retrieved 2015-10-26. 

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