Intervale Avenue (IRT White Plains Road Line)
|New York City Subway rapid transit station|
|Address||Intervale Avenue & Westchester Avenue
Bronx, NY 10459
|Line||IRT White Plains Road Line|
|Services||2 (all times)
5 (all except late nights and rush hours, peak direction)
|Transit connections||NYCT Bus: Bx4, Bx4A, Bx6|
|Platforms||2 side platforms|
|Opened||April 30, 1910|
|Rebuilt||April 21, 1992(re-opened after 1989 fire)|
|Former/other names||Intervale Avenue–163rd Street|
|Passengers (2015)||1,039,265 5.1%|
|Rank||360 out of 422|
|Next north||Simpson Street: 2 5|
|Next south||Prospect Avenue: 2 5|
Intervale Avenue (formerly Intervale Avenue – 163rd Street) 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.
|Side platform, doors will open on the right|
|Southbound local||← toward Flatbush Avenue (Prospect Avenue)
← toward Flatbush Avenue weekdays, Bowling Green weekends (Prospect Avenue)
|Peak-direction express||← does not stop here (rush hours only) →|
|Northbound local||→ toward 241st Street (Simpson Street) →
→ 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
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. 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
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.
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. 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. 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.
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- "IRT Station to Take 2 1/2 Years". The New York Times. 1990-03-17. Retrieved 2015-10-26.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Intervale Avenue (IRT White Plains Road Line).|
- nycsubway.org – IRT White Plains Road Line: Intervale Avenue
- nycsubway.org — El 2/El 5 Artwork by Michael Kelly Williams (1992)
- Station Reporter — 2 Train
- Station Reporter — 5 Train
- The Subway Nut — Intervale Avenue Pictures
- MTA's Arts For Transit — Intervale Avenue (IRT White Plains Road Line)
- Intervale Avenue entrance from Google Maps Street View
- Platforms from Google Maps Street View