Melrose (Metro-North station)

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Melrose
Melrose Metro-North Station.jpg
Melrose Metro-North Station January 7, 2008
Location 3231 Park Avenue
Melrose, Bronx, New York
Coordinates 40°49′33″N 73°54′55″W / 40.8257°N 73.9154°W / 40.8257; -73.9154Coordinates: 40°49′33″N 73°54′55″W / 40.8257°N 73.9154°W / 40.8257; -73.9154
Owned by Metro-North Railroad
Line(s)
Platforms 2 side platforms
Tracks 4
Connections Local Transit NYCT Bus: Bx6, Bx6 SBS, Bx13, Bx32, Bx41, Bx41 SBS
Other information
Fare zone 2
History
Opened c. 1841
Electrified 700V (DC) third rail
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 Melrose (also known as Melrose – East 162nd Street) Metro-North Railroad station serves the residents of Melrose, Bronx via the Harlem Line. It is 6.1 miles (9.8 km) from Grand Central Terminal and located in an open cut beneath Park Avenue at its intersection with East 162nd Street. Service at Melrose is limited;[1] trains stop approximately every half-hour during rush hours and every hour all other times.

This station is the first/last in the Zone 2 Metro-North fare zone and CityTicket inter-city ticket zone.

History[edit]

A station along the New York and Harlem Railroad in Melrose was known to exist as far back as 1841. When Melrose station was rebuilt by the New York Central Railroad in the late 19th century, it contained a station house as a bridge over all four tracks, with two island platforms. Similar structures were built for the former Morrisania Station, as well as Tremont Station.[2][3] As with other NYC stations in the Bronx, the station became a Penn Central station once the NYC & Pennsylvania Railroads merged in 1968. However, because of the railroad's serious financial distress following the merger, commuter service was turned over to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority in 1972. Penn Central was acquired by Conrail in 1976, and the line and station were completely turned over to Metro-North Railroad in 1983. The station is located just south of a former wye with the northern terminus of the former Port Morris Branch, and was renovated, with the northbound platform moved out from underneath the overpass to its current location, circa 2006.

In 2012, Melrose residents expressed concern regarding the station; residents would like to see more frequent service, but track and capacity limitations hinder the amount of service available for the stop. Other concerns regarded the lack of handicap access, and the past closure of the main entrance to the stop. The main entrance was closed when the community was at the height of its turmoil, but as the community has regained its footing the desire to have the station open to the primary commercial street, 161st Street, has grown.

Station layout[edit]

The station has two offset high-level side platforms each two cars long reached by stairway from East 162nd Street. When trains stop at this station, normally the front two open cars receive and discharge passengers. The west platform is located underneath East 162nd Street and the New York City Housing Authority's Morrisania Air Rights public housing project.

G Street level Exit/entrance and buses
P
Platform level
Side platform, doors will open on the right
Track 4 Harlem Line toward Grand Central (Harlem–125th Street)
New Haven Line does not stop here
Track 2 Harlem Line, New Haven Line do not stop here
Track 1 Harlem Line, New Haven Line do not stop here →
Track 3 New Haven Line does not stop here →
Harlem Line toward North White Plains, Southeast or Wassaic (Tremont)
Side platform, doors will open on the right

References[edit]

  1. ^ "INVENTORY OF DECKING OPPORTUNITIES OVER TRANSPORTATION PROPERTIES Final Report: 6.1: TRANSIT AND RAILROAD OPEN CUTS: BRONX B" (PDF). nyc.gov. New York City Department of City Planning. September 2008. Retrieved October 25, 2015. 
  2. ^ "Tuesday Tour of the Harlem Line: Melrose". I Ride The Harlem Line... Retrieved April 11, 2016. 
  3. ^ "Melrose Station, in the late 1800s". I Ride The Harlem Line... Retrieved April 11, 2016. 

External links[edit]

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