Parkchester (IRT Pelham Line)

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Parkchester
NYCS-bull-trans-6.svg NYCS-bull-trans-6d.svg
New York City Subway rapid transit station
Parkchester (IRT Pelham Line) by David Shankbone.jpg
Station statistics
Address area of Cross-Bronx Expressway, Metropolitan Avenue & Westchester Avenue
Bronx, NY 10472
Borough The Bronx
Locale Parkchester
Coordinates 40°50′0″N 73°51′39.5″W / 40.83333°N 73.860972°W / 40.83333; -73.860972Coordinates: 40°50′0″N 73°51′39.5″W / 40.83333°N 73.860972°W / 40.83333; -73.860972
Division A (IRT)
Line IRT Pelham Line
Services       6 all times (all times) <6>weekdays until 8:45 p.m., peak direction (weekdays until 8:45 p.m., peak direction)
Transit connections Bus transport NYCT Bus: Bx4, Bx4A, Bx36, Bx39, Q44 SBS
Bus transport MTA Bus: BxM6
Structure Elevated
Platforms 2 island platforms
cross-platform interchange
Tracks 3
Other information
Opened May 27, 1920; 96 years ago (1920-05-27)[1]
Former/other names Parkchester–East 177th Street
East 177th Street–Parkchester
East 177th Street
Traffic
Passengers (2015) 5,224,959[2]Decrease 6.5%
Rank 90 out of 425
Station succession
Next north Castle Hill Avenue (local): 6 all times except weekdays until 8:45 p.m., peak direction <6>weekdays until 8:45 p.m., peak direction
Pelham Bay Park (express): no regular service
(Terminal): 6 weekdays until 8:45 p.m., peak direction
Next south St. Lawrence Avenue (local): 6 all times
Hunts Point Avenue (express): <6>weekdays until 8:45 p.m., peak direction

Parkchester (formerly known as and still announced as Parkchester–East 177th Street) is an express station on the IRT Pelham Line of the New York City Subway. The station opened on May 27, 1920.[1] It is located in the Bronx at the intersection of the Cross-Bronx Expressway service roads (formerly East 177th Street), Metropolitan Avenue, and Westchester Avenue, atop Hugh J. Grant Circle. It is served by the 6 train at all times and the <6> train during weekdays in the peak direction. By passenger count, Parkchester is the third busiest station in the Bronx in 2014, behind 161st Street–Yankee Stadium and Third Avenue–149th Street, which are respectively the busiest and second busiest stations.

Station layout[edit]

P
Platform level
Southbound local NYCS-bull-trans-6.svg toward Brooklyn Bridge–City Hall (St. Lawrence Avenue)
Island platform, doors will open on the left, right
Peak-direction express NYCS-bull-trans-6d.svg toward Brooklyn Bridge–City Hall (weekday mornings and early afternoons) (Hunts Point Avenue)
NYCS-bull-trans-6d.svg toward Pelham Bay Park (weekday afternoon and early evenings) (Castle Hill Avenue)
(No service: Pelham Bay Park)
Island platform, doors will open on the left, right
Northbound local NYCS-bull-trans-6.svg toward Pelham Bay Park (all but weekday afternoon and early evenings) (Castle Hill Avenue)
NYCS-bull-trans-6.svg alighting passengers only (weekdays) →
M Mezzanine Station agent, MetroCard vending machines, fare control
G Street Level Exit/Entrance

Parkchester is an express station with three tracks and two island platforms. There are 1950s-style mushroom-shaped lights at the end of the platforms and the staircases to the mezzanine are sheltered. Just north of the station is a signal tower which was used until the late 1990s, when a new master tower was created in Westchester Yard. This station was rehabilitated in 2010.

When <6> express trains operate, 6 local trains terminate here. <6> express trains always stop on the center track and 6 local trains always stop on the outer track, even when they terminate there. Trains use the switches north of the station to get to their respective track. Terminating trains use the center track past those switches as a pocket track to relay.

The IRT Pelham Line north of this station is served by a local train at all times except rush hours when <6> trains make local stops between this station and Pelham Bay Park. During this time, trains switch designations at Pelham Bay Park for the return trip to Manhattan.

Exit[edit]

The station's only exit is a mezzanine in the center of the Hugh Grant Circle, a traffic circle. It has a crossunder and windows in a simulated 12-pane pattern similar to those at Whitlock Avenue. The fare control is at street level and the room features a painting entitled Live The Dream. There is an escalator from fare control to the southbound platform, bypassing the mezzanine.[3]

Image gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Bronx Subway Extension Opened". New York Times. May 28, 1920. Retrieved January 25, 2016. 
  2. ^ "Facts and Figures: Annual Subway Ridership". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Retrieved April 19, 2016. 
  3. ^ "MTA Neighborhood Maps: Bronx Zoo" (PDF). mta.info. Metropolitan Transportation Authority. 2015. Retrieved July 20, 2016. 

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