Simpson Street (IRT White Plains Road Line)

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Simpson Street
"2" train "5" train
New York City Subway rapid transit station
Simpson Street Station.jpg
Station house as viewed from the street
Station statistics
Address Simpson Street & Westchester Avenue
Bronx, NY 10459
Borough The Bronx
Locale Foxhurst, Longwood
Coordinates 40°49′26″N 73°53′35″W / 40.824°N 73.893°W / 40.824; -73.893Coordinates: 40°49′26″N 73°53′35″W / 40.824°N 73.893°W / 40.824; -73.893
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, Bx5, Bx11, Bx19, Bx27, Bx35
Structure Elevated
Platforms 2 side platforms
Tracks 3
Other information
Opened November 26, 1904; 112 years ago (1904-11-26) (3rd Ave. Line; Bergen Avenue By-pass)
July 10, 1905; 111 years ago (1905-07-10) (White Plains Rd. Line)
Accessible This station is compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990
Traffic
Passengers (2015) 3,048,014[1]Decrease 2.3%
Rank 168 out of 425
Station succession
Next north Freeman Street: 2 all times 5 all except late nights and rush hours, peak direction
Next south Intervale Avenue: 2 all times 5 all except late nights and rush hours, peak direction


Next adjacent station compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 north East 180th Street: 2 all times 5 all except late nights and rush hours, peak direction
Next adjacent station compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 south Third Avenue – 149th Street: 2 all times 5 all except late nights and rush hours, peak direction

Simpson Street Subway Station and Substation #18 (IRT)
IRT Substation 18 (South Side).JPG
The accompanying IRT Substation #18 at 1043 Simpson Street less than one block north of the subway station.
MPS New York City Subway System MPS
NRHP Reference # 04001027[2]
Added to NRHP September 17, 2004

Simpson Street is a local station on the IRT White Plains Road Line of the New York City Subway. Located at the intersection of Simpson Street and Westchester Avenue in the Longwood neighborhood of the Bronx, it is served by the 2 train at all times, and the 5 train at all other times except during late nights and rush hours in the peak direction.

Station layout[edit]

Track layout
to Freeman St
to Intervale Av
P
Platform level
Side platform, doors will open on the right
Southbound local "2" train toward Flatbush Avenue (Intervale Avenue)
"5" train toward Flatbush Avenue weekdays, Bowling Green weekends (Intervale Avenue)
Peak-direction express "5" train does not stop here (rush hours only) →
Northbound local "2" train toward 241st Street (Freeman Street)
"5" train toward Dyre Avenue (Freeman Street)
Side platform, doors will open on the right
M Mezzanine Station agent, MetroCard vending machines, fare control
G Street Level Exit / Entrance
Handicapped/disabled access (Uptown elevator at SW corner of Simpson Street and Westchester Avenue; downtown elevator at NW corner)
The station during a snowfall

This elevated station, opened on November 26, 1904, but was originally for the Bergen Avenue By-pass spur of the IRT Third Avenue Line, until July 10, 1905 when the "IRT Broadway Express Line" was constructed at Jackson Avenue, eventually replacing the original line in 1955. It was renovated in the early 2000s, and has two side platforms and three tracks. The center express track is used by the 5 train during rush hours in the peak direction. To the north, the line curves from Westchester Avenue to Southern Boulevard. The IRT Pelham Line (6 <6> trains), which curves above Westchester Avenue five blocks northeast of this station, is visible from the east end of the platforms.

Both platforms have cream-colored windscreens and red canopies. Both platforms also have green outlines, frames and support columns, in their center and green waist-high, ornament-style steel fences at either ends with several lampposts. The station's signs are in the standard black name plates with white Helvetica lettering.

This station was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on September 17, 2004, along with the Westchester-Simpson Street Substation, also known as IRT Substation #18.[3]

Exits[edit]

Due to the tracks' low height above ground, both station houses are at platform level and there are no crossovers or crossunders. The station has been renovated to be ADA-accessible. The Manhattan-bound platform's station house is staffed full-time and contains several sets of doors leading to the small waiting area from the platform, a turnstile bank, token booth, two staircases going down to either northern corners of Simpson Street and Westchester Avenue, and one elevator going down to the northeast corner. A high exit-only turnstile on either side of the station house leads directly to one of the street stairs from the platform.[4]

The northbound platform's station house is unstaffed, containing several sets of doors leading to the small waiting area from the platform, a bank of three turnstiles, two staircases going down to either southern corners of Simpson Street and Westchester Avenue, and one elevator going down to the southwest corner. It had a customer assistance booth until April 2010. A high exit-only turnstile on either side of the station house leads directly to one of the street stairs from the platform.[4]

Artwork[edit]

The 2006 artwork here is called What We Build is Not Permanent, We Are Not What We Build by Lisa Amowitz. It consists of stained glass panels on the platform windscreens and station houses with the theme with renewing or rebuilding what has died or fallen.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Facts and Figures: Annual Subway Ridership". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Retrieved 2016-04-19. 
  2. ^ "NPS Focus". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. Retrieved December 24, 2011. 
  3. ^ Simpson Street Subway Station and Substation #18 (IRT) (NRHP)
  4. ^ a b

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