Third Avenue–138th Street (IRT Pelham Line)

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Third Avenue–138th Street
NYCS-bull-trans-6.svg NYCS-bull-trans-6d.svg
New York City Subway rapid transit station
Third Avenue–138th Street (IRT Pelham Line) by David Shankbone.jpg
Station statistics
Address Third Avenue & East 138th Street
New York, NY 10454
Borough The Bronx
Locale Mott Haven
Coordinates 40°48′39″N 73°55′38″W / 40.810963°N 73.927217°W / 40.810963; -73.927217Coordinates: 40°48′39″N 73°55′38″W / 40.810963°N 73.927217°W / 40.810963; -73.927217
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: Bx1, Bx2, Bx15, Bx21, Bx32, Bx33
Structure Underground
Platforms 2 island platforms
cross-platform interchange
Tracks 3
Other information
Opened August 1, 1918; 98 years ago (1918-08-01)[1]
Wireless service Wi-Fi and cellular service is provided at this station[2]
Passengers (2015) 2,531,974[3]Decrease 0.1%
Rank 192 out of 425
Station succession
Next north Hunts Point Avenue (express): <6>weekdays until 8:45 p.m., peak direction
Brook Avenue (local): 6 all times
Next south 125th Street: 6 all times <6>weekdays until 8:45 p.m., peak direction

Third Avenue–138th Street is an express station on the IRT Pelham Line of the New York City Subway, located at the intersection of 3rd Avenue and East 138th Street in the Bronx. It is served by the 6 train at all times; and the <6> train during weekdays in the peak direction.

Station layout[edit]

G Street level Exit / entrance
M Mezzanine Fare control, station agent
Platform level
Southbound local NYCS-bull-trans-6.svg toward Brooklyn Bridge–City Hall (125th Street)
Island platform, doors will open on the left, right
Peak-direction express NYCS-bull-trans-6d.svg toward Brooklyn Bridge–City Hall (weekday mornings) (125th Street)
NYCS-bull-trans-6d.svg toward Pelham Bay Park (weekday afternoons and evenings) (Hunts Point Avenue)
Island platform, doors will open on the left, right
Northbound local NYCS-bull-trans-6.svg toward Parkchester (weekday afternoons and evenings) or Pelham Bay Park (all times except weekday afternoons and evenings) (Brook Avenue)
Track layout
to Hunts Point Av
to Brook Av
to 125 St

This station opened on August 1, 1918,[1] making it the oldest station on the IRT Pelham Line. The station has two island platforms and three tracks, with the center track used for weekday peak direction express service. During weekday rush hours, one or two outbound 6 trains terminate here.[4]

The mosaics on the station walls are predominantly tan and buff, and the numeral "3" is shown in slightly cruciform plaques with a slate blue background. Clusters of small blue diamonds set in dark blue sit on either side of these plaques. A crossover exists via the mezzanine, and a closed crossunder is located at the center of the platforms. A high ceiling is found in the station and the northbound platform has an old tower at the south end.

To the south, the line goes under the Harlem River into Manhattan and merges with the IRT Jerome Avenue Line to form the IRT Lexington Avenue Line.

A paid transfer was available to the IRT Third Avenue Line at the 138th Street station. This is the southernmost station in the Bronx on the IRT Pelham Line.

Under the 2015–2019 MTA Capital Plan, the station, along with thirty other New York City Subway stations, will undergo a complete overhaul and would be entirely closed for up to 6 months. Updates would include cellular service, Wi-Fi, charging stations, improved signage, and improved station lighting.[5][6]


Street level
Exit location[7] Number of exits Platform served
NE corner of 138 Street and Third Avenue 1 Both (HEET turnstile entrance only.)
SE corner of 138 Street and Third Avenue 2 Both (HEET turnstile entrance only.)
NW corner of 138 Street and Alexander Avenue 2 Both
SW corner of 138 Street and Alexander Avenue 2 Both


  1. ^ a b "New Subway Lines Will Open Tonight: Ceremonies to Mark Through Service on 7th and Lexington Links of System". The New York Times. August 1, 1918. Retrieved 30 June 2015. 
  2. ^ "NYC Subway Wireless – Active Stations". Transit Wireless Wifi. Retrieved 2016-05-18.
  3. ^ "Facts and Figures: Annual Subway Ridership". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Retrieved 2016-04-19. 
  4. ^
  5. ^ "MTA Will Completely Close 30 Subway Stations For Months-Long "Revamp"". Gothamist. Retrieved 2016-07-18. 
  6. ^ "MTAStations" (PDF). Government of the State of New York. Retrieved 2016-07-18. 
  7. ^ "MTA Neighborhood Maps: Grand Concourse / Yankee Stadium" (PDF). Metropolitan Transportation Authority. 2015. Retrieved 7 October 2015. 

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