Third Avenue–138th Street station

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 3 Avenue–138 Street
 "6" train"6" express train
MTA NYC logo.svg New York City Subway station (rapid transit)
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Station statistics
AddressThird Avenue & East 138th Street
Bronx, NY 10454
BoroughThe Bronx
LocaleMott Haven
Coordinates40°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
DivisionA (IRT)
LineIRT 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 connectionsBus transport NYCT Bus: Bx1, Bx2, Bx15, Bx21, Bx32, Bx33
Platforms2 island platforms
cross-platform interchange
Other information
OpenedAugust 1, 1918; 101 years ago (1918-08-01)[1]
Station code377[2]
Wireless serviceWi-Fi and cellular service is provided at this station[3]
Passengers (2018)2,451,972[4]Decrease 2.5%
Rank193 out of 424
Station succession
Next eastHunts Point Avenue (express): <6> weekdays until 8:45 p.m., peak direction
Brook Avenue (local): 6 all times
Next west125th 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.


Track layout

The Third Avenue–138th Street station was opened on August 1, 1918, and was the first station of the IRT Pelham Line to open. Service was provided by Lexington Avenue Line local service.[5][6][7][1] The construction of the Pelham Line was part of the Dual Contracts, signed on March 19, 1913 and also known as the Dual Subway System.[8] The Pelham Line was proposed to be a branch of the Lexington Avenue Line running northeast via 138th Street, Southern Boulevard and Westchester Avenue to Pelham Bay Park.[9] This was the terminal of the line until January 7, 1919, when the Pelham Line was extended to Hunts Point Avenue.[6][7]

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.[10][11] However, these renovations are being deferred until the 2020–2024 Capital Program due to a lack of funding.[12]

Station layout[edit]

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

The station has two island platforms and three tracks, with the center track used for weekday peak direction express service.[13] During weekday morning rush hour, two southbound 6 trains originate here.[14]

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. Just before the slight jog going towards Manhattan, a provision was provided in anticipation of its connection with the then newly planned Second Avenue Subway, which was originally planned to take over the service south of this point, and relieve congestion on the IRT Lexington Avenue Subway.

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.


Street level
Exit location[15] 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" (PDF). The New York Times. August 1, 1918. Retrieved June 30, 2015.
  2. ^ "Station Developers' Information". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Retrieved June 13, 2017.
  3. ^ "NYC Subway Wireless – Active Stations". Transit Wireless Wifi. Retrieved November 13, 2019.
  4. ^ "Facts and Figures: Annual Subway Ridership 2013–2018". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. July 18, 2019. Retrieved July 18, 2019.
  5. ^ "Opening New Subway H Shortens Distance to A. & S." Brooklyn Daily Eagle. August 1, 1918. p. 8. Retrieved January 25, 2016.
  6. ^ a b Cunningham, Joseph; DeHart, Leonard O. (1993). A History of the New York City Subway System. J. Schmidt, R. Giglio, and K. Lang. p. 48.
  7. ^ a b Brooklyn Daily Eagle Almanac. Brooklyn Daily Eagle. 1922. p. 372.
  8. ^—The Dual Contracts
  9. ^ "The Dual System of Rapid Transit (1912)". Retrieved March 25, 2014.
  10. ^ "MTA Will Completely Close 30 Subway Stations For Months-Long "Revamp"". Gothamist. Archived from the original on August 1, 2016. Retrieved July 18, 2016.
  11. ^ "MTAStations" (PDF). Government of the State of New York. Retrieved July 18, 2016.
  12. ^ Berger, Paul (2018-04-03). "New York Subway Cuts Back Plans to Renovate Stations". Wall Street Journal. ISSN 0099-9660. Retrieved 2018-04-03.
  13. ^ Dougherty, Peter (2006) [2002]. Tracks of the New York City Subway 2006 (3rd ed.). Dougherty. OCLC 49777633 – via Google Books.
  14. ^ "6 Subway Timetable, Effective April 28, 2019" (PDF). Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Retrieved May 31, 2019.
  15. ^ "Third Avenue–138th Street Neighborhood Map" (PDF). Metropolitan Transportation Authority. April 2018. Retrieved February 28, 2019.

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