University Heights (Metro-North station)

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University Heights
University Heights train station.jpg
The University Heights Metro-North station, on the Hudson Line.
Location West Fordham Road at the
Major Deegan Expressway
University Heights, Bronx, New York
Coordinates 40°51′41″N 73°54′53″W / 40.8614°N 73.9147°W / 40.8614; -73.9147Coordinates: 40°51′41″N 73°54′53″W / 40.8614°N 73.9147°W / 40.8614; -73.9147
Owned by Metro-North Railroad
Platforms 1 island platform
Tracks 3
Connections Local Transit NYCT Bus: Bx12, Bx12 SBS
Other information
Fare zone 2
Electrified 700V (DC) third rail
Passengers (2006) 5720 Steady 0%
Preceding station   MTA NYC logo.svg Metro-North Railroad   Following station
Hudson Line
toward Poughkeepsie
  Former services  
New York Central Railroad
toward Peekskill
Hudson Division
toward Brewster
Putnam Division

The University Heights (also known as University Heights – West 207th Street) Metro-North Railroad station serves residents of the University Heights neighborhood of the Bronx, New York City, via the Hudson Line. Trains leave for Manhattan every 25 to 35 minutes on weekdays. It is 8.69 miles (13.99 km) from Grand Central Terminal, and travel time to Grand Central is approximately 19 minutes.

It is located between the Harlem River and the Major Deegan Expressway. Access to the platform is via a staircase from the pedestrian walkway on the south side of University Heights Bridge. It is also near the Roberto Clemente State Park.


The station has operated since the days of the Spuyten Duyvil and Port Morris Railroad as well as the New York and Putnam Railroad late in the 19th century, though not in its present form. It was originally located north of the former 180th Street (now Osbourne Place), while a nearby Fordham Heights station was located at West Fordham Road.[1] At some point before the 1920s, the two stations were merged, with the merge of the stations and demolition of the Fordham Heights Station planned as early as 1906.[2] North of Fordham Road, the former NY&P branched off to the northeast on its way to Brewster.

Throughout much of the 20th Century, University Heights station contained a station house over the tracks along the south side of West Fordham Road. As with many NYCRR stations in the Bronx, the station became a Penn Central station upon the merger between NYC and Pennsylvania Railroad in 1968. Penn Central continued commuter service and began tearing the station house down in 1975,[3] before until it was taken over by Conrail in 1976, which turned the station over to Metro-North Railroad in 1983.

Platform and track configuration[edit]

This station has one high-level island platform serving northbound and southbound trains and accessible by stairway or elevator from West Fordham Road. The platform is four cars long; when trains stop at this station, only four cars receive and discharge passengers.

The platform is adjacent to Tracks 1 and 2. Track 4, to the west and not adjacent to the platform, is used only by express trains.

1  Hudson Line for Croton–Harmon, Poughkeepsie
2  Hudson Line for Grand Central
4  Hudson Line Passing track, no platform here


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