Wakefield–241st Street (IRT White Plains Road Line)

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Wakefield–241st Street
NYCS-bull-trans-2.svg
New York City Subway rapid transit station
241 street IRT 2 train station entry.jpg
The southeast entrance at 241st Street
Station statistics
Address East 241st Street & White Plains Road
Bronx, NY 10466
Borough The Bronx
Locale Wakefield
Coordinates 40°54′11″N 73°51′00″W / 40.903°N 73.85°W / 40.903; -73.85Coordinates: 40°54′11″N 73°51′00″W / 40.903°N 73.85°W / 40.903; -73.85
Division A (IRT)
Line IRT White Plains Road Line
Services       2 all times (all times)
      5 limited a.m. rush hour service in the northbound direction only (limited a.m. rush hour service in the northbound direction only)
Transit connections Bus transport NYCT Bus: Bx39
Bus transport MTA Bus: BxM11
Bus transport Bee-Line Bus: 40, 41, 42, 43
Railway transportation Metro-North: Harlem Line (at Wakefield)
Structure Elevated
Platforms 1 island platform (in service)
2 side platforms (unused)
Spanish solution
Tracks 2
Other information
Opened December 13, 1920; 96 years ago (1920-12-13)
Former/other names 241 Street (used on entrances and platform signs)
East 241 Street
Becker Avenue
Traffic
Passengers (2015) 1,654,707[1]Decrease 0.9%
Rank 289 out of 425
Station succession
Next north (Terminal): 2 all times 5 limited a.m. rush hour service in the northbound direction only
Next south Nereid Avenue (local): 2 all times 5 limited a.m. rush hour service in the northbound direction only
Gun Hill Road (express): no regular service

Wakefield–241st Street is a terminal station on the IRT White Plains Road Line of the New York City Subway, located at the intersection of 241st Street and White Plains Road in the Wakefield neighborhood of the Bronx.[2] It is served by the 2 train at all times[3], as well as by some northbound 5 trains that terminate here during the a.m. rush hour only. This station is geographically the northernmost station in the entire New York City Subway system.

History[edit]

North end

The station officially opened on December 13, 1920 when the final portion of the line was opened; it was extended from its previous terminal at East 238th Street to its permanent terminal at East 241 Street.[4] This portion of the line had its opening delayed, owing to construction on the line between the two stations for the construction of the 239th Street Yard. Additional time was required to modify the structure to avoid a grade crossing at the entrance to the yard.[5]

The station was renovated from July 30, 2005 to December 11, 2005, as part of a $167 million project to renovate ten stations on the White Plains Road Line. The station, as part of the renovation, got a new high-quality public address system, new platform edge and ADA tactile warning strips, major structural repairs, new canopies over the stairs and platforms, repaired walls, renewed floors, and a redesign of the area around the station booth.[6][7]

Station layout[edit]

Track layout
to Nereid Av
to Gun Hill Rd
P
Platform level
Side platform, not in service
Track 2 NYCS-bull-trans-2.svg toward Flatbush Avenue–Brooklyn College (Nereid Avenue)
(No service: Gun Hill Road)
Island platform, doors will open on the left or right
Track 3 NYCS-bull-trans-2.svg toward Flatbush Avenue–Brooklyn College (Nereid Avenue)
(No service: Gun Hill Road)
Side platform, not in service
M Mezzanine Station agent, MetroCard vending machines, fare control
G Street Level Exit/ Entrance

At this station, there are two tracks, one center island platform and two disused side platforms here. The two tracks end at bumper blocks at the north end of the platforms. The station was formerly set up as a Spanish solution with alighting passengers using the side platforms and boarding passengers using the island platform. Now all passengers use the island platform.[8]

The middle of the platform features a backlit track departure sign labeled Tracks 3 and 2, this indicates which 2 train leaves first.[9] There is also a crew quarter at platform level.

To the south of the station, the tracks make a connection to the 239th Street Yard before splitting into three tracks.[8]

The 2006 artwork featured at the station is Permanent Residents and Visitors by Alfredo Ceibal, which focuses on birds living and visiting the city. The artwork is made of faceted glass in the platform windscreens.[10][11]

Exits[edit]

The exit is at the north end. Fare control is past the bumper blocks, from where there is one stair to the southwest corner of 241st Street and White Plains Road, and two stairs to the southeast corner.[2]

Names[edit]

This terminal station has gone by a number of different names. Becker Avenue was an earlier name for the station at the time of its construction,[12] and it officially opened as East 241st Street on December 13, 1920.[13] By 1984, it was renamed 241 Street on entrances and platform signs.[14]

The station was initially signed on the New York City Subway map as 241 Street–Wakefield before it was signed on the map under its current name since 1998.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Facts and Figures: Annual Subway Ridership". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Retrieved April 19, 2016. 
  2. ^ a b "Neighborhood Map Woodlawn, Wakefield, Williamsbridge" (PDF). mta.info. Metropolitan Transportation Authority. 2015. Retrieved September 30, 2016. 
  3. ^ "2 Subway Timetable, Effective November 7, 2016" (PDF). New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Retrieved December 28, 2016. 
  4. ^ "Subway Line Extended: White Plains Avenue Branch Opens to 241st Street Tomorrow". New York Times. December 12, 1920. Retrieved December 20, 2015. 
  5. ^ "www.nycsubway.org: Operation of the White Plains Road Line (1917)". www.nycsubway.org. March 24, 1914. Retrieved September 6, 2016. 
  6. ^ "Subway riders have mixed reactions to 241st Street stop closure during renovations". Retrieved September 30, 2016. 
  7. ^ "241 St Station Closed for Rehabilitation" (PDF). New York City Transit. July 2005. Retrieved September 30, 2016. 
  8. ^ a b Marrero, Robert (2017-01-01). "472 Stations, 850 Miles" (PDF). B24 Blog, via Dropbox. Retrieved 2015-10-09. 
  9. ^ Barnes, John (July 23, 2006). "Track departure sign". www.nycsubway.org. 241 Street: www.nycsubway.org. Retrieved July 6, 2016. 
  10. ^ Rosenfeld, Robbie (July 22, 2010). "Permanent Residents and Visitors by Alfredo Ceibal". www.nycsubway.org. 241 Street: www.nycsubway.org. Retrieved July 6, 2016. 
  11. ^ "Art en Route: A Guide to Art in the MTA Network" (PDF). mta.info. Metropolitan Transportation Authority Arts for Transit. Retrieved September 30, 2016. 
  12. ^ "Chapter 2: Interborough Routes and Stations". www.nycsubway.org. Public Service Commission. Retrieved July 6, 2016. 
  13. ^ "Subway Line Extended: White Plains Avenue Branch Opens to 241st Street Tomorrow". New York Times. December 12, 1920. Retrieved December 20, 2015. 
  14. ^ Panse, Richard (March 20, 2005). "241 Street, before 2005 renovation". www.nycsubway.org. 241 Street: www.nycsubway,org. Retrieved July 6, 2016. 

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