West Farms Square–East Tremont Avenue station

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 West Farms Square–
 East Tremont Avenue
 "2" train"5" train
MTA NYC logo.svg New York City Subway station (rapid transit)
West Farms Square-East Tremont Avenue.jpg
View from the southbound platform, looking north
Station statistics
AddressEast Tremont Avenue & Boston Road
Bronx, NY 10460
BoroughThe Bronx
LocaleWest Farms
Coordinates40°50′N 73°53′W / 40.84°N 73.88°W / 40.84; -73.88Coordinates: 40°50′N 73°53′W / 40.84°N 73.88°W / 40.84; -73.88
DivisionA (IRT)
LineIRT White Plains Road Line
Services      2 all times (all times)
      5 all times except rush hours in the peak direction and late nights (all times except rush hours in the peak direction and late nights)
Transit connectionsBus transport NYCT Bus: Bx9, Bx21, Bx36, Bx40, Bx42, Q44 SBS
StructureElevated
Platforms2 side platforms
Tracks3
Other information
OpenedNovember 26, 1904; 114 years ago (1904-11-26)
Station code427[1]
Former/other names177th Street
Traffic
Passengers (2018)2,094,751[2]Decrease 12.3%
Rank225 out of 424
Station succession
Next northEast 180th Street: 2 all times5 all times except rush hours in the peak direction and late nights
180th Street–Bronx Park (demolished; connection severed after demolition)
Next south174th Street: 2 all times5 all times except rush hours in the peak direction and late nights

West Farms Square–East Tremont Avenue (formerly 177th Street)[3] is a local station on the IRT White Plains Road Line of the New York City Subway. Located at the intersection of East Tremont Avenue and Boston Road in the Crotona Park East, and the West Farms neighborhoods of the Bronx, it is served by the 2 train at all times, and the 5 train at all times except late nights and rush hours in the peak direction.

History[edit]

The initial segment of the IRT White Plains Road Line opened on November 26, 1904 between East 180th Street and Jackson Avenue. Initially, trains on the line were served by elevated trains from the IRT Second Avenue Line and the IRT Third Avenue Line. Once the connection to the IRT Lenox Avenue Line opened on July 10, 1905, trains from the newly opened IRT subway ran via the line.[4][5][6]

On June 13, 1949, the platform extensions at this station, as well as those on White Plains Road Line stations between Jackson Avenue and 177th Street, opened. The platforms were lengthened to 514 feet (157 m) to allow full ten-car express trains to platform. Previously the stations could only platform six-car local trains.[7] Third Avenue Line service ended on May 12, 1955.[8][9]

On November 1, 1951, a contract for the construction of a mezzanine was awarded to Amdor Structures Incorporated. The mezzanine connected the subway station with a new escalator in Boston Road near the Bronx Zoo.[10]

Station layout[edit]

Track layout
East Tremont Avenue exit
P
Platform level
Side platform, doors will open on the right
Southbound local "2" train toward Flatbush Avenue–Brooklyn College (174th Street)
"5" train toward Flatbush Avenue–Brooklyn College weekdays, Bowling Green weekends (174th Street)
Peak-direction express "5" train does not stop here (rush hours, peak direction only) →
Northbound local "2" train toward Wakefield–241st Street (East 180th Street)
"5" train toward Eastchester–Dyre Avenue except PM rush and nights (East 180th Street)
Side platform, doors will open on the right
M Mezzanine Fare control, station agent, MetroCard machines
G Street level Exit/entrance

This elevated station, situated on a high curve, one of the highest elevations on the line, has three tracks and two side platforms. The center track is used by the 5 train during rush hours in peak direction. The northbound platform is longer than the southbound one and can fit about 12 cars.[3][11]

Both platforms have beige windscreens with green frames and outlines and green canopies with red roofs on their northern half and gray, waist-high, steel fences with lamposts at regular intervals on their southern half. The station name signs are in the standard black name plate in white lettering.[11]

The 2004 artwork here is called Animal Tracks by Naomi Andrée Campbell. It consists of 450 square feet in 13 faceted glass murals on the platform windscreens depicting images related to the Bronx Zoo, which is several blocks to the north.[12][13]

Just north of the station are the abandoned trackways to 180th Street–Bronx Park, the original terminal of this line.[3][14]

Exits[edit]

This station has two elevated station houses below the platforms and tracks. The full-time one is at the center. Two staircases from each platform go down to a crossunder, where doors lead to a waiting area.[3] Outside the turnstile bank that provides access to and from the station, there is a token booth, two staircases going down to the northeast corner of East Tremont Avenue and Boston Road, and one staircase and one enclosed escalator going down to the northwest corner.[15] The station's other station house at the north end is unstaffed, containing one staircase from the northwest corner of East 178th Street and Boston Road, a set of High Entry-Exit Turnstiles, and two staircases to each platform.[15][16]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Station Developers' Information". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Retrieved June 13, 2017.
  2. ^ "Facts and Figures: Annual Subway Ridership 2013–2018". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. July 18, 2019. Retrieved July 18, 2019.
  3. ^ a b c d "IRT Map - Official Railway Guide, November 1906". Retrieved 2019-07-01.
  4. ^ "Discuss Signs in 18th St. Station – Engineer Parsons and Mr. Hedley Inspect Advertising Scheme – Bronx Viaduct Works Well – Delays There Only Those of Newness – Lenox Avenue Service Makes Fuss Below Ninety-sixth Street" (PDF). November 27, 1904. Retrieved September 4, 2016.
  5. ^ Kahn, Alan Paul (January 1, 1973). Tracks of New York /. New York : Electric Railroaders' Association.
  6. ^ "Subway Trains Running From Bronx to Battery – West Farms and South Ferry Stations Open at Midnight – Start Without a Hitch – Bowling Green Station Also Opened – Lenox Avenue Locals Take City Hall Loop Hereafter" (PDF). New York Times. July 10, 1905. Retrieved September 4, 2016.
  7. ^ Report for the three and one-half years ending June 30, 1949. New York City Board of Transportation. 1949.
  8. ^ Salisbury, Harrison E. (May 13, 1955). "Cars Are Packed For Last 'El' Trip — 3d Ave. Salutes With Raised Glasses as Train Makes Noisy and Slow Journey" (PDF). New York Times. p. 16. Retrieved November 8, 2016.
  9. ^ Katz, Ralph (May 13, 1955). "Last Train Rumbles On Third Ave. 'El'" (PDF). New York Times. p. 1. Retrieved November 8, 2016.
  10. ^ "Station Contract Let" (PDF). New York Times. November 2, 1951. Retrieved February 21, 2016.
  11. ^ a b "West Farms Square-East Tremont Avenue (2,5)-The SubwayNut". www.subwaynut.com. Retrieved 2016-02-21.
  12. ^ "www.nycsubway.org: Artwork: Animal Tracks (Naomi Campbell)". www.nycsubway.org. Retrieved 2016-02-21.
  13. ^ "MTA - Arts for Transit | NYCT Permanent Art". web.mta.info. Retrieved 2016-02-21.
  14. ^ "www.nycsubway.org: IRT White Plains Road Line". www.nycsubway.org. Retrieved 2016-02-21.
  15. ^ a b "MTA Neighborhood Maps: Bronx Zoo" (PDF). mta.info. Metropolitan Transportation Authority. 2015. Retrieved 20 July 2016.
  16. ^ "Showing Photos 1-50 of 310". www.nycsubway.org. Retrieved 2016-02-21.

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