Hunts Point Avenue (IRT Pelham Line)

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 Hunts Point Avenue
 "6" train "6" express train
MTA NYC logo.svg New York City Subway rapid transit station
Hunts Point Avenue (IRT Pelham Line) by David Shankbone.jpg
Station statistics
Address Hunts Point Avenue & Southern Boulevard
Bronx, NY 10459
Borough The Bronx
Locale Foxhurst
Coordinates 40°49′14″N 73°53′30″W / 40.820565°N 73.89164°W / 40.820565; -73.89164Coordinates: 40°49′14″N 73°53′30″W / 40.820565°N 73.89164°W / 40.820565; -73.89164
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: Bx5, Bx6, Bx6 SBS, Bx19
Structure Underground
Platforms 2 island platforms
cross-platform interchange
Tracks 3
Other information
Opened January 7, 1919; 99 years ago (1919-01-07)[1]
Station code 371[2]
Accessible This station is compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 ADA-accessible
Wireless service Wi-Fi and cellular service is provided at this station[3]
Traffic
Passengers (2017) 3,243,725[4]Decrease 0.8%
Rank 159 out of 425
Station succession
Next north Parkchester (express): <6> weekdays until 8:45 p.m., peak direction
Whitlock Avenue (local): 6 all times
Next south Longwood Avenue (local): 6 all times
Third Avenue–138th Street (express): <6> weekdays until 8:45 p.m., peak direction


Next adjacent station compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 north Pelham Bay Park: 6 all times except weekdays until 8:45 p.m., peak direction <6> weekdays until 8:45 p.m., peak direction
none: 6 weekdays until 8:45 p.m., peak direction
Next adjacent station compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 south 125th Street: 6 all times <6> weekdays until 8:45 p.m., peak direction

Hunts Point Avenue is an express station on the IRT Pelham Line of the New York City Subway, served by the 6 train at all times and the <6> train on weekdays in the peak direction. It is located at Hunts Point Avenue and Southern Boulevard in the Bronx.

History[edit]

Track layout

The Hunts Point Avenue station opened on January 7, 1919 as the new terminal of the Pelham Line, which was extended from Third Avenue–138th Street.[5][6] 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.[7] The Pelham Line was built as a branch of the Lexington Avenue Line running northeast via 138th Street, Southern Boulevard and Westchester Avenue.[8] The extension was originally supposed to be finished by the end of 1918, but due to the difficulty in acquiring materials, the opening was delayed. In January 1919, the Public Service Commission was acquiring property for a subway yard at Pelham Bay Park.[1] On May 30, 1920, the Pelham Line was extended to East 177th Street,[9][10][11] with the extension being served by a shuttle service operating with elevated cars. Passengers transferred to the shuttle at Hunts Point Avenue.[12]

In 1981, the MTA listed the station among the 69 most deteriorated stations in the subway system.[13]

On November 18, 2014, a $17.8 million project to make the station compliant with the Americans With Disabilities Act was completed and the reconstructed entrances and fare control area opened to the public. There are three elevators: one from the mezzanine to each platform within fare control, and one from the mezzanine to Monsignor Del Valle Square.[14][15]

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.[16][17] However, these renovations are being deferred until the 2020–2024 Capital Program due to a lack of funding.[18]

Station layout[edit]

G Street Level Exit / Entrance
M Mezzanine Fare control, station agent
Handicapped/disabled access (Elevator in Monsignor Del Valle Square, at northeast corner of Bruckner Boulevard and Hunts Point Avenue
P
Platform level
Southbound local "6" train toward Brooklyn Bridge–City Hall (Longwood Avenue)
Island platform, doors will open on the left, right Handicapped/disabled access
Peak-direction express "6" express train toward Brooklyn Bridge–City Hall (weekday mornings) (Third Avenue–138th Street)
"6" express train toward Pelham Bay Park (weekday afternoons and evenings) (Parkchester)
Island platform, doors will open on the left, right Handicapped/disabled access
Northbound local "6" train toward Parkchester (weekdays) or Pelham Bay Park (all times except weekday afternoons and evenings) (Whitlock Avenue)
Stairwell entrance into the station from street level, as seen in winter
Exit-only station house on Southern Boulevard

This underground station has three tracks and two island platforms. The 6 stops on the outer local tracks while the <6> stops at the center express track. This is the northernmost underground station on the line before the elevated stretch to Pelham Bay Park station.[19]

The track walls have geometric Vickers-designed mosaic friezes in muted shades of blue, grey and beige, with occasional bits of pale pink. The large identifying plaques show "H P".[20] Matching "uptown" and "downtown" directional mosaics are found in the mezzanine, along with a smaller, simplified version of the frieze found on the lower level.[21] Dark green i-beam columns run along both platforms at regular intervals, a single line in the middle at their ends and one line on each side at their center.[22]

Exits[edit]

This station's main fare control area is a mezzanine above the center of the platforms and tracks. Two staircases from each platform go up to a waiting area/crossover,[23] where a turnstile bank provides access to and from the station.[24] Outside fare control, there is a token booth and two street stairs going up to Monsignor Del Valle Square, a city-owned park on the triangle formed by East 163rd Street, Hunts Point Avenue, and Bruckner Boulevard. Unusually for this station, the street-level facility, street stair enclosures, and lights are all made of bricks.[25][26] Although the platform level is lit by fluorescent bulbs, the mezzanine remains lit by incandescent lights, which were replaced along every platform in the subway by the late 1980s.[27]

The northbound platform has an exit-only at its extreme northern end. A twisting staircase goes up to a street-level steel and glass structure, where exit-only turnstiles provide access out of the station. It is located at the southeast corner of Southern Boulevard and Hunts Point Avenue.[27]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "New Lines In Bronx Coming This Year: Rays of Rapid Transit to be Let Into Dark Sections in the West and North" (PDF). nytimes.com. The New York Times. January 5, 1919. Retrieved January 25, 2016. 
  2. ^ "Station Developers' Information". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Retrieved June 13, 2017. 
  3. ^ "NYC Subway Wireless – Active Stations". Transit Wireless Wifi. Retrieved May 18, 2016.
  4. ^ "Facts and Figures: Annual Subway Ridership 2012–2017". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. July 12, 2018. Retrieved July 12, 2018. 
  5. ^ Cunningham, Joseph; DeHart, Leonard O. (1993). A History of the New York City Subway System. J. Schmidt, R. Giglio, and K. Lang. p. 48. 
  6. ^ Brooklyn Daily Eagle Almanac. Brooklyn Daily Eagle. 1922. p. 372. 
  7. ^ nycsubway.org—The Dual Contracts
  8. ^ "The Dual System of Rapid Transit (1912)". www.nycsubway.org. Retrieved March 25, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Bronx Subway Extension Opened" (PDF). New York Times. May 28, 1920. Retrieved January 25, 2016. 
  10. ^ Brooklyn Daily Eagle Almanac. Brooklyn Daily Eagle. 1922. p. 372. 
  11. ^ Annual Report for the Year Ending June 30, 1920. Interborough Rapid Transit Company. 1920. pp. 5, 13. 
  12. ^ Cunningham, Joseph; DeHart, Leonard O. (1993). A History of the New York City Subway System. J. Schmidt, R. Giglio, and K. Lang. p. 48. 
  13. ^ Gargan, Edward A. (June 11, 1981). "AGENCY LISTS ITS 69 MOST DETERIORATED SUBWAY STATIONS". The New York Times. Retrieved August 13, 2016. 
  14. ^ "Hunts Point Avenue station installation of ADA elevators, Bronx". mta.info. Metropolitan Transportation Authority. November 7, 2011. Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  15. ^ "Hunts Point Av 6 Station Becomes the 84th Fully ADA Accessible Subway Station". mta.info. Metropolitan Transportation Authority. November 18, 2014. Retrieved April 2, 2018. 
  16. ^ "MTA Will Completely Close 30 Subway Stations For Months-Long "Revamp"". Gothamist. Archived from the original on August 1, 2016. Retrieved July 18, 2016. 
  17. ^ "MTAStations" (PDF). governor.ny.gov. Government of the State of New York. Retrieved July 18, 2016. 
  18. ^ Berger, Paul (2018-04-03). "New York Subway Cuts Back Plans to Renovate Stations". Wall Street Journal. ISSN 0099-9660. Retrieved 2018-04-03. 
  19. ^ Dougherty, Peter (2006) [2002]. Tracks of the New York City Subway 2006 (3rd ed.). Dougherty. OCLC 49777633 – via Google Books. 
  20. ^ Cox, Jeremiah (December 19, 2003). "A 'HP' on the wall trim at Hunts Point Avenue (6)". subwaynut.com. Retrieved April 2, 2018. 
  21. ^ Cox, Jeremiah (December 19, 2003). "A mosaic sign for downtown trains at Hunts Point Avenue (6)". subwaynut.com. Retrieved April 2, 2018. 
  22. ^ Cox, Jeremiah (October 5, 2015). "Looking across Hunts Point Avenue". subwaynut.com. Retrieved April 2, 2018. 
  23. ^ Rosenfeld, Robbie (July 16, 2015). "Staircases and elevator from platform to mezzanine". nycsubway.org. Retrieved April 2, 2018. 
  24. ^ Dooley, John (September 22, 2011). "Turnstiles and Mezzanine". nycsubway.org. Retrieved April 2, 2018. 
  25. ^ Kindell, Jay (April 4, 2009). "Station Entrance". nycsubway.org. Retrieved April 2, 2018. 
  26. ^ Rosenfeld, Robbie (April 30, 2007). "Station entrance with sign". nycsubway.org. Retrieved April 2, 2018. 
  27. ^ a b "MTA Neighborhood Maps: Hunts Point" (PDF). mta.info. Metropolitan Transportation Authority. 2015. Retrieved November 25, 2017. 

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