Whitlock Avenue (IRT Pelham Line)

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 Whitlock Avenue
 "6" train
MTA NYC logo.svg New York City Subway rapid transit station
Whitlock Av vc.jpg
Whitlock Avenue station looking northeast toward the curve at the bridge over the Northeast Corridor and Bronx River.
Station statistics
Address Whitlock Avenue & Westchester Avenue
Bronx, NY 10459
Borough The Bronx
Locale Foxhurst
Coordinates 40°49′39″N 73°53′10″W / 40.827514°N 73.886147°W / 40.827514; -73.886147Coordinates: 40°49′39″N 73°53′10″W / 40.827514°N 73.886147°W / 40.827514; -73.886147
Division A (IRT)
Line IRT Pelham Line
Services       6 all times (all times)
Transit connections Bus transport NYCT Bus: Bx4, Bx4A, Bx27
Structure Elevated
Platforms 2 side platforms
Tracks 3
Other information
Opened May 30, 1920; 98 years ago (1920-05-30)
Rebuilt February 8, 2010; 8 years ago (February 8, 2010) to September 13, 2010; 7 years ago (September 13, 2010)
Station code 370[1]
Traffic
Passengers (2017) 595,385[2]Increase 4.2%
Rank 398 out of 425
Station succession
Next north Elder Avenue: 6 all times
Next south Hunts Point Avenue: 6 all times

Whitlock Avenue is a local station on the IRT Pelham Line of the New York City Subway. It is served by the 6 train at all times and is located at Whitlock Avenue and Westchester Avenue in the Bronx.

History[edit]

The Whitlock Avenue station opened on May 30, 1920 as the Pelham Line was extended to East 177th Street from Hunts Point Avenue.[3][4][5] 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.[6] The Pelham Line was built as a branch of the Lexington Avenue Line running northeast via 138th Street, Southern Boulevard and Westchester Avenue.[7] Initially, service to the extension was served by a shuttle service operating with elevated cars. Passengers transferred to the shuttle at Hunts Point Avenue.[8]

Station layout[edit]

Track layout
P
Platform level
Side platform, doors will open on the right
Southbound local "6" train toward Brooklyn Bridge–City Hall (Hunts Point Avenue)
Peak-direction express "6" express train does not stop here →
Northbound local "6" train toward Parkchester (PM rush) or Pelham Bay Park (other times) (Elder Avenue)
Side platform, doors will open on the right
M Mezzanine Fare control, station agent, MetroCard machines
G Street level Exit/entrance
Artwork by Barbara Grygutis

The station has three tracks and two side platforms, with the center express track used by the <6> service on weekdays in the peak direction.[9] The station has covered-over old signs and a windscreen on the south end. The north end has a full canopy over the platform.

The station is adjacent to an abandoned railroad station called Westchester Avenue which was served by the New York, Westchester and Boston Railroad (NYW&B), and the Harlem River Branch of the New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad. Currently, the line is used by Amtrak. The former NYW&B line was at one time proposed to be converted into an extension of the IRT Dyre Avenue Line leading to this station, rather than its current terminus at East 180th Street on the IRT White Plains Road Line. The station is also located right next to the Sheridan Expressway.

Southbound, this is the last elevated station before the wholly underground stretch to Brooklyn Bridge station. Northbound, the line makes a right angle turn to the east and crosses the Bronx River via a bridge.

Exits[edit]

The mezzanine is wood and features frosted windows in a simulated 16-pane pattern. At one time there were doors to the fare control but they have been removed; doors from fare control to the street remain. Outside fare control, exit stairs lead to either southern corner of Westchester Avenue and Whitlock Avenue.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Station Developers' Information". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Retrieved June 13, 2017. 
  2. ^ "Facts and Figures: Annual Subway Ridership 2012–2017". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. July 12, 2018. Retrieved July 12, 2018. 
  3. ^ "Bronx Subway Extension Opened" (PDF). New York Times. May 28, 1920. Retrieved January 25, 2016. 
  4. ^ Brooklyn Daily Eagle Almanac. Brooklyn Daily Eagle. 1922. p. 372. 
  5. ^ Annual Report for the Year Ending June 30, 1920. Interborough Rapid Transit Company. 1920. pp. 5, 13. 
  6. ^ nycsubway.org—The Dual Contracts
  7. ^ "The Dual System of Rapid Transit (1912)". www.nycsubway.org. Retrieved March 25, 2014. 
  8. ^ Cunningham, Joseph; DeHart, Leonard O. (1993). A History of the New York City Subway System. J. Schmidt, R. Giglio, and K. Lang. p. 48. 
  9. ^ Dougherty, Peter (2006) [2002]. Tracks of the New York City Subway 2006 (3rd ed.). Dougherty. OCLC 49777633 – via Google Books. 
  10. ^ "MTA Neighborhood Maps: Bronx Zoo" (PDF). mta.info. Metropolitan Transportation Authority. 2015. Retrieved July 20, 2016. 

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