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IRT Woodlawn Line

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A northbound #4 train enters Fordham Road station in July 2001. Photo by David Pirmann.

Overview

The Woodlawn line was constructed as part of the Dual Contracts expansion program. The line opened in stages beginning June 2, 1917. The New York Times reported on June 3, 1917:

Yesterday afternoon the operation of the new Jerome

Avenue elevated branch of the Lexington Avenue subway from 149th Street north to Kingsbridge Road was begun. The event was celebrated by the Bronx Transit League, members of which were carried over the route in a special train leaving the station at 149th Street and Mott Avenue at 2:15pm. Exercises and a concert in honor of the event followed at the Old Fordham Clubhouse, Fordham Road and Morris Avenue. .... The operation of this line will be temporary, pending the completion of the new Lexington Avenue line, of which the Jerome Avenue extension is a portion. Trains of four cars will be operated upon a ten-minute headway during the day and on a twelve-minute headway after 8pm.

The Jerome Avenue line is one of the new elevated and subway extensions reaching into the northern part of the Bronx. It is one of the two divisions of the Lexington Avenue trunk from which it forks as a subway at about 135th Street in the Bronx. It continues as a three-tracked subway to approximately 157th Street and thence becomes an elevated line extending over River Avenue and into Jerome Avenue at 169th Street, terminating at Woodlawn Road and Van Cortlandt Park.

The subway portion of the Jerome Avenue line is a little over a mile in length, while the elevated portion is approximately 4.8 miles in length. ... The operation of the section that was opened yesterday adds about ten track miles to the Dual System lines in operation. ... Only the stations between 149th Street and Kingsbridge Road will now be placed in service. It will not be operated throughout its entire length to Woodlawn in connection with the Lexington Avenue line until some time in the late Autumn.

Several of the stations on this line are of steel, covered wth concrete and tile work and highly decorative in character, including the stations at Bedford Park Boulevard, Mosholu Parkway, Woodlawn, and 161st Street.

At 162nd Street on the Jerome Avenue line, connection will be made by way of the 162nd Street connection with the tracks of the Ninth Avenue elevated line. Late in the Winter of 1917 it is expected that operation may be undertaken by this route.

Including the subway and elevated portion from 135th Street north to Woodlawn Road the Jerome Avenue line will cost approximately, when completed, about $7,000,000. The elevated portion has cost about $3,000,000 to construct and the subway portion slightly over $4,000,000. The contract for the subway portion from 135th to 157th Streets was executed on November 17, 1911, while the two contracts for general construction of the elevated portion were let on

December 31, 1913, and April 3, 1914.

Sources: "Three New Links Of The Dual Subway System Opened", The New York Times, June 3, 1917.

Opening/Closing Dates

StationOpenedClosed
138th Street (Mott Haven)7/7/1918
149th Street-Grand Concourse7/17/1918
161st Street-Yankee Stadium6/2/1917
167th Street6/2/1917
170th Street6/2/1917
Mt. Eden Avenue6/2/1917
176th Street6/2/1917
Burnside Avenue6/2/1917
183rd Street6/2/1917
Fordham Road6/2/1917
Kingsbridge Road6/2/1917
Bedford Park Boulevard4/15/1918
Mosholu Parkway4/15/1918
Woodlawn4/15/1918


Route Map

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167th Street
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Mosholu Parkway
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Woodlawn


Station by Station

138th Street (Mott Haven)

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Photo by: Aliandro Brathwaite

Photo by: David M. Kelly
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Three tracks, two side platforms. There is an available crossover from one side platform to the other. There are mosaics indicating "Uptown Trains" and "Downtown Trains" (with arrows) in the mezzanine. The original name was Mott Haven as indicated by the MH mosaic border.

Transfer to IRT East Side Line

149th Street-Grand Concourse

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Photo by: Chris M.

Photo by: David Pirmann
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Three tracks and two island platforms. The center track is used for service in the peak direction. A free transfer is available here for the #2 and #5 lines of the original IRT Bronx route, which stop at the lower level of this station. A careful look at the walls will reveal a sign to the "New York Central Lines" which were never built here.

Area Track Map

Transfer to IRT White Plains Road Line

161st Street-Yankee Stadium

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Photo by: Ed Bove

Photo by: Nicholas Noel
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Three tracks and two side platforms. There are extra exit stairs to handle stadium crowds at each platform. Two mosaics indicating "161st Street" are painted over at the main exit stairs on each platform. Windscreens have been installed with the side effect of preventing a good view of Yankee Stadium from the station. The station complex was renovated in 2005 which included building elevators to serve the IRT and IND lines below. Looking northward from the platforms, the tracks swing apart to allow the old 9th Ave. El tracks to join our line. A stub of the lower level 9th Ave. El trackage still exists.

Transfer to IND Concourse Line

167th Street

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Photo by: Doug Grotjahn

Collection of: Collection of nycsubway.org
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Three tracks and two side platforms. Renovated in 2005.

Artwork A Bronx Reflection, Carol Sun, 2006

170th Street

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Photo by: Gary Chatterton

Photo by: Richard Panse
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Three tracks and two side platforms. Renovated in 2005.

Artwork Views from Above, Dina Bursztyn, 2005

Mt. Eden Avenue

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Photo by: Andrew Johnson

Photo by: Omar Pagan
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Three tracks and two side platforms. Renovated in 2005.

Artwork The Procession of Folk, No. 3, Amir Bey, 2006

176th Street

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Photo by: Ed Davis, Sr.

Photo by: Dave Emanuel
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Three tracks and two side platforms. Renovated in 2005.

Artwork Reaching Out For Each Other, Juan Sanchez, 2006

Burnside Avenue

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Photo by: Aliandro Brathwaite

Photo by: Robbie Rosenfeld
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Three tracks and two island platforms. This is the only "express" stop on the elevated line. There are extra side exits from the wooden mezzanine near the stairs to the platform. This station is between 3 and 4 stories off the street.

Artwork How to Get to the Moon, Laura Battle, 2006

183rd Street

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Photo by: Gary Chatterton

Photo by: Eric Oszustowicz
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Three tracks and two side platforms. Renovated in 2005.

Artwork Many Trails, José Ortiz, 2006

Fordham Road

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Photo by: Richard Panse

Photo by: Richard Chase
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Three tracks and two side platforms. Renovated in 2005.

Artwork Patriasana, Wholesomeland, Moses Ros, 2005

Kingsbridge Road

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Photo by: Joe Testagrose

Photo by: Joe Testagrose
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Three tracks, two side platforms. Renovated in 2005.

Artwork Urban Motif, Mario M. Muller, 2006

Bedford Park Boulevard

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IRT Woodlawn Line at Bedford Park Boulevard. R-142A train on #4 service. Photo by: John Dooley, October 2010.

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Photo by: David Pirmann

Photo by: Richard Panse
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Three tracks and two side platforms. Due to street layout, the station building is at ground level with the tracks above the building. The Concourse Yard complex is located on the west of the station with track connections at the north end. The station has a brick mezzanine and stairway walls with "BPB" and restroom mosaics in the station house. A storeroom is located on the landing of the stairs to the platforms. A pleasant walk to the east connects us to Metro-North and the New York Botanic Garden, and to the west one can walk around the yard complex. The Concourse Yard serves as one of the few interconnections between the IRT and the BMT/IND divisions.

Area Track Map

Artwork Community Garden, Andrea Deszö, 2006

Mosholu Parkway

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Photo by: David Pirmann

Photo by: John Dooley
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Three tracks and two side platforms. Renovated in 2005. The center express track, which is not in revenue service, starts just north of this station.

Artwork Metromorphosis/Birth of a Station, Corinne Grondahl, 2006

Woodlawn

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Photo by: David M.

Collection of: George Conrad Collection
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Two tracks, one island platform in use; two side platforms disused. Terminal station. The slide platforms were probably once used to unload and the center platform to load such as was designed at 59th St./Columbus Circle and the other Bronx IRT terminals. The mezzanine is brick. Renovated in 2005.

Artwork Children at Play, Josie Gonzalez Albright, 2005

Page Credits

By Peggy Darlington and David Pirmann.









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