Elder Avenue is a local station on the IRT Pelham Line of the New York City Subway. Served by the 6 train at all times, it is located at the intersection of Elder Avenue and Westchester Avenue in the Bronx.

 Elder Avenue
 "6" train
MTA NYC logo.svg New York City Subway station (rapid transit)
Station after rehab in 2011
Station statistics
AddressElder Avenue & Westchester Avenue
Bronx, NY 10472
BoroughThe Bronx
Coordinates40°49′43″N 73°52′45″W / 40.828553°N 73.879194°W / 40.828553; -73.879194Coordinates: 40°49′43″N 73°52′45″W / 40.828553°N 73.879194°W / 40.828553; -73.879194
DivisionA (IRT)
LineIRT Pelham Line
Services      6 all times (all times)
Transit connectionsBus transport NYCT Bus: Bx4, Bx4A, Bx27
Platforms2 side platforms
Other information
OpenedMay 30, 1920; 99 years ago (1920-05-30)
RebuiltFebruary 28, 2011; 8 years ago (February 28, 2011) to October 16, 2011; 7 years ago (October 16, 2011)
Station code369[1]
Passengers (2018)2,000,985[2]Decrease 5.1%
Rank234 out of 424
Station succession
Next northMorrison Avenue–Soundview: 6 all times
Next southWhitlock Avenue: 6 all times


Elder 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 layoutEdit

Track layout
Platform level
Side platform, doors will open on the right
Southbound local   toward Brooklyn Bridge–City Hall (Whitlock Avenue)
Peak-direction express   does not stop here (weekdays, peak direction) →
Northbound local   toward Parkchester (weekway afternoons) or Pelham Bay Park (other times) (Morrison Avenue–Soundview)
Side platform, doors will open on the right
M Mezzanine Fare control, station agent, MetroCard machines
G Street level Exit/entrance

This elevated station has three tracks and two side platforms. The center track is used by the weekday peak direction <6> express service.[9] Both platforms have beige windscreens and red canopies with green frames and support columns at the center and black waist-high steel fences at either ends.[10] The station name plates are in the standard black with white lettering that covered up the original IRT style mosaic signs.[11]


The station's only entrance/exit is an elevated station house beneath the tracks.[12] Inside the turnstile bank, there are two staircases to each platform at the center and a waiting area that allows a free transfer between directions. Outside fare control, there is a token booth and two staircases going down to the southwest and northeast corner of Elder and Westchester Avenues.[13]


  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. ^ "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. ^ Cox, Jeremiah (December 6, 2004). "Elder Avenue (6) has boring blue canopies on each platform". subwaynut.com. Retrieved April 2, 2018.
  11. ^ Cox, Jeremiah (December 6, 2004). "A boring metal platform sign at Elder Avenue (6)". subwaynut.com. Retrieved April 2, 2018.
  12. ^ Westerfield, Al (2010). "Mezzanine viewed from street". nycsubway.org. Retrieved April 2, 2018.
  13. ^ "Elder Avenue Neighborhood Map" (PDF). new.mta.info. Metropolitan Transportation Authority. April 2018. Retrieved February 28, 2019.

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