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 Foxhurst neighborhood in the Bronx.

 Hunts Point Avenue
 "6" train"6" express train
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AddressHunts Point Avenue & Southern Boulevard
Bronx, NY 10459
BoroughThe Bronx
LocaleFoxhurst
Coordinates40°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
DivisionA (IRT)
LineIRT 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 connectionsBus transport NYCT Bus: Bx5, Bx6, Bx6 SBS, Bx19
StructureUnderground
Platforms2 island platforms
cross-platform interchange
Tracks3
Other information
OpenedJanuary 7, 1919; 100 years ago (1919-01-07)[1]
Station code371[2]
AccessibleThis station is compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 ADA-accessible
Wireless serviceWi-Fi and cellular service is provided at this station[3]
Traffic
Passengers (2018)3,216,569[4]Decrease 0.8%
Rank153 out of 424
Station succession
Next northParkchester (express): <6> weekdays until 8:45 p.m., peak direction
Whitlock Avenue (local): 6 all times
Next southLongwood 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 northPelham 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 south125th Street: 6 all times <6> weekdays until 8:45 p.m., peak direction

This station opened in 1919 as part of the Interborough Rapid Transit Company (IRT)'s Pelham Line. The line was constructed as part of an agreement between New York City and two private transit operators to expand transit service across the city known as the Dual Contracts. Express service at the station began in 1946, and the station was renovated to become compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 in 2014.

HistoryEdit

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BackgroundEdit

In 1913, New York City, the Brooklyn Rapid Transit Company, and the Interborough Rapid Transit Company (IRT) reached an agreement, known as the Dual Contracts, to drastically expand subway service across the City. The portion of the agreement between New York City and the IRT was known as Contract 3. As part of this contract, the IRT agreed to construct a branch of the original subway, which opened in 1904,[5] north along Lexington Avenue with branches along Jerome Avenue and a three-track branch running northeast via 138th Street, Southern Boulevard and Westchester Avenue to Pelham Bay Park.[6]

The construction of the Lexington Avenue Line, in conjunction with the construction of the Broadway–Seventh Avenue Line would change the operations of the IRT system. Instead of having trains go via Broadway, turning onto 42nd Street, before finally turning onto Park Avenue, there would be two trunk lines connected by the 42nd Street Shuttle. The system would be changed from looking like a "Z" system on a map to an "H" system. One trunk would run via the new Lexington Avenue Line down Park Avenue, and the other trunk would run via the new Seventh Avenue Line up Broadway.[7]

OpeningEdit

On August 1, 1918, the first portion of the Pelham Line opened as a branch of the Lexington Avenue Line, with the extension of Lexington Avenue local service to Third Avenue–138th Street.[8] The Hunts Point Avenue station opened on January 7, 1919, as the new terminal of the Pelham Line, with the extension of the line from Third Avenue–138th Street.[9][10] 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 New York State Public Service Commission was looking into acquiring property for a subway yard at Pelham Bay Park.[1] On May 30, 1920, the Pelham Line was extended to East 177th Street,[10][11][12] with the extension being served by a shuttle service operating with elevated cars. Passengers transferred to the shuttle at Hunts Point Avenue.[9]

Express service at this station, and on the Pelham Line between East 177th Street and Third Avenue–138th Street, was inaugurated on October 14, 1946. Express trains ran during weekday rush hours and on Saturday morning in the peak direction. This express service saved eight minutes between Third Avenue and East 177th Street. During this time, 6 trains that ran local in the Bronx when express trains operated terminated at East 177th Street to make room for express trains to Pelham Bay Park.[13] Express service did not start until this date because of the increase in ridership from the huge Parkchester housing complex at East 177th Street.[14]

RenovationsEdit

In the early 1960s, the platforms at this station along the Pelham Line were extended to 514 feet (157 m) accommodate 10-car trains. The stations along the line between Hunts Point Avenue and Third Avenue–138th Street, and Third Avenue–149th Street on the IRT White Plains Road Line had their platforms extended under the same contract. Construction of the platform extensions was still underway as of June 1963.[15][16]

On April 12, 1978, following president Jimmy Carter's visit to the nearly-destroyed Charlotte Street neighborhood nearby, his administration announced that it would allocate $55.6 million to help rehabilitate the blighted South Bronx between then and September 30.[17] Some of this funding was planned to go to the modernization of the Third Avenue–149th Street and Hunts Point Avenue stations. A component of the planned renovations was increased security.[18]

In 1981, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) listed the station among the 69 most deteriorated stations in the subway system.[19] On November 18, 2014, a $17.8 million project to make the station compliant with the Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990 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.[20][21]

Under the 2015–2019 MTA Capital Program, the station, along with thirty other New York City Subway stations, would have been entirely closed for up to six months to undergo a complete overhaul. Updates would have included cellular service, Wi-Fi, charging stations, improved signage, and improved station lighting.[22][23] However, these renovations are being deferred until the 2020–2024 Capital Program due to a lack of funding.[24]

Station layoutEdit

G Street level Exit / entrance
M Mezzanine Fare control, station agent
  Elevator in Monsignor Del Valle Square, at northeast corner of Bruckner Boulevard and Hunts Point Avenue
P
Platform level
Southbound local   toward Brooklyn Bridge–City Hall (Longwood Avenue)
Island platform, doors will open on the left, right  
Peak-direction express   toward Brooklyn Bridge–City Hall (weekday mornings) (Third Avenue–138th Street)
  toward Pelham Bay Park (weekday afternoons and evenings) (Parkchester)
Island platform, doors will open on the left, right  
Northbound local   toward Parkchester (weekdays) or Pelham Bay Park (all times except weekday afternoons and evenings) (Whitlock Avenue)
 
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 last underground station on the line outbound before the elevated stretch to Pelham Bay Park.[25]

The track walls have geometric Squire Vickers-designed mosaic friezes in muted shades of blue, grey and beige, with occasional sections of pale pink. The large identifying plaques show "H P".[26] 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.[27] 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.[28]

ExitsEdit

 
Stairwell entrance into the station from street level, as seen in winter

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,[29] where a turnstile bank provides access to and from the station.[30] 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. In a design that is not common in the subway system, the street-level facility, street stair enclosures, and lights are all made of bricks.[31][32] 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.[33]

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.[33]

RidershipEdit

In 2018, the station had 3,216,569 boardings, making it the 153rd most used station in the 424-station system. This amounted to an average of 10,460 passengers per weekday.[34]

ReferencesEdit

  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). The New York Times. January 5, 1919. ISSN 0362-4331. 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 2013–2018". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. July 18, 2019. Retrieved July 18, 2019.
  5. ^ "Exercises In City Hall.; Mayor Declares Subway Open -- Ovations for Parsons and McDonald". The New York Times. October 28, 1904. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved December 16, 2018.
  6. ^ The Dual System of Rapid Transit. New York State Public Service Commission. September 1912 – via nycsubway.org.
  7. ^ Sealey, D. A. (May 4, 1916). "Rapid Transit Work in 1915, New York City". Engineering News-record. McGraw-Hill Publishing Company. 75 (18): 812–814.
  8. ^ "Opening New Subway H Shortens Distance to A. & S." The Brooklyn Daily Eagle. August 1, 1918. p. 8. Retrieved January 25, 2016.
  9. ^ a b Cunningham, Joseph; DeHart, Leonard O. (1993). A History of the New York City Subway System. J. Schmidt, R. Giglio, and K. Lang. p. 48.
  10. ^ a b Brooklyn Daily Eagle Almanac. The Brooklyn Daily Eagle. 1922. p. 372.
  11. ^ Annual Report of the Interborough Rapid Transit Company for the Year Ending June 30, 1920. Interborough Rapid Transit Company. 1920. pp. 5, 13.
  12. ^ "Bronx Subway Extension Opened" (PDF). The New York Times. May 28, 1920. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved January 25, 2016.
  13. ^ Report for the three and one-half years ending June 30, 1949. New York City Board of Transportation. 1949. p. 32.
  14. ^ Linder, Bernard (September 1988). "Pelham Bay Line". New York Division Bulletin. Electric Railroaders' Association. 31 (9): 2–7.
  15. ^ Annual Report 1962–1963. New York City Transit Authority. 1963.
  16. ^ Minutes and Proceedings. New York City Transit Authority. 1969. p. 425.
  17. ^ Fowler, Glenn (April 13, 1978). "$55.6 Million By Fall To Help South Bronx Is Pledged By U.S." The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved September 12, 2019.
  18. ^ "Projects Are Listed In South Bronx Plan". The New York Times. April 13, 1978. Retrieved September 12, 2019.
  19. ^ Gargan, Edward A. (June 11, 1981). "Agency Lists Its 69 Most Deteriorated Subway Stations". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved August 13, 2016.
  20. ^ "Hunts Point Avenue station installation of ADA elevators, Bronx". mta.info. Metropolitan Transportation Authority. November 7, 2011. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  21. ^ "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.
  22. ^ Whitford, Emma (January 8, 2016). "MTA Will Completely Close 30 Subway Stations For Months-Long "Revamp"". Gothamist. Archived from the original on August 1, 2016. Retrieved July 18, 2016.
  23. ^ "MTAStations" (PDF). governor.ny.gov. Government of the State of New York. Retrieved July 18, 2016.
  24. ^ Berger, Paul (April 3, 2018). "New York Subway Cuts Back Plans to Renovate Stations". Wall Street Journal. ISSN 0099-9660. Retrieved April 3, 2018.
  25. ^ Dougherty, Peter (2006) [2002]. Tracks of the New York City Subway 2006 (3rd ed.). Dougherty. OCLC 49777633 – via Google Books.
  26. ^ Cox, Jeremiah (December 19, 2003). "A 'HP' on the wall trim at Hunts Point Avenue (6)". subwaynut.com. Retrieved April 2, 2018.
  27. ^ Cox, Jeremiah (December 19, 2003). "A mosaic sign for downtown trains at Hunts Point Avenue (6)". subwaynut.com. Retrieved April 2, 2018.
  28. ^ Cox, Jeremiah (October 5, 2015). "Looking across Hunts Point Avenue". subwaynut.com. Retrieved April 2, 2018.
  29. ^ Rosenfeld, Robbie (July 16, 2015). "Staircases and elevator from platform to mezzanine". nycsubway.org. Retrieved April 2, 2018.
  30. ^ Dooley, John (September 22, 2011). "Turnstiles and Mezzanine". nycsubway.org. Retrieved April 2, 2018.
  31. ^ Kindell, Jay (April 4, 2009). "Station Entrance". nycsubway.org. Retrieved April 2, 2018.
  32. ^ Rosenfeld, Robbie (April 30, 2007). "Station entrance with sign". nycsubway.org. Retrieved April 2, 2018.
  33. ^ a b "Hunts Point Avenue Neighborhood Map" (PDF). new.mta.info. Metropolitan Transportation Authority. April 2018. Retrieved February 28, 2019.
  34. ^ "Facts and Figures: Average Weekday Subway Ridership 2013–2018". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. July 18, 2019. Retrieved July 18, 2019.

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