Third Avenue–138th Street station
Third Avenue–138th Street is an express station on the IRT Pelham Line of the New York City Subway located at the intersection of 3rd Avenue and East 138th Street in the Bronx. It is served by the 6 train at all times; and the <6> train during weekdays in the peak direction.
3 Avenue–138 Street
|New York City Subway station (rapid transit)|
|Address||Third Avenue & East 138th Street|
Bronx, NY 10454
|Line||IRT Pelham Line|
|Services||6 (all times) <6> (weekdays until 8:45 p.m., peak direction)|
|Transit connections||NYCT Bus: Bx1, Bx2, Bx15, Bx21, Bx32, Bx33|
|Platforms||2 island platforms|
|Opened||August 1, 1918|
|Passengers (2018)||2,451,972 2.5%|
|Rank||193 out of 424|
|Next east||Hunts Point Avenue (express): <6> |
Brook Avenue (local): 6
|Next west||125th Street: 6 <6> |
The Third Avenue–138th Street station was opened on August 1, 1918, and was the first station of the IRT Pelham Line to open. Service was provided by Lexington Avenue Line local service. 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. The Pelham Line was proposed to be a branch of the Lexington Avenue Line running northeast via 138th Street, Southern Boulevard and Westchester Avenue to Pelham Bay Park. This was the terminal of the line until January 7, 1919, when the Pelham Line was extended to Hunts Point Avenue.
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. However, these renovations are being deferred until the 2020–2024 Capital Program due to a lack of funding.
|G||Street level||Exit / entrance|
|M||Mezzanine||Fare control, station agent|
|Southbound local||← toward Brooklyn Bridge–City Hall (125th Street)|
|Island platform, doors will open on the left, right|
|Peak-direction express||← toward Brooklyn Bridge–City Hall (weekday mornings) (125th Street)|
→ toward Pelham Bay Park (weekday afternoons and evenings) (Hunts Point Avenue) →
|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) (Brook Avenue) →|
The station has two island platforms and three tracks, with the center track used for weekday peak direction express service. During weekday morning rush hour, two southbound 6 trains originate here.
The mosaics on the station walls are predominantly tan and buff, and the numeral "3" is shown in slightly cruciform plaques with a slate blue background. Clusters of small blue diamonds set in dark blue sit on either side of these plaques. A crossover exists via the mezzanine, and a closed crossunder is located at the center of the platforms. A high ceiling is found in the station and the northbound platform has an old tower at the south end.
To the south, the line goes under the Harlem River into Manhattan and merges with the IRT Jerome Avenue Line to form the IRT Lexington Avenue Line. Just before the slight jog going towards Manhattan, a provision was provided in anticipation of its connection with the then newly planned Second Avenue Subway, which was originally planned to take over the service south of this point, and relieve congestion on the IRT Lexington Avenue Subway.
|Exit location||Number of exits||Platform served|
|NE corner of 138 Street and Third Avenue||1||Both (HEET turnstile entrance only.)|
|SE corner of 138 Street and Third Avenue||2||Both (HEET turnstile entrance only.)|
|NW corner of 138 Street and Alexander Avenue||2||Both|
|SW corner of 138 Street and Alexander Avenue||2||Both|
- "New Subway Lines Will Open Tonight: Ceremonies to Mark Through Service on 7th and Lexington Links of System" (PDF). nytimes.com. The New York Times. August 1, 1918. Retrieved June 30, 2015.
- "Station Developers' Information". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Retrieved June 13, 2017.
- "NYC Subway Wireless – Active Stations". Transit Wireless Wifi. Retrieved May 18, 2016.
- "Facts and Figures: Annual Subway Ridership 2013–2018". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. July 18, 2019. Retrieved July 18, 2019.
- "Opening New Subway H Shortens Distance to A. & S." Brooklyn Daily Eagle. August 1, 1918. p. 8. Retrieved January 25, 2016.
- Cunningham, Joseph; DeHart, Leonard O. (1993). A History of the New York City Subway System. J. Schmidt, R. Giglio, and K. Lang. p. 48.
- Brooklyn Daily Eagle Almanac. Brooklyn Daily Eagle. 1922. p. 372.
- nycsubway.org—The Dual Contracts
- "The Dual System of Rapid Transit (1912)". www.nycsubway.org. Retrieved March 25, 2014.
- "MTA Will Completely Close 30 Subway Stations For Months-Long "Revamp"". Gothamist. Archived from the original on August 1, 2016. Retrieved July 18, 2016.
- "MTAStations" (PDF). governor.ny.gov. Government of the State of New York. Retrieved July 18, 2016.
- Berger, Paul (2018-04-03). "New York Subway Cuts Back Plans to Renovate Stations". Wall Street Journal. ISSN 0099-9660. Retrieved 2018-04-03.
- Dougherty, Peter (2006) . Tracks of the New York City Subway 2006 (3rd ed.). Dougherty. OCLC 49777633 – via Google Books.
- "6 Subway Timetable, Effective April 28, 2019" (PDF). Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Retrieved May 31, 2019.
- "Third Avenue–138th Street Neighborhood Map" (PDF). new.mta.info. Metropolitan Transportation Authority. April 2018. Retrieved February 28, 2019.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Third Avenue – 138th Street (IRT Pelham Line).|
- nycsubway.org – IRT Pelham Line: 3rd Avenue/138th Street
- Station Reporter – 6 train
- The Subway Nut – 3rd Avenue–138th Street Pictures
- Third Avenue entrance from Google Maps Street View
- Alexander Avenue entrance from Google Maps Street View
- Platforms from Google Maps Street View