138th Street – Grand Concourse (IRT Jerome Avenue Line)
|Address||East 138th Street & Grand Concourse
Bronx, NY 10451
|Line||IRT Jerome Avenue Line|
|Services||4 (all except rush hours, peak direction)
5 (all except late nights)
|Platforms||2 side platforms|
|Opened||July 17, 1918|
|Former/other names||Mott Haven Avenue|
|Passengers (2012)||939,284 2.3%|
|Rank||364 out of 421|
|Next north||149th Street – Grand Concourse (Jerome): 4
149th Street – Grand Concourse (White Plains): 5
|Next south||125th Street: 4 5|
138th Street – Grand Concourse is a local station on the IRT Jerome Avenue Line of the New York City Subway, located at the T intersection of East 138th Street and the Grand Concourse in the Bronx neighborhood of Mott Haven. It is served by the 4 train at all times except rush hours in peak direction and 5 train at all times except late nights.
This underground station, opened on July 17, 1918, has two side platforms and three tracks. The center express track is used by the 4 train during rush hours in the peak direction.
Both platform walls have their original mosaic trim line with "MH" tablets on it. This indicates that the station's original name was Mott Haven Avenue. The original name tablets are covered with black plates reading "138 Street" in white Helvetica lettering. At either ends of the platform, where they were extended in the 1950s, the walls have a blue trim with "138TH ST" in white lettering. Blue i-beam columns run along both platforms at regular intervals with alternating ones having the standard black number plates in white lettering.
This station has one mezzanine above the center of the platforms and tracks. Two staircases from each platform go up to a waiting area/crossover, where a turnstile bank provides access to and from the station. Outside fare control, there is a token booth and two staircases going up to either northern corners of East 138th Street and the Grand Concourse. The mezzanine has its original "Uptown Trains" and "Downtown Trains" mosaic tablets and trim line.
It is the southernmost station on the IRT Jerome Avenue Line. To the south, the line crosses the Harlem River into Harlem, Manhattan and the three tracks merge into two and merge with the IRT Pelham Line to form the four-track IRT Lexington Avenue Line. To the north, the local tracks split into two. One set of tracks (the inner set) continues along Jerome Avenue, and the other set of tracks (the outer set) descends to a lower level and makes a sharp turn to merge with the IRT White Plains Road Line directly west of 149th Street – Grand Concourse. The 5 train uses these tracks during daytime hours.
In 2011, the advocacy group Transportation Alternatives took a poll of subway riders to "rank the stank" (i.e. vote for the smelliest subway station in the system). This station was ranked the smelliest of four nominated stations, receiving 35% of the votes.
|Street Level||Exit/ Entrance|
|Mezzanine||Fare control, station agent|
|Platform level||Side platform, Doors will open on the right|
|Northbound||← toward Nereid Avenue, Dyre Avenue, or Woodlawn|
|Peak-direction express||↔ does not stop here (rush hours only)|
|Southbound||→ toward Flatbush Avenue – Brooklyn College, Bowling Green, or Crown Heights – Utica Avenue|
- "Facts and Figures: Annual Subway Ridership". New York City Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Retrieved 2013-04-02.
- Murphy, Michael. "138th Street – Grand Concourse Voted the Smelliest Subway Station in New York City". Transportation Alternatives. Retrieved 26 August 2011.
- nycsubway.org — IRT Woodlawn Line: 138th Street (Mott Haven)
- Station Reporter — 4 Train
- Station Reporter — 5 Train
- The Subway Nut — 138th Street–Grand Concourse Pictures
- 138th Street and Grand Concourse entrance from Google Maps Street View