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Prospect Avenue station (IRT White Plains Road Line)

Prospect Avenue is a local station on the IRT White Plains Road Line of the New York City Subway. Located at the intersection of Prospect and Westchester Avenues in the Bronx, it is served by the 2 train at all times, and the 5 train at all times except late nights and rush hours in the peak direction.

 Prospect Avenue
 "2" train"5" train
MTA NYC logo.svg New York City Subway station (rapid transit)
Casa Amadeo Prospect Av IRT plat jeh.jpg
Northbound platform with Casa Amadeo
Station statistics
AddressProspect & Westchester Avenues
Bronx, NY 10459
BoroughThe Bronx
Coordinates40°49′08″N 73°54′04″W / 40.819°N 73.901°W / 40.819; -73.901Coordinates: 40°49′08″N 73°54′04″W / 40.819°N 73.901°W / 40.819; -73.901
DivisionA (IRT)
LineIRT White Plains Road Line
Services      2 all times (all times)
      5 all times except rush hours in the peak direction and late nights (all times except rush hours in the peak direction and late nights)
Transit connectionsBus transport NYCT Bus: Bx4, Bx4A, Bx17, Bx46
Platforms2 side platforms
Other information
OpenedNovember 26, 1904; 114 years ago (1904-11-26) (3rd Ave. Line; Bergen Avenue By-pass)
July 10, 1905; 114 years ago (1905-07-10) (White Plains Rd. Line)
Station code432[1]
Passengers (2018)2,142,697[2]Decrease 11.2%
Rank220 out of 424
Station succession
Next northIntervale Avenue: 2 all times5 all times except rush hours in the peak direction and late nights
Next southJackson Avenue: 2 all times5 all times except rush hours in the peak direction and late nights
Prospect Avenue Subway Station (IRT)
MPSNew York City Subway System MPS
NRHP reference #04001026[3]
Added to NRHPSeptember 17, 2004


The initial segment of the IRT White Plains Road Line opened on November 26, 1904 between East 180th Street and Jackson Avenue. Initially, trains on the line were served by elevated trains from the IRT Second Avenue Line and the IRT Third Avenue Line. Once the connection to the IRT Lenox Avenue Line opened on July 10, 1905, trains from the newly opened IRT subway ran via the line.[4][5][6]

On June 13, 1949, the platform extensions at this station, as well as those on White Plains Road Line stations between Jackson Avenue and 177th Street, opened. The platforms were lengthened to 514 feet (157 m) to allow full ten-car express trains to platform. Previously the stations could only platform six-car local trains.[7] Third Avenue Line service ended on May 12, 1955.[8][9]

This station was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on September 17, 2004,[3] It was renovated in 2006.

Station layoutEdit

Track layout
Platform level
Side platform, doors will open on the right
Southbound local   toward Flatbush Avenue–Brooklyn College (Jackson Avenue)
  toward Flatbush Avenue–Brooklyn College weekdays, Bowling Green weekends (Jackson Avenue)
Peak-direction express   does not stop here (rush hours, peak direction only) →
Northbound local   toward Wakefield–241st Street (Intervale Avenue)
  toward Eastchester–Dyre Avenue except PM rush and nights (Intervale Avenue)
Side platform, doors will open on the right
G Street level Exit/entrance
Northbound station house
Western stair

The station has three tracks and two side platforms. The center express track is used by the 5 train during rush hours in the peak direction.

The center of both platforms have beige windscreens with green frames, red canopies, and green support columns. The ends have waist high, green steel fences with lampposts at regular intervals. The station signs are in the standard black station name plate with white lettering.

The 2006 artwork here is called Bronx, Four Seasons by Ukrainian artist Marina Tsersarskaya. It consists of stained glass panels on the platform windscreens and station houses depicting images related the four seasons of meteorology.


This station is very close to street level. As a result, the stations houses are adjacent to their respective platforms and there are no crossovers or crossunders.

On the Manhattan-bound side, one staircase from the northwest corner of Westchester Avenue and 160th Street goes up to the north side of the station house. Another from the northern intersection of Prospect Avenue and 160th Street goes up to the south side. Inside the station house, there is a token booth, turnstile bank, waiting area, and doors leading to the platform. The platform has two exit-only turnstiles, each of which leads to one of the street stairs.[10]

On the northbound side, two staircases from the northeast corner of Longwood and Westchester Avenues go up to the north side of the station house, which has a now closed customer assistance booth, turnstile bank, waiting area, and doors leading directly to the platform. A high exit-only turnstile from the platform leads directly to the staircases. Towards the south end of the platform, another exit-only turnstile leads to a double-flight staircase going down to the northeast corner of Prospect and Westchester Avenue.[10] Both station houses have heaters.


  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. ^ a b "NPS Focus". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. Retrieved December 12, 2011.
  4. ^ "Discuss Signs In 18th St. Station; Engineer Parsons and Mr. Hedley Inspect Advertising Scheme. Bronx Viaduct Works Well Delays There Only Those of Newness -Lenox Avenue Service Makes Fuss Below Ninety-sixth Street" (PDF). Retrieved September 4, 2016.
  5. ^ Kahn, Alan Paul (January 1, 1973). Tracks of New York /. New York : Electric Railroaders' Association.
  6. ^ "Subway Trains Running from Bronx to Battery – West Farms and South Ferry Stations Open at Midnight– Start Without a Hitch – Bowling Green Station Also Opened – Lenox Avenue Locals Take City Hall Loop Hereafter" (PDF). New York Times. July 10, 1905. Retrieved September 4, 2016.
  7. ^ Report for the three and one-half years ending June 30, 1949. New York City Board of Transportation. 1949.
  8. ^ Salisbury, Harrison E. (May 13, 1955). "Cars Are Packed For Last 'El' Trip — 3d Ave. Salutes With Raised Glasses as Train Makes Noisy and Slow Journey" (PDF). New York Times. p. 16. Retrieved November 8, 2016.
  9. ^ Katz, Ralph (May 13, 1955). "Last Train Rumbles On Third Ave. 'El'" (PDF). New York Times. p. 1. Retrieved November 8, 2016.
  10. ^ a b "MTA Neighborhood Maps: Pelham Bay" (PDF). Metropolitan Transportation Authority. 2015. Retrieved July 20, 2016.

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