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University Heights station

The University Heights station (also known as the University Heights–West 207th Street station) is a commuter rail stop on the Metro-North Railroad's Hudson Line, serving the University Heights neighborhood of the Bronx, New York City. It is 8.69 miles (13.99 km) from Grand Central Terminal, and travel time to Grand Central is approximately 19 minutes.

University Heights
University Heights train station.jpg
The University Heights Metro-North station, on the Hudson Line.
LocationWest Fordham Road at the
Major Deegan Expressway
University Heights, Bronx, New York
Coordinates40°51′41″N 73°54′53″W / 40.8614°N 73.9147°W / 40.8614; -73.9147Coordinates: 40°51′41″N 73°54′53″W / 40.8614°N 73.9147°W / 40.8614; -73.9147
Owned byMetro-North Railroad
Line(s)Hudson Line
Platforms1 island platform
Tracks3
ConnectionsLocal Transit NYCT Bus: Bx12, Bx12 SBS
Other information
Fare zone2
Electrified700V (DC) third rail
Traffic
Passengers (2006)5,720 Steady 0%
Services
Preceding station MTA NYC logo.svg Metro-North Railroad Following station
Marble Hill
towards Poughkeepsie
Hudson Line Morris Heights
Former services
Preceding station New York Central Railroad Following station
Marble Hill
toward Peekskill
Hudson Division Morris Heights
toward New York
Kings Bridge
toward Brewster
Putnam Division Morris Heights

It is located between the Harlem River and the Major Deegan Expressway. Access to the platform is via a staircase from the pedestrian walkway on the south side of University Heights Bridge. It is also near the Roberto Clemente State Park.

HistoryEdit

The station has operated since the days of the Spuyten Duyvil and Port Morris Railroad as well as the New York and Putnam Railroad late in the 19th century, though not in its present form. It was originally located north of the former 180th Street (now Osbourne Place), while a nearby Fordham Heights station was located at West Fordham Road.[1] At some point before the 1920s, the two stations were merged, although demolition of the Fordham Heights Station was being planned as early as 1906.[2] North of Fordham Road, the former NY&P branched off to the northeast on its way to Brewster.

Throughout much of the 20th Century, University Heights station contained a station house over the tracks along the south side of West Fordham Road. As with many NYCRR stations in the Bronx, the station became a Penn Central station upon the merger between NYC and Pennsylvania Railroad in 1968. Penn Central continued commuter service and began tearing the station house down in 1975,[3] before until it was taken over by Conrail in 1976, which turned the station over to Metro-North Railroad in 1983.

Station layoutEdit

This station has one 4-car-long high-level island platform[4]:1 accessible by stairway or elevator from West Fordham Road.

G Street level Exit/entrance
P
Platform level
Track 4      Hudson Line express trains do not stop here
Track 2      Hudson Line toward Grand Central (Morris Heights)
Island platform, doors will open on the left or right  
Track 1      Hudson Line toward Croton–Harmon or Poughkeepsie (Marble Hill)
     Hudson Line express trains do not stop here →

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ BotMultichill (1899). 1899 Home Life Map of New York City ( Manhattan and the Bronx ) - Geographicus - NYC-HomeLife-1899.jpg (map). Retrieved October 18, 2014 – via WikiMedia Commons.
  2. ^ Board of Railroad Commissioners of the State of New York. "Twenty-fourth Annual report of the Board of Railroad Commissioners of the State of New York". J.B. Lyon, State Printer, 1907.
  3. ^ Kenneth Palter photograph of University Heights PCRR station in April 1975 (WorldNYCSubway.org)
  4. ^ "Metro-North Railroad Track & Structures Department Track Charts Maintenance Program Interlocking Diagrams & Yard Diagrams 2015" (PDF). Metro-North Railroad. 2015. Retrieved January 28, 2019.

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