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 149 Street–Grand Concourse
 "2" train "4" train "5" train
MTA NYC logo.svg New York City Subway station complex
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Street entrance
Station statistics
Address East 149th Street & Grand Concourse
Bronx, NY 10451
Borough The Bronx
Locale Mott Haven, Melrose
Coordinates 40°49′05″N 73°55′39″W / 40.8181°N 73.9275°W / 40.8181; -73.9275
Division A (IRT)
Line IRT Jerome Avenue Line
IRT White Plains Road Line
Services       2 Template:NYCS time (all times)
      4 Template:NYCS time (all times)
      5 Template:NYCS time (all except late nights)
Transit connections Bus transport NYCT Bus: Bx1, Bx2, Bx19
Levels 2
Other information
Station code 603
Accessible not ADA-accessible; accessibility planned
Wireless service Wi-Fi and cellular service is provided at this station
Traffic
Passengers (2019) 3,931,908  Decrease 1%
Rank 123 out of 425

149th Street–Grand Concourse is a New York City Subway station complex shared by the IRT Jerome Avenue Line and the IRT White Plains Road Line. It is located at East 149th Street and Grand Concourse in Mott Haven and Melrose in the Bronx. The complex is served by the 2 and 4 trains at all times, and by the 5 train at all times except late nights.

Station layout

G Street level Exit/entrance
B1 Mezzanine Fare control, station agent, Metrocard vending machines
B2 Northbound local "4" train toward Woodlawn (161st Street–Yankee Stadium)
Island platform
Peak-direction express "4" train PM rush toward Woodlawn (161st Street–Yankee Stadium)
(No service: Burnside Avenue)
"4" train AM rush toward Utica Avenue (125th Street)
Island platform
Southbound local "4" train toward Utica Avenue (New Lots Avenue late nights) (138th Street–Grand Concourse)
B3 Mezzanine Transfer between platforms
B4 Side platform
Northbound "2" train toward 241st Street (Third Avenue–149th Street)
"5" train toward Dyre Avenue or Nereid Avenue (Third Avenue–149th Street)
Southbound "2" train toward Flatbush Avenue via Seventh (135th Street)
"5" train toward Flatbush Avenue via Lexington weekdays, Bowling Green evenings/weekends (138th Street–Grand Concourse)
Side platform

Exits

There are two exit stairs each to the southwest and southeast corners of 149th Street and Grand Concourse.

Elevators

When the station was first opened, the only way to exit the station was through two elevators. The elevators had four levels: one at the northbound lower level platform, one at the level of a pedestrian overpass connecting the two lower level platforms at their southern ends, one at the mezzanine of the upper level platforms (added when those platforms were opened), and one at a street-level headhouse.

In 1920, a project to extend the Mott Avenue station platforms 230 feet (70 m) to the west to provide a connection with a proposed station on the New York Central Railroad was completed.

When the elevators were opened up for service, they were considered state-of-the-art at the time, holding up to 20 people. However, the elevators and areas near the elevators were closed in 1975 due to security reasons. The MTA initially stated in February 2014 that there were no plans to reopen them as the station itself "was not a main station". In 2013, several local institutions and groups of riders protested in support of restoring elevator access to the station.

All platforms are planned to receive full ADA accessibility as part of the MTA's 2015-2019 Capital Program. In December 2015, the MTA initially agreed to repair both elevators in addition to installing another one across the street. It was estimated that $45 million would go towards this previous elevator installation and repair plan.

The MTA currently plans to rebuild one of the two original elevators so that it operates from the headhouse to the pedestrian overpass above the lower level platforms, and build two new elevators with three stops: either upper level platform, the overpass, and either lower level platform. A new fare control area will be built somewhere in the overpass level. It is estimated that "over $50 million" will go towards the current installation and repair plan. Construction on new elevators and the refurbishment of the existing elevator started in August 2020 after a "preliminary design stage," and is expected to be completed by July 2023.

Unbuilt New York Central Railroad station

There are some remaining signs on the walls that point to a never-built station of the New York Central Railroad lines (now part of Metro-North Railroad). The station had been approved in 1908 and would have been located at 149th Street and Park Avenue, one block east.

IRT Jerome Avenue Line platforms

 149 Street–Grand Concourse
 "4" train
MTA NYC logo.svg New York City Subway station (rapid transit)
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A view from Woodlawn bound platform
Station statistics
Division A (IRT)
Line IRT Jerome Avenue Line
Services       4 Template:NYCS time (all times)
Structure Underground
Platforms 2 island platforms
cross-platform interchange
Tracks 3
Other information
Opened June 2, 1917; 105 years ago (1917-06-02)
Station code 390
Accessible not ADA-accessible; accessibility planned
Wireless service Wi-Fi and cellular service is provided at this station
Opposite-direction transfer available Yes
Station succession
Next north Burnside Avenue (express): no regular service
161st Street–Yankee Stadium (local): 4 Template:NYCS time
Next south 138th Street–Grand Concourse (local): 4 Template:NYCS time
125th Street (express): 4 Template:NYCS time

149th Street–Grand Concourse is an express station on the IRT Jerome Avenue Line that has three tracks and two island platforms, with the center track used during rush hours in the peak direction. This station is on the upper level of the two-level station complex, with a free transfer to the IRT White Plains Road Line on the lower level.

The station was opened on June 2, 1917, and was the southern terminus of the Jerome Avenue Line until it was extended through Mott Haven Avenue into the Upper East Side extension of the IRT Lexington Avenue Line.

IRT White Plains Road Line platforms

 149 Street–Grand Concourse
 "2" train "5" train
MTA NYC logo.svg New York City Subway station (rapid transit)
149th Street-Grand Concourse.jpg
Platform view
Station statistics
Division A (IRT)
Line IRT White Plains Road Line
Services       2 Template:NYCS time (all times)
      5 Template:NYCS time (all except late nights)
Structure Underground
Platforms 2 side platforms
Tracks 2
Other information
Opened July 10, 1905; 116 years ago (1905-07-10)
Station code 435
Accessible not ADA-accessible; accessibility planned
Accessibility Same-platform wheelchair transfer available
Wireless service Wi-Fi and cellular service is provided at this station
Opposite-direction transfer available Yes
Former/other names Mott Avenue
Station succession
Next north Third Avenue–149th Street: 2 Template:NYCS time 5 Template:NYCS time
Next south 138th Street–Grand Concourse (Jerome): 5 Template:NYCS time
135th Street (Lenox): 2 Template:NYCS time

Mott Avenue Control House
Mott Avenue Control House; IN COLOR!.jpg
Seen in November 2014
MPS New York City Subway System MPS
NRHP reference No. 80002590
Added to NRHP May 6, 1980

149th Street–Grand Concourse on the IRT White Plains Road Line has two tracks and two side platforms. There is a high rounded ceiling that is visible at the west end of the station and is similar in design to those of 168th Street and 181st Street stations on the IRT Broadway–Seventh Avenue Line. The IRT White Plains Road Line platforms are located on the lower level of this two level complex.

Originally opened as Mott Avenue on July 10, 1905, 149th Street–Grand Concourse was the first subway station to be opened in the Bronx. The original headhouse is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Today, all of the original mosaic "Mott Avenue" name tablets have been covered over with metal "149 St–Grand Concourse" signs. Only one name tablet, located on the downtown platform between the last two staircases at the northern end, remained uncovered and survived intact until a few years into the 21st century when a serious water leak after very heavy rainfall caused individual tiles to separate from the wall and fall off. There were no known plans by the MTA to repair or restore this name tablet. In late 2011, the MTA covered this name tablet with a metal "149 St–Grand Concourse" sign.

South of the station, there are track connections to the IRT Jerome Avenue Line. The line splits and makes a sharp turn to merge with the Jerome Avenue Line just south of the upper level station. Due to high usage levels and the sharp turn of the connection, it often causes delays on the 5 train. The White Plains Road Line continues straight under the Harlem River and merges with the IRT Lenox Avenue Line at 142nd Street Junction.

From the station's 1905 opening until 2002, there were no columns between the northbound and southbound tracks, allowing an unobstructed view across the station. Thin supports for a communications conduit have since been installed.

  • nycsubway.org – IRT White Plains Road Line: 149th Street/Grand Concourse (Mott Avenue)
  • nycsubway.org – IRT Woodlawn Line: 149th Street/Grand Concourse
  • Station Reporter — 2 Train
  • Station Reporter — 4 Train
  • Station Reporter — 5 Train
  • The Subway Nut — 149th Street–Grand Concourse Pictures
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