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138th Street–Grand Concourse station

 138 Street–Grand Concourse
 "4" train"5" train
MTA NYC logo.svg New York City Subway station (rapid transit)
Street entrances
Station statistics
AddressEast 138th Street & Grand Concourse
Bronx, NY 10451
BoroughThe Bronx
LocaleMott Haven
Coordinates40°48′47″N 73°55′48″W / 40.81303°N 73.929963°W / 40.81303; -73.929963
DivisionA (IRT)
LineIRT Jerome Avenue Line
Services      4 all except rush hours, peak direction (all except rush hours, peak direction)
      5 all except late nights (all except late nights)
Transit connectionsBus transport NYCT Bus: Bx1, Bx33
Platforms2 side platforms
Other information
OpenedJuly 17, 1918; 101 years ago (1918-07-17)
Station code391[1]
Wireless serviceWi-Fi and cellular service is provided at this station[2]
Former/other namesMott Haven Avenue
Passengers (2018)944,598[3]Decrease 8.9%
Rank365 out of 424
Station succession
Next north149th Street–Grand Concourse (Jerome): 4 all except rush hours, peak direction
149th Street–Grand Concourse (White Plains): 5 all except late nights
Next south125th Street: 4 all except rush hours, peak direction5 all except late nights

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 Mott Haven neighborhood of the Bronx. 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.


The station opened on July 17, 1918, as Mott Haven Avenue station, as a southbound extension of the Jerome Avenue Line into the Upper East Side extension of the IRT Lexington Avenue Line. As such, it is the newest station on the line. The segment north of Kingsbridge Road to Woodlawn opened three months earlier.[4]

From November 15, 2019, to March 2020, the northbound platform is temporarily closed for renovations.[5]

Station layout

G Street Level Exit/Entrance
M Mezzanine Fare control, station agent
Platform level
Side platform, doors will open on the right
Northbound local "4" train toward Woodlawn (149th Street–Grand Concourse (Jerome Av))
"5" train toward Eastchester–Dyre Avenue all times except nights, or Nereid Avenue rush hours (149th Street–Grand Concourse (White Plains Rd))
Peak-direction express "4" train does not stop here (rush hours only) →
Southbound local "4" train toward Crown Heights–Utica Avenue (New Lots Avenue late nights) (125th Street)
"5" train toward Flatbush Avenue–Brooklyn College weekdays, Bowling Green weekends (125th Street)
Side platform, doors will open on the right
Track layout
The Mott Haven Avenue "MH" Mosaics

This station has two side platforms and three tracks, and is the only other station on the line to be built underground. 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, a relic of the former name Mott Haven Avenue. The station was built with tablets displaying "Mott Avenue." Some were painted over with text reading "138th Street - Grand Concourse," but all were eventually covered with black plates reading "138 Street" in white Akzidenz-Grotesk lettering.[6] 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. Until 1972, it had a connection to the 138th Street Station which served both the Harlem and Hudson Divisions of the New York Central Railroad.[7][8]

It is the southernmost station on the IRT Jerome Avenue Line. To the south, the line crosses the Harlem River into East 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.[9]


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.[10]


  1. ^ "Station Developers' Information". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Retrieved June 13, 2017.
  2. ^ "NYC Subway Wireless – Active Stations". Transit Wireless Wifi. Retrieved November 13, 2019.
  3. ^ "Facts and Figures: Annual Subway Ridership 2013–2018". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. July 18, 2019. Retrieved July 18, 2019.
  4. ^ "Jerome Av. Line Ordered Opened" (PDF). The New York Times. April 13, 1918. Retrieved June 5, 2016.
  5. ^ "Upcoming Service Change: Uptown 4/5 trains skip 138 St-Grand Concourse". MTA. Retrieved October 29, 2019.
  6. ^ []
  7. ^ Hagstrom's Street Map of The Bronx; 1943 (War of Yesterday)
  8. ^ "Hagstrom's Map of Westchester County, New York; 1943 (Greater New York Roads)". Archived from the original on April 29, 2014. Retrieved April 28, 2014.
  9. ^ Murphy, Michael. "138th Street – Grand Concourse Voted the Smelliest Subway Station in New York City". Transportation Alternatives. Archived from the original on September 12, 2011. Retrieved August 26, 2011.
  10. ^ "138th Street–Grand Concourse Neighborhood Map" (PDF). Metropolitan Transportation Authority. April 2018. Retrieved February 28, 2019.

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