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Freeman Street station

 Freeman Street
 "2" train"5" train
MTA NYC logo.svg New York City Subway station (rapid transit)
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Platform level
Station statistics
AddressFreeman Street & Southern Boulevard
Bronx, NY 10459
BoroughThe Bronx
LocaleCrotona Park East, East Morrisania
Coordinates40°49′48″N 73°53′31″W / 40.83°N 73.892°W / 40.83; -73.892
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: Bx19
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 code429[1]
Passengers (2018)1,354,453[2]Decrease 13%
Rank314 out of 424
Station succession
Next north174th Street: 2 all times5 all times except rush hours in the peak direction and late nights
Next southSimpson Street: 2 all times5 all times except rush hours in the peak direction and late nights

Freeman Street is a local station on the IRT White Plains Road Line of the New York City Subway. Located at the intersection of Freeman Street and Southern Boulevard 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.


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.[3][4][5]

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.[6] Third Avenue Line service ended on May 12, 1955.[7][8]

The station was renovated in 2004.[citation needed]

Station layout

Track layout
Platform level
Side platform, doors will open on the right
Southbound local "2" train toward Flatbush Avenue–Brooklyn College (Simpson Street)
"5" train toward Flatbush Avenue–Brooklyn College weekdays, Bowling Green weekends (Simpson Street)
Peak-direction express "5" train does not stop here (rush hours, peak direction only) →
Northbound local "2" train toward Wakefield–241st Street (174th Street)
"5" train toward Eastchester–Dyre Avenue except PM rush and nights (174th Street)
Side platform, doors will open on the right
G Street level Exit/entrance
Northern street stair

This elevated station, which resembles the Prospect Avenue station, has three tracks and two curved side platforms.

The MTA Arts & Design artwork at this station consists of 4 faceted-glass windbreaks and 2 niche windows designed by the artist Daniel Hauben. The windbreaks were fabricated by Gordon Stained Glass Studios.


The station has heaters, as well as a wooden mezzanine, floor, and open old booth similar to the one at Simpson Street. Exits lead to all corners of Freeman Street and Southern Boulevard.[9]


  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. ^ "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.
  4. ^ Kahn, Alan Paul (January 1, 1973). Tracks of New York /. New York : Electric Railroaders' Association.
  5. ^ "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.
  6. ^ Report for the three and one-half years ending June 30, 1949. New York City Board of Transportation. 1949.
  7. ^ 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.
  8. ^ Katz, Ralph (May 13, 1955). "Last Train Rumbles On Third Ave. 'El'" (PDF). New York Times. p. 1. Retrieved November 8, 2016.
  9. ^ "Freeman Street Neighborhood Map" (PDF). Metropolitan Transportation Authority. April 2018. Retrieved February 28, 2019.

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