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Intervale Avenue station

 Intervale Avenue
 "2" train"5" train
MTA NYC logo.svg New York City Subway station (rapid transit)
Intervale IRT sta jeh.JPG
Northbound stair
Station statistics
AddressIntervale Avenue & Westchester Avenue
Bronx, NY 10459
BoroughThe Bronx
LocaleFoxhurst, Longwood
Coordinates40°49′19″N 73°53′49″W / 40.822°N 73.897°W / 40.822; -73.897
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, Bx6, Bx6 SBS
Platforms2 side platforms
Other information
OpenedApril 30, 1910; 109 years ago (1910-04-30)
RebuiltApril 21, 1992; 27 years ago (1992-04-21) (re-opened after 1989 fire)
Station code431[1]
Former/other namesIntervale Avenue–163rd Street
Passengers (2018)943,016[2]Decrease 9.8%
Rank366 out of 424
Station succession
Next northSimpson Street: 2 all times5 all times except rush hours in the peak direction and late nights
Next southProspect Avenue: 2 all times5 all times except rush hours in the peak direction and late nights

Intervale Avenue (formerly Intervale Avenue–163rd Street[3]) is a local station on the IRT White Plains Road Line of the New York City Subway. Located at the intersection of Intervale and Westchester Avenues in Longwood, 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.



This station opened on April 30, 1910 as an infill station on the White Plains Road Line, and was the first station in the Bronx with escalators. It was built at the cost of $100,000, which was paid with private capital.[4][5]

The station was originally served by trains from the IRT Second Avenue Line and the IRT Third Avenue Line, both now demolished. In addition, IRT Lenox Avenue Line trains also stopped at this station.[6][7][8]

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.[9] Third Avenue Line service ended on May 12, 1955.[10][11]

Station house arson

Platform with the former name from 1977.

On March 15, 1989, three men set the wooden station house on fire after a failed attempt to rob the token booth. The clerk was not seriously injured, while the suspects fled and were never identified.[3][12]

After the incident, New York City Transit considered closing this station permanently due to its close proximity to Prospect Avenue and Simpson Street. However, a community uproar led to the scrapping of the plans.[3] The station was rebuilt with steel canopies and windscreens and a concrete station house with glass block windows and embossed leather-looking walls. Renovations took two and a half years.[13] Artwork called El 2/El 5 by Michael Kelly Williams was installed in the mezzanine and features two mosaic murals depicting underground and elevated tracks. The renovated station reopened on April 21, 1992 after 20 months of work was completed.[14]

Station layout

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

This elevated 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. Both platforms have beige windscreens that run along the entire length and brown canopies with green frames and support columns in the center.[citation needed]


The station's only entrance is an elevated station house beneath the tracks. Inside fare control, it has two staircases to the center of each platform and a waiting area that allows a free transfer between directions. Outside fare control, there is a turnstile bank, token booth, one staircase going down to the southeast corner of Intervale and Westchester Avenues, and one staircase and one enclosed escalator (both perpendicular from each other) going down to the northeast corner.[15]


  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 c Blair, William G. (December 26, 1989). "Intervale Pleads for Reopening of El Station". The New York Times. Retrieved October 26, 2015.
  4. ^ "MOTHER ANGEL'S BODY FOUND.; Bones of Brigham Young's First Mother-in-Law Long Missing" (PDF). Retrieved September 22, 2016.
  5. ^ District, New York (State) Public Service Commission 1st (January 1, 1912). Report of the Public Service Commission for the First District of the State of New York. J.B. Lyon Company, printers.
  6. ^ "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.
  7. ^ Kahn, Alan Paul (January 1, 1973). Tracks of New York /. New York : Electric Railroaders' Association.
  8. ^ "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.
  9. ^ Report for the three and one-half years ending June 30, 1949. New York City Board of Transportation. 1949.
  10. ^ 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.
  11. ^ Katz, Ralph (May 13, 1955). "Last Train Rumbles On Third Ave. 'El'" (PDF). New York Times. p. 1. Retrieved November 8, 2016.
  12. ^ "3 Men Burn Station In a Failed Robbery". The New York Times. March 16, 1989. Retrieved October 26, 2015.
  13. ^ "IRT Station to Take 2 1/2 Years". The New York Times. March 17, 1990. Retrieved October 26, 2015.
  14. ^ New York City Transit's Facts & Figures Celebrating 90 Years of Subway Service 1904–1994. New York City Transit. 1994. p. 6.
  15. ^ "Intervale Avenue Neighborhood Map" (PDF). Metropolitan Transportation Authority. April 2018. Retrieved February 28, 2019.

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