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Fordham Road station (IND Concourse Line)

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 Fordham Road
 "B" train"D" train
MTA NYC logo.svg New York City Subway station (rapid transit)
IND Fordham Road 15.JPG
Looking south down the center express track
Station statistics
AddressEast Fordham Road & Grand Concourse
Bronx, NY 10468
BoroughThe Bronx
LocaleFordham Heights
Coordinates40°51′45″N 73°53′50″W / 40.862414°N 73.897133°W / 40.862414; -73.897133
DivisionB (IND)
LineIND Concourse Line
Services      B rush hours until 7:00 p.m. (rush hours until 7:00 p.m.)
      D all times (all times)
Transit connectionsBus transport NYCT Bus: Bx1, Bx2, Bx12, Bx12 SBS, Bx22, Bx34
Bus transport MTA Bus: BxM4
Bus transport Bee-Line Bus: 62
Platforms2 island platforms
cross-platform interchange
Other information
OpenedJuly 1, 1933; 86 years ago (1933-07-01)
Station code213[1]
Wireless service
Wi-Fi and cellular service is provided at this station
Passengers (2018)3,596,416[3]Decrease 6.4%
Rank134 out of 424
Station succession
Next northKingsbridge Road: B rush hours until 7:00 p.m.D all times
Next south182nd–183rd Streets (local): B rush hours until 7:00 p.m.D all except rush hours, peak direction
Tremont Avenue (express): D rush hours, peak direction

Fordham Road is an express station on the IND Concourse Line of the New York City Subway. Located at the intersection of Fordham Road and Grand Concourse in one of the largest shopping districts in New York City, it is served by the D train at all times and the B train during rush hours only.


This station was built as part of the IND Concourse Line, which was one of the original lines of the city-owned Independent Subway System (IND).[4][5] The route of the Concourse Line was approved to Bedford Park Boulevard on June 12, 1925 by the New York City Board of Transportation.[5][6] Construction of the line began in July 1928.[7] The station opened on July 1, 1933, along with the rest of the Concourse subway.[8][9]

Station layout

Track layout
G Street Level Exit/Entrance
M Mezzanine Fare control, station agent
Platform level
Northbound local "B" train toward Bedford Park Boulevard rush hour (Kingsbridge Road)
"D" train toward Norwood–205th Street off-peak hours (Kingsbridge Road)
Island platform, doors will open on the left, right
Peak direction express "D" train toward Norwood–205th Street PM rush (Kingsbridge Road)
"D" train toward Coney Island–Stillwell Avenue AM rush (Tremont Avenue)
Island platform, doors will open on the right
Wall at north end
Island platform, doors will open on the left
Southbound local "B" train toward Brighton Beach rush hours (182nd–183rd Streets)
"D" train toward Coney Island–Stillwell Avenue off-peak hours (182nd–183rd Streets)
A mosaic on the Manhattan-express portion of the southbound platform.
A mosaic on the Manhattan-express portion of the southbound platform.

Fordham Road has more space than any other station on the Concourse Line, as it contains numerous closed stairs and passageways. The southbound island platform widens at the north end of the station to facilitate a wall that splits it half, creating two "side" platforms. The northbound island platform is like others found throughout the system. During construction of the station, the main road of Grand Concourse was diverted into an underpass below Fordham Road, while the subway tracks were placed underneath either service road; the space in between the split southbound platform is likely where the underpass dips below grade-level.[10] The split portion of the southbound platform once had a passageway from the northernmost staircase at the Fordham Road side from the middle track to the local one; it is cordoned off permanently by a wall and employee-only door.

Between the north and south fare control areas is a small passageway on the eastern side of the station, half of which is outside the paid area and fenced off. The Fordham Road entrance is not accessible from the "local" side of the southbound platform; during off-peak hours, passengers must walk to the center of the platform for all downtown service. There is a Rapid Transit Operations Field Office at the south end of the full-time mezzanine, a result of the shortening of the mezzanine and elimination of two platform stairs for each side. Both platforms have six stairs to mezzanine level. The northbound one also has two closed stairs while the southbound has four, two on both the local and express sides.[citation needed]

The tile band is Concord Grape with Black Grape borders. On the walls of the southbound platform are mosaics reading "FORDHAM RD". The tablets show a different shade of purple in the center.[11] A closed tower sits on the south end at the southbound platform.


The southeastern street stair at Fordham Road, across from the former Alexander's store
The southeastern street stair at Fordham Road, across from the former Alexander's store

The main fare control area, with the station's full-time token booth, is located at the middle of the station at East 188th Street. It has four street stairs, one for each corner of the intersection with Grand Concourse.[12][13] Unusually, the two western staircases go down several steps to a short landing area, before rising to street level.

The smaller fare control at Fordham Road has only HEET turnstiles, and Emergency Exit gates which have had their alarms deactivated due to frequent use by exiting passengers. It has two street stairs, both at the east side of Fordham and Concourse; a long ramping passageway leads to the northernmost of these two staircases.[12][13] This was formerly a part-time entrance.[13] The token booth at this location had been closed temporarily in the 1970s.[14] It was permanently closed in August 2003[15][16] and is no longer present.

There were two additional street stairs and passageway at the west side of Fordham and Grand Concourse. They were nearest to the former location of Alexander's and Caldor. One exit led directly to the stores. Today, the building houses a mix of smaller stores.


The station lies within the Fordham Road Business Improvement District, the third largest shopping district in the city stretching from Third and Webster Avenues west to Jerome Avenue.[17][18][19][20][21] The northwest corner of Fordham Road and Grand Concourse was the location of a large Alexander's department store (2 Fordham Square) from 1933 to 1992, and is currently anchored by P. C. Richard & Son and Marshalls.[22][23] This is the closest station to Fordham Plaza (the eastern end of the shopping district), and the Rose Hill campus of Fordham University.[12]


  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. ^ Duffus, R.L. (September 22, 1929). "Our Great Subway Network Spreads Wider – New Plans of Board of Transportation Involve the Building of More Than One Hundred Miles of Additional Rapid Transit Routes for New York" (PDF). The New York Times. Retrieved August 19, 2015.
  5. ^ a b "New Subway Routes in Hylan Program to Cost $186,046,000" (PDF). The New York Times. March 21, 1925. p. 1.
  6. ^ "Board Speeds Subway on Grand Concourse – Bids on Last Section Expected Before New Year – Eastern Spur Contemplated" (PDF). The New York Times. September 2, 1928. Retrieved November 4, 2015.
  7. ^ Joseph B. Raskin (November 1, 2013). The Routes Not Taken: A Trip Through New York City's Unbuilt Subway System. Fordham University Press. ISBN 978-0-8232-5369-2. Retrieved August 12, 2015.
  8. ^ "New Bronx Subway Starts Operation". The New York Times. July 1, 1933. Retrieved February 13, 2010.
  9. ^ "Bronx-Concourse New Subway Link Opened at 12:57 A.M.: Adds 21 1/2 Miles to City's System−Connects With Manhattan Line at 145th". Brooklyn Daily Eagle. July 1, 1933. p. 20. Retrieved October 26, 2015 – via
  10. ^ "Plans Are Changed For Queens Subway: Traffic Crossings at Nassau and Woodhaven Boulevards Altered to Avoid Congestion. Viaduct Project Dropped  Main Driveway to Be Depressed, Side Routes to Be at Grade-- New Bids Due Soon. How Plans Were Changed. Elimination Plans Received". The New York Times. June 22, 1930. Retrieved September 1, 2015.
  11. ^ Dave Frattini (May 27, 2014). The Underground Guide to New York City Subways. St. Martin's Press. ISBN 978-1-4668-7249-3.
  12. ^ a b c "Fordham Road Neighborhood Map" (PDF). Metropolitan Transportation Authority. April 2018. Retrieved February 28, 2019.
  13. ^ a b c "Subway-Sidewalk Interface Project Technical Memorandum IV Issues and Opportunities" (PDF). New York City Department of City Planning. November 2000. Retrieved December 6, 2015.
  14. ^ "The City: 15 Subway Booths Reopened by M.T.A." The New York Times. December 27, 1978. Retrieved September 23, 2016.
  15. ^ Donohue, Pete (January 14, 2003). "Token Booth Closing Time. Machines to replace the clerks at 177 sites". Daily News (New York). Retrieved December 6, 2015.
  16. ^ "Four BX subway token booths are now closed". News 12 Bronx. August 17, 2003. Retrieved December 6, 2015.
  17. ^ Goodstein, Steven (February 9, 2014). "Fordham Sears to close". Bronx Times-Reporter. Retrieved November 12, 2015.
  18. ^ "Experience Fordham Road" (PDF). Fordham Road Business Improvement District. Retrieved November 12, 2015.
  19. ^ Rocchio, Patrick (August 14, 2014). "The Fordham Road Business Improvement district will expand to include One Fordham Plaza". Bronx Times-Reporter. Retrieved November 12, 2015.
  20. ^ The RBA Group (June 30, 2008). "Fordham Road Streetscale Master Plan" (PDF). Bronx, New York: Fordham Road Business Improvement District. Retrieved November 12, 2015.
  21. ^ Asaba, Jeni (June 25, 2008). "Fordham Rd. BID to boost local Bronx image". Bronx Times-Reporter. Retrieved November 12, 2015.
  22. ^ McDowell, Edwin (July 31, 2002). "Regional Market: The Bronx; Fordham Revival Where Alexander's Once Ruled". The New York Times. Retrieved December 6, 2015.
  23. ^ Strom, Stephanie (May 16, 1992). "Alexander's Shuts All Its 11 Stores; Plans Liquidation". The New York Times. Retrieved December 6, 2015.

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