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Station: Fordham Road (Concourse Line)

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IND Concourse Line
B.GIF Bedford Park Boulevard ·Kingsbridge Road ·Fordham Road · 182nd-183rd Street · Tremont Avenue · 174th-175th Street · 170th Street · 167th Street · 161st Street-Yankee Stadium · 155th Street-8th Avenue · 145th Street · 135th Street · 125th Street · 116th Street · 110th Street-Cathedral Parkway · 103rd Street · 96th Street · 86th Street · 81st Street-Museum of Natural History · 72nd Street · 59th Street-Columbus Circle · 7th Avenue-53rd Street · 47-50th Street-Rockefeller Center · 42nd Street · 34th Street-Herald Square · West 4th Street-Washington Square · Broadway-Lafayette · Grand Street · DeKalb Avenue · Atlantic Avenue · 7th Avenue · Prospect Park · Church Avenue · Newkirk Plaza · Kings Highway · Sheepshead Bay · Brighton Beach
D.GIF 205th Street · Bedford Park Boulevard ·Kingsbridge Road ·Fordham Road · 182nd-183rd Street · Tremont Avenue · 174th-175th Street · 170th Street · 167th Street · 161st Street-Yankee Stadium · 155th Street-8th Avenue · 145th Street · 125th Street · 59th Street-Columbus Circle · 7th Avenue-53rd Street · 47-50th Street-Rockefeller Center · 42nd Street · 34th Street-Herald Square · West 4th Street-Washington Square · Broadway-Lafayette · Grand Street · Pacific Street · 36th Street · 59th Street · 9th Avenue · Fort Hamilton Parkway · 50th Street · 55th Street · 62nd Street · 71st Street · 79th Street · 18th Avenue · 20th Avenue · Bay Parkway · 25th Avenue · Bay 50th Street · Coney Island-Stillwell Avenue


Overview

Opened: 7/1/1933

Three tracks, two island platforms. Tile is Grape with a Plum border. The downtown platform is particularly wide as it approaches a wall to the north where that island splits into narrow individual platforms serving the downtown and center tracks. That section has name tablets in plum with a grape border, matching and reversing the pattern of the wall tile.

Although called "Fordham Road" the actual station lies principally beneath 188th Street and a bit south of there. The full mezzanine is a block to the south of Fordham Road with two independent downward sloping passenger ramps from Fordham to 188th under the side walks on each side of the Concourse. At Fordham one can not pass from one side of the Concourse to the other using the subway entrances as is the case at 188th and most other Concourse stations; a feature often used by those wanting to get from one side of the wide boulevard to the other -- often well utilized during rain.

The boulevard itself passes under Fordham Road via a vehicular underpass starting at 188th which forces the tracks at the north third of the station to diverge. There the center and uptown tracks veer to the east and the single downtown track stays directly under the west side service road which turns slightly east as it exits the station as the above Concourse turns a bit after passing north of Fordham. (Passengers on the platforms at the north ends can clearly hear traffic - car horns, brake squeaks, diesel noise, etc., sounds of vehicles as they travel on the ramp.) At this point the station is physically divided with the uptown platform and tracks to one side passing under the east service road and private property while the downtown platform is walled-off and separated to the west as the vehicle ramp descends through the mezzanine level down to the track/station platform level. The tracks remain physically separated by the underpass until just a hundred or so yards before the Kingsbridge Road Station.)

There is an inactive tower at the south end of the southbound platform. During anticipated snow of significant accumulation or extremely cold weather, the MTA removes idle equipment from the Concourse yard (outdoors) and parks them underground on the center track where temperatures remain above freezing; for those moves including relaying equipment back north to Bedford & 205th for rush-hour service, the tower is usually pressed into temporary service.

The full mezzanine has fare control in the center at the 188th Street direct entrances. The south end of the mezzanine has a mosaic indicating "to change booth." The northwest exit, leading to the northwest corner of Fordham and Grand Concourse is closed off; the northeast one is closed except at certain hours and is then the only entrances actually from "Fordham Road" proper, all others being at 188th Street.

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