The 155th Street – 8th Avenue station in Manhattan is a local station on the Concourse Line with two platforms and three tracks. Unlike most IND stations, the wall tiles consist of glazed bricks instead of square tiles. The station has a single entryway at 155th Street/Frederick Douglass Blvd. Closed stairwells each side of the station once led to a large mezzanine area that served as an out-of-system transfer to the 9th Avenue Elevated. The 9th Avenue El closed in 1958; this part of the mezzanine likely closed soon after. Because this station was a baseball stop like 161st Street, the downtown platform is wider than the uptown platform. The (baseball) NY Giants played at the Polo Grounds until 1957, when they moved to the West Coast and became the San Francisco Giants. The Grounds hosted other sporting events during its lifetime; the New York Mets played their first two seasons there. A low-income housing project – the Polo Grounds Houses – now occupies the Polo Grounds site, though the remaining piece of an original path to the stadium – the John T. Brush Stairway – was fully renovated and is once again publicly accessible.
This station, like many others on the Concourse Line, is in bad shape.
D trains serve this station at all times except rush hours in the peak direction (i.e. to Manhattan in the morning; from Manhattan in the evening) when it runs express; the B provides supplemental rush-hour local service.
[155th Street – 8th Avenue Station Quick Facts]
Opened: July 1, 1933
Served by: B and D trains; B rush hours only
Neighborhood served: Harlem, Manhattan
Transit connections: M10
Type of district: Residential
Notable attractions: Jackie Robinson Park, Highbridge Park
[Ridership statistics, as of 2015]
Annual ridership: 1,306,282 (change from 2014: +0.6%; rank: 327/421)
Avg. weekday: 4,038 (change from 2014: +0.4%; rank: 334/421)
Avg. weekend (Sat+Sun): 5,059 (change from 2014: +1.2%; rank: 301/421)
[Historical ridership statistics]
Avg. annual ridership since opening: 1,151,897 (+0.2%)
Highest annual ridership since opening: 1,958,038 (1947)
Lowest annual ridership since opening: 573,892 (1933-1934)*
*Before unification in 1940, officials measured ridership by fiscal year (which started July 1 of current year and ended June 30 of the next year).
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