Fordham Road station (IRT Jerome Avenue Line)

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 Fordham Road
 "4" train
MTA NYC logo.svg New York City Subway station (rapid transit)
Platform view
Station statistics
AddressFordham Road & Jerome Avenue
Bronx, NY 10468[1]
BoroughThe Bronx
LocaleUniversity Heights, Fordham
Coordinates40°51′46″N 73°54′04″W / 40.862706°N 73.901124°W / 40.862706; -73.901124Coordinates: 40°51′46″N 73°54′04″W / 40.862706°N 73.901124°W / 40.862706; -73.901124
DivisionA (IRT)[2]
LineIRT Jerome Avenue Line
Services   4 all times (all times)
TransitBus transport NYCT Bus: Bx12, Bx12 SBS, Bx32[3]
Platforms2 side platforms
Tracks3 (2 in regular service)
Other information
OpenedJune 2, 1917; 104 years ago (1917-06-02)
Station code382[4]
AccessibleThis station is compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 ADA-accessible
20193,120,976[5]Decrease 6%
Rank160 out of 424[5]
Station succession
Next northKingsbridge Road: 4 all times
Next south183rd Street: 4 all times
Fordham Road station (IRT Jerome Avenue Line) is located in New York City Subway
Fordham Road station (IRT Jerome Avenue Line)
Fordham Road station (IRT Jerome Avenue Line) is located in New York City
Fordham Road station (IRT Jerome Avenue Line)
Fordham Road station (IRT Jerome Avenue Line) is located in New York
Fordham Road station (IRT Jerome Avenue Line)
Track layout

Street map

Station service legend
Symbol Description
Stops all times Stops all times

Fordham Road is a local station on the IRT Jerome Avenue Line of the New York City Subway. Located at the intersection of Fordham Road and Jerome Avenue in the Bronx, it is served by the 4 train at all times. This station was constructed by the Interborough Rapid Transit Company as part of the Dual Contracts and opened in 1917.


Eastern stairway entrance
Western stairway entrance

The Dual Contracts, which were signed on March 19, 1913, were contracts for the construction and/or rehabilitation and operation of rapid transit lines in the City of New York. The contracts were "dual" in that they were signed between the City and two separate private companies (the Interborough Rapid Transit Company and the Brooklyn Rapid Transit Company), all working together to make the construction of the Dual Contracts possible. The Dual Contracts promised the construction of several lines in the Bronx. As part of Contract 3, the IRT agreed to build an elevated line along Jerome Avenue in the Bronx.[6][7][8]

Fordham Road station opened as part of the initial section of the line to Kingsbridge Road on June 2, 1917. Service was initially operated as a shuttle between Kingsbridge Road and 149th Street.[9][10] Through service to the IRT Lexington Avenue Line began on July 17, 1918.[11] The line was completed with a final extension to Woodlawn on April 15, 1918.[12] This section was initially served by shuttle service, with passengers transferring at 167th Street.[13][14] The construction of the line encouraged development along Jerome Avenue, and led to the growth of the surrounding communities.[9]

On July 5, 2004, this station, 170th Street, and 176th Street closed for four months so they could be renovated. As part of the project, new canopy roofs, walls, lighting, staircases, floors, and a public address system would be installed at each station.[15]

Station layout[edit]

Platform level
Side platform Disabled access
Northbound local "4" train toward Woodlawn (Kingsbridge Road)
Peak-direction express No regular service
Southbound local "4" train toward Utica Avenue (New Lots Avenue late nights) (183rd Street)
Side platform Disabled access
M Mezzanine Fare control, station agent, MetroCard machines
Disabled access Elevator at southeast corner of Jerome Avenue and Fordham Road
G Street level Entrances/exits

The station has three tracks and two side platforms. The middle track is generally not used in revenue service.[16] The 4 stops here at all times.[17]

The station has old style signs painted over and covered up with new style signs, and features new[when?] fare control railings as a crossunder.


The station has a wooden mezzanine under the tracks. Exit stairs go to all four corners of Jerome Avenue and Fordham Road.[18] In addition, the station is ADA-accessible via an elevator at the southeast corner of the intersection.[19]


  1. ^ "Borough of The Bronx, New York City". Government of New York City. Retrieved December 28, 2020.
  2. ^ "Glossary". Second Avenue Subway Supplemental Draft Environmental Impact Statement (SDEIS) (PDF). 1. Metropolitan Transportation Authority. March 4, 2003. pp. 1–2. Archived from the original (PDF) on February 26, 2021. Retrieved January 1, 2021.
  3. ^ "Bronx Bus Map" (PDF). Metropolitan Transportation Authority. October 2018. Retrieved December 1, 2020.
  4. ^ "Station Developers' Information". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Retrieved June 13, 2017.
  5. ^ "Facts and Figures: Annual Subway Ridership 2014–2019". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. 2020. Retrieved May 26, 2020.
  6. ^ New Subways For New York: The Dual System of Rapid Transit Chapter 5: Terms and Conditions of Dual System Contracts. New York Public Service Commission. 1913. Retrieved February 16, 2015.
  7. ^ The Dual System of Rapid Transit (1912). New York State Public Service Commission. 1912.
  8. ^ "Most Recent Map of the Dual Subway System Which Shows How Brooklyn Borough Is Favored In New Transit Lines". The Brooklyn Daily Eagle. September 9, 1917. Retrieved August 23, 2016 – via open access
  9. ^ a b "Service Begun on the Jerome Avenue Line". Public Service Record. 4 (6). June 1917.
  10. ^ Annual report of the Interborough Rapid Transit Company For The Year Ended June 30, 1917. HathiTrust. Interborough Rapid Transit Company. 1917. hdl:2027/mdp.39015016416920.
  11. ^ Brooklyn Daily Eagle Almanac. The Brooklyn Daily Eagle. 1922. p. 372.
  12. ^ "Jerome Av. Line Ordered Opened". The New York Times. April 13, 1918. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved June 5, 2016.
  13. ^ Brooklyn Daily Eagle Almanac. The Brooklyn Daily Eagle. 1916. p. 100.
  14. ^ Cunningham, Joseph; DeHart, Leonard O. (1993). A History of the New York City Subway System. J. Schmidt, R. Giglio, and K. Lang. p. 48.
  15. ^ "Three Bronx subway stations closed to undergo renovations for four months". news12. July 5, 2004. Archived from the original on June 30, 2020. Retrieved June 30, 2020.
  16. ^ Dougherty, Peter (2020). Tracks of the New York City Subway 2020 (16th ed.). Dougherty. OCLC 1056711733.
  17. ^ "4 Subway Timetable, Effective September 13, 2020". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Retrieved December 9, 2020.
  18. ^ "Fordham Road Neighborhood Map" (PDF). Metropolitan Transportation Authority. April 2018. Retrieved February 28, 2019.
  19. ^ "NYC Official Accessibility Guide" (PDF). City of New York. 2008. Archived from the original (PDF) on August 7, 2015. Retrieved September 20, 2015.

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