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Third Avenue–149th Street is a station on the IRT White Plains Road Line of the New York City Subway. Located at Third Avenue and Eugenio Maria de Hostos Boulevard (East 149th Street) in Mott Haven, Bronx, it is served by the 2 train at all times, and by the 5 train at all times except late nights.
The station, which has two tracks with two side platforms, has been fully renovated and now includes elevators and platform level fare control on each of the two wall platforms. There is a crossunder between the two platforms, but it has been closed to the public for many years due to safety issues. Each platform has a bus transfer booth with separate fare controls; the bus transfer was used for the connection to the Bx55 bus, which replaced the IRT Third Avenue Line in the Bronx. The extra booths and turnstiles, while still present, are no longer in use, having closed in July 1997 when the MetroCard free transfer policy went into effect. The tile has dark red and dark green/gray lower accents and dark red upper border. There is a mosaic artwork, installed in 1996, entitled Una Raza, Un Mundo, Universo (One Race, One World, One Universe), by Jose Ortega. Four such mosaics are on each platform near the fare control. The token booth is built into the wall. Prior to the renovation, terra cotta "3" plaques were on the platform walls. One of these has been preserved at the New York Transit Museum.
North of the station, the track ascends to become an elevated structure for the trip to East 180th Street. This is the longest section of elevated track built under IRT Contract I. Rising to the El level one can still see the shortened supports for former connections to the Third Avenue El.
- nycsubway.org — IRT White Plains Road Line: 3rd Avenue/149th Street
- Station Reporter — 2 Train
- Station Reporter — 5 Train