Simpson Street is a local stop on the White Plains Road Line that has been recently renovated. The stop opened on November 26, 1904 making it one of the oldest IRT elevated lines still in service (used only by the second Avenue el until 1905 when the IRT Broadway Express Line was extended to the Bronx). This makes the elevated much closer to the street than those built ten years later. This means that the station house and fare control has to be separate for each of the two side platforms for this three track elevated line and is not on a mezzanine as is typical for elevated stations but directly on the same level as the two side platforms. There is no free crossover or under. Just railroad north (west really) of the station the line curves off Westchester Avenue and onto Southern Blvd. The tops of the 6 Line's Bridge over the Bronx River (it follows Westchester Avenue north of this station and is considered the Westchester Avenue Line, although usually just referred to as Pelham Line) is easily visible and is definitely walkable. The station was renovated in the middle of the 2000s, and has the cream and green windscreens along with stained glass windows in the windscreens. Only the center of the platforms are canopied and windscreened the ends left to be exposed to the elements with historic looking and repainted low walls to the platforms that still have their ornamentation along with the station houses. The stop is fully ADA compliant with elevators added sometime in the 1990s giving their shafts the glass square design with bare aluminum siding (more modern elevated shafts have a different design).
For access on the Manhattan-bound platform two staircases lead to each northern corners of Westchester Avenue and Simpson Street. The elevator is on the NE corner. These lead up and into separate entrances into the small station house where turnstiles lead out to the platform. The station house has lots of windows out to the street and the outside's decorative features have been restored.
On the Dyre Avenue/Wakefield-241 Street-bound platform two separate street stairs on either side of the south side of Westchester Avenue lead up to the outside of the station house, along with the elevator from the SE corner. Both staircases lead up to High Exit Turnstiles. To enter the system passengers must enter the station house and use the bank of 3 turnstiles, there is also a now permanently closed (on April 4, 2010) Customer Assistant Booth. There is a tiny area beyond fare control to wait for trains inside before the doors out to the platform.
|(simpsonn21) Looking down off the el at Simpson Street and down Southern Blvd. Photo by Jeremiah Cox, 27 February, 2005||(simpsonn22) A staircase up to a platform at Simpson Street is being rebuilt and modernized. Photo by Jeremiah Cox, 27 February, 2005||(simpsonn23) The covered area of the platform at Simpson Street. Photo by Jeremiah Cox, 24 March, 2007||(simpsonn24) Looking down the Simpson Street Station with the curves of the tracks. Photo by Jeremiah Cox, 24 March, 2007|
|(simpsonn25) Looking across to the station house area on the Manhattan-bound platform at Simpson Street. Photo by Jeremiah Cox, 24 March, 2007||(simpsonn26) The elevator to Simpson Street to the Manhattan-bound platform's design sticks out like a sore thumb. Photo by Jeremiah Cox, 24 March, 2007||(simpsonn27) (simpsonn28) R142 #6361, leads a downtown 2 train as it enters Simpson Street. Photo by Jeremiah Cox, 24 March, 2007|
|(simpsonn29) Looking off the el at Simpson Street, the station house and elevator to the uptown platform are clearly visible Photo by Jeremiah Cox, 24 March, 2007||(simpsonn210) Two R142 trains pass south of Simpson Street. Photo by Jeremiah Cox, 24 March, 2007||(simpsonn211) R142 #6896 leads a uptown 5 train approaching Simpson Street. Photo by Jeremiah Cox, 24 March, 2007||(simpsonn212) R142 #6896 enters Simpson Street. Photo by Jeremiah Cox, 24 March, 2007|
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