Many riders transfer between the bus & subway every day. This is no different at the intersection of Gun Hill Road & White Plains Road where multiple bus lines meet up with the 2 & 5 (part time). The intersection which has plenty of traffic day in & day out has become quite hazardous for riders who are trying to connect to the other form of public transportation available.
However the days of the hazardous connections might be coming to an end if the MTA gets their way. The agency wants to build the borough’s first “intermodal transport facility.” Dorian Block of the New York Daily News has more in this report:
Transit riders in one Bronx neighborhood won’t have to fight traffic while transferring between subway and bus, and they’ll get some shelter from rain and snow.
The Metropolitan Transit Authority is designing the borough’s first “intermodal transport facility” next to the Gun Hill Road station on White Plains Road.
The estimated $6 million enclosed station will connect the No. 2 and 5 subway lines with the many bus lines that run through the area.
Subway riders who previously crossed traffic-filled White Plains Road to transfer to buses will now be able to board the buses right from the subway station exit. The roofed area, which will shelter commuters from the rain and snow, is expected to be completed by 2010.
Click here for the complete report.
As a former Bronx resident who frequented the area, I can attest to how dangerous of an intersection this is. I myself have had a nightmare of a time transferring between bus & subway or just trying to cross the street. I feel this project will be greatly appreciated by the riders who travel to & from this location. I can’t wait!
xoxo Transit Blogger