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Austin (CTA Green Line station)

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Platforms  1 Island Platform
Connections  CTA and Pace buses
Opened  15 April 1899
Rebuilt  1962
Tracks  2 tracks
Structure type  Elevated
Owner  Chicago Transit Authority
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Location  351 North Austin Boulevard Chicago, Illinois 60644
Owned by  Chicago Transit Authority
Similar  Kedzie (CTA Green), Oak Park (CTA Green), California (CTA Green), Cicero (CTA Green), Ridgeland‑Green Line

Austin is a station on the Chicago Transit Authority's 'L' system. It is located between the Ridgeland and Central stations on the Green Line, which runs from Harlem/Lake and to Ashland/63rd and Cottage Grove. The station is located at the intersection of Austin Boulevard and Corcoran Place in the Austin neighborhood on Chicago's West Side and borders the village of Oak Park.

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Austin opened on April 15, 1899, as part of a surface level extension of the Lake Street Elevated Railroad, along with Central. It was rebuilt in the early 1960s as part of a project which moved the western end of the Lake Street line off of its street level alignment and onto an abandoned strip of the parallel Chicago and Northwestern Railway's embankment. The station at Austin consists of a single island platform; a stairway and escalator connect the platform to a station building. Trains serve Austin from 3:50 a.m. to 1:00 a.m. on weekdays, from 4:55 a.m. to 1:00 a.m. on Saturdays, from 4:55 a.m. to 1:00 a.m. on Sundays. In addition to trains, Austin also serves CTA and Pace buses.

History

The first Austin station opened in 1899, as part of a grade-level extension of the Lake Street Elevated Railroad west from terminal at 52nd Avenue through Austin and Oak Park. It temporarily served as the terminal for the Lake Street Elevated until the line was extended further west later that year.

It was rebuilt in 1962, as part of a project which moved the western two and a half miles of the Lake Street line off of its street level alignment and onto an abandoned strip of the parallel Chicago and Northwestern Railway's embankment. As part of the reconstruction, an auxiliary entrance was constructed at Mason Avenue, a block east of the main entrance. On February 18, 1973, the Mason entrance was reduced to functioning only as an auxiliary exit due to budget cuts. It was later closed entirely in 1994.

Facilities

The station consists of a single island platform on a grade-separated embankment. The platform is located on the south side of the right of way of Metra's Union Pacific/West Line to the east of Austin Boulevard. It serves the Green Line's two tracks; the northern track serves trains to Harlem/Lake, while the southern track serves trains to Ashland/63rd and Cottage Grove. Fare controls and a customer assistant booth are in the station house, alongside the railroad embankment at street level. Access to the platform is provided by a stairwell and an escalator. The station's lack of an elevator or a ramp means that it is not handicapped accessible.

Services

Austin is part of the Chicago Transit Authority's Green Line, which runs from Harlem/Lake to downtown Chicago and south to Ashland/63rd and Cottage Grove on Chicago's South Side. It is the fourth inbound station from Harlem/Lake on the Green Line and is located between the Ridgeland and Central stations. Green Line trains serve Austin from 3:50 a.m. to 1:00 a.m. on weekdays, from 4:55 a.m. to 1:00 a.m. on Saturdays, from 4:55 a.m. to 1:00 a.m. on Sundays. The station is approximately 4 minutes from Harlem/Lake, 17 minutes from Clark/Lake in the Loop, 51 minutes from Ashland/63rd, and 45 minutes from Cottage Grove. 629,581 passengers boarded at Austin in 2011.

In addition to 'L' trains, the station provides service to several bus routes. Two CTA bus routes stop at Austin, the N20 Madison and 91 Austin. These routes provide service to Madison Street, Illinois Center, Austin Avenue, the Austin Blue Line station, Lawrence Avenue, and the Jefferson Park Transit Center. Service to Taft High School is also provided on school days. Additionally, Pace operates two bus routes to the station: the 309 Lake Street and 313 St. Charles Road. These routes provide service to West Suburban Hospital, Westlake Community Hospital, the Elmhurst Metra station, the Melrose Park Metra station, Yorktown Center, East Gate Shopping Center, and the municipalities of Oak Park, River Forest, Maywood, Melrose Park, Northlake, Stone Park, Elmhurst, Bellwood, Berkeley, Villa Park, and Lombard.

References

Austin (CTA Green Line station) Wikipedia


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