Thorndale station (CTA)

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Thorndale
 
5900N
1200W
Chicago 'L' rapid transit station
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Location1118 West Thorndale Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60660
Coordinates 41°59′24″N87°39′33″W / 41.990133°N 87.659082°W / 41.990133; -87.659082
Owned by Chicago Transit Authority
Line(s) North Side Main Line
Platforms1 island platform
Tracks4
Construction
Structure type Embankment
Bicycle facilitiesYes
History
OpenedFebruary 14, 1915 [1]
Rebuilt1921, 2012
Traffic
Passengers (2017)992,142 [2] Decrease2.svg 2.9%
Rank70 out of 143
Services
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Granville
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Thorndale Ave.
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Thorndale is an 'L' station on the CTA's Red Line. It is located at 1118 West Thorndale Avenue in the Edgewater neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois. The adjacent stations are Granville, located about one quarter mile to the north, and Bryn Mawr, about one half mile to the south. Four tracks pass through the station, but there is only a single island platform in the center of the tracks; Purple Line weekday rush hour express service use the outside tracks but do not stop at this station. Thorndale is named for the Thorndale station in the community of the same name, which is west of Philadelphia. Many of the streets (and thus CTA stations) in the Edgewater neighborhood are named after stops on the former PRR Main Line. [3]

Chicago Transit Authority operator of mass transit

The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) is the operator of mass transit in Chicago, Illinois and some of its surrounding suburbs, including the trains of the Chicago "L" and CTA bus service.

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History

A temporary station opened at Thorndale in 1915. This was replaced with a permanent station built to a design by architect Charles P. Rawson in 1921 as part of a project by the Northwestern Elevated Railroad to raise the tracks between Wilson and Howard onto an embankment. [4]

Northwestern Elevated Railroad

The Northwestern Elevated Railroad was the last of the privately constructed rapid transit lines to be built in Chicago. The line ran from the Loop in downtown Chicago north to Wilson Avenue in Chicago's Uptown neighborhood with a branch to Ravenswood and Albany Park that left the main line at Clark Street. The Ravenswood line is now operated as the Brown Line, while the Main Line is used by the Purple and Red Lines.

Modernization

Closure of the Thorndale station (along with Lawrence, and Jarvis on the Red Line and South Boulevard and Foster on the Purple Line) was proposed in of three of the CTA's six potential options for the renovation of the Purple Line and northern section of the Red Line. [5] In two plans, the station would be replaced by new auxiliary entrances at Glenlake from Granville and Hollywood from Bryn Mawr. In the third, replacement would be by auxiliary entrances at Elmdale from a new subterranean station at Glenlake and at Hollywood from a new station at Bryn Mawr. [6]

Bus connections

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Notes and references

Notes

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    References

    1. "New "L" Station Opened". Chicago Daily Tribune. February 15, 1915. p. 15.
    2. "Annual Ridership Report Calendar Year 2017" (PDF). Chicago Transit Authority, Ridership Analysis and Reporting. January 31, 2018. Retrieved July 29, 2018.
    3. History of streets in Edgewater
    4. Garfield, Graham. "Thorndale". Chicago "L".org. Retrieved 2008-08-22.
    5. Roberts, Bob (January 27, 2011). "CTA Riders Voice Their Opinions". CBS Chicago.com. Retrieved January 28, 2011.
    6. "Environmental Impact Statement Scoping Information" (PDF). North Red and Purple Modernization Project. Chicago Transit Authority. Archived from the original (PDF) on January 24, 2011. Retrieved January 28, 2011.
    7. https://www.transitchicago.com/bus/36/