63rd Street (Metra station)

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63rd Street
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Station statistics
Address 63rd Street & Dorchester Street
Woodlawn, Chicago, Illinois
Coordinates 41°46′47″N 87°35′26″W / 41.779785°N 87.590539°W / 41.779785; -87.590539Coordinates: 41°46′47″N 87°35′26″W / 41.779785°N 87.590539°W / 41.779785; -87.590539
Line(s)
Connections CTA Bus
Platforms 2 island platforms
Tracks 4
Other information
Opened 1903
Electrified 1500v DC
Owned by METRA
Fare zone B (Metra)
2 (South Shore)
Formerly 63rd Street (Woodlawn)
Services
Ticket Vending Machine(Metra Only)
Preceding station   Metra   Following station
Metra Electric District
Main Line & Blue Island Branch
Metra Electric District
South Chicago Branch
NICTD
South Shore Line
  Former services  
Illinois Central
toward New Orleans
Main Line
toward St. Louis
St. Louis – Chicago
New York Central Railroad
Terminus
Michigan Central Railroad
Main Line
toward Detroit
Chicago – Cincinnati
(Big Four Railroad)
toward Cincinnati

The 63rd Street Station is a commuter rail station within the city of Chicago that serves the Metra Electric Line north to Millennium Station and south to University Park, Blue Island, and the Chicago neighborhood of South Chicago and the South Shore Line to Gary and South Bend, Indiana. Most South Shore Line trains do not stop at this station, except for one inbound train during the AM rush and three outbounds during the PM rush.

The station was originally built by the Illinois Central railroad (ICRR) in 1903, and served both ICRR commuter trains and long-distance passenger trains until the railroad relinquished its passenger train service to Amtrak in 1971. The station had another island platform between the two non-electrified tracks on the eastern side to serve the long distance trains. It is now removed, but evidence still remains. This also serves as a stop for Mount Carmel High School students, which is directly across from the station.

This is the last stop on the main line for trains of the South Chicago branch, which splits off south of the station. Prior to the 1990s, the Jackson Park branch of the South Side 'L' crossed the Metra Electric tracks on a truss bridge just north of this station.

Bus connections[edit]

CTA

  • #63 63rd Street (Owl Service)

External links[edit]

63rd Street Station from its days as an Illinois Central Railroad depot; October 1967