83rd Street (Avalon Park) (Metra station)

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83rd Street
Avalon Park
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Station statistics
Address 83rd Street near Ellis Avenue
Chatham, Chicago, IL
Coordinates 41°44′41″N 87°35′55″W / 41.7446°N 87.5986°W / 41.7446; -87.5986Coordinates: 41°44′41″N 87°35′55″W / 41.7446°N 87.5986°W / 41.7446; -87.5986
Line(s)
Platforms 1 Island platform
Tracks 5
Parking Street-side
Other information
Electrified 1926
Owned by Metra
Fare zone C
Services
Ticket vending machines
Preceding station   Metra   Following station
Metra Electric District
Main Line & Blue Island Branch

Avalon Park-83rd Street is an electrified commuter rail station along the Metra Electric Main Line in Chicago, Illinois. The station is located over 83rd Street near Ellis Avenue and is 10.38 miles (16.70 km) away from the northern terminus at Randolph Street Station.[1] Despite the name of the station, it is actually located in Chatham, not the Avalon Park neighborhood for which it is named; however, it is only a short distance from Avalon Park. In Metra's zone-based fare system, 83rd Street-Avalon Park Station is in zone C.

Like much of the main branch of the Metra Electric line, 83rd Street-Avalon Park is built on elevated tracks near the embankment of a bridge over 83rd Street. This bridge also carries an Amtrak line (owned by Canadian National Railway) that runs parallel to it, carrying the City of New Orleans, Illini, and Saluki trains. The former Nickel Plate Railroad ran just east of the Metra tracks. It also had a station stop at 83rd Street.[2] The Nickel Plate right-of-way now is overgrown with trees.

There is another 83rd Street station on the South Chicago Branch. Side-street parking is available on 83rd Street between the tracks and Woodlawn Avenue. Currently, no bus connections are available.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Metra Railfan Tips - Metra Electric
  2. ^ Welsh, Joseph (2002). Passenger Trains of Yesteryear Chicago Eastbound. Kalmbach Publishing Company. p. 10. 

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The former Nickel Plate Road bridge over 83rd Street, a station was located here.