Bryn Mawr (CTA station)

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Bryn Mawr
Bryn Mawr CTA.jpg
Station statistics
Address 1119 West Bryn Mawr Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60660
Coordinates 41°59′01″N 87°39′32″W / 41.983572°N 87.658862°W / 41.983572; -87.658862
Structure type Embankment
Platforms 1 island platform
Tracks 4
Bicycle facilities Yes
Other information
Opened May 16, 1908
Rebuilt 1921, 1974
Owned by Chicago Transit Authority
Formerly Edgewater
Passengers (2012) 1,658,903 Increase 4.4%
Preceding station   Chicago 'L'   Following station
toward Howard
Red Line
Route map
Purple Line Express
north to Linden
Red Line
north to Howard
Bryn Mawr Ave.
Purple Line Express
south to Loop
Red Line
south to 95th/Dan Ryan

Bryn Mawr (pronounced /ˌbrɪnˈmɑːr/ from Welsh for "big hill") is an 'L' station on the CTA's Red Line. It is an elevated station located at 1119 West Bryn Mawr Avenue (directional coordinates 5600 north, 1200 west) in the Bryn Mawr Historic District of the Edgewater neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois. The adjacent stations are Thorndale, located about one half mile to the north, and Berwyn, about three eighths of a 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. The name "Bryn Mawr" comes from the SEPTA Regional Rail (and former PRR Main Line) station located north of Philadelphia in the community of the same name. The name came to the area in the 1880s by Edgewater developer John Lewis Cochran,[1]and is Welsh for "Big Hill."


A depot on the Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul Railroad Evanston route was constructed at Bryn Mawr in about 1886.[2] When the Northwestern Elevated Railroad was extended north from Wilson in 1908, taking over from Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul Railroad, they opened a station at Bryn Mawr called Edgewater Station. This station was rebuilt to a design by architect Charles P. Rawson when the tracks between Wilson and Howard were elevated onto an embankment in 1921—the name was changed to Bryn Mawr soon after.[3] The station was extensively renovated in 1974, and an escalator was added. In 2006, the signage at Bryn Mawr was replaced, and three-sided pylons which display maps and schedules were installed in the station house and on the platform. In 2017, Bryn Mawr renovation is scheduled for construction.


Bryn Mawr is used by passengers traveling between the Edgewater neighborhood and other parts of Chicago. The station is open 24 hours a day. Trains service Bryn Mawr every four to ten minutes on weekdays, and every six to ten minutes on weekends. Nighttime "owl" service operates every 15 minutes or more. In 2007, 1,369,201 passengers boarded at Bryn Mawr, a 6% decrease from the previous year. Bryn Mawr was the 19th-busiest station on the Red Line.[4]

The station house at Bryn Mawr is located on the south side of Bryn Mawr Avenue. An auxiliary exit is on the opposite side of the street. Outside of the station house are three granite compass roses to help exiting passengers orient themselves. The fare controls at Bryn Mawr are located at ground level inside the station house; past the fare controls, stairs and an escalator lead to Bryn Mawr's island platform. Bicycle storage is available at Bryn Mawr.

Bus connections[edit]

CTA Buses

  • #36 Broadway [5]
  • #84 Peterson [5]


  1. ^ "Cochran’s Third Addition to Edgewater". Edgewater Historical Society. Retrieved 20 August 2010. 
  2. ^ Bryn Mawr - The Historical Perspective. The Edgewater Historical Society (URL accessed September 24, 2006).
  3. ^ Bryn Mawr. Chicago-"L".org (URL accessed September 24, 2006).
  4. ^ CTA ridership figures by station entrance (2007)
  5. ^ a b "Granville". Chicago Transit Authority. Retrieved 2012-04-30. 

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