Grand (CTA Red Line station)

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Grand
Grand-State.jpg
Station statistics
Address 521 North State Street
Chicago, IL 60654
Coordinates 41°53′30″N 87°37′41″W / 41.891665°N 87.628021°W / 41.891665; -87.628021
Line(s)
Structure type Underground
Platforms 2 side platforms
Tracks

2

Depth 33 ft
Other information
Opened October 17, 1943
Rebuilt 2007–2012
Accessible Handicapped/disabled access
Owned by City of Chicago
Traffic
Passengers (2012) 3,773,949 Increase 7.5%
Services
Preceding station   Chicago 'L'   Following station
toward Howard
Red Line
Route map
Red Line
north to Howard
Red Line
south to 95th/Dan Ryan

Grand, also known as and announced Grand/State to differentiate it from Grand on the Blue Line, is a rapid transit station on the Red Line of the Chicago 'L'. It serves Navy Pier, which is accessible via bus on Illinois Street one block south.

Location[edit]

The first stop north of the Chicago River on the Red Line, Grand station is located in the River North neighborhood of the city. More specifically, it lies underneath North State Street at its intersection with Grand Avenue. Due to its central location, it is close to a number of landmarks in Chicago, with Navy Pier to the east and the Merchandise Mart (which has its own station on the Brown and Purple Lines).

History[edit]

Grand opened on October 17, 1943, as part of the State Street Subway,[1] which forms the central portion of what is now the Red Line between North/Clybourn and Roosevelt stations.

During the 1950s, the CTA implemented skip-stop service throughout the 'L' system. Under this service pattern, Grand station was designated as AB along with all other downtown stations (on the Red Line, those stops south of Clark/Division and north of Cermak were given AB designations).[2] As a result, all trains stopped at these stations. The skip-stop service was ended due to budget cuts in the 1990s.

Renovation[edit]

In line with other downtown stations, Grand station underwent renovation from 2007 until 2012. The project doubled the station's capacity through a 2,000 sq ft (190 m2) mezzanine expansion as well as widening stairways and adding elevators.[3] The final cost for the renovation was $73.6 million.[4]

Unlike most State Street Subway stations, Grand uses a side platform configuration with two tracks. This setup does exist, however, at Chicago and North/Clybourn stations. There are entrances from street level at all corners of the intersection of North State Street and Grand Avenue. One level below street level lies a mezzanine containing fare control, while the platforms are located beneath the mezzanine.

Bus connections[edit]

CTA

  • #29 State
  • #36 Broadway
  • #65 Grand

Other

  • Navy Pier Trolley (May–September Only)[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Shinnick, William (October 17, 1943). "Chicago Underground--A Subway at Last!". Chicago Daily Tribune. p. C1. 
  2. ^ "1957 Chicago 'L' system map". Chicago-L.org. Retrieved February 8, 2011. 
  3. ^ Hilkevitch, Jon (July 2, 2007). "At last, rehab work will arrive at Grand". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 2011-02-08. 
  4. ^ http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2012/01/17/newly-renovated-grand-avenue-red-line-stop-unveiled/
  5. ^ http://www.navypier.com/visit_us/pdf/trolleystoproute.pdf Navy Pier Trolley Route Map

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