Midway (CTA station)

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Midway 20 airtransportation.svg
Orange Line Trains at Midway.jpg
Station statistics
Address 4612 West 59th Street
Chicago, Illinois 60629
Coordinates 41°47′12″N 87°44′16″W / 41.78661°N 87.737875°W / 41.78661; -87.737875
Line(s)
Connections

CTA Buses

Pace Buses
Structure type At-grade
Platforms 1 island platform,
1 side platform
Tracks 3
Parking Aiga parking inv.svg 299 Spaces
Bicycle facilities Yes
Other information
Opened October 31, 1993
Accessible Handicapped/disabled access
Owned by Chicago Transit Authority
Traffic
Passengers (2012) 2,833,465 Increase 6.8%
Services
Preceding station   Chicago 'L'   Following station
Terminus Orange Line
toward The Loop

Midway is a station of the Chicago Transit Authority's 'L' system, serving the Orange Line. It is the southwestern terminus of the Orange Line and serves Chicago Midway International Airport in Chicago, the city's second-largest airport. The turnstiles at the station's entrance are somewhat wider than most to accommodate airport passengers and their luggage. The station, along with the rest of the Orange Line, opened on October 31, 1993, after a long wait by Chicago's southwest side for 'L' access. It is also the closest station to Toyota Park home of the Chicago Fire Major League Soccer Team, approximately 4 mi away. Although in the Garfield Ridge community area, the station serves many residents in the West Elsdon and West Lawn neighborhoods.

Station layout[edit]

M Mezzanine Crossover, to Exits/Entrances and Chicago Midway International Airport terminals
P
Platform level
Side platform, doors will open on the right
Northbound Orange Line toward The Loop (Pulaski)
Northbound Orange Line toward The Loop (Pulaski)
Island platform, doors will open on the left/right
Northbound Orange Line toward The Loop (Pulaski)

History[edit]

20040405 37 CTA Midway Transporation Center.jpg

Prior to 1993, the southwest side was served only by the Douglas Park Branch of the West-Northwest Line. As the city expanded, this service became insufficient. During the 1940s, when subways were being constructed under State and Dearborn Streets, the city planned to expand the “L” to Midway Airport. However, this plan was not approved then.

On January 22, 1990, there was a groundbreaking ceremony held at the future site of Midway Station. Many people attended, including Mayor Daley, Bernard Ford, the CTA Acting Executive Director, and David Williams, the Chicago public works commissioner. In 1993, the CTA finished building the new orange line. It cost about $500 million, despite the use of abandoned railroad right-of-ways. Midway Station includes a three-track terminal, a yard, a car maintenance facility, an island platform, elevators leading to the sidewalk, and escalators and stairs connecting to the moving walkway heading to the airport.

When the garage was built on the east side of Cicero, it bisected the walkway from the station to the airport. In 2002, the Department of Aviation built a walkway through the garage. Although people still have to cross traffic lanes in two to three places, conditions are now safer then they were when people had to cross the traffic-filled garage. Now, metal bumpers protect the walkers in the garage.

Bus connections[edit]

CTA

  • #47 47th
  • #54B South Cicero
  • #55 Garfield
  • #55A 55th/Austin
  • #55N 55th/Narragansett
  • #59 59th/61st
  • #62H Archer/Harlem
  • #N62 Archer (Owl Service)
  • #63 63rd (Owl Service)
  • #63W West 63rd
  • #165 West 65th

Pace

  • #379 Midway-Orland Square
  • #382 Central/Clearing
  • #383 South Cicero
  • #384 Narragansett-Ridgeland
  • #385 87th/111th/127th
  • #386 South Harlem
  • #387 Toyota Park Express
  • #390 Midway CTA Station-UPS Hodgkins

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