Morse (CTA station)
|Address||1358 West Morse Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60626
|Platforms||1 island platform|
|Opened||May 16, 1908|
|Owned by||Chicago Transit Authority|
|Passengers (2012)||1,326,925 10.7%|
Morse is an 'L' station on the CTA's Red Line. It is located at 1358 West Morse Avenue in Chicago, Illinois (directional coordinates 6950N, 1400W; misidentified on station signage as 6900N). The station was formerly known as Rogers Park or Morse-Rogers Park. There is an automated entry/exit from the north end of the platform onto Lunt Avenue (7000N). The Rogers Park neighborhood, located in the far northeast corner of Chicago, has four 'L' stations (N to S): Howard, Jarvis, Morse, and Loyola.
The station was first constructed in 1908, and rebuilt in 1921 as the line was elevated. This mostly brick and concrete station remains today, although the station was extensively renovated in 2012. The wooden platform was replaced with a new concrete platform, and the interior of the Morse Ave. station house was completely gutted and rebuilt. During this time, the station house was also expanded into an unused adjacent retail space. Shortly after this renovation, an empty storefront adjacent to the Lunt Ave. exit was demolished, and a bicycle parking lot was constructed in its place.
There are several businesses that are also housed in the building containing the station. Under the Morse Avenue viaduct are Morse El Liquors and Leni Blumyin, DPM. The remaining storefront under the Lunt Ave. exit at the north end of the station is currently empty. The Heartland Cafe is across the street from the Lunt Ave. exit.
On November 2, 2009, an incident occurred at the Morse station involving a child in a stroller that is under some dispute. Ebere Ozonwu claims that as she was rushing to catch a southbound train, pushing her daughter ahead of her in a stroller, the train's doors closed on the stroller and dragged it, eventually flinging her daughter onto the gravel at the end of the platform and carrying the stroller away. Traces of paint found on the stroller, possibly from the guardrail at the end of the platform, seem to confirm this story, but the operator claims that the doors were carefully checked and the train could not have moved if the doors were not closed.
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- St Clair, Stacy (November 5, 2009). "Stroller allegedly caught in CTA train doors appears to be unscathed". Chicago Tribune.
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