O'Hare (CTA station)

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O'Hare 20 airtransportation.svg
CTA O'Hare Blue Line Station.jpg
Location 1000 O'Hare Drive
Chicago, Illinois 60666
Coordinates 41°58′52″N 87°54′03″W / 41.981127°N 87.900876°W / 41.981127; -87.900876
Owned by Chicago Transit Authority
Line(s)
Platforms 2 island platforms
Tracks 3
Connections Airport Transit System
Pace Buses
Metra
Construction
Structure type Underground
Bicycle facilities Yes
Disabled access Yes
History
Opened September 3, 1984
Traffic
Passengers (2014) 3,516,496[1]Increase 1%
Rank 9 out of 143[a]
Services
Preceding station   Chicago "L"   Following station
Terminus Blue Line
toward Forest Park
Route map
Blue Line
east to Forest Park

O'Hare is the 'L' station at the northwestern terminus of the CTA's Blue Line. It is a subway station with two island platforms serving three tracks, located at O'Hare International Airport, 17 miles (27 km) northwest of the Chicago Loop. The station is located underneath the O'Hare parking garage. Trains are scheduled to depart from O'Hare roughly every 2–7 minutes during rush-hour periods and take about 40 minutes to travel to the Loop. It is the westernmost station of the 'L' system. It is also the only CTA station without coordinates in Chicago's grid system, as O'Hare lines up with no street in the city. It is the only CTA terminal located in a subway and also is the only terminal (and station, for that matter) where a premium fare applies and is the only terminal that does not directly connect to any CTA or Pace buses. It is also one of two terminals (the other being Dempster-Skokie on the Yellow Line) that does not have a yard assigned to it (the yard is located at Rosemont).

History[edit]

O'Hare station opened on September 3, 1984, as the terminus of an extension of the Blue Line from its former terminal at River Road.[2] It was built to a design by the architectural firm Murphy/Jahn.[3]

Accident[edit]

On March 24, 2014, a train approaching the station on the middle track collided with the bumper, then jumped the tracks and crashed into the escalators injuring 32 people.[4] The station reopened on March 30, 2014 at 2:00 p.m.[5]

Bus and rail connections[edit]

Take Airport Transit System to Remote Parking Stop to access connections

Metra

Pace Buses

  • #250 Dempster Street
  • #330 Manneheim-LaGrange Roads

Notes and references[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Due to possible double-counting of physically-connected stations, the CTA's official 2014 tally of stations was 145, but for ridership purposes reported having only 143 stations.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Monthly Ridership Report – December 2014" (PDF). Chicago Transit Authority Ridership Analysis and Reporting. March 5, 2015. Retrieved 17 April 2015. 
  2. ^ Papajohn, George (September 4, 1984). "O'Hare's 'L' Service Gets Inaugural Cheer". Chicago Tribune. p. A1. 
  3. ^ Garfield, Graham. "O'Hare". Chicago-"L".org. Retrieved September 30, 2006. 
  4. ^ Commuter Train Derails at Chicago Airport (Yahoo News)
  5. ^ Schulte, Sarah (March 30, 2014). "CTA Blue Line O'Hare stop reopens Sunday following derailment". abclocal.com. Retrieved April 1, 2014. 

External links[edit]

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