Racine (CTA Green Line station)

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Racine
20110327 38 CTA Green Line L @ Racine.jpg
Station statistics
Address 6314–16 South Racine Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60621
Coordinates 41°46′46″N 87°39′16″W / 41.779445°N 87.654515°W / 41.779445; -87.654515
Line(s)
Structure type Elevated
Platforms 2 side platforms
Tracks 2 tracks
Other information
Opened February 25, 1907
Closed January 9, 1994
Owned by Chicago Transit Authority
Formerly Center Street
Services
Preceding station   Chicago 'L'   Following station
toward Harlem/Lake
Green Line
Terminus

Racine is an abandoned rapid transit station on the Chicago Transit Authority's Green Line. The station is located at 6314–16 South Racine Avenue in the Englewood neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois. Racine was opened on February 25, 1907, when the Englewood branch of the South Side Elevated Railroad was expanded westward. The station closed with the rest of the Green Line on January 9, 1994, to be rebuilt, but did not reopen with the rest of the line on May 12, 1996. The CTA does not plan to return the station to service, and its future is uncertain.[1]

Station layout[edit]

P
Platform level
Side platform, not in service
Southbound Green Line does not stop here (Ashland/63rd)
Northbound Green Line does not stop here (Halsted)
Side platform, not in service
G - Street level

History[edit]

Racine was built in 1905–06 during the first years of the Englewood branch's existence. The station was designed in the Greek revival style by architect Earl Nielson. The original station building and platform still remain at the site, as Racine has not undergone any major renovations since it opened. Racine is the only original Englewood station that has not been demolished or rebuilt.[1]

Racine entered service on February 25, 1907. It briefly served as the terminus of the Englewood branch before it was extended to Loomis in July of the same year. The station was originally known as Center Avenue; it changed its name when Center Avenue changed its name to Racine Avenue. When the CTA instituted A/B skip-stop service in 1949, Racine, along with the entire Englewood branch, became an "A" station.

Closure of the station[edit]

When the Green Line closed on January 9, 1994, for a two-year renovation, Racine closed along with the other Green Line stations. However, Racine never reopened with the rest of the line on May 12, 1996. The CTA decided to close Racine and five other stations permanently in 1994, when they began the Green Line project.[2] The station closings were controversial in certain communities, and a group of over 20 community leaders known as the Green Line Coalition protested outside Mayor Richard M. Daley's office. They claimed that the CTA had reneged on its promise to reopen the stations and that the closures would hinder economic development in poorer communities.[3] Illinois State Senator Rickey Hendon also referred to the closings as racist and "a slap in the face" because the closed stations were primarily in African-American communities.[2] After they closed the station, the CTA chose not to demolish due to its status as a historic station per a memorandum of agreement between the CTA and the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency. As a result, employees at the adjacent Racine Shops train yard use the platforms to board and exit trains.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Garfield, Graham. "Racine". Chicago-L.org. Retrieved 1 December 2008. 
  2. ^ a b Golab, Art (10 March 1994). "Net Loss of 4 Stops In CTA Master Plan". Chicago Sun-Times. 
  3. ^ Wu, Olivia (28 February 1996). "Coalition Protests Green Line Closings". Chicago Tribune. 
  4. ^ Garfield, Graham. "Historic "L" Station Tour 2001". Chicago-L.org. Retrieved 28 April 2011. 

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