Van Buren Street (Metra station)

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Van Buren Street
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Station statistics
Address 132 East Van Buren Street
Chicago Loop, Chicago, Illinois 60604
Coordinates (400 S/100 E)
41°52′38″N 87°37′22″W / 41.877326°N 87.622844°W / 41.877326; -87.622844Coordinates: 41°52′38″N 87°37′22″W / 41.877326°N 87.622844°W / 41.877326; -87.622844
Line(s)
Connections Local Transit CTA Bus
Local Transit Pace Buses
Platforms 1 side platform, 1 island platform
Tracks 4
Other information
Opened 1896
Accessible Handicapped/disabled access
Owned by Metra
Fare zone A (Metra)
1 (South Shore)
Traffic
Passengers () 10,000 daily (Metra)[1]
Services
Preceding station   Metra   Following station
Terminus
Metra Electric District
NICTD
Terminus
South Shore Line

The Van Buren Street Station is a commuter rail station in downtown Chicago that serves the Metra Electric Line to University Park, Blue Island, and South Chicago neighborhood; and the South Shore Line to Gary and South Bend, Indiana.

The station has three tracks, with one side and one island platform. During the morning rush hour, platform 1 serves all outbound trains. Platform 2 serves local trains arriving from South Chicago, and trains from Blue Island. Platform 3 serves trains from the University Park mainline, which are usually expresses. During the off-peak hours and evening rush hour, Platform 1 serves express trains serving the University Park mainline. Platform 2 serves local trains headed for South Chicago, and trains headed for Blue Island. Platform 3 serves all inbound trains. In addition, South Shore Line trains from Millennium Station use platform 1, while trains to Millennium Station use platform 3, regardless of the time of day.

One of the station's entrances is a replica of an Hector Guimard-designed, Art Nouveau-style Paris subway entrance. The entrance was given to Chicago as a gift by the city of Paris in 2001.[2]

Bus connections[edit]

CTA Buses

  • 1 Indiana/Hyde Park
  • 3 King Drive
  • 4 Cottage Grove (Owl Service)
  • 6 Jackson Park Express
  • 7 Harrison
  • 14 Jeffery Express
  • 26 South Shore Express
  • X28 Stony Island Express
  • 126 Jackson
  • 129 West Loop/South Loop
  • 130 Museum Campus (Summer Service Only)
  • 132 Goose Island Express
  • 145 Wilson/Michigan Express
  • 147 Outer Drive Express
  • 148 Clarendon/Michigan Express
  • 151 Sheridan

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Metra:Van Buren Street Station
  2. ^ "Paris Gives Chicago touch of Belle Epoque," Chicago Sun-Times, May 13, 2001 (retrieved 23 December 2006)

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