Bryn Mawr station (CTA)

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Bryn Mawr
Bryn Mawr CTA.jpg
Location 1119 West Bryn Mawr Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60660
Coordinates 41°59′01″N 87°39′32″W / 41.983572°N 87.658862°W / 41.983572; -87.658862
Owned by Chicago Transit Authority
Platforms 1 island platform
Tracks 4
Structure type Embankment
Bicycle facilities Yes
Opened May 16, 1908
Rebuilt 1921, 1974
Previous names Edgewater
Passengers (2015) 1,605,838[1]Increase 0.2%
Rank 43 out of 143[a]
Preceding station   Chicago "L"   Following station
toward Howard
Red Line
Route map
Purple Line Express
north to Linden
Red Line
north to Howard
Bryn Mawr Ave.
Purple Line Express
south to Loop
Red Line
south to 95th/Dan Ryan

Bryn Mawr (pronounced /ˌbrɪnˈmɑːr/ from Welsh for "big hill") is an 'L' station on the CTA's Red Line. It is located at 1119 West Bryn Mawr Avenue in the Bryn Mawr Historic District of the Edgewater neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois. The adjacent stations are Thorndale, located about one half mile to the north, and Berwyn, about three eighths of a mile to the south. Four tracks pass through the station, but there is only a single island platform in the center of the tracks; Purple Line weekday rush hour express service use the outside tracks but do not stop. The name "Bryn Mawr" comes from the SEPTA Regional Rail (and former PRR Main Line) station located north of Philadelphia in the community of the same name. The name came to the area in the 1880s by Edgewater developer John Lewis Cochran,[2] and is Welsh for "Big Hill."


A depot on the Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul Railroad Evanston route was constructed at Bryn Mawr in about 1886.[3] When the Northwestern Elevated Railroad was extended north from Wilson in 1908, taking over from Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul Railroad, they opened a station at Bryn Mawr called Edgewater Station. This station was rebuilt to a design by architect Charles P. Rawson when the tracks between Wilson and Howard were elevated onto an embankment in 1921 – the name was changed to Bryn Mawr soon after.[4] The station was extensively renovated in 1974, and an escalator was added. In 2006, the signage at Bryn Mawr was replaced, and three-sided pylons which display maps and schedules were installed in the station house and on the platform.


Bryn Mawr is used by passengers traveling between the Edgewater neighborhood and other parts of Chicago. The station is open 24 hours a day. Trains service Bryn Mawr every four to ten minutes on weekdays, and every six to ten minutes on weekends. Nighttime "owl" service operates every 15 minutes or more.

The station house at Bryn Mawr is located on the south side of Bryn Mawr Avenue. An auxiliary exit is on the opposite side of the street. Outside of the station house are three granite compass roses to help exiting passengers orient themselves. The fare controls at Bryn Mawr are located at ground level inside the station house; past the fare controls, passengers take stairs or an escalator to the island platform. Bicycle storage is available at Bryn Mawr.

Bus connections[edit]

CTA Buses

  • 36 Broadway [5]
  • 84 Peterson [5]

Notes and references[edit]


  1. ^ Due to possible double-counting of physically-connected stations, the CTA's official 2015 tally of stations was 146, but for ridership purposes reported having only 143 stations.


  1. ^ "Annual Ridership Report – 2015" (PDF). Chicago Transit Authority Ridership Analysis and Reporting. January 13, 2016. Retrieved May 29, 2016. 
  2. ^ "Cochran’s Third Addition to Edgewater". Edgewater Historical Society. Retrieved 20 August 2010. 
  3. ^ Bryn Mawr - The Historical Perspective. The Edgewater Historical Society (URL accessed September 24, 2006).
  4. ^ Bryn Mawr. Chicago-"L".org (URL accessed September 24, 2006).
  5. ^ a b "Granville". Chicago Transit Authority. Retrieved 2012-04-30. 

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