Central (CTA Green Line station)

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Central in 1968
Location 350 North Central Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60644
Coordinates 41°53′15″N 87°45′56″W / 41.887389°N 87.76565°W / 41.887389; -87.76565
Owned by Chicago Transit Authority
Platforms 1 Island Platform
Tracks 2 tracks
Structure type Elevated
Bicycle facilities Yes
Disabled access Yes
Opened April 15, 1899[1]
Rebuilt 1962, 1994-1996 (renovation)
Passengers (2015) 750,944 [2]Increase 0.9%
Rank 91 out of 143[a]
Preceding station   Chicago "L"   Following station
toward Harlem/Lake
Green Line
Route map
Corcoran Pl.
Green Line
west to Harlem/Lake
Parkside Ave.
Union Pacific / West Line
Central Ave.
Green Line
east to Ashland/63rd and Cottage Grove
Lake St.

Central is a station on the Chicago Transit Authority's 'L' system and is located at 350 North Central Avenue in the Austin neighborhood on Chicago's West side.


The original Central station was built as part of an extension of the Lake Street Elevated Railroad that opened on April 15, 1899. The structure, consisting of a single island platform, was originally at grade, but was relocated onto an embankment in 1962 to allow Central Avenue to pass underneath. The Parkside Avenue auxiliary entrance closed on January 15, 1973.[3] During the 1994–1996 Green Line rehabilitation, Central was repainted and an elevator was added for accessibility.

Despite the identical name, it is geographically distant from Central station on the Purple Line.


The station address is 350 North Central Avenue and it is situated between the Laramie and Austin stations on the Green Line, which runs from Harlem/Lake and to Ashland/63rd and Cottage Grove. The station is located at the intersection of Central Avenue and Corcoran Place in the Austin neighborhood on Chicago's West Side.

Bus connections[edit]


  • 85 Central

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. ^ "Austin Hails Five-Cent Fares". Chicago Daily Tribune. April 15, 1899. p. 5. 
  2. ^ "Monthly Ridership Report – December 2015" (PDF). Chicago Transit Authority Ridership Analysis and Reporting. January 11, 2016. Retrieved March 12, 2016. 
  3. ^ "CTA Gives Riders Taste of Cutback". Chicago Tribune. January 13, 1973. p. 42. 

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