Central station (CTA Green Line)

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Chicago 'L' rapid transit station
Central cta green line.jpg
Location350 North Central Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60644
Coordinates41°53′15″N 87°45′56″W / 41.887389°N 87.76565°W / 41.887389; -87.76565
Owned byChicago Transit Authority
Line(s)Lake Branch
Platforms1 Island Platform
Tracks2 tracks
Structure typeElevated
Bicycle facilitiesYes
Disabled accessYes
OpenedApril 15, 1899[1]
Rebuilt1962, 1994–96 (renovation)
Passengers (2017)622,246[2]Decrease 3.9%
Rank95 out of 143
Preceding station   Chicago "L"   Following station
toward Harlem/Lake
Green Line

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. ^ "Austin Hails Five-Cent Fares". Chicago Daily Tribune. April 15, 1899. p. 5.
  2. ^ "Annual Ridership Report – Calendar Year 2017" (PDF). Chicago Transit Authority, Ridership Analysis and Reporting. January 31, 2018. Retrieved July 29, 2018.
  3. ^ "CTA Gives Riders Taste of Cutback". Chicago Tribune. January 13, 1973. p. 42.

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