Davis station (CTA)

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Location 1612 Benson Avenue
Evanston, Illinois 60201
Coordinates 42°02′52″N 87°41′01″W / 42.04771°N 87.68363°W / 42.04771; -87.68363
Owned by Chicago Transit Authority
Platforms 2 side platforms
Tracks 2
Pace and CTA Buses
Structure type Elevated
Bicycle facilities Yes
Disabled access Yes
Opened May 16, 1908
Rebuilt 1908–10, 1978–79, 1992–94
Passengers (2015) 1,247,161[1]Decrease 0.9% (CTA)
Rank 58 out of 143[a]
Preceding station   Chicago "L"   Following station
toward Linden
Purple Line
toward Howard or The Loop
toward Kenosha
Union Pacific North
toward Ogilvie
Route map
Benson Ave.
Purple Line
north to Linden
Church St.
Davis St.
Purple Line
south to Howard or Loop

Davis is a station on the Chicago Transit Authority's 'L' system, on the Purple Line in Evanston, Illinois. It is located at 1612 Benson Avenue (directional coordinates 1600 north, 800 west), in the middle of downtown Evanston, and next to the Davis Street stop of Metra's Union Pacific/North Line. The station is also a terminus for one CTA and three Pace bus routes. The station is referred to as the Davis Transit Center by Pace.



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The current station was reconstructed from 1992 until 1994, and is made out of brick and concrete with a spacious metal and glass train shed, but lacks the styling or decoration found in many other CTA stations, giving Davis a modern urban, if utilitarian, feel. The station sports two prominent clock towers, on the west and east sides. It has several different paintings hanging in various areas of the platform. It also has a light board system, as well as a speaker system to alert passengers of train delays. There is a Dunkin' Donuts on the lower level, near the fare card vending machines. The platform, like most elevated CTA platforms, has a problem with pigeons. To combat the dropping issue, the CTA installed a fishnet over the entire station. While the fishnet has stopped pigeons from the area over the rails, there are a few signs, toward the back of the platforms, that have spikes, which does not work that often.

Platform signage[edit]

Davis is one of the four test sites for the Active Transit Station Signs (ATSS) program. In September 2002, the signs were installed at the station. The signs display preprogrammed and service-related messages as well as a countdown until the next train; however, the Davis station's signs do not display the countdown feature due to a programming glitch.[2]




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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. ^ "Monthly Ridership Report – December 2015" (PDF). Chicago Transit Authority Ridership Analysis and Reporting. January 11, 2016. Retrieved March 23, 2016. 
  2. ^ "Davis Stop", Chicago L

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