Fairview Avenue station (Illinois)

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Fairview Avenue
Fairview Avenue Station - September 2016.jpg
The Fairview Avenue station in September 2016.
Location Fairview & Burlington Avenues
Downers Grove, Illinois
Coordinates 41°47′43″N 87°59′38″W / 41.7954°N 87.9940°W / 41.7954; -87.9940Coordinates: 41°47′43″N 87°59′38″W / 41.7954°N 87.9940°W / 41.7954; -87.9940
Owned by Village of Downers Grove
Platforms 2 Side platforms
Tracks 3
Parking Yes
Disabled access Yes
Other information
Fare zone E
Opened 1917
Passengers (2014) 425 (avg. weekday)[1]
Rank 120 out of 236[2]
Preceding station   Metra   Following station
toward Aurora
BNSF Railway

Fairview Avenue is one of three railroad stations on Metra's BNSF Railway Line in Downers Grove, Illinois. The station is 20.3 miles (32.7 km) from Union Station, the east end of the line.[3] Though its official address is on Fairview Avenue (hence the name) and Burlington Avenue, the main parking lot is on the south side of the tracks off of nearby Second Street. All parking lots, including the main parking lot are managed by the Village of Downers Grove.

Fairview Avenue station has a colonial barn-type design more akin to railroad stations of the Northeastern United States, such as those on the Long Island Rail Road, and also matching the adjacent Pepperidge Farm bakery. Currently no buses run near the station.

In 1991, a forty-one-year-old woman, Mary T. Wojtyla, was killed at this station after being struck by a westbound Metra express train.[4] The accident was captured on camera by a railfan.


  1. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2016-03-26. Retrieved 2016-04-01. 
  2. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2016-03-26. Retrieved 2016-04-01. 
  3. ^ Metra Railfan Tips - BNSF Railway Line
  4. ^ "Train Kills Woman In Downers". Chicago Tribune. Downers Grove, Illinois. August 27, 1991. 

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