Foster station

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Foster Purple Line.jpg
Location 900 Foster Street
Evanston, Illinois 60201
Coordinates 42°03′15″N 87°41′01″W / 42.054136°N 87.683604°W / 42.054136; -87.683604
Owned by Chicago Transit Authority
Platforms 1 Island platform
Tracks 2
Connections CTA bus
Structure type Elevated
Opened January 6, 1909
Rebuilt 1931
Passengers (2015) 282,795[1]Increase 3.6% (CTA)
Rank 136 out of 143[a]
Preceding station   Chicago "L"   Following station
Evanston Branch
toward Linden
Purple Line
toward Howard
Purple Line
Route map
Purple Line
north to Linden
Hamlin St.
North Shore Line
removed 1970
Foster St.
Purple Line
south to Howard or Loop

Foster is a station on the Chicago Transit Authority's 'L' system, on the Purple Line in Evanston, Illinois. It is located at 900 Foster Street (directional coordinates 2000 north, 900 west), just a few blocks west of Northwestern University's Evanston campus.



Like the rest of the 'L' tracks north of the Wilson station, Foster is elevated on a solid fill embankment, unlike the steel structure commonly associated with the 'L'. It lacks a formal station house; two staircases on the south side of Foster Street lead up to a small area containing a customer assistant's booth, a farecard vending machine, and two turnstiles. The island platform is composed of concrete and stretches north from the station entrance, covered by a canopy its entire length. Southbound trains stop on the west side of the platform, while northbound trains stop at the east part. The platform can only accommodate six-car trains because the north tip of the platform has been removed, although its framing and canopy are still in place.

Former service[edit]

Foster was served by trains of the Chicago North Shore and Milwaukee Railroad on the Shore Line Route. Like Noyes and Central, Foster had an additional side platform to the west of the southbound track for exclusive use of the North Shore Line, to prevent disembarking customers from transferring to 'L' trains for free. The platform was removed sometime after the North Shore Line ceased operations over this section of the rapid transit system in 1955, but its concrete footings can still be seen opposite the current platform north of Foster Street.


Closure of the Foster station (along with South Boulevard) is proposed in three of the CTA's six potential options for the renovation of the Purple Line and northern section of the Red Line.[2][3]

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. ^ Bullington, Jonathan (January 25, 2011). "CTA considers chopping two Evanston stations". TribLocal Evanston. Retrieved January 26, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Environmental Impact Statement Scoping Information" (PDF). North Red and Purple Modernization Project. Chicago Transit Authority. Retrieved January 28, 2011. 

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