Kensington/115th Street station

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Kensington/115th Street
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Location 115th Street & Cottage Grove Avenue
Pullman, Chicago, Illinois
Coordinates 41°41′11″N 87°36′43″W / 41.686462°N 87.612027°W / 41.686462; -87.612027Coordinates: 41°41′11″N 87°36′43″W / 41.686462°N 87.612027°W / 41.686462; -87.612027
Owned by Metra
Line(s)
Platforms 1 Island platform (formerly 2)
Tracks 3
Connections Local Transit CTA Bus
Construction
Parking Yes
Disabled access Yes
Other information
Fare zone C (Metra)
History
Opened 1916
Electrified 1926 (1500v DC)
Services
Preceding station   Metra   Following station
Metra Electric District
Main Line
Metra Electric District
Blue Island Branch
toward Blue Island
  Former services  
Illinois Central
toward New Orleans
Main Line
toward St. Louis
St. Louis – Chicago
New York Central Railroad
toward Chicago
Michigan Central Railroad
Main Line
toward Detroit
Chicago – Cincinnati
(Big Four Railroad)
toward Cincinnati
NICTD
South Shore Line

Kensington/115th Street is a commuter rail station on the far south side of Chicago that serves the Metra Electric Line north to Millennium Station and south to University Park and Blue Island. The station is located at 115th Street and Cottage Grove Avenue in the Pullman neighborhood of Chicago. It is the last station for Blue Island Branch trains before those split off of the main line for Blue Island. The South Shore Line diverges to Indiana immediately south of this station. It had previously stopped at this station prior to February 15, 2012, with the reconfiguration of the junction to minimize congestion.[1]

In 1991, an advocacy group formed to press Metra to make necessary cosmetic and safety upgrades to this station,[citation needed] one of the busiest on the Metra Electric line. Dubbed "Operation Restore Kensington," the group pressured railroad officials to work closely with the city to upgrade parking, enhance station lighting, landscaping and security, and persuade local vendors to open concession stands in the station.[citation needed] For its efforts, O.R.K. monitored the railroad's efforts to build a brand new station and assisted with the railroad's efforts to increase station parking facilities. O.R.K. was disbanded in the 1990s.[citation needed]

The station was also served by Illinois Central intercity-trains from Chicago to points south.[2]

Bus connections[edit]

CTA

  • 4 Cottage Grove
  • 111A Pullman Shuttle
  • 115 Pullman/115th

References[edit]

  1. ^ "SOUTH SHORE TO DISCONTINUE SERVICE TO KENSINGTON/115TH ST. STATION". Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District. December 9, 2011. Retrieved February 8, 2012. 
  2. ^ Illinois Central Schedule June 1941.

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