Main station (CTA)

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CTA Main 20120714.jpg
Location 836 Chicago Avenue
Evanston, Illinois 60202
Coordinates 42°02′00″N 87°40′45″W / 42.03333°N 87.67925°W / 42.03333; -87.67925
Owned by Chicago Transit Authority
Platforms 2 side platforms
Tracks 2
Connections CTA bus,
Structure type Elevated
Opened May 16, 1908
Rebuilt 1909
Passengers (2015) 398,927[1]Decrease 1.1% (CTA)
Rank 123 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
Main St.
Washington St.
Purple Line
south to Howard or Loop

Main is a station on the Chicago Transit Authority's 'L' system, on the Purple Line at 836 Chicago Avenue in Evanston, Illinois (directional coordinates 900 north, 732 west). It is near the Main Street stop of Metra's Union Pacific/North Line.

The current station has been in place since 1908, with only little renovation to the station since then, most notably a 90-foot extension of the platform in 1997 so that a motorman in the front car could see all doors stopped at the station (the platform had curved at one end previously). Main is one of the stations on the CTA's 2004-2008 Capital Improvement Plan.

Bus and rail connections[edit]


  • 205 Chicago/Golf


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. 

External links[edit]

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