Paulina station

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Paulina CTA 20101003.jpg
Platforms at Paulina station
Location 3410 North Lincoln Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60657
Coordinates 41°56′37″N 87°40′15″W / 41.943722°N 87.670858°W / 41.943722; -87.670858
Owned by Chicago Transit Authority
Platforms 2 Side platforms
Tracks 2
Structure type Elevated
Bicycle facilities yes
Disabled access Yes
Opened May 18, 1907[1]
Rebuilt 2008–09
Previous names Paulina/Lincoln (Station Sign)
Passengers (2015) 862,067[2]Decrease 1.5%
Rank 84 out of 143[a]
Preceding station   Chicago "L"   Following station
toward Kimball
Brown Line
toward Belmont or The Loop
Route map
Lincoln Ave.
Brown Line
west to Kimball
Paulina St.
Brown Line
east to Loop

Paulina is an 'L' station on the Chicago Transit Authority's Brown Line. It is an elevated station with two side platforms, located at 3410 North Lincoln Avenue (3400 N; 1700 W), in Chicago's Lakeview neighborhood, close to Roscoe Village. The stations that are adjacent to Paulina are Addison, about three eighths of a mile (0.6 km) to the northwest and Southport, about three eighths of a mile (0.6 km) to the east.


Paulina Station opened in 1907 as part of the Northwestern Elevated Railroad's Ravenswood branch. The station closed on September 2, 1973, but reopened on October 17 of the same year. Upon reopening, the station was only open on weekdays from 6:30 AM to 6:30 PM. On November 29, 1987, the station returned to full operational status and was open at all times the Ravenswood Line operated.[3]

Brown Line Capacity Expansion Project[edit]

Paulina prior to reconstruction

The Brown Line Capacity Expansion Project aims to allow eight car trains on the Brown Line by the extension of the platforms at all stations. This was due to the fact that there was not enough physical space in the smaller car trains for people to fit in them during the morning rush hour, causing people to wait for another train, sometimes two.[3] At the same time all Brown Line stations are being upgraded to meet ADA requirements. As part of this project, Paulina Station closed on March 30, 2008 for demolition and replacement with a new station on the western side of Paulina.[4] The new station opened on April 3, 2009.

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. ^ "New 'L' Line Operated". Chicago Daily Tribune. May 19, 1907. p. 11. 
  2. ^ "Monthly Ridership Report – December 2015" (PDF). Chicago Transit Authority Ridership Analysis and Reporting. January 11, 2016. Retrieved March 23, 2016. 
  3. ^ a b Paulina. Chicago-"L".org (URL accessed October 17, 2006).
  4. ^ Paulina CTA: Countdown to a New Brown website (URL accessed October 17, 2006).

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