Quincy station (CTA)

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Location 220 South Wells Street,
Chicago, Illinois 60606
Coordinates 41°52′44″N 87°38′01″W / 41.878752°N 87.633703°W / 41.878752; -87.633703
Owned by Chicago Transit Authority
Line(s)
Platforms 2 side platforms
Tracks 2
Connections Union Station (3 blocks west)
CTA Buses
Construction
Structure type Elevated
History
Opened October 3, 1897
Rebuilt 1985–1988 (Historic Restoration), 2016–18 (accessibility improvements, historic refurbishment)
Previous names Quincy/Wells
Traffic
Passengers (2014) 2,288,353[1]Increase 3.1%
Rank 19 out of 143[a]
Services
Preceding station   Chicago "L"   Following station
Loop Elevated
One-way operation
Orange Line
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toward Midway Pictograms-nps-airport.svg
Orange Line
Rush period special
(7-9 a.m.)
One-way operation
One-way operation
Purple Line
Express
toward Linden
Pink Line
toward 54th/Cermak
toward Kimball
Brown Line
One-way operation
  Former services  
One-way operation
Loop Shuttle
Next Clockwise

Quincy is a rapid transit station on the Chicago Transit Authority's 'L' system. It is located between the Washington/Wells and LaSalle/Van Buren stations in the Loop. The station is located above the intersection of Quincy Street and Wells Street in Downtown Chicago, Illinois. Having opened in 1897, it is one of the oldest surviving stations on the 'L' system.

History[edit]

Designed by Alfred M. Hedley from wood and stamped metal, Quincy opened on October 3, 1897. It retained much of its original surroundings over the years and is considered one of "150 great places in Illinois" by the American Institute of Architects.[2] The station is located in the South Loop Financial District and is the closest CTA rail station to the Willis Tower, approximately one block west. It is also close to Union Station, the terminal for several Metra and Amtrak routes and about three blocks west of Quincy, although the Clinton station on the Blue Line is closer.

Quincy is an elevated station, located above Quincy Street between Adams Street and Jackson Boulevard. It features two side platforms and station houses, one on the west to serve the Outer Loop track, and one on the east to serve the Inner Loop track. Turnstiles for fare payment are located in the station houses on the platform level. The station once had a transfer bridge, but this was removed in the 1980s. This means it is not possible to change from one platform to the other without paying another fare or asking for employee assistance. There are auxiliary exits to both Adams and Jackson on the Inner Loop platform, while the Outer Loop only has an auxiliary exit to Adams. Both platforms are designed to handle eight-car trains, the longest the CTA 'L' system can run.

From 1985 to 1988, Quincy was restored to an appearance much as it would have looked when it opened. Some materials such as signage were changed, although several of the station's features are original to its 1897 opening.

A renovation project began at the station in 2016 and will be completed in 2018. The renovation will add two new elevators to the station to make it accessible for people with disabilities, and other improvements include new stairs and better lighting. The station will remain open during the project. [3] The project is currently ongoing and will be completed in 2018.

Services[edit]

In normal operation, the station is serviced by the Brown, Orange, and Pink Lines. During weekday rush hours, the Purple Line also stops here. Brown Line trains stop at the Outer Loop platform, while all other lines stop at the Inner Loop platform.

In addition to 'L' trains, the station provides service to several CTA bus routes: the 1 Bronzeville/Union Station, 7 Harrison, 28 Stony Island, 37 Sedgwick, 126 Jackson, 134 Stockton/LaSalle Express, 135 Clarendon/LaSalle Express, 136 Sheridan/LaSalle Express, 151 Sheridan, and 156 LaSalle.

Period advertisements at Quincy station
Dayview
Interior

Notes and references[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Due to possible double-counting of physically-connected stations, the CTA's official 2014 tally of stations was 145, but for ridership purposes reported having only 143 stations.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Monthly Ridership Report – December 2014" (PDF). Chicago Transit Authority Ridership Analysis and Reporting. March 5, 2015. Retrieved May 1, 2015. 
  2. ^ "Loop Elevated - Quincy Station". American Institute of Architects. Retrieved June 13, 2007. 
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-08-09. Retrieved 2016-06-10. 

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