O'Hare Station
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O'Hare Station
Pictograms-nps-airport inverted color.svg O'Hare
Chicago 'L' rapid transit station
O'Hare station 2018.jpg
Location1000 O'Hare Drive
Chicago, Illinois 60666
Coordinates41°58?52?N 87°54?03?W / 41.981127°N 87.900876°W / 41.981127; -87.900876Coordinates: 41°58?52?N 87°54?03?W / 41.981127°N 87.900876°W / 41.981127; -87.900876
Owned byChicago Transit Authority
Line(s)O'Hare Branch
Platforms1 bay platform
Tracks3
ConnectionsAirport Transit System
Pace Buses
Construction
Structure typeSubway
Bicycle facilitiesYes
Disabled accessYes
History
OpenedSeptember 3, 1984
Traffic
Passengers (2019)3,811,167[1]Decrease 4.3%
Rank5 out of 143
Services
Preceding station Chicago "L" Following station
Terminus Blue Line Rosemont
Track layout

O'Hare is a Chicago "L" station located at O'Hare International Airport, 17 miles (27 km) northwest of The Loop. The northwestern terminus of the Chicago Transit Authority's Blue Line, it is a subway station with two island platforms serving three tracks, situated under the parking garage for Terminals 1, 2, and 3. Trains are scheduled to depart from O'Hare every 2-7 minutes during rush-hour periods and take about 40 minutes to travel to the Loop. It is the westernmost station of the Chicago 'L' system. It is also the only station without coordinates in Chicago's grid system, It is the only underground terminus, and is the only terminal that does not directly connect to any CTA or Pace buses. It is also one of two terminals (the other being Dempster-Skokie on the Yellow Line) that does not have a yard assigned to it (the yard is located at Rosemont, one stop east).

History

O'Hare destination sign

O'Hare station opened on September 3, 1984, as the terminus of an extension of the West-Northwest route from its former terminal at River Road.[2] It was built to a design by the architectural firm Murphy/Jahn.[3]

Introduction of premium fare

For the first 28 years of O'Hare station's operations, the fare passengers paid the same fare to enter it as they would at any other "L" station. The premium fare was imposed on O'Hare passengers in 2013; first (in January 2013), only passengers buying single-ride tickets had to pay the surcharge; by July of the same year, the surcharge was imposed on most other passengers (those using a Chicago Card or a Chicago Card Plus) as well.[4]

Accident

On March 24, 2014, a train approaching the station on the middle track collided with the bumper, then jumped the tracks and crashed into the escalators, injuring 32 people.[5] The station reopened on March 30, 2014, at 2:00 p.m.[6]

Architecture

The station was designed by Helmut Jahn of Murphy/Jahn in the distinctive Postmodernism style. The column-free platform is paved with concrete and the walls are constructed of wavy glass block with backlighting. The mezzanine is designed to mimic an airplane fuselage.[]

Bus and rail connections

Take Airport Transit System to Remote Parking Stop to access connections

Metra

Pace

  • 250 Dempster Street
  • 330 Mannheim/LaGrange Roads

References

  1. ^ "Monthly Ridership Report – December 2019" (PDF). Chicago Transit Authority, Ridership Analysis and Reporting. January 13, 2020. Retrieved 2020.
  2. ^ Papajohn, George (September 4, 1984). "O'Hare's 'L' Service Gets Inaugural Cheer". Chicago Tribune. p. A1.
  3. ^ Garfield, Graham. "O'Hare". Chicago-"L".org. Retrieved 2006.
  4. ^ Hilkevitch, Jon (2013-07-01). "CTA ends break in extra charge for Blue Line trips from O'Hare: Chicago Card users join other riders in having to pay $5, but airport and airline workers still exempt".
  5. ^ Commuter Train Derails at Chicago Airport (Yahoo News)
  6. ^ Schulte, Sarah (March 30, 2014). "CTA Blue Line O'Hare stop reopens Sunday following derailment". abc7chicago.com. Retrieved 2014.

External links

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