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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]

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Kensington/115th Street
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Location115th Street & Cottage Grove Avenue
Pullman, Chicago, Illinois
Coordinates41°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 byMetra
Line(s)University Park Sub District
Platforms1 Island platform (formerly 2)
Tracks3
ConnectionsLocal Transit CTA Bus
Construction
ParkingYes
Disabled accessYes
Other information
Fare zoneC (Metra)
History
Opened1916
Electrified1926 (1500 V DC)
Services
Preceding station Metramlogo.svg Metra Following station
111th Street (Pullman) Metra Electric District
Main Line
Riverdale
Metra Electric District
Blue Island Branch
State Street
Former services
Preceding station NICTD Following station
63rd Street South Shore Line Hegewisch
Preceding station Illinois Central Railroad Following station
Harvey Main Line 63rd Street
toward Chicago
Harvey
toward St. Louis
St. Louis – Chicago
Preceding station New York Central Railroad Following station
Hammond
toward Detroit
Michigan Central Railroad
Main Line
63rd Street
toward Chicago
Harvey
toward Cincinnati
ChicagoCincinnati (Big Four)

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 connectionsEdit

CTA

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

ReferencesEdit

  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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