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Midway is a station of the Chicago Transit Authority's 'L' system, serving the Orange Line. It is the southwestern terminus of the Orange Line and serves Midway International Airport in Chicago, the city's second-largest airport. The turnstiles at the station's entrance are somewhat wider than most to accommodate airport passengers and their luggage. The station, along with the rest of the Orange Line, opened on October 31, 1993, after a long wait by Chicago's southwest side for 'L' access. It is also the closest station to SeatGeek Stadium, home of the Chicago Fire, approximately 4 miles away. Although in the Garfield Ridge community area, the station serves many residents in the West Elsdon and West Lawn neighborhoods.

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5900S
4600W
Chicago 'L' rapid transit station
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Location4612 West 59th Street
Chicago, Illinois 60629
Coordinates41°47′12″N 87°44′16″W / 41.78661°N 87.737875°W / 41.78661; -87.737875
Owned byChicago Transit Authority
Line(s)Midway Branch
Platforms1 island platform
1 side platform
Tracks3
ConnectionsCTA Buses

Pace Buses

River Valley Metro
Construction
Structure typeAt-grade
ParkingAiga parking inv.svg 299 Spaces
Bicycle facilitiesYes
Disabled accessYes
History
OpenedOctober 31, 1993
Traffic
Passengers (2017)2,741,843[1]Decrease 2.5%
Rank15 out of 143
Services
Preceding station Chicago "L" Following station
Terminus Orange Line Pulaski
Orange Line
Rush period special
Pulaski
toward Kimball
Track layout
Orange Line
north to Loop
to Midway yard
Walkway to
Midway Airport

HistoryEdit

 
Midway destination sign

Prior to 1993, the southwest side was served only by the Douglas Park Branch of the West-Northwest Line. As the city expanded, this service became insufficient. During the 1940s, when subways were being constructed under State and Dearborn Streets, the city planned to expand the "L" to Midway Airport. However, this plan was not approved.

On January 22, 1990, there was a groundbreaking ceremony held at the future site of Midway Station. Many people attended, including Mayor Daley, Bernard Ford, the CTA Acting Executive Director, and David Williams, the Chicago public works commissioner. In 1993, the CTA finished building the new Orange Line. It cost $500 million despite the use of abandoned railroad right-of-ways. Midway Station includes a three-track terminal, a yard, a car maintenance facility, an island and side platform, elevators leading to the sidewalk, and escalators and stairs connecting to the moving walkway heading to the airport.

When the garage was built on the east side of Cicero, it bisected the walkway from the station to the airport. In 2002, the Department of Aviation built a walkway through the garage.

Bus connectionsEdit

CTA

  • 47 47th
  • 54B South Cicero
  • 55 Garfield
  • 55A 55th/Austin (Weekday Rush Hours only)
  • 55N 55th/Narragansett (Monday-Saturday only)
  • 59 59th/61st (Monday-Saturday only)
  • 62H Archer/Harlem (Monday-Saturday only)
  • N62 Archer (Owl Service)
  • 63 63rd (Owl Service)
  • 63W West 63rd
  • 165 West 65th (Weekday Rush Hours only)

Pace

  • 379 Midway/Orland Park
  • 382 Central/Clearing (Weekday Rush Hours only)
  • 383 South Cicero
  • 384 Narragansett/Ridgeland
  • 385 87th/111th/127th (Weekdays only)
  • 386 South Harlem
  • 387 SeatGeek Stadium Direct (Game Days & Events only)
  • 390 Midway CTA Station/UPS Hodgkins (Weekday UPS shifts only)

River Valley Metro

  • Midway Commuter Shuttle

Notes and referencesEdit

NotesEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Annual Ridership Report – Calendar Year 2017" (PDF). Chicago Transit Authority, Ridership Analysis and Reporting. January 31, 2018. Retrieved July 29, 2018.

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