Bryn Mawr (CTA)

Bryn Mawr (CTA)

Bryn Mawr is an 'L' station on the CTA's Red Line. It is an elevated station located at 1119 West Bryn Mawr Avenue (directional coordinates 5600 north, 1200 west) in the Bryn Mawr Historic District of the Edgewater neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois. The adjacent stations are Thorndale, located about ½ mile to the north, and Berwyn, about ⅜ mile to the south. Four tracks pass through the station, but there is only a single island platform in the center of the tracks; Purple Line weekday peak time express services use the outside tracks but do not stop. Bryn Mawr is Welsh and translates to English as "Large Hill".


A depot on the Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul Railroad Evanston route was constructed at Bryn Mawr in about 1886 [" [ Bryn Mawr - The Historical Perspective.] " The Edgewater Historical Society (URL accessed 24 September 2006).] . When the Northwestern Elevated Railroad was extended north from Wilson in 1908, taking over from Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul Railroad, they opened a station at Bryn Mawr called Edgewater Station. This station was rebuilt to a design by architect Charles P. Rawson when the tracks between Wilson and Howard were elevated onto an embankment in 1921—the name was changed to "Bryn Mawr" soon after [" [ Bryn Mawr.] " Chicago-"L".org (URL accessed 24 September 2006).] . The station was extensively renovated in 1974, and an escalator was added. In 2006, the signage at Bryn Mawr was replaced, and three-sided pylons which display maps and schedules were installed in the station house and on the platform.


Bryn Mawr is used by passengers traveling between the Edgewater neighborhood and other parts of Chicago. The station is open 24 hours a day. Trains service Bryn Mawr every four to ten minutes on weekdays, and every six to ten minutes on weekends. Nighttime "owl" service operates every 15 minutes or less. In 2007, 1,369,201 passengers boarded at Bryn Mawr, a 6% decrease from the previous year. Bryn Mawr was the 19th-busiest station on the Red Line. [ [ CTA ridership figures by station entrance (2007)] ]

The station house at Bryn Mawr is located on the south side of Bryn Mawr Avenue. An auxiliary exit is on the opposite side of the street. Outside of the station house are three granite compass roses to help exiting passengers orient themselves. The fare controls at Bryn Mawr are located at ground level inside the station house; past the fare controls, stairs and an escalator lead to Bryn Mawr's island platform. Bicycle storage is available at Bryn Mawr.

Bus connections

CTA Buses
* #36 Broadway
* #84 Peterson

Pace Buses
* #210 Lincoln Avenue


External links

* [ Train schedule (PDF)] at [ CTA official site]

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