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CTA - Howard

Train Station
Rogers Park, Chicago
  • Kathryn M.
    "yay for quick red lines :) purple line does not run express midday"(28 Tips)
    Kimmy F.
    "It runs express all the way to Belmont!"(4 Tips)
    Chris S.
    "We are standing momentarily waiting for signal clearance."(2 Tips)
    Galen H.
    "southbound Purple line express to Belmont."(2 Tips)
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  • Summer M.
    Summer McCoyMay 25, 2013
    Been here 100+ times
    Alex is the best train operator ever! He always gets me to work on time at 5am on Saturday mornings -and always with a smile ! (which is usually more than I can muster at that time of day) :D
  • Michael I.
    Michael IvanovOctober 3, 2012
    Take the purple line express train even if you need to get on the red line towards the loop because its faster and directly takes you to Fullerton no stops and you can hop on red line there!!!!
  • Ismael C.
    Ismael C.December 29, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    The Purple Line is the warmest in the winter. Also there's the night owl bus up to Evanston if u miss the last purple train. Catch the N201 out the station in the bus terminal. It runs every 30mins.
  • Galen H.
    Galen HamesAugust 20, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    Northern terminal for the Red Line. Also serves the Yellow & Purple Lines. During weekday rushes, catch the southbound Purple line express to Belmont.
  • Dave T.
    Dave TirkelApril 29, 2014
    If you're going to the Loop and work near Clark, take Purple to Belmont, then take Red the rest of the way. The Purple moves PAINFULLY slow after Belmont and stops every 4 sec. for "signal clearance."
  • Andrew W.
    Andrew WhiteJanuary 5, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Make sure you get on the right train, and keep your eye on your stuff, this track gets crowded
  • Jake S.
    Jake SmithOctober 18, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    History lesson: This station was rebuilt in 1921 when the line through the station was elevated onto an embankment. An escalator was added in 1964.
  • Chris S.
    Chris SJanuary 15, 2014
    Been here 100+ times
    What the hell is with North bound reds pulling into the south bound side ? Schedule much??? Get better organization ! We need the purple and yellow lines so make them wait!
  • Steve ‘Pudgy’ D.
    Steve ‘Pudgy’ De RoseAugust 29, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    It would not surprise me to learn that the "this station smells" and most other anti-transit "tips" were posted by people who work(ed) at new automobile dealerships.
  • Justin L.
    Justin LeSauvageJune 7, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    If you are coming from Skokie, on the yellow line, the red line will leave as you arrive at the station.
  • Kenneth I.
    Kenneth IlioSeptember 19, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    The supervisor here is sooo against photographing even if the CTA website states that they welcome photographing. I think the PR people of CTA failed to send him the memo or he is just a crank.
  • Elizabeth N.
    Elizabeth NavarroSeptember 8, 2011
    Everyone says purple line is late but it's always early!!! Maybe it's cause they miss the early one. It's usually between 6-7 min early.
  • Chris S.
    Chris SMarch 7, 2014
    Been here 100+ times
    We are standing momentarily waiting for signal clearance. We expect to be moving momentarily. Don't be surprised this is normal with CTA
  • Joey P.
    Joey PrudenSeptember 16, 2011
    If you take the purple line down to here. The waiting red line will almost, always immediately shut its doors and leave as you step off the train. Wtf?
  • Michael N.
    Michael NejedlyMay 23, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    I have never had a problem catching a train here. My CTA app tells me exactly when to be at the station.
  • Robbie C.
    Robbie CarranzaMay 11, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    The @CTA system @ Howard needs to start being more responsible on being on time & not be waiting for over 15-20min! Its only this platform!
  • Aron D.
    Aron DeppertFebruary 17, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    I love how everyone clusters at the foot of the stairs like a damned fool. By love I mean HAAATTTTTEEE.
  • SammiesIam
    SammiesIamJuly 29, 2012
    Purple line is chronically slow. Be sure to leave lots of time for waiting.
  • Cliff M.
    Cliff McReynoldsJune 1, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    Great place to catch various buses to old orchard and evanston.
  • Brian C.
    Brian ChristopherJanuary 9, 2014
    Finally fixed that loud ass escalator. Add at least 15 mins to any trip if you're switching to Purple or Yellow Line.
  • Christina G.
    Christina GalanisAugust 7, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Even the birds get impatient waiting for the purple line.
  • Mianma G.
    Mianma GugetiSeptember 6, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    I wish the digital thank you sign displayed the time the train would be here, or how late it will be.
  • S D Pete G.
    S D Pete GlassAugust 10, 2013
    Been here 100+ times
    The staff here does nothing to help patrons experience with syncing trains letting departing train CLOSE doors as arriving train opens doors & here we sit at least another 15 20 WAITIN f'n ridiculous!
  • Geoff J.
    Geoff J.August 21, 2011
    Pure hell catching the purple line transfer, especially when you need to piss, late at night or after a Cubs game.
  • Rose 🌹
    Rose 🌹June 29, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Don't park in the garage next door, it steals your cash when you try to get out.
  • @jayelarex
    @jayelarexAugust 9, 2014
    Been here 100+ times
    Red, Yellow, Purple.
  • Seth A.
    Seth AllenApril 5, 2010
    The trains here are almost never on schedule... In fact, that's why I'm taking the time to write this so-called "tip", my purple line train is late!
  • @jayelarex
    @jayelarexNovember 7, 2015
    Been here 100+ times
    Expect delays during rush hours.
  • Josh L.
    Josh LeeJanuary 6, 2012
    The magical, fleeting moment when a red, purple, and yellow train are all at the station simultaneously.
  • antonio
    antonioSeptember 12, 2011
    It smells like pee because the passengers piss on the stairs all day and night. So don't complain to us. All we can do is clean it afterwards
  • Sibyl M.
    Sibyl MedieNovember 12, 2011
    So a man is smoking on the train and is telling everyone about the riot he caused when in prison...why did I leave my tazer at home?
  • Chris J.
    Chris JelkesAugust 11, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Pete's grill only open till 2pm. Breakfast is amazing
  • Rose R.
    Rose RosenhauerJune 24, 2013
    The north and southbound purple line almost always has "technical delays" when departing this station. Expect 15 minutes
  • Kate S.
    Kate SpenceDecember 6, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Be careful. Don't trust the colors on the side of the trains. I got on a purple line towards the loop here and then was kicked off at the end of the platform because the train was ending its run.
  • Chris S.
    Chris SJune 27, 2013
    Been here 100+ times
    A schedule , what a great idea . We should tell the CTA. Oh wait they could give a $&i%
  • Bill W.
    Bill WojtasAugust 30, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    The station is very entertaining at 11pm. Like an episode of Cops, but without the actual cops
  • Fran D.
    Fran DiamondSeptember 8, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Walk to the north end of the north going platform for the Yellow line to Skokie.
  • Kimmy F.
    Kimmy FleishmanNovember 8, 2010
    Take the purple towards the loop in the morning... It runs express all the way to Belmont!
  • Chris S.
    Chris SheedyNovember 23, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Parking garage USED to be free. Now it is a flat $5 charge. Need exact amount (no change given on $10s or $20s.
  • Cliff M.
    Cliff McReynoldsMarch 9, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    Exit the far north stairs if you are walking west...saves time.
  • Paul M.
    Paul MuhammadDecember 28, 2010
    Been here 50+ times
    The trains here are like home to me. I've enjoyed much rest.
  • Arthur A.
    Arthur AvalosNovember 8, 2012
    Trains may not follow the schedule all the time but there is one not far behind.
  • Charles R.
    Charles RobertsMarch 22, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Have to pee on your way to Evanston after a night of drinking? TOO BAD
  • Steve O.
    Steve ObregonNovember 25, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    Never a purple or red at Howard when you get there
  • John Z.
    John ZelewskyJune 4, 2012
    Always be aware of who is around you.
  • Aron D.
    Aron DeppertMay 25, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    I wish I understood why every single square inch of this station smells of wee.
  • Kathryn M.
    Kathryn ManansalaNovember 27, 2010
    Been here 100+ times
    yay for quick red lines :) purple line does not run express midday
  • Kevin O.
    Kevin O'ConnorAugust 12, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Watch out for elderly people running to catch the Skokie swift.
  • Michael D.
    Michael DayFebruary 15, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Purple line to the loop doesn't run after 9:45 am. And I've been waiting for it for nearly half an hour. A mistake I will *not* make again.
  • Aron D.
    Aron DeppertJanuary 31, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    The stairwell leading from the main entrance to the southbound platform always seems to smell like pee.
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