CTA - Howard

Train Station, Bus Station, and Bus Line · Rogers Park
7519 N Paulina St (at W Howard St), Chicago, IL 60626, United States
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  • Mon–Sun
    • 24 Hours
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Howard station is the northern terminus of the Red Line and the southeastern terminus of the Yellow Line; it also serves the Purple Line, for which it is the southern terminus outside of weekday rush hours.


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  • What you need to know
    Dave T.
    "The Purple moves PAINFULLY slow after Belmont and stops every 4 sec."(29 Tips)
    Galen H.
    "southbound Purple line express to Belmont."(4 Tips)
    Chris S.
    "We are standing momentarily waiting for signal clearance."(2 Tips)
    Rose R.
    "southbound purple line"(2 Tips)
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  • @jayelarex

    Expect delays during rush hours.

    @jayelarex · 2 weeks ago
  • Steve ‘Pudgy’ D.

    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.

  • Andrew W.

    Make sure you get on the right train, and keep your eye on your stuff, this track gets crowded

    Andrew White · January 5
  • Jean M.

    Cold out here

    Jean M · December 8, 2014
  • Galen H.

    Northern terminal for the Red Line. Also serves the Yellow & Purple Lines. During weekday rushes, catch the southbound Purple line express to Belmont.

    Galen Hames · August 20, 2014
  • @jayelarex

    Red, Yellow, Purple.

    @jayelarex · August 9, 2014
  • #⃣GRAEGINATOR (Matthew Graegin) .
  • Dave T.

    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."

    Dave Tirkel · April 29, 2014
  • Charles R.

    Have to pee on your way to Evanston after a night of drinking? TOO BAD

    Charles Roberts · March 22, 2014
  • #⃣GRAEGINATOR (Matthew Graegin) .
  • Charles R.

    Yes, you are going to be late.

    Charles Roberts · March 16, 2014
  • Chris S.

    We are standing momentarily waiting for signal clearance. We expect to be moving momentarily. Don't be surprised this is normal with CTA

    Chris S · March 7, 2014
  • Jon C.

    Very busy station!!!

    Jon Cannella · February 9, 2014
  • Chris S.

    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!

    Chris S · January 15, 2014
  • Brian C.

    Finally fixed that loud ass escalator. Add at least 15 mins to any trip if you're switching to Purple or Yellow Line.

    Brian Christopher · January 9, 2014
  • Chris S.

    What the hell, a purple or yellow line seems to always leave going north when a redline is pulling in. Whats up with these idiots?

    Chris S · November 15, 2013
  • Bradley T.

    The ventra cards now work

    Bradley Taylor · September 30, 2013
  • Bradley T.

    The buscard machines never work

    Bradley Taylor · September 24, 2013
  • S D Pete G.

    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!

    S D Pete Glass · August 10, 2013
  • Daved D.

    The but hole off the cta

    Daved Dolce · August 6, 2013
  • Rose O.

    Don't park in the garage next door, it steals your cash when you try to get out.

    Rose Olea · June 29, 2013
  • Chris S.

    A schedule , what a great idea . We should tell the CTA. Oh wait they could give a $&i%

    Chris S · June 27, 2013
  • Rose R.

    The north and southbound purple line almost always has "technical delays" when departing this station. Expect 15 minutes

    Rose Rosenhauer · June 24, 2013
  • Summer M.

    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

    Summer McCoy · May 25, 2013
  • Marissa M.

    Fuck this station. They make transfers so inconvenient

    Marissa McGuinness · May 16, 2013
  • Michael D.

    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.

    Michael Day · February 15, 2013
  • Sir S.

    Train times getting better...

    Sir Supreme · February 14, 2013
  • Kate S.

    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.

    Kate Spence · December 6, 2012
  • Steve O.

    Never a purple or red at Howard when you get there

    Steve Obregon · November 25, 2012
  • Chris S.

    Parking garage USED to be free. Now it is a flat $5 charge. Need exact amount (no change given on $10s or $20s.

    Chris Sheedy · November 23, 2012
  • Arthur A.

    Trains may not follow the schedule all the time but there is one not far behind.

    Arthur Avalos · November 8, 2012
  • Jake S.

    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.

    Jake Smith · October 18, 2012
  • Michael I.

    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!!!!

    Michael Ivanov · October 3, 2012
  • Kenneth I.

    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.

    Kenneth Ilio · September 19, 2012
  • Igin I.

    Don't rely too much on the purple line.

    Igin Ismat · August 31, 2012
  • Aj S.

    It's much better to sleep on the blue line

    Aj Strauman · August 21, 2012
  • Smokey B.

    Lots of people looking like they can't wait to roll you......

    Smokey Boyle · August 17, 2012
  • Christina G.

    Even the birds get impatient waiting for the purple line.

    Christina Galanis · August 7, 2012
  • SammiesIam

    Purple line is chronically slow. Be sure to leave lots of time for waiting.

    SammiesIam · July 29, 2012
  • Justin L.

    If you are coming from Skokie, on the yellow line, the red line will leave as you arrive at the station.

    Justin LeSauvage · June 7, 2012
  • John Z.

    Always be aware of who is around you.

    John Zelewsky · June 4, 2012
  • Michael N.

    I have never had a problem catching a train here. My CTA app tells me exactly when to be at the station.

    Michael Nejedly · May 23, 2012
  • Patsy S.

    It smells like dried puke.lol. howard never fails

    Patsy Sanchez · May 19, 2012
  • Robbie C.

    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!

    Robbie Carranza · May 11, 2012
  • Justin L.

    Why does the red line always run so slow when leaving Howard??

    Justin LeSauvage · April 13, 2012
  • Steve H.

    $5K parking

    Steve Hunt · March 15, 2012
  • Theo D.

    Would it hurt CTA to clean the platforms more frequently the urine smell is over powering

    Theo Downs · February 23, 2012
  • Chris S.

    CTA and scheduling would be a great idea.

    Chris S · January 18, 2012
  • Josh L.

    The magical, fleeting moment when a red, purple, and yellow train are all at the station simultaneously.

    Josh Lee · January 6, 2012
  • Joe D.

    Someone poopped their pants on this train

    Joe DeYoung · December 11, 2011

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