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Austin is a Blue Line Station located between the southern side of the Eisenhower Expressway and the tracks of the Baltimore and Ohio Chicago Terminal Railroad. It is the first stop in the suburb of Oak Park and Austin Blvd is the boundary line with the City of Chicago. The station has a single island platform serving the two track line, this has the usual continuous canopy that is held up by single white beams. The station has two exits: The staffed one is at the eastern end of the platform and has a long gradual ramp up (with plexiglass walls) to a small station house at street level with three turnstiles and brown tiled walls along the westside of Austin Blvd. There is a secondary exit at the western end of the platform with a short staircase leads down to track level for about a 300 foot walkway between the tracks which is covered by a white roof and has a simple chain link fence. Eventually there is a staircase up to a small building with glass walls and two high farecard only entrance and exit turnstiles and a simple roof. There is a single little locked white booth before the high turnstiles. This is along the west side of Lombard Avenue's overpass of the expressway and train tracks.
All Photos taken on 3 August, 2012

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A platform sign
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Car #3000 headed to Harlem leaves the station
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Pillar at the end of the canopy and the staircase down to the walkway to the secondary exit to Lombard Avenue
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Chain link fences along the walkway to the secondary exit to Lombard Avenue
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The 7 steps up to the platform
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The walkway is long
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Approaching the staircase
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Going up the staircase
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Looking back down to the walkway
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Customer Alert sign on a tiny closet inside the secondary station house
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Passengers have their choice of two farecard only high entrance/exit turnstiles
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Sign for the farecards only entrance to Austin
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The two Austin entrance turnstiles
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Looking across the street to the little entrance that has had its doors removed
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Looking down the elevated track to the station plaform off in the distance
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A side view of the Lombard Avenue entrance
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Looking across the freight tracks to the station
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Last Updated: 5 October, 2012
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