Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Tribune: CTA gets $20 million grant for project at 95th Street terminal

Train arrives at 95/Dan Ryan
This information is via Tribune transportation reporter Jon Hilkevitch's column:
The CTA plans to begin upgrading and expanding the Red Line's 95th Street terminal by 2014, although all the funding needed for the $140 million project has not yet been secured, officials said Tuesday.

Officials announced a $20 million federal grant to help overhaul the rail and bus terminal, which is the sixth-busiest station on the rail system and a transit gateway for about 20,000 daily commuters on the South Side and south suburbs.

The improvements are designed to reduce bus and pedestrian congestion while enhancing safety, speeding up arrivals and departures at the station and creating jobs, officials said. The CTA is in the early stages of planning and design, they added.

Construction details aren't set, but the agency will keep the station open during the project, CTA spokeswoman Molly Sullivan said.

The station work will follow a $425 million track-replacement project on the Dan Ryan branch of the Red Line that will require the shutdown for five months starting in May 2013 of the branch between 95th Street and the Cermak-Chinatown stop.
I sincerely hope they're also planning for the planned Red Line extension that will take CTA trains further south into Roseland and ultimately Altgeld Gardens.

Via Curbed Chicago!

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