Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Plans for 95th terminal revealed - UPDATED

Saw some initial pics over at Red Eye but then decided to find some more details at the CTA's official website (read the official press release). Above is a slideshow from CTA's flickr page showing a rendering of how the future 95th terminal will look. This will look like a radically different terminal than the one most us have known.

Photo from cta web/flickr
There will be station buildings on both sides of 95th. It appears that the platform area will be enclosed, which would be a good thing if it means that as we wait for the train to pull off we won't hear the roaring traffic from the Dan Ryan. And of course the station will be much easier to access by pedestrians.

As a matter of fact if you so happen to walk from the surrounding neighborhood to 95th you would likely have to walk past buses to get into the station. While it's something I'm basically used to it's odd design when you think about it but it made sense when this terminal was built in the 1960s.

All the same these seem like necessary improvements. Now if we can get that Red Line extension up and running after rebuilding the Dan Ryan branch of the Red Line and then after rebuilding the 95th terminal expected to start in the spring of 2014.

Also here are some upcoming meetings regarding this project, I don't add to many dates to the calender but it's time to start back again.
  • Monday, December 9
    5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
    St. James AME Church
    9256 South Lafayette Avenue
    Chicago, IL 60620
  • Tuesday, December 17, 2013
    5:30PM - 7:30PM
    Chicago Park District, Abbott Park
    49 East 95th Street
    Chicago, IL 60628
UPDATE 9:07 AM While I hadn't seen this in any write-ups I've seen on this subject Mayor Emanuel unveiled plans for the new 95th terminal appropriately enough at 95th yesterday. Chicago Tribune provides [VIDEO] below

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