CTA’s New Belmont Station Plan Includes More Dinosaur Ribs
Oct20

CTA’s New Belmont Station Plan Includes More Dinosaur Ribs

The Chicago Transit Authority continues to get improving marks when it comes to public sector architecture. For decades, the bus and train quango’s attention to design was… shall we say… less than inspired.  But that’s changed in recent years, starting with the 35th Street Red Line Station, the Morgan Orange/Pink Line station, then the Cermak Green Line Station, and finally the very ambitious Washington/Wabash...

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CTA Quincy Station Is Next In Line For Rehab
Jun09

CTA Quincy Station Is Next In Line For Rehab

The Chicago Transit Authority has announced it will spend $18 million renovating the historic Quincy L Station in the Loop.  The project is just the latest in a series of CTA station additions and upgrades in recent years, including the ongoing $75 million consolidation of the Madison/Wabash and Randolph/Wabash Stations  into the new Madison/Wabash Station on the opposite side of The Loop. The Quincy Station is best known as the only...

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Wilson Red Line Station Renovation On Track
Mar28

Wilson Red Line Station Renovation On Track

Work on the CTA Wilson Avenue Red Line station continues, where red and purple line trains are now using the new section of rail on the south-bound side of the platform. Renovation began in 2014 for the Wilson stop, long maligned as one of the least pleasant stations along the CTA elevated train routes. When completed in Fall of 2017, the Wilson station will be completely rebuilt, with wider stairways, new escalators, and improved...

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Union Station Transit Center Coming Together
Jan25

Union Station Transit Center Coming Together

Work continues in the West Loop on the Union Station Transit Center that will connect Amtrak and Metra passengers to CTA buses, while alleviating the traffic tie-ups long a part of everyday life on South Canal Street and West Jack Boulevard. It took awhile for progress to be visible here, beyond the digging up of the former surface parking lot, and foundation work. But now, the future bus shelters look a lot like, well, future bus...

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Chicago’s BRT-Lite “Loop Link” Finally Links Loop
Dec20

Chicago’s BRT-Lite “Loop Link” Finally Links Loop

The Chicago flavor of Bus Rapid Transit made its debut earlier today, as the first Loop Link buses trundled between Union Station and Michigan Avenue.  The idea is to speed bus pacing through the most congested part of the city by giving buses dedicated lanes and priority at traffic lights, reducing the number of stations, making boarding easier, and eventually implementing a pre-paid fare system to move the Ventra waits from inside...

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CTA Unveils Shiny New Clark/Division Subway Station
Sep30

CTA Unveils Shiny New Clark/Division Subway Station

The first, and perhaps largest, part of the de-cruftification of the intersection of Clark and Division Streets is now officially complete.  Mayor Rahm Emanuel, CTA president Dorval Carter and a gaggle of other people in suits and safety yellow vests cut the ribbon today on the newly rebuilt Clark and Division Red Line subway station. The new station features new tile work, brighter lights, and 90% less urine smell.  For all the...

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Transformation of CTA Wilson Station Transports Uptown
Sep17

Transformation of CTA Wilson Station Transports Uptown

The CTA Wilson Station has long been a poster child for dirty, smelly, nasty train stops. So in 2014, the Chicago Transit Authority embarked on a $203-million overhaul of the facility, as well as the parallel tracks that carry the Purple Line trains through the Uptown corridor. At present, the Wilson station is not accessible to persons with disabilities. That will change when the new stationhouse adds two elevators for vertical...

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Clean-Up On All Aisles
Sep16

Clean-Up On All Aisles

Would you like to haul your rubble away in paper or plastic? Eager Gold Coasters have been waiting to ask that question for months, and now may finally be the time. On Tuesday the 8th, the City of Chicago issued a demolition permit for 1210 North Clark Street that reads, simply, “WRECK AND REMOVE A 1 STORY BRICK BUILDING.” Of course, that would be the site of the shuttered-since-June Jewel-Osco store at Clark and Division....

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Idling Chicago Commuters Seeing Loop Link Progress
Sep04

Idling Chicago Commuters Seeing Loop Link Progress

When sitting in your car or on your bus watching pedestrians zoom by, it can be difficult to accept a road construction project as being anything but a nuisance. But more often than not, we can see the intention of said nuisance and know it will be worth the temporary inconvenience when all is said and done. Since March, Chicagoans have been watching the Loop Link project slow things down through the heart of the downtown business...

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Status Update: Union Station Transit Center
Aug18

Status Update: Union Station Transit Center

  The Union Station Transit Center (300 South Canal Street) is moving forward, trying to take some of the snarl out of the mess that is South Canal Street.  The Chicago Architecture Blog’s Daniel Schell rapidly transited the Loop on a Divvy bike to bring us these pictures of the construction progress. The completed project will serve as an intermodal connector linking commuters on Amtrak and Metra trains with CTA buses....

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