The Loyola station on the CTA's Red Line will get an $18 million makeover thanks in large part to $11 million in federal funds secured by Democratic U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin.
About $10 million will "allow for safe & dry maintenance that includes new windows, flooring, plaster, paint, lighting, bird control and water proofing, according to the Community Relations Department of Loyola University Chicago. "At the viaduct the CTA will strip seal the structural joints and repair the columns."
The university also is pushing for the entrance to be moved to a newly created plaza north of the current entrance under the viaduct. the idea is to redirect passenger flow away from busy Sheridan Road. The new plaza is shown in the rendering below.
The station work is in design phase, and construction is scheduled to begin next year. I had heard about this in the spring, but the CTA wouldn't comment on it. And curiously, there is no press release about this on the CTA site, even though Board Chair Terry Peterson attended the Monday event at the station.