Loyola 'L' remodeling to begin in late spring on CTA Red Line

Both Loyola University and the CTA will begin their joint project in late spring to remodel the Loyola Red Line station.

The long-awaited project will move the entrance north on Sheridan Avenue surrounded by a plaza. The renovation will start in late May and last about a year, according to a report in the Loyola Phoenix student newspaper. The building currently housing a McDonald's and Harris Bank will be demolished to make room for the plaza. The bank move to the Granada Center. McDonald's "is not interested in staying," said a Loyola spokesperson.

At the same time, the CTA will be adding kiosks, new flooring, lighting, stairs and turnstiles, and repairing the viaduct. Here's a CTA video about the renovation.

Loyola will cover costs for the new plaza. The university hopes to direct pedestrian traffic away from the cross walk directly in front of the current station entrance to Loyola Avenue a bit further north.

"The entire thing is being done because the crosswalk is very unsafe," Loyola spokesperson Jennifer Clark told the Phoenix.  She said northbound drivers on Sheridan Road are often surprised by the red light signaling them to stop for pedestrians. It can't be seen until after passing under the viaduct, leaving an insufficient stopping distance for cars.

"We know students, cars and people get hit every single day," Clark said, noting that accidents are usually minor and go unreported to police.

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  • hopefully they are realigning the platforms so that they're no longer split.
    also, an exit at the far (south) end of the platform would let people who need to cross sheridan do so w/o having to deal with traffic at all.

  • In reply to urbaneddie:

    If you go back to the original post, basically no. This is essentially a Loyola U. project at street level.

    Now, if there eventually is an RPM, this is supposed to be a transfer station.

  • In reply to jack:

    Nor should there be, at least at the current price of renovation. The point of the split platforms was to increase waiting space for passengers, due to the high passenger volumes generated by Loyola U, without need to widen the insanely narrow right-of-way (i.e. no demolition of surrounding buildings necessary).

    What I don't understand is why there have never been barriers built at platform level to safeguard the platform edges on either side that aren't used for boarding/alighting. Would seem to me to be something that would cut down on the wind and improve safety at platform level, and give the illusion of wider platforms.

  • If there isn't an entrance/exit on the west side of the station to Loyola Ave. that's west of Sheridan, then everyone that walks to the station will have to walk even farther out of their way than now.
    It would be easy to install a single smart card enabled Rotogate to enter from the west side of the station. I've missed numerous trains over the years due to the extra distance.

    And it's bizarre that McDonald's wants out now as they're in the original artwork for the rebuilt plaza.

  • "We know students, cars and people get hit every single day,"

    I love how they differentiate between 'students' and 'people.'

  • Your image is out of date. With McDonalds pulling out they have revised the design since the additional space is no longer necessary.

    http://img59.imageshack.us/img59/9071/loyolal.jpg

  • At times some special trains like the Holiday Train have been able to make a "double stop" because there were no barriers. The rehabbed platforms shown in the artist's rendering are moved north trying to get the platform out of the curve.

    DH

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