With Monday's opening of the new Oakton stop on the CTA Yellow Line, all those CTA "L" Challenge racers now have 144 stations to visit.
The $20 million project opened with the usual speeches from CTA brass and North Shore politicians, including U.S. Rep Jan Schakowsky.
The station was built via a Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Grant administered by the Federal Highway Administration. The Federal Transit Administration provided $14 million and $6 million were provided by the Village of Skokie.
Ridership on the Yellow Line has been growing steadily, says the CTA:
Currently, the Yellow Line, which runs between the Dempster-Skokie and Howard stations, provides more than 5,000 rides each weekday and an average of more than 4,000 rides on weekends. Between 2010 and 2011, the Yellow Line added 13,000 additional riders, growing to an annual ridership of more than 1.5 million.
The station is adjacent to the Illinois Science + Technology Park, a nearly 24-acre research campus with 20 pharmaceutical, healthcare, bio- and nano-technology firms that employs approximately 1,400 people.
“This is a perfect example of transit-oriented development,” Claypool said. “Improving and adding CTA service and new CTA infrastructure adds value to and promotes growth in a community. We are pleased to provide this new service for our customers and to enhance the quality of life for the village of Skokie.”
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