Since the CTA has been following a hurry-up "design-build" model on the rehab of seven north Red Line stations, its customers didn't really know exactly what the results would be.
Maybe that's why the fabulous look of the newly reopened Morse station was so jaw-droppingly awesome.
The gleaming new stationhouse and platform in Rogers Park at Morse and Glenwood also now become the gold standard for the renovation of the remaining five stations, including Thorndale, which will close at 11:59 p.m. Friday.
CTA President Forrest Claypool more or less promised earlier this week to meet that standard: "They [stations] are all a little different so the work will vary from station to station, but they are getting a roughly equal amount of focus, attention and capital.” And it seems likely that the stations will share a certain unity of design and materials, from the floor and wall treatments to the use of stainless steel fixtures.
So take a look at the photo gallery of "before" shots of Thorndale and see my predictions in the captions on what the rehab will look like. Then we'll be back in just over six weeks to see if it meets the high Morse standard.