The CTA began a “deep cleaning” project this past weekend at the Bryn Mawr Red Line station, and announced at a community meeting Monday night that a complete rebuild, with an elevator and full accessibility, will begin in about two years.
The office of Ald. Harry Osterman announced last week that Bryn Mawr would get short-term improvements that include “a deep cleaning of the station and auxiliary exit, new light fixtures, new wall finishes, replacement of station doors and rotogates, new heaters, pigeon abatement and new signs.”
Work began last weekend with the removal of broken tile and loose concrete from stairwell walls, which have sported for years a grim patchwork of tile, glue and broken concrete. CTA’s Steven Mascheri, General Manager – Construction, said that the dark and smelly auxiliary exit would also get some attention.
The bigger news was that the Bryn Mawr station will be completely rebuilt in about two years. Ald. Osterman said that about $25 million has been allocated for the Bryn Mawr project “and that could grow.” CTA’s Vice President for Infrastructure, Carole Morey, added that the new station would be fully ADA accessible and include an elevator.
With Bryn Mawr added to the list, that makes 10 Red North stations getting some form of re-investment. Seven stations are receiving major facelifts including new platforms and rebuilt stationhouses as part of the $86 million Red North Interim Station Improvements project; Loyola is undergoing viaduct repairs and getting a new entrance plaza through an $11 million joint venture with Loyola University; and Wilson is in the design phase for an estimated $200 million rebuild as an express-transfer station.