The CTA last week confirmed the basic details of a new express-transfer station at Wilson on the Red Line. It's in the design stage now, with construction to begin in 2013.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel tipped the project at an August 14 press conference celebrating recent ridership gains, promising that the station would be "spectacular." CTA spokesperson Catherine Hosinski filled in a few details, confirming the two-platform design – to allow transfers between Red and Purple Express trains – and the planned rehab of the historic Gerber building with its elaborate terra cotta exterior.
Hosinski couldn't offer more details, "since designs have not been finalized," but a close look at the station site and at previously published materials allows some educated guesses, including:
- First-phase construction in between the two current southbound tracks, where the CTA carpenters shop and vacant Wilson Broadway Mall are now.
- Wide platforms like those at Fullerton and Belmont.
- A south entrance/exit at Sunnyside, to serve the Target and Aldi stores and adjacent Truman College.
- The estimated budget is $200 million.
It's all possible – without acquisition of adjacent properties – because of the site's unique layout, a legacy of the site's former two-level train yard. See the custom Google map and get more details in the full story at CTA Station Watch. See more photos at the Facebook page.
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