Jarvis station to reopen late Thursday - last of Red Line north renovations

What started on June 1 at Granville will end at 10 p.m. Thursday at Jarvis.

That's when Jarvis, the last of seven Red Line north stations to be rehabbed, will open to the public.

Work continues at Jarvis and other stations, as crews get through their punch lists of details to be pinned down. But all-in-all, it's been a job well done, with rave reviews from most CTA customers.

Most of these photos were taken by 49th Ward Alderman Joe Moore were taken earlier Thursday on a pre-opening tour with the CTA.

The CTA says the renovated station includes these improvements and features:

  • Masonry repairs and new tuckpointing on the station house exterior.
  • New windows, doors and exterior lighting on the station house.
  • Expanded station house interior with improved layout and circulation.
  • New station house interior wall, floor, and ceiling finishes.
  • Sidewalk repairs and new bike racks outside of the station house.
  • New platform foundations, concrete deck, fixtures and furnishings.
  • Refurbished platform canopy structure.
  • New lighting and signage.

 

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  • Re punch lists: At Granville they eventually put back the shelters on the platforms, and some of the benches on the platforms, but did not restore the benches that used to be in some of the shelters. Result, fewer benches on the platform, and none that are sheltered. They've had plenty of time to do this, so I suspect it's not going to be done.

    I suppose the excuse is that they don't want bums sleeping or doing worse things on the benches. But I didn't notice any such problems before. The CTA seems to be far more concerned with repelling hypothetical problems or revenge on troublemakers than with the actual comfort of normal passengers. This is entirely consistent with other evidence of the CTA's attitude toward passenger comfort.

    If in fact they do restore the missing benches, I will be happy to admit I was wrong.

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