CTA finishes viaduct work at Loyola Red Line

The CTA this month finished up most of the viaduct work on southbound Sheridan Road at the Loyola Red Line station - much to the delights of  motorists who were backed up for blocks.

The work is part of almost $12 million in overall spending to fix the viaducts, rehab the stationhouse, add an entrance on Loyola Avenue and relocate the main entrance to the north side of the station, away from Sheridan Road. The entrance will open to a new plaza.

(All photos by Kevin O'Neil / CTA Tattler.)


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  • #8 verifies that CTA is using the Boston style signs. However, as I previously mentioned, even if someone isn't a student at Loyola and is transferring from the 155 bus (Scooter can speak to that), they should know while standing at the plaza that it is Loyola.

  • In reply to jack:

    The CTA is obsessed with telling people what station they're at from the outside of the station, even if they can't use the station.
    The prime examples of that are the station signs on the expressway stops, where the only people that can read them are in cars going 70MPH!
    What it is is doing a favor for some connected company that makes the signs, as they're not needed

  • In reply to ScooterLibbby:

    There may be the Metra theory (also used by CTA at the substation west of Jefferson Park) that people will find riding the train less obnoxious than sitting in the traffic jam.

    A Jimmy Kimmel routine about Stevie Wonder last night reminded me of a story in another city of "Why does the workshop for the blind have a big sign facing the expressway?" "So the blind drivers can find them."

    At least CTA is no longer posting the "Rapid Transit, 20 Minutes to the Loop" signs, which now would probably be 45.

  • All that taxpayer money and the cta couldn't correct the mistake they made 30 years ago with the platform configurations, having both the northbound and southbound trains stop at the same platform?

  • In reply to ibilldavis:

    Ibilldavis: That was only temporary during construction. Northbound trains now stop at the south platform, and southbound trains at the north platform.

  • In reply to Kevin O’Neil:

    I think ibill was referring more to the fact that they didn't build express-local platforms, such as is being proposed at Wilson, even though Loyola is theoretically designated as a transfer station.

    In fact, it was a transfer station [the Evanston Express stopped there] sometime around the early 70s.

    But I suppose that ibill can clarify his meaning.

  • No, there is no valid reasin that trains going in both directions cannot use the same platform permanently.

  • In reply to ibilldavis:

    There is a valid reason, there's only one stairway for the entire platform.
    Designed by morons!
    The old Loyola platform had four stairways!

  • In reply to ScooterLibbby:

    Wrong Scooter. There are two stairways, and in fact two elevators and escalators serving the station. So in that respect, there are more ways to get to/from the platform than most stations on the north Red Line.

  • In reply to Kevin O’Neil:

    Wrong Kevin!
    If you use only one platform, then there's only one stairway.
    That's what I was referring to!

  • In reply to Kevin O’Neil:

    Technically, it is just one elevator serving both platforms, with one door serving each. Although this can be deceiving since there are two doors to the elevator at ground level also, so it gives off the appearance of there being two elevators when in fact it's just one.

  • There sould only be one platform serving both directions.

  • In reply to ibilldavis:


    I tried to bail out your comment of 1 day 7 hours ago about a CTA error 30 years ago, but your last one completely confuses me. So, what is your position, other than you don't like NB stopping at one end of the center platform and SB at the other?

  • In reply to ibilldavis:

    The reason I believe there are two platforms is because of the heavy traffic volumes at Loyola, and that it's likely that building a 2nd platform was probably cheaper than expanding the right-of-way, then move all the tracks out to accommodate a wider, reconstructed platform. Less disruptive to service too.

    The two platforms separate the crowds getting off northbound at Loyola from those crowds boarding to go southbound.

  • Prior to 1980 there was just one platform that accomodated the riders fine. This current and what appears to be the fute set up sucks!

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