Almost half of the rehabbed Bryn Mawr Red Line station will be funded with Chicago Tax Increment Financing, Mayor Emanuel announced last week.
About $10 million in TIF assistance would fund new lighting, fixtures, and platform surfaces, along with upgrades to the existing station house, tracks, plus a new elevator. The rest of the $25 million total would come from the Illinois Department of Transportation. "Originally opened in 1908, the station at 1119 W. Bryn Mawr Ave. serves 1.6 million riders annually, according to the news release. "Ridership increased by more than five percent between 2010 and 2011."
When the CTA announced its North Red station improvement project, 48th Ward Alderman Harry Osterman asked for a full rehab of Bryn Mawr, including the installation of the elevator.
That's a good thing. From Addison to Loyola, Granville and Loyola are the only accessible Red Line stations.