CTA's Harrison Red Line station looks spiffy after $10 million rehab

The CTA on Monday unveiled its latest station rehab at the Red Line's Harrison stop. Though a little more modest in scale than some of its higher profile projects, it's a big improvement from the dank, dark station of yore.

The $10 million rehab, funded by tax increment financing dollars, included these elements:

  • Safety: water mitigation efforts to reduce pooling of water in mezzanine and platform areas; replacement of stairway handrails, treads, risers and wall tile.
  • Security: installation of new high-definition surveillance cameras and all new LED lighting in mezzanine area.
  • Customer Information: more new Train Tracker displays; new public address system; and updated system signage throughout the station and entrances.
  • Station/Platform Finishes: new granite flooring in the mezzanine and platform areas; new ceramic tile and pattern design along walls.
  • Infrastructure: two new main entrance canopies (over the stairwells that face Harrison from street level); new layout of fare equipment in main and auxiliary entrances; repairs to all three Harrison station stairways and station/platform columns; repair and paint platform tube ceilings; painting and cleaning of entire station, stairways and platform areas.

It's the little things like canopies over the entrances that really make a difference.
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    Looking good...

  • I'm sort of surprised it doesn't have the lacquered brass canopy. I guess it isn't downtown.

    But have the walls already been tagged?

  • In reply to jack:

    Soon, jack. Soon...it's inevitable.

  • In reply to Phillip9:

    I didn't ask that. I asked about the walls around the stairway as depicted in 2 pictures above.

  • I passed by it on a train today & was wonderfully surprised at how bright it is now.
    It used to be dark & depressing to go there.

  • I can't believe they put this much money into that stop. It's one of the most least used around the area. I almost never see anyone get on or off there. Not because of safety..it's an extremely low traffic stop.

    Weird CTA but glad you put in good cameras and better lighting.

  • In reply to Phillip9:

    It has more boardings than every stop south of there until you get to near the end of the line. I don't think they broke the bank with these fixes and it seems worthwhile. There are quite a few colleges and schools right there that heavily use this stop and the South Loop is getting more activity.

    I like the TV's right at the entrance.

  • In reply to chris:

    Besides they said it was TIF money, and, like all the subway stations, it belongs to CDOT, not CTA, because CRT did not build them.

    So, the question is Philip, do you have a better use for that TIF money?

  • In reply to jack:

    Interesting. I was never clear on what belongs to who. Does CDOT own all subway stations across all lines and do any other stations belong to them?

    Where does the responsibility start and end in the station for each group?

  • They need this same makeover at Clinton Blue Line. That place is about as bad as this station used to be, although it does get less riders. Last time I was there I had to dodge quite a few areas of water pouring in from the ceiling.

  • The Clinton Blue Line should be next because its awful and the main stop for Greyhound and Union Station.

  • That canopy is nice. It certainly helps when a driver hits a puddle and you get wet just as you're going down the stairs. :(

  • What does the Track Tracker track? Is there a way to track Track Trackers? Wouldn't there also need to be Track Track Track Trackers to track Track Track Trackers to track Track Trackers to track Trackers?

  • In reply to eBob:

    It is "Train" Tracker, and it provides the estimated arrival time for the next train at each station. Here, as at most stations, there is a display in the station, and there is, of course, the web version.

    Not much different in concept than Bus Tracker, Pace Bus Tracker, etc.

  • In reply to jack:

    I was attempting some recursive humor. The caption on photo 6 of 6 mentions a "Track Tracker".

  • In reply to eBob:

    Hey eBob, thanks for mentioning the caption typo. Just fixed it.

  • In reply to eBob:

    There is also the description of signs being placed in the stations.

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