New entrance at LaSalle makes Clark/Division Red Line station accessible

The new entrance and mezzanine opened Monday at the LaSalle end of the Clark/Division CTA Red Line station - the first new mezzanine built since the Red Line subway opened during World War II. This entrance now makes the station accessible to the disabled.

Work now shifts to the Clark Street end of the station, where the mezzanine there will be rebuilt. That entrance is closed now and access to the station will be through LaSalle Street.

Major highlights of the renovation project include:

  • Two new elevators and three new escalators
  • New granite floors and stairs
  • New decorative wall and ceiling tiles
  • Brighter and more energy-efficient lighting
  • New security equipment and customer-assistance kiosks
  • Improved communication and speaker systems
  • New cast iron street-level entrances
  • Bike ramps and racks to promote alternate modes of transportation

The Clark/Division station was the 15th busiest CTA rail station in 2013, with more than 2.55 million passengers entering.

The $50 million construction project is being led by the Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) and supported by Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement (CMAQ) funds from the Federal Transit Administration.

(Photos by Kevin O'Neil/CTA Tattler.)
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    I use that entrance every week and it is high time that be next on the renovation project. It means an extra block walk but it's worth it.

  • Looks nice. Seeing as the entrance, although temporary, is at LaSalle and Division, instead of Clark and Division, this would be an opportune time to permanently change the name to Just Division.

  • In reply to ibilldavis:

    Nothing temporary about that entrance, as it will be the only accessible entrance.
    I did question the C on the tiles, for such reasons as the next station also has C on its tiles.

  • In reply to jack:

    There does seem to be some inconsistency in how the stations are named. I would think that this station should be called Division & Clark based on the fact that the previous station is called North & Clybourn. I think that there still needs to be some way to differentiate the station from Division on the Blue Line and Clark & Lake in the loop.

  • That station looks real nice. Tiles should probably read D, since on a north-south line the east-west intersecting street is the one that tells you where you are.

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    The street level elevator is out of order already so no access for the disabled.

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