The rehab of the Grand/State Red Line station on the CTA is nearing completion. A substantially larger mezzanine boarding area opened about two weeks ago. Previously crowds trying to purchase fare cards blocked the entrance to the four or five turnstiles. Now, the number of fare vending machines has doubled, with lots of breathing room between them and the turnstiles.
A new northeast exit open takes you to corner Grand, though in my opinion the width of the hallway should be wider.
Workers are still finishing the elevator on the northwest corner. I like that there also are stairs to the street level on the northwest corner. At Chicago/State on the southwest corner, the elevator to the street is the only egress option. There are no stairs or escalator.
All ads have been removed from walls over subway tracks, and the new lighting has been installed now on the northbound platform. An escalator from the northbound platform to the mezzanine opened last week.
Workers still need to finish the southeast exit, which will feature both an escalator to the street level.
Before the project is complete, I hope signage is improved. The bottom photo of the gallery shows signage to the north and south platforms may be a little confusing to those not familiar with the station. You see a sign for “Howard” on the same side as the sign pointing to “Trains South.”
Work on the $67 million project is on schedule to be completed in December.