The Morse Red Line station will reopen late Friday evening, just as the CTA promised when it closed for a six-week rehab on June 29.
The Rogers Park neighborhood around Morse has been abuzz about whether work crews would finish in time to reopen the second of seven stations slated for rehab this summer and fall under the Red North Interim Improvement project. The answer is, crews won’t completely finish the project, but the station will reopen, and that’s what really matters to the almost 4,500 people who board daily at Morse and Lunt.
I took a cruise past the platform level today and saw workers hastily finishing electrical hookups and stairway shelters. By my estimation, before the rehab is completely finished, it will have taken the most total man hours to complete of any the seven total stations. That’s because of the leaky track bed that had to be totally replaced at the beginning of the project in June. Also, the station probable has the most square footage of commercial space at both Morse and Lunt.
Since I live near the Morse stop, I’ve been chronicling the progress here pretty closely. Some other photo sets: