$10 million in TIF funds to cover part of Bryn Mawr rehab on CTA Red Line

$10 million in TIF funds to cover part of Bryn Mawr rehab on CTA Red Line
Last year crews stripped broken tile from some sections of the Bryn Mawr stairwell. Photo by Patrick Barry.

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.


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  • At least in this case, the TIF funding is going to something worthwhile and for the public good instead of private companies.

  • In reply to chris:

    Not really.
    All the money will go to consultants & private contractors that will overcharge the CTA on everything & make it cost triple what a private company would pay.

  • In reply to ScooterLibbby:

    I dunno, 3 three times nothing is nothing.

    However, Kevin Zolkiewicz just found a hidden Public Hearing Notice that CTA is going to charge all sorts of "production costs" and "dormancy" fees against Ventra cards. So much for "we aren't going to have another fare increase," Mr. Mare, especially on passes. So, the system isn't saving CTA riders, at least to the extent CTA's payment of $450 million to Cubic was supposed to be saving CTA.

  • So I take it Kevin you want every single station wheel chair accessible?

  • In reply to ibilldavis:

    Yes Ibill - evey station should be accessible. That's also CTA's goal, and required by the feds when a major station rehab is done.

  • In reply to Kevin O’Neil:

    What Chicago has spent on making L stations, trains & buses accessible could have bought every wheelchair user in the 6 county area a luxury van to get around in 10 times over.
    While there are a few other benefits, to bike riders & those who have some problems, the cost has been outrageous & out of control in retrofitting old L stations!

  • In reply to ScooterLibbby:

    Again, I don't know about that.

    The RTA is already spending $140 million of your sales tax money on paratransit, approximately $110 million in the city alone. Some official got in trouble referring to that as limo service.

    There was a legislatively mandated study around 2007, saying that paratransit costs could be controlled if it were only used as a feeder to accessible stations. As best I can tell, that hasn't happened, either.

    Anyway, the ADA of 1990 requires that if a station gets a significant enough upgrade, it has to be made accessible, as Kevin indicates. If you had any problem with that, you should have complained to Bob Dole in 1990.

    The only thing that's difference in recent years is whether stations are being made accessible because they are being upgraded, or being upgraded to be made accessible.

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  • In reply to Kevin O’Neil:

    IAWTLP means I Agree With That Last Post.

  • In reply to Kevin O’Neil:

    you don't feel that's too expensive? Maybe some key stations, but not each and every one of them.

  • In reply to ibilldavis:

    "Not each and every one."

    Why not? Who gets to pick? What do you tell the wheelchair-bound rider at the stop not picked?

    We made all buses wheelchair accessible. Why not all train stations?

  • In reply to Kevin O’Neil:

    So, what's the deal with the spam?

    And if you don't like it, ask your congressperson to repeal the ADA. And be prepared to pay more for paratransit.

    Somehow, I have the feeling that Sen. Kirk isn't going to support you in the repeal effort at this moment.

    BTW, they aren't making all stations accessible, but this one is the only transfer point from the Peterson bus. As someone will tell you, there isn't L service west of Broadway, say at California, on Peterson.

  • Yo, Scooter, "separate but equal" was outlawed decades ago. (because it is NEVER equal). Some elevator users might be parents w/ children in strollers, or you when/if you get old enough to have difficulty w/stairs. Meanwhile, persons in whlchrs (my stepdaughter for instance) often travel in company of others who prefer transit over vans/autos.

  • Why yes, every single bus, every single train, every single station should be accessible by whoever can't climb stairs. How is that even a question?

  • In reply to Cheryl:

    How is it a question?

    Because we can't afford it, that's why!
    The builders didn't think of those things in 1900, 1910, 1922, 1943 or even the 1970s when those stations were built, that's why.
    In some cases, there's no room for it, in others, the cost is staggering, such as the 1943 subway stations. Each station casts more to retrofit than the entire tunnel with all the stations did!
    So much capital money is poured into these station rebuilds, there's no money to maintain the rest of the system. Eventually, the entire rail system will have beautiful new accessible stations, but no trains running between them, because the tracks have all fallen apart!

  • In reply to ScooterLibbby:

    "We can't afford it!" People have been saying that since 1985 when the ADA was passed. One thing's certain ... we HAVE been able to afford it, and by accommodating people with disabilities, everyone benefits. Resident curmudgeon Scooter engages in the all-too-common practice of discriminating against people with disabilities by seeing them first and foremost as money-consuming entities instead of human beings. They deserve to be able to get to and from work just like you do Scooter. And before you reply in anger, I suggest reading a book called "Make Them Go Away." Also, do a little research on the buying power of people with disabilities. Broaden your horizons a bit. You can't be 100% right about every subject under the sun.

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  • Wow Cta a elevator,it was invented in 1853 and now it's 2013, so glad Cta moves quick

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