A new entry plaza at the Loyola Red Line station opened recently, just in time to welcome thousands of new students back to school at Loyola University Chicago’s Rogers Park campus.
The plaza is the most obvious recent change, but this project took well over a year to complete. The $20 million project included these station house improvements:
- A new front entranceway
- New windows, flooring and interior finishes
- Additional turnstiles
- New lighting
- New High-Barrier Gate (HBG) turnstiles on Loyola Avenue, providing direct and convenient access to the main station house from the south and west of the station
- New signage, including Braille
- Additional bike parking
The viaduct over Sheridan Road also was renovated, including:
- Concrete repairs
- New, brighter lighting under the viaduct
- New waterproofing and drainage system
- New track in area of the viaduct
Finally there was improved circulation around the station for pedestrian safety, including redirecting pedestrian traffic away from the mid-block Sheridan Road crossing in front of the station to Loyola Avenue.
Funds for the project came from the Federal Transit Authority and from Loyola University.