Gorgeous plaza entry at Loyola marks CTA project's end

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:

  • Painting/coating
  • 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.


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  • But they moved the SB bus stop for the 155 a few hundred feet away.
    For what?
    A few hundred people a day get off the L here & get on the WB 155 there. Make it harder to get the bus, so you might miss it, making the trip longer.
    Just how stupid is this?

  • It may look nice, but it did nothing to fix the problem of having the trains stopping at 2 seperate parts of the platform.

  • In reply to ibilldavis:

    Wasn't intended to. This was a $20 million job with most of the money to Loyola U, not the $200 million rebuilding of Wilson nor even the proposed rebuilding of Bryn Mawr.

    Aside from that, is the right of way available? Or would CTA have to condemn a large swath of Loyola's property as it did Depaul's?

  • In reply to jack:

    In a response I posted to the topic of CTA power substations, I mentioned that Jack usually posts correct and accurate information and this response to ibilldavis is an example of that. Jack is correct. I would ask ibilldavis to explain why he thinks that the CTA stopping at two separate parts of the platform is a "problem." I would imagine that the CTA did this because they thought the platform is too narrow. The tracks curve and there is no close location nearby where the Loyola platform could be relocated on straight track. This structure was originally built by the Milwaukee railroad and curves because the original railroad right of way curved. As Jack said, the only remedy would be to widen the 'L' structure and with the planned improvements of the northside 'L' still undecided, that would seem wasteful. And anyway, on the steel 'L' trains often stop at separate platforms altogether, not just separate parts.

  • In reply to chicagopcc1:

    The line was built by the Chicago & Evanston RR, not the Milwaukee Rd. C,M,St P & P bought the C &E later on.

  • In reply to ScooterLibbby:

    If you look closer at what I wrote, I am talking about the STRUCTURE...the concrete walled timber, earth and sand -filled structure. The structure that's falling apart today. The structure built when the 'L' was elevated from the surface operation with trolley wires and expanded from two tracks to the present-day four tracks...... that was built by the Milwaukee Road steam railroad (sometimes called the St. Paul) and there was no "Pacific" in their name when the rr did that. Trust me, this has been argued over many times before in the railfan community. I mentioned the original line, and its right of way, only in discussing the curves; that today's ccurves are following the original curve.

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    The plaza is nice, although I feel there is a missed opportunity for a fountain or perhaps a sculpture which would really would have made it a meeting place for students to study and hang out rather than just a place to walk through.

  • In reply to PR in RP:

    That gets to the fundamental question whether it is for students, or as Scooter points out, for the people transferring to the westbound 155 bus.

    As far as Scooter's few hundred, I remember when there were back door bus fare collectors there.

  • In reply to jack:

    I can recall those also Jack, along with electric buses, and propane ones also. Ah I sure miss those days when it was convenient to ride the CTA and I might add safe, but have been out of Chicago for 40 years

  • In reply to PR in RP:

    There are benches and even a tiny greenspace. I don't know why they need a sculpture or a fountain to hang out at.

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