The new entrance and mezzanine opened Monday at the LaSalle end of the Clark/Division CTA Red Line station – the first new mezzanine built since the Red Line subway opened during World War II. This entrance now makes the station accessible to the disabled.
Work now shifts to the Clark Street end of the station, where the mezzanine there will be rebuilt. That entrance is closed now and access to the station will be through LaSalle Street.
Major highlights of the renovation project include:
- Two new elevators and three new escalators
- New granite floors and stairs
- New decorative wall and ceiling tiles
- Brighter and more energy-efficient lighting
- New security equipment and customer-assistance kiosks
- Improved communication and speaker systems
- New cast iron street-level entrances
- Bike ramps and racks to promote alternate modes of transportation
The Clark/Division station was the 15th busiest CTA rail station in 2013, with more than 2.55 million passengers entering.
The $50 million construction project is being led by the Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) and supported by Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement (CMAQ) funds from the Federal Transit Administration.
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