This weekend the CTA’s Wilson station reconstruction project will kick into high gear when workers begin demolition of the southbound Purple Line tracks at Wilson.
That means Purple Line trains starting March 9 will share the track with Red Line trains heading southbound for a year. Purple Line trains will switch to Red tracks just south of Lawrence and stay there till they switch back just south of Addison. During the construction project, the Purple Line will make stops at Wilson, Sheridan and Addison.
The same number of Red Line trains will run going southbound with approximately two-to-four minutes added to the trip to the Loop. The same number of Purple Line trains also will run with about four-to-six minutes added to the southbound Loop trips.
In addition to reconstruction of the southbound Purple Line Express track and elevated structure, crews during this phase of construction will also construct a new southbound station platform and new, temporary entrances on the north and south side of Wilson, as well as a temporary exit near Sunnyside. The temporary entrances/exits will serve customers during a later stage of the Wilson project.
The Tribune, in its story about the track reconfiguration, reported that “a Purple Line commuter who rides five days a week and takes four weeks of vacation will spend up to an extra 20 hours on the train over the course of a year.”
I say, whatever it takes. The Wilson station certainly needs a major facelift.
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