CTA plans rehabilitation of the Western Brown Line Station

CTA plans rehabilitation of the Western Brown Line Station Image credit: CTA

The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) has detailed its plans to modernize the Western Brown Line station and bus turnaround, bringing the station back to a state of good repair for the Lincoln Square community. The project is estimated to cost $19 million. Work is anticipated to start this summer and continue through late 2025.

Established as part of the original construction of the Ravenswood branch in the early-1900s, the current Western Brown Line station was rebuilt in 1920 and underwent a major renovation in 1979-1981 to be made fully compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Since this station was already fully accessible to those who use mobility devices, this was the only Brown Line station to receive modest upgrades and repairs under the Brown Line Capacity Expansion Project (2004-2009).

As part of the rehabilitation, new ADA doors will be added to the main entrance on Western Avenue.  Beginning this summer, crews will begin work on track structure painting, platform rehabilitation, and roof replacement.

The station will also feature a new bus boarding island and canopy structure for customers to use while waiting. Sidewalks will be replaced in front of the station and lighting will be upgraded along the walkway between the station and Lincoln Avenue.

The rehabilitated station interior will feature new accent lighting that highlights a segment of the Berlin Wall on display. The CTA will also refinish floors and interior walls; replace elevator cabs, stair treads and risers; as well as construct new customer service assistance kiosk. On the platform level, the concrete platform edge will be replaced. Repairs will also be made to the existing concrete platform, handrail, and platform canopy.

Source: CTA