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CTA Completes Wilson Station Reconstruction

The Chicago Transit ­Authority (CTA) joined Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel Feb. 5 to announce the completion of the $203 million Wilson Station Recon­struction Project, which transformed an almost 100-year-old station into a centerpiece for the Uptown neighborhood.

CTA President Dorval R. Carter Jr. said the new station will provide an improved commuting experience for the more than 1.7 million annual riders who use it. The historic station now offers improved accessibility, including escalators and elevators; security cameras; real-time rail and bus tracking; large platforms and architectural glass platform canopies that provide increased weather protection; new, quiet track replacing a century-old structure; and new artwork in the main station house.

The final element of the project was restoration of the historic Gerber building, originally built in 1923, including the recreation of an exterior clock and parapet wall that had been removed decades ago. The building served as the station’s main entrance for many years and CTA is now seeking a commercial tenant.

CTA noted that the new Wilson Station is already a catalyst for economic development in the neighborhood. Several new small businesses have opened in the area, creating new jobs, and new residential developments have been announced or are underway.

The project is the latest in a series of investments made as part of the mayor’s “Red Ahead” initiative to improve Chicago’s busiest rail line, the Red Line.

The former appearance of the Gerber Building and CTA’s Wilson Station, top, and an artist’s rendering of the reconstructed station, bottom.

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