New Washington/Wabash Station
A major improvement to the station facilities on the Wabash side of the historic Loop ‘L’ is on its way!
In January 2012, CTA and the City of Chicago announced a major project to construct a new station at Washington/Wabash on the Loop, combining the nearby century-old stations on Wabash at Randolph and at Madison. After design of the station was completed in 2014, a contract to construct the facility was awarded in February 2015. Construction begins in March 2015.
The new station will be located between Madison and Washington and serve the Brown, Green, Orange, Pink and Purple lines. The Washington/Wabash Station is designed to become a gateway for Millennium Park and the Loop. The design and construction project is managed by the Chicago Department of Transportation.
Construction of the $75 million station will begin in 2015 and the station is scheduled to open in 2016. The station will be funded entirely by Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) funds.
A throughly modern design, the undulating wave form of the canopies weaves through the historic Wabash Avenue corridor as a counterpoint to the city grid, and anticipates the soft forms of the park and the lake beyond. The faceted skeletal steel and glass structure is designed to create a dynamic play of light reminiscent of diamond facets and the historic Jeweler’s Row.
Materials have been chosen to allow visibility, reinforce the feeling of openness and to allow a visual connection to the historical corridor. The vibrant new facility will enhance passenger convenience, improve train speeds, decrease operating costs and provide accessibility for all riders.
The fare controls, stairs, escalators, elevators, electrical, security and communications rooms will be on the mezzanine level. The station will be entirely new and will meet ADA standards with new elevators from the street to mezzanine and platform levels. The platform capacity will be enlarged from the existing 7’-6” width to 10’ to 13’ widths.
The station will feature a wide array of green and sustainable elements, including:
- 100 percent LED lighting.
- The project will reuse a significant amount of existing structure and tracks.
- Bicycle racks will be installed to encourage alternative transportation.
- Recycling bins will be installed on the platforms to encourage paper recycling.
- Concrete Masonry Units used in wall assemblies will be from regional sources.
- Structural steel will be comprised of recycled material, and metal fabrications used for cladding, wall infill panels, windbreaks, handrails and other items will be comprised of recycled content.
- Rough carpentry required for blocking will be comprised of Certified wood.
- Sealants and adhesives, exterior paint for the structural steel and interior paint for CTA offices will have a low-VOC content to improve air quality.
- HVAC systems used for the Customer Assistant and Concessions kiosks will use CFC-free refrigerant.
Construction of the new Washington/Wabash station will require some track closures and other service impacts.
For information about service impacts, see the Customer Alerts section or in the Route Guides for the Orange Line, Green Line, Pink Line, Purple Line or Brown Line.
These conceptual, artist's renderings show what the station is expected to look like when complete.
CTA press release: City Seeks Construction Contract Bids on Three Major Loop Transit Infrastructure Projects (9/29/2014)
City of Chicago press release: Mayor Emanuel Announces Release of Final Renderings of Washington-Wabash CTA Elevated Station (9/30/13)
CTA press release: CTA Approves Agreement for Designing New ‘L’ Station at Washington/Wabash (4/2/2003)