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Wilson Station With First Track Open

Service Information for Wilson Station Reconstruction Phase 3

New platform and routing affects Howard-bound Red Line riders at Wilson


Beginning on September 26, we'll begin the third phase of the Wilson Station Reconstruction Project, which is rebuilding the station as well as more than 2,200 feet of adjacent elevated structure and tracks.

During this new phase, all riders will board trains at the newer west island platform (opened in March) as well as the temporary entrances on either side of Wilson Avenue, west of Broadway, which link directly to it.

Impact on service

Starting on September 26, riders can expect the following impacts:

Wilson station
  • All riders (traveling toward both 95th/Dan Ryan and, now also Howard) will use the new, modern west platform (opened in March 2016). This newer platform offers more shelter than and is both longer and wider than the old platform.
    • The old station entrances and platform will be permanently closed while a second platform and new, permanent entrances, are constructed.
    • Enter the station for all train services via the newer, temporary entrances on either side of Wilson, west of Broadway.
  • Trains will continue serving Wilson throughout the project.
Red and Purple Express Service
  • Red and Purple Express trains will continue operating with the same frequency, with no expected changes to travel times.
  • Loop-bound Purple Express trains will continue to make stops at Wilson and Sheridan during the morning rush periods only.


Station diagram

Wilson diagram
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Project background

Wilson South Side Entrance After Reconstruction (Artist's Rendering)

The $203 million Wilson Station Reconstruction Project is part of more than $5 billion of transit improvements announced by Mayor Emanuel since taking office in 2011, including projects to build new rail stations and modernize others, purchase new buses and rail cars, and continue investments in technology to benefit customers and provide a better commuting experience. It is also one of the largest station projects in CTA history and is the latest in a series of Red Line modernization projects to take place since 2011.

The project is modernizing the 93-year-old stationhouse and the station’s more than 100-year-old track structure. When the project is complete in late 2017, riders will have a modern, spacious and more accessible station that will be a new transfer point for Red and Purple Line Express trains. About 2,200 feet of elevated tracks, signals and supporting infrastructure will also be relocated and reconstructed, Building a New Chicagoeliminating slow zones and improving service reliability for customers, as well as providing a more pleasing street environment on Wilson Avenue and Broadway in the heart of Uptown.

Learn more about the project (including renderings, information on construction phases and more).


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