Red Ahead
Artist's rendering of terminal

95th/Dan Ryan station & terminal improvements

Doors are now open to the new South Terminal at the 95th/Dan Ryan Red Line station!

On April 15, Mayor Emanuel joined us in opening the first of two brand new bus and rail terminal facilities at 95th Street. The completion of the South Terminal is a major milestone in a $280 million project that is building a state-of-the-art 95th/Dan Ryan station on the city’s South Side and has already created more than 760 construction jobs.

The 95th/Dan Ryan station is one of our busiest terminals, with 24-hour Red Line service and over 20,000 daily bus and rail passengers. When the North Terminal is completed later this year, 95th/Dan Ryan will be a signature station on Chicago’s South Side that will provide customers with a modern design and amenities to improve the overall transit experience.  

Construction of the north terminal scheduled to be completed in 2018. The station will remain open throughout construction.

Changes to bus boarding locations

(effective 10 p.m. 4/14/18)

The original 95th/Dan Ryan stationhouse, located on the north side of 95th Street, is temporarily closed to allow crews to begin building a new, spacious and modern North Terminal building. As a result of this closure, there are new temporary and permanent bus boarding locations for CTA, Pace and Greyhound riders.

Importantly, there are no major changes to bus or rail services during the construction period. Customers will have access to all South Terminal rail station entrances.

New permanent bus boarding locations/South Terminal building

*Indicates routes with different pick-up and drop-off locations

North side of terminal (along 95th Street):

  • Stop O: Paratransit services, #N9 Ashland* (Owl, drop-off only)
  • Stop(s) P and Q: #N5 South Shore Night Bus*, #108 Halsted/95th and Pace route #352 and #772

East side of terminal (along State Street):

  • Stop R: #95 95th (westbound only)
  • Stop S: #111 111th/King Drive
  • Stop T: #115 Pullman/115th

South service drive:

  • Stop U: #N9 Ashland (Owl)*, #34 South Michigan and #119 Michigan/119th
  • Stop V: #34, #119 and #N5* (Owl, drop-off only)
  • Stop W: #34 and #119

West side of terminal (along Lafayette Avenue):

  • Stop X: #112 Vincennes/111th
  • Stop(s) Y and Z: #29 State

Temporary bus boarding locations

95th/Lafayette (southwest corner):  

  • Stop A1: #95 95th (eastbound service only) and drop-off location for Pace routes #359, #381 and #395

95th/State (southeast corner):

  • Stop A2: #100 Jeffrey Manor Express, #103 West 103rd, #106 East 103rd
  • Stop A3:  Pace bus routes #353, #359, #381 and #395
  • Stop A4: Greyhound bus service

Map of new bus boarding locations

Map of 95th/Dan Ryan South Terminal, showing where each route boards at the new terminal.


What is the purpose of this project?

The 95th/Dan Ryan station is a critical piece of the CTA’s Red Line. It connects Far South Side communities, to job centers throughout the region and serves as a transit gateway for the South Side and suburbs.

Originally built in 1969, this station is now one of our busiest, with 24-hour Red Line service and over 1,000 CTA and Pace bus trips on a typical weekday.There are roughly 300,000 people who live within walking distance of the CTA bus routes serving the 95th/Dan Ryan Terminal. 

Improvements are needed to better serve existing high volume of riders, provide safer passenger access to buses and the train station, and expand passenger facilities that will lead to a modern, safe and pedestrian-friendly transit center with fewer delays and shorter travel times.

What work will be done?

The new and expanded terminal will offer more space and better amenities, and improve the walking flow of passengers. Here are some basic features:

  • New station building with bright, airy spaces and clear sightlines
  • Expanded platforms to provide more room and easier flow of passengers
  • Station will be largely enclosed in glass for maximum light and protection from the elements
  • Wider bus lanes and increased spacing between bus bays to reduce congestion
  • Wider sidewalks and waiting areas in bus terminal for increased passenger comfort and safety
  • Sound panels at platform level to provide a more comfortable, less noisy space
  • Additional escalators and elevators
  • Additional space in front of ticket vending machines and fare gates

We're also taking advantage of the ongoing terminal construction to make improvements to the complex track and interlocking just south of the station leading into the 98th Street Yard. Items to be replaced include a complex interlocking, signal and traction power cabling and duct banks, ballast and other related materials.

Doing this track work simultaneous with the station work will limit the need for any service disruptions after the new station is built. This work will help improve the movement of train traffic in and out of the 98th yard and through the 95th Terminal, which services the Red Line—our busiest line. 

Public art

It’s only fitting that one of the largest station reconstruction projects in agency history also features the largest public art installation in our collection. To accomplish this task, we’ve tapped internationally recognized, Chicago-based artist Theaster Gates.

More than just artwork—Gates has created a unique, catalyst program that will foster community engagement, provide jobs and offer training to school students. The two original artworks created under this initiative will be permanently displayed at the rebuilt terminal.

This historic project will create 10 new jobs for the production of the artwork and artist apprenticeships, which will promote skills development and training for local students.

Gates will also take part in significant community outreach throughout the process, including hosting five upcoming public meetings to engage and promote a dialogue among community residents, architects and designers.

About the artwork

an extended song of our people (AESOP)

Artist Theaster Gates' conceptual rendering of a new art installation for the north terminal building at the 95th Street Red Line station.

Artist Theaster Gates' conceptual rendering of "an extended song of our people (AESOP)" -- the new art installation for the north terminal building at the 95th Street Red Line station.

Planned for location in the North Terminal, this space will become a DJ booth that provides commuters with real-time audio programming and live music hosted by a regular weekday DJ, featuring DJs in-residence, musicians, poets, and community members.

This project was conceived in response to five community engagement meetings with South Side residents. Neighbors responded with a strong interest in developing a living space that would allow for the celebration of past achievements, to showcase current talent, and for the space to be a symbol of hope.

This space is designed to be:

  • A public broadcast studio that area residents can take over at key moments to present public projects, live music performances, interviews, conversations, and debate—a kind of town hall within the CTA;
  • A partnership with other charitable organizations specializing in recording the stories of black and brown people to ensure that historical and present voices are heard;
  • And a platform to celebrate local talent, both in the construction and design of the sound studio, in the ongoing implementation of the space by local DJs, and in the development and training of new DJs through workshops on music, sound, and audio production.


america america

Artist Theaster Gates' conceptual rendering of america, america – the new public art planned for the south terminal building at the 95th Street Red Line station.


Artist Theaster Gates' conceptual rendering of "america, america" – the new public art planned for the south terminal building at the 95th Street Red Line station.

Two large tapestries, to be located in the South Terminal, are made from colorful strips of decommissioned fire hoses and galvanized steel. The tapestries, signature works within Gates’ artistic practice, are reflections on the importance of the civil rights movement and the struggle and acknowledgement that the work of equity and equality is an ongoing effort not carried by one people, but by all.

Art project budget

The overall art project budget is approximately $1.3 million. Of this amount, $1 million is earmarked for the design, fabrication and installation of the artworks; and $50,000 is to cover costs associated with community engagement activities, including public meetings. The artist fee is $250,000.

About the artist

Born in Chicago, Theaster Gates is an artist, cultural and urban planner, and Director of Arts and Public Life Initiative at University of Chicago, Provost Office.

Theaster Gates Studio is an internationally acclaimed practice that includes space development, object making, performance and critical engagement with many publics. Gates transforms spaces, institutions, traditions, and perceptions through art practices that combine his training in urban planning and sculpture.

The Wall Street Journal recognized Gates as Arts Innovator of the Year and he was honored as the Commissioned Artist of the New York Armory Show and featured at Documenta (13), the international art festival in Kassel, Germany. Currently, an exhibition of his artwork, Theaster Gates: 13th Ballad, is featured at Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art. In 2012, Gates was awarded the inaugural Vera List Center Prize for Art and Politics and was also named the USA Kippy Fellow. Gates is also a 2012-13 Creative Time Global Resident.



Artist's renderings

95th/Dan Ryan Station & Terminal Renderings


Construction photos

95th/Dan Ryan Station & Bus Terminal Improvement Work


More information

Please email your comments and questions about this project to

Public meetings

Open house meetings

Three open houses were held in fall 2012, to collect input regarding the project from our customers and residents from the surrounding community. The open houses were held on:

  • Tuesday, September 11, 2012 at Harlan High School
  • Thursday, September 13, 2012 at Palmer Park
  • Monday, October 15, 2012 at West Pullman Library

Meeting materials

PDF DocumentOpen House Display Boards
PDF DocumentOpen House Executive Summary

Public hearing

CTA held a public hearing on March 14 at Harlan High School, which included a presentation on the Project and the federally-required Environmental Assessment, and an opportunity for public comment. Meeting materials:

PDF DocumentPublic Hearing Display Boards
PDF DocumentEnvironmental Assessment

PDF DocumentMarch 14, 2013 Public Hearing Notice