CTA Announces Latest Milestone in Wilson Station Reconstruction Project

November 30, 2017

CTA opens new station entrance on Sunnyside Avenue, the third of three new station entrances; the $203 million Wilson Station Reconstruction Project is almost complete

The Chicago Transit Authority on Friday, Dec. 1, will open the third of three new entrances to the Wilson Red/Purple Line station, the latest step in the $203 million Wilson Station Reconstruction Project.

The CTA will open in time for the morning rush hour the station’s first-ever entrance on Sunnyside Avenue, which provides convenient access to retailers including Target, Aldi’s, Truman College, and other neighborhood businesses and residences. The new entrance follows the opening of the new main Wilson stationhouse in October 2017, including new artwork and the launch of Purple Line service at the station, as well as the completion of the construction of all new track structure that is already providing customers with a smoother, quieter ride.

The Wilson project is expected to be fully completed in January 2018, when the restoration of the historic Gerber building at Broadway and Wilson -- built in 1923 – is done.

“We are pleased to move closer to the finish line on the transformational Wilson project, which is providing our customers with a more convenient and pleasant transit experience,” said CTA President Dorval R. Carter, Jr. “The reconstruction of this station is provided a more comfortable and convenience experience for our passengers and has inspired new development and new jobs in the Uptown community.”

Announced by Mayor Emanuel in 2012, the Wilson Station Reconstruction Project has transformed Wilson into a modern, spacious transit hub that offers Uptown residents a more convenient and more pleasant commuting experience.  The Wilson project is part of Mayor Emanuel’s “Red Ahead” program to revitalize the entire Red Line, which is CTA’s busiest and forms the backbone of Chicago’s transit system. Other Red Line projects under way include the Red and Purple Modernization Program, the new 95th Street Terminal, and the proposed extension of the Red Line south to 130th Street.

For more information about the Wilson project, visit transitchicago.com/wilson.

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