CTA to Begin Second Phase of Wilson Station Design

October 18, 2006

The Chicago Transit Board today approved funding for the second phase of design work for the Chicago Transit Authority's historic Red Line Wilson station. The $2.3 million contract amendment provides the necessary funding to take the design concept from its current 10 percent to 30 percent. The approved amendment brings the total design contract for Wilson Station to $3.5 million.

Plans for rehabilitating the CTA's Red Line Wilson station currently include the addition of modern amenities while preserving the station's historic architectural features. The station was originally constructed in 1900 and is listed as a contributing structure in the Uptown Square Historic District on the National Register of Historic Places. Upon completion, the station also will be fully accessible to customers with disabilities.

The design work is being carried out in three phases. The first phase, which is now complete, included refining three design alternatives for the Wilson station to10 percent completion. Phase II will take the selected alternative and develop it to the 30 percent design level, and the third and final design phase will develop the concept to the 100 percent design level.

With today's board approval of additional funds, Phase II design is expected to be complete in 2007. The third and final design phase will be addressed when funding becomes available.

CTA named Wilson Transit Associates (WTA) a Joint Venture as the designer of record through a competitive bid process in January 2005. Funding for Phase I and for Phase II has been provided by the Federal Transit Administration and the Regional Transportation Authority.

In August 2006, average weekday ridership at Wilson station was 4,772.

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