CTA Unveils Renderings for Rehabilitation of the Western Brown Line Station

May 23, 2024

The next virtual community meeting to discuss plans for the station rehabilitation will be May 29

The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) unveiled renderings and plans to modernize the Western Brown Line station and bus turnaround, bringing the station back to a state of good repair for the Lincoln Square community.

In finalizing the scope of the project work, the CTA has engaged with the community to get residents’ feedback. As the project continues, the CTA will continue to hold community meetings. The next community meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. on May 29 and will be held virtually. During this meeting CTA will provide scope details based on feedback provided by the community as well as solicit feedback based on progress made so far.

The public may RSVP through this link: bit.ly/westernstation. Once members of the community RSVP the virtual zoom meeting, information on how to access it will be provided.

“This project represents a $19 million investment in the Lincoln Square community that relies on our bus and Brown Line services to make vital connections to the rest of the city,” said CTA President Dorval R. Carter, Jr. “As we continue the work of increasing ridership systemwide, our goal is to make capital improvements that will be appreciated by current bus and rail customers and encourage new riders to utilize the system.”

“I am thrilled to have worked with the CTA to make these much-needed improvements possible. Constituents have been calling for years for the Western Station – the busiest in the 47th Ward – to be updated,” said 47th Ward Alderman Matt Martin. “The refreshed look and updated ADA access will complement the concurrent rebuilding of the adjacent plaza and parking lot as we breathe new life into the heart of Lincoln Square."

As part of the rehabilitation, new ADA doors will be added to the main entrance on Western Avenue.  Beginning this summer, crews will begin work on track structure painting, platform rehabilitation, and roof replacement.

The station will also feature a new bus boarding island and canopy structure for customers to use while waiting for one of the several routes that connect through the station. Sidewalks will be replaced in front of the station and lighting will also be upgraded along the walkway between the station and Lincoln Avenue.  Upon completion of the project, riders will have smoother access to the station thanks to the replaced sidewalks.

The rehabilitated station interior will also feature new accent lighting that highlights a segment of the Berlin Wall on display. The CTA will also be refinishing the floors and interior walls as well as replacing the elevator cabs, stair treads and risers as well as a constructing a new customer service assistance kiosk.

On the platform level, the concrete platform edge will be replaced. Repairs will also be made to the existing concrete platform, handrail, and platform canopy.

To perform this work, occasional weekend day line cut cuts between Kimball and Western will be required. There will also be temporary bus stop relocation while the bus turnaround is being rehabbed. Details of any service impacts will be shared with customers once details are finalized. Work is anticipated to continue through late 2025.

The Western Brown Line station provided nearly 700,000 annual rides last year, and offers connections to the following five bus routes: #11 Lincoln, #49 Western, #49B North Western, #X49 Western Express and #81 Lawrence.

Established as part of the original construction of the Ravenswood branch in the early-1900s, the current Western Brown Line station was rebuilt in1920 and underwent a major renovation in 1979-1981 to be made fully compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Since this station was already fully accessible to those who use mobility devices, this was the only Brown Line station to receive modest upgrades and repairs under the Brown Line Capacity Expansion project (2004-2009).


Rendering of Western Brown Line exterior


Back to news