Reminder: Madison/Wabash Loop Elevated Station Closes Monday

March 12, 2015

Customers can use Adams/Wabash or Randolph/Wabash stations, each two blocks away

The Chicago Transit Authority reminds customers that the Madison/Wabash Loop Elevated station will be permanently closed effective at the start of service on Monday, March 16. Closure of the station is necessary as crews prepare for the construction of the new, modern and accessible Washington/Wabash Loop Elevated station.

As a result of this station closure, trains will no longer serve the Madison/Wabash station in either direction. Customers traveling the Brown, Green, Orange, Pink and Purple Express lines will need to board/exit trains from either the Adams/Wabash or Randolph/Wabash elevated stations, which are each located just two blocks away.

Project work, which is being managed by the Chicago Department of Transportation, is already under way. In addition to the temporary closure of Wabash Avenue between Washington and Madison streets, there are also lane reductions in place for the duration of the 18-month project on Wabash between Randolph and Washington and also between Madison and Monroe. The following changes to bus stops within a block of the Madison/Wabash station will be in effect until approximately mid-June:

  • Washington at Wabash: the eastbound far side stop served by #N4, #4, #20, #56, #60, #66, #147, #151 and #157 buses has been temporarily eliminated. Customers may board these routes from the existing far side stop on Washington at State. 
  • Madison at State: the westbound far side stop will be temporarily removed from service beginning with the start of service on Monday (3/16). Customers may board #J14, #20, #56, #60, #124 and #157 buses from the existing far side stop on Madison at Wabash.


The $75 million station construction project will combine the century-old stations on Wabash at Randolph and at Madison. The project will provide customers with a brand new rail facility, improve Loop-train travel times, decrease operating costs and increase rail accessibility for all riders.

Upon completion of work, which is expected in 2016, the modern, brighter and more spacious rail station will serve as a gateway for Millennium Park, Jeweler’s Row and the eastside of the Loop. Funding for this project is provided solely by Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) funds. For more information, visit: transitchicago.com/washingtonwabash

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