Thorndale Red Line Station Reopens Friday Night

September 26, 2012
CTA also reminds customers of the Berwyn station temporary closure next week
Beginning at 10 p.m. Friday, September 28, CTA will reopen the doors of a cleaner, brighter and renewed Thorndale Red Line station to customers and the Edgewater community. The Thorndale station is the third station to undergo a six-week temporary closure as part of the Red Line North Interim Improvement project.
Stations along the north Red Line are some of the oldest on the system. Most of these stations were constructed in the early 1900s and are now in need of being rebuilt from the ground up. Work performed as part of the Red Line North Interim project will not only improve the quality and experience for riders and neighbors, but will also extend the lives of these stations until a more comprehensive reconstruction plan is approved and fully funded.
Upon its reopening, customers and neighbors of the Thorndale station can expect to see enhancements that include:
  • Expanded station house interior layout for improved circulation
  • New concrete platform and refurbished canopy structure
  • New platform fixtures and furnishings
  • Sidewalk repairs and new exterior bike racks
  • Upgraded lighting under the viaduct
  • New interior finishes (i.e. walls, flooring, ceiling), lighting and signage
  • New windows, doors and lighting and exterior masonry repairs
  • Concrete repairs, painting and sealing/coating of the viaduct
  • New waterproofing and drainage system on the viaduct
  • New trackbed, ties and rails on the viaduct and through the station area
Work requiring the closure of the Thorndale station will be complete by Friday night; however, crews are expected to continue addressing other work in and around the station over the next several weeks. Customers will be able to access rail service while this work continues.


Customers who use the Berwyn Red Line station should prepare for the temporary closure of the station beginning at 11:59 p.m. Friday, October 5 until mid-November.
Customer Notification
To alert customers to the upcoming temporary station closure, CTA service alerts have been posted at rail stations along the north branch of the Red Line. In addition, fliers will be posted and distributed in the surrounding area and reminders will be sent via CTA’s Twitter and Facebook feeds and to subscribers of CTA Updates.
Information specialists will be available at the Berwyn station to answer questions and provide service information during the morning and evening rush periods next week – Monday, October 1 through Friday, October 5.
Alternate Service Options for Berwyn Customers
During the six week closure of the Berwyn station, customers will be directed to use either the Bryn Mawr or Argyle stations, which are both approximately five blocks to the north and south, respectively.
As an alternate to rail service, bus service options are available within two-blocks east of the Berwyn station along Sheridan Road (#147 Outer Drive Express and #151 Sheridan) or a half-block west on Broadway (#36 Broadway).
In addition, while the Berwyn station is temporarily closed #92 Foster, #144 Marine/Michigan Express, #146 Inner Drive/Michigan Express and #151 Sheridan (Owl) buses will be rerouted to serve the Bryn Mawr station.
Every effort will be made to minimize the impact to customers during the rehabilitation project, including scheduling work that will impact Red Line service to overnight or weekends only. Any changes to Red Line service will be posted to the CTA website each week.
For more project details, see the Red North Station Interim Improvements page: transitchicago.com/rednorth
This Red North Interim Improvement project is part of Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s Building a New Chicago program, which is updating infrastructure that's critical to the city -- and includes improvements that will help ensure that CTA continues to serve customers as effectively as possible.
# # #
Back to news