Walsh Construction Selected to Renovate CTA Transit Stations
CHICAGO – The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) has selected Walsh Construction for the rehabilitation and upgrade of two major Blue Line transit terminals, as well as improvements to the Garfield Green Line station.
(Pictured L-R: Belmont Blue Line Station; Garfield Green Line Station; Jefferson Park Transit Center)
The $17 million Belmont Blue Line renovation project will feature a unique, ascending glass and steel canopy. Designed by Ross Barney Architects, the canopy is meant to serve as a community gateway while visually enhancing the street-level entrance. Other improvements include repaved surfaces, new LED lighting, and new signage to improve the speed of bus boarding. The project will begin early next year and is expected to be completed in late 2018.
The $25.9 million Garfield Boulevard Green Line Station rehabilitation in Washington Park is part of Mayor Emanuel’s Garfield Gateway Project. The Garfield Green Line stop is an iconic ‘L’ station with one of the most historic and active stationhouses. The project will include restoration of the façade and terra cotta exterior of the old stationhouse. The station will also receive a LED lighting, fresh paint, a new escalator on the southbound side and new mid-platform exit stairs, as well as a dedicated bus drop off area, new bus shelters, new bike racks, and a new bike lane on Garfield Boulevard. The project will begin early next year and will be completed in 2019.
The $25 million rehabilitation of the Jefferson Park Transit Center will modernize a station that serves 20,000 daily commuters. Newly redesigned canopies will be built for the bus terminal and rail station entryway, and will feature improved reconfiguration of the bus bays to accommodate those with disabilities. Other improvements to the station will include rehabbing platform canopies, repairing and repainting exterior station walls, and installation of new benches, windbreaks, and trash bins. The project will begin early next year and will be completed in 2019.