M-Rahm announces new 'L' stop

January 17, 2012|By Tracy Swartz, RedEye

Design work on a new Green Line station at Cermak Road and State Street is set to begin in March, Mayor Emanuel announced Tuesday.

Construction on the station is slated to start in February 2013 and last through July 2014. The station, which is expected to cost $50 million, is designed to give easy access to McCormick Place, Emanuel said.

As of now, only the No. 3-King Drive, No. 21-Cermak and No. 129-West Loop/South Loop buses stop at McCormick Place.

The new Green Line station is expected to have access for people with disabilities and canopy coverage on the platform.

Emanuel made the announcement Tuesday at the Grand Red Line stop, which recently saw a facelift that included new elevators to make the station accessible for people with disabilities, an expanded mezzanine and new escalators.

"I'm pleased we are making this type of investment," Emanuel said.

Meanwhile, construction is scheduled to begin in April 2013 on a new Washington/Wabash station in the Loop that will consolidate the Randolph/Wabash and Madison/Wabash stations.

The new station, located at Wabash Avenue south of Washington Street, is slated to be completed by September 2014 and cost $75 million.

Construction on the Clark/Division Red Line stop, which will include a new mezzanine at LaSalle Street, will begin in March and be completed by March 2015.


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