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CTA seeks input on station overhaul

September 12, 2012|By Tracy Swartz, @tracyswartz | RedEye

South Side riders, the CTA is seeking your input on its planned overhaul of the 95th Street Red Line station in Roseland.

The CTA is asking riders to submit their ideas to improve the stop so the agency can begin designing the station later this year. Construction is expected to begin in 2014 with a likely end date of 2016 or 2017.

The CTA said the stop will remain open during 2014 construction. The station will close next year as part of the five-month overhaul of the southern portion of the Red Line.

At a project meeting Tuesday at Harlan High School, CTA officials said although the station will not see the improvements that other South Side stations will undergo during this period, the agency will lay the groundwork for this overhaul.

The CTA is looking into creating an entrance on 95th Street, expanding the platform and adding escalators and elevators. The station, a terminal on the Red Line, sees about 12,000 weekday riders and serves as a major bus hub for the South Side.

The agency has identified millions of dollars in federal grants and funds and state funds for the overhaul. The project tab won't be set until the CTA chooses a design but the estimated cost is $240 million.

The CTA is holding a second meeting about the project from 6-8 p.m., Thursday at Palmer Park, 201 E. 111th St. Comments can also be sent to 95thTerminal@transitchicago.com.

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