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#1 CNJRoss

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Posted 13 January 2015 - 01:04 PM

RedEye Chicago, 1/9:

 

$75 million contract awarded for new Loop 'L' station

 

The city this week moved one step closer to beginning construction on the new Washington/Wabash station in the Loop.

 

Work is expected to start in the spring on the new stop, which will combine the existing Randolph/Wabash and Madison/Wabash stops in the Loop, said Pete Scales, spokesman for the city Department of Transportation, which is overseeing the project.

 

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Posted 15 March 2015 - 03:37 PM

CBS Chicago,  3/15/15:


Sunday The Final Day For Madison/Wabash ‘L’ Station

 

Time is running out for the Madison/Wabash Loop ‘L’ stop.

 

Sunday is the final full day of operations for the station, one of the oldest on the CTA elevated system.

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Posted 25 June 2015 - 06:06 AM

Chicago Tribune, 6/22:
 

A final farewell to an old Loop railhouse

 

The 119-year-old Loop "L" station house at Madison Street and Wabash Avenue, a Chicago icon to some but a dilapidated eyesore to others, will begin to be taken down this week.

 

It will be an extra-careful demolition process that is expected to continue until mid-July, city transportation officials said. Instead of calling in traditional wrecking crews, special attention will be paid to the work — not only because five CTA train lines travel past the station that was closed in March and vehicles and pedestrians pass underneath, but also because part of the station house will be salvaged and preserved under a breakthrough agreement.

 

The operation will rescue a section of the station house's Palladian design facade, which features Baroque-style window surrounds as well as handrails, pressed tin ceiling and wall tiles, a pre-turnstile ticket booth, wooden platform planks and other decor from rapid transit's bygone era, officials said.

 

 

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Related infographic:  Preserving a piece of Chicago "L" history



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Posted 17 July 2015 - 11:32 AM

WBBM (CBS) Chicago 7/16:

 

 
Preservationists Hoping To Get Façade Of Old Loop Station House Into A Museum
July 16, 2015 12:54 PM
 
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A forklift hauls a section of the façade from the Madison/Wabash ‘L’ station into ReBuilding Exchange, where it will be on display while preservationists try to find it a new home. (Credit: CBS)

 

CHICAGO (CBS) — The decorative façade of the shuttered Wabash/Madison ‘L’ station, which first opened in 1896, has come down, and preservationists have begun looking for a new home for the structure.

 

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Meantime, the façade of the old Madison/Wabash station has been hauled to ReBuilding Exchange, a nonprofit reuse warehouse at 1740 W. Webster Av., where a truck offloaded sections of the old station house on Thursday.

 

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Posted 18 July 2016 - 04:58 PM

dnainfo, Chicago, IL 7/17:
 

Wabash Avenue Below New Downtown CTA Station To Close Thursday

 

THE LOOP — Wabash Avenue will close to traffic between Madison and Monroe streets Thursday as work continues on the new Washington-Wabash CTA station, Chicago Department of Transportation officials said.

 

The closure will go into effect at 6:30 a.m. Thursday and remain for about 10 weeks, officials said.

 

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Posted 18 July 2016 - 05:20 PM

WLS-TV Chicago, 7/18:
 

Wabash closure between Madison, Monroe delayed until Thursday

 

CHICAGO (WLS) -- Wabash Avenue between Madison and Monroe streets will close for ten weeks starting Thursday morning.

The Chicago Department of Transportation said the shutdown is necessary for work to continue on a new CTA train station above Wabash.

 

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Posted 12 August 2017 - 02:44 PM

dnainfo Chicago, 7/31/17:
 

Wabash Reopens In The Loop; New 'L' Stop To Open By Labor Day

 

 

DOWNTOWN — The Loop's new "L" stop is inching closer to opening on Jewelers Row.

 

Extensive scaffolding that had become a familiar sight on Wabash Avenue during the yearslong construction of the new Washington-Wabash CTA station has come down, transportation officials said Monday morning.

 

Wabash has reopened with unobstructed sidewalks between Monroe and Washington streets, said Susan Hofer, a spokeswoman for the Chicago Department of Transportation. "Finishing touches" are being put on the new station, which is expected to open by Labor Day.

 

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Posted 12 August 2017 - 02:48 PM

WBBM News Chicago, 7/31/17:
 

Wabash Avenue Reopens After CTA Station Construction

 

 

CHICAGO (CBS) — New light brings hope to jewelers in the loop.

 

Hundreds of owners on Jewelers Row have suffered through more than two years of construction, at the CTA L stop at Wabash, between Monroe and Washington.

 

As CBS 2’s Dorothy Tucker reports, the main road that got people to these businesses finally opened.

 

For more than two years, Koorosh Daneshgar has had a front row view of the construction along Wabash, between Washington and Madison.

 

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Posted 31 August 2017 - 06:45 PM

Chicago Sun-Times, 8/31/17:

 
New L station opens in the Loop; Randolph/Wabash to close this weekend
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The new Washington/Wabash CTA L station is set to open on Thursday after more than two years of construction.

Taylor Hartz for the Sun-Times

 

 

The new Washington/Wabash CTA L station is set to open Thursday after more than two years of construction.

 

With the new station’s opening, trains will be making their last stop at the Randolph/Wabash station on Sunday at 2:30 a.m.

All Brown, Green, Orange, Pink and Purple line trains will now bypass Randolph/Wabash for the new station.

 

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The new Washington/Wabash station “will create a fully accessible gateway to the Loop and all the attractions in Millennium Park,” Mayor Rahm Emanuel said in a statement.

 

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Posted 31 August 2017 - 06:48 PM

CTA news release:

Mayor Emanuel Opens New CTA Train Station at Washington and Wabash

8/31/2017
 

First New Loop ‘L’ Station in 20 Years Replaces Two Century-Old Stations, Creating More Than 350 Jobs and Continuing Mayor’s $8 billion Transit Modernization Investment

 

 

Mayor Rahm Emanuel today joined CTA President Dorval R. Carter, Jr. and CDOT Commissioner Rebekah Scheinfeld to open the new Washington/Wabash Station, a brand new gateway to Millennium Park and the east Loop, and the first new downtown ‘L’ station to open in 20 years.

 

“The new CTA station at Washington and Wabash represents the best of Chicago’s heritage of architectural innovation and ingenuity while creating modern amenities for the thousands of travelers who utilize it every day,” Mayor Emanuel said. “We have made unprecedented investments to modernize transportation throughout Chicago, and this new station combines that commitment with our city’s culture.

 

Built between Madison and Washington Streets, over Wabash Avenue, the $75 million station makes a bold architectural statement and replaces two stations that were built more than 120 years ago. The new station is first fully accessible for persons with disabilities with four elevators, an escalator and a platform that is wider than most others in the Loop. 

 

The Washington/Wabash station sits steps from Millennium Park, historic Jeweler’s Row and the vibrant East Loop and Michigan Avenue. It is expected to become one of CTA’s top ten busiest rail stations, providing more than 10,000 rides on a daily basis on the Brown, Green, Orange, Pink and Purple Lines. The Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) built the station, while working with its neighbors to minimize the disruption to Wabash Avenue merchants and traffic. The new station features a striking architectural “skeletal steel” canopy that provides extensive coverage of the station’s platform from end to end, and offers four elevators, an escalator and a platform that is wider than most others  in the Loop.  The station also has multiple surveillance cameras to enhance passenger safety as well as real-time train arrival information

 

“This modern, bright and spacious rail station is another important step toward our goal of enhancing public transit options throughout the city,” CTA President Carter said. “We are delighted to have partnered with CDOT to create this fully accessible, architecturally significant new station that will serve Chicago and its visitors for decades to come.”

 

“We particularly want to thank the impacted businesses, shoppers and residents for their patience during the construction project,” CDOT Commissioner Scheinfeld said. “We are proud to provide greatly improved access to the east side of the Loop for workers and students, residents, tourists and other users of the CTA system.”

 

"This station will ensure people with disabilities will have an accessible stop on the east side of the Loop, opening new opportunities to access the city like never before," Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities Commissioner Karen Tamley said. "It also brings us one step closer to creating 100 percent CTA rail station accessibility across the system and putting us even farther ahead of other legacy systems."

 

The new station replaces stations at Madison/Wabash and Randolph/Wabash, both built in 1896. It will also improve travel time around the Loop for passengers and lower maintenance and operational costs for CTA. Additionally, the station was built to be sustainable, reusing existing structure, tracks and other elements and including the installation of bicycle racks to encourage alternative transportation as well as recycling bins on the platforms.

 

The Washington/Wabash station also features a new public artwork created especially for the station by Chicago-based artist Michiko Itatani. Two large art glass panels located on both sides of the mezzanine – Cosmic Wanderlust 1 & 2 – reflect on human history and culture of the past, present and future. The artist’s multi-colored perspective of this theme features images of libraries, museums, public spaces and performance halls intermingled with images of the cosmos. 

 

The $75 million new station was funded through federal Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) program.

Now that this station is open, the station just to the north, at Randolph and Wabash will be permanently closed on Sunday, Sept. 3. Demolition and removal will be completed before the end of 2017.

 

The Washington/Wabash station is the latest in Mayor Emanuel and CTA’s $8 billion in transit improvement projects to build a 21st century, world-class transit system. Since Mayor Emanuel took office, the CTA has undertaken 46 station modernizations or comprehensive rehabilitations.

 

Other investments in the downtown Loop area include the Quincy Station, one of CTA’s oldest and best-preserved stations that is currently undergoing a major renovation that includes the installation of elevators and other improvements. The downtown Loop Link, opened in 2015, provides dedicated traffic lanes for buses, bicycles, pedestrians and cars to improve traffic flow and decrease congestion in the busy area of Washington, Madison, Clinton and Canal. And in 2016, Mayor Emanuel opened the new Union Station Transit Center next to the Loop Link, serving six bus routes and providing convenient connections between buses, Amtrak and Metra trains.

 

For more information about the Washington/Wabash Station, visit: transitchicago.com/washingtonwabash

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