Wilson station

The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) has approved two contracts for the construction of Wilson and 95th/Dan Ryan stations, worth $176.7m.

Under the first $153.6m contract, the Wilson project will see construction of a new station in place of the badly deteriorated station house, to serve as a new transfer point between Red and Purple Line service.

Work under the $203m Wilson project also includes the reconstruction of 2,200ft-long elevated tracks, signals and supporting infrastructure that will be relocated from the street and pavements along Broadway and Wilson to the west.

The new $240m 95th Street/Dan Ryan station project will replace and expand the existing structure with two new station buildings, under the second $23.1m contract.

"The Red Line is the backbone of the CTA rail system, carrying nearly 40% of all rail rides."

This station serves as the southern terminal of the Red Line and as a bus terminal for more than 1,000-weekday CTA and Pace bus trips.

CTA president Forrest Claypool said: "The Red Line is the backbone of the CTA rail system, carrying nearly 40% of all rail rides.

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"These investments will benefit not only the thousands of customers who use them each day, but also the surrounding communities."

Works on both the projects are scheduled to commence by the end of 2014.

Image: Proposed rendering of the main station entrance interior to the Wilson Red Line station. Photo: courtesy of Chicago Transit Authority.