ROGERS PARK — Commuters flocked to the new Jarvis "L" station Friday morning as trains stopped there for the first time in six weeks following a major renovation.
Ald. Joe Moore, whose office is just around the corner, greeted constituents at the entrance of the station with coffee and donuts.
"It's a tremendous shot in the arm for the Jarvis Square business district," he said. Moore said local businesses — such as Charmers Cafe and Taste Food & Wine — "took a real hit" during the renovations.
During the closure, the station's wooden platform was replaced with concrete and the station house was refinished with white tile and stone flooring. Security cameras were also installed.
The Jarvis station renovations are similar to those made at Morse, Granville, Thorndale, Argyle and now at the Berwyn and Lawrence stations, which are all part of the CTA's $86 million Red Line renovation project for North Side stations.
Under separate and more intensive projects the Bryn Mawr and Loyola stations will be renovated, and Wilson will be completely reconstructed over the next few years.
Designs and 33-month construction plans for the Wilson station were announced in October and are set to begin in the middle of next year. The reconstructed station will be bigger and allow transfers between Red Line and Purple Express.
At Loyola, a $9.5 million project that's partially funded by Loyola University is already under way as crews work to construct a plaza adjacent to the station and a mixed-use, four-story apartment building that will include about 15,000 square feet of retail space.
Plans for Bryn Mawr have not been released, according to the CTA.