Bryn Mawr Red Line Station Could Get $25 Million Makeover

By Benjamin Woodard on February 22, 2013 7:15am | Updated on February 22, 2013 8:54am

 Commuters wait for a train at the Red Line's Bryn Mawr stop in Edgewater.
Commuters wait for a train at the Red Line's Bryn Mawr stop in Edgewater.
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EDGEWATER — Commuters are likely to see a sparkly new station at the Bryn Mawr "L" stop soon, as the city continues to raise money for the project.

So far, the city has $15 million set aside from a $1 billion commitment to overhaul much of Chicago's busiest train line, CTA spokeswoman Catherine Hosinski said.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel proposed to the City Council last week using another $10 million in tax increment financing money to install new lights, fixtures, platform surfaces, tracks and an elevator at the Bryn Mawr station.

Hosinski said if the TIF money is used for the station, the CTA could use the total money set aside for the project as "leverage" to get more from other sources for more expansive renovations.

She said a construction timeline for the Bryn Mawr station has not been set.

The facelift would be similar to what many of the Red Line stations have undergone since work began at the Jarvis, Morse, Granville, Thorndale, Argyle, Berwyn and Lawrence stations, which were all part of the CTA's $86 million Red Line renovation of North Side stations.

Other stations, such as Loyola and Wilson, are getting more extensive renovations.

The Loyola station renovations are part of a $10 million project partially financed by Loyola University. Construction is on schedule to complete 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 to be completed later this year.

The Wilson stop will be completely reconstructed over the next few years. Designs for the nearly three-year renovation of the station were announced in October, and the project is set to begin in the middle of next year. The reconstructed station will be bigger and allow transfers between Red Line and Purple Line Express trains.

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