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Elevator At Wilson CTA Station Could Open By Early Fall

By Josh McGhee | March 14, 2017 6:01am
 The mayor asked the CTA to
The mayor asked the CTA to "expedite" the completion of the elevator a conversation with a resident, officials said.
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UPTOWN — Hate trudging up all those steps at the Wilson Station?

The CTA on Monday said it will open the station's elevator "months earlier" than scheduled after hearing from residents, CTA spokesman Brian Steele said.

Originally, the station's elevator was not supposed to open until all construction was complete at the end of the year. But after a press conference Thursday announcing the beginning of the final phase of the Wilson Station Reconstruction Project, a woman approached Mayor Rahm Emanue and asked "if there was any way you can open up the elevator portion," Steele said.

Emanuel then spoke with CTA President Dorval Carter about opening the elevator up sooner than planned, he said.

Because "we're on schedule and on budget [thanks to] the mild winter" the CTA was able to shift around its schedule to open the elevator sooner, Steele said.

The elevator could be open by "early Fall" and the CTA is still working on a plan to open the escalators sooner, he said.