UPTOWN — A new station at Wilson Avenue on the CTA's Red Line was officially opened Monday by Mayor Rahm Emanuel and CTA President Dorval R. Carter Jr.
The station is part of the $203 million reconstruction of the Wilson Red Line station and adjacent tracks, and its opening "marks a major milestone in the transformational project for the Uptown community," the CTA said in a news release.
The new station includes two elevators, two escalators, wider stairwells and more turnstiles, making the station accessible to customers with disabilities, the CTA said. A second new, modern station entrance is now open on the north side of Wilson.
The station will also offer Purple Line Express service, allowing riders to easily transfer between Red and Purple line trains for the first time.
A second new, much larger platform will allow passengers to board northbound trains.
“The newly rebuilt Wilson Station has already made an incredibly positive impact on the Uptown neighborhood,” 46th Ward Ald. James Cappleman said. “We’ve seen a number of new businesses open close to the station as well as several residential developments planned as a result of this project.”
Most of the funding for the project was provided by the State of Illinois.
"By rebuilding this station, we are investing in this historic and vibrant neighborhood, creating new jobs in the community and ensuring a modern and reliable transit system for Chicago’s residents,” Emanuel said in prepared remarks.