The CTA unveils Red Line’s rehabbed Harrison Street Station on August 13 as part of its modernization program which includes more than 20 railway stations. The 70-year-old station serves around 1.4 million riders every year.
The $10 million project began on April 2014. The modernized station features first-of-its-kind energy-efficient LED lighting, repaired stairways and random-pattern ceramic tile along stairwells, mezzanine and platform walls to reflect the surroundings including neighboring Jones College Prep High School. Two street-level stair entrances in the 600 block of South State now have new canopies holding Train Tracker information, as reported in Suntimes.com.
CTA plans to add more train tracker displays, high definition surveillance cameras, “blue light” telephones to contact station attendant in emergency and an updated speaker system for public addressing over the next eight weeks.
CTA President Forrest Claypool declares the station as “much more esthetically pleasing, cleaner, brighter” station which represents the new model for system.
“World-class transit is a critical component to helping grow our region’s economy and increasing the quality of life in Chicago,” Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel was quoted saying in Bizjournals.com.