The Chicago Transit Authority Board has approved a $56.7 million contract to rebuild its Howard Street station. The station, which lies on the border between Chicago and Evanston, serves the CTA’s Red, Yellow and Purple rapid transit lines as well as several bus routes.
CTA President Frank Kruesi said in a statement that the new facility would “greatly enhance the transit experience for our customers.”The project is also expected to help drive additional redevelopment along the Howard Street corridor.
James McHugh Construction Company won the competitive bidding for the station project, which the CTA board approved at its Jan. 11 meeting.The work will make the station accessible to persons with disabilities and will include rehabilitation of the Howard Street viaduct and the retail space on the north side of the street as well as creation of a new entrance at the south end of the station to serve the parking garage and bus terminal built there in 2001 and 2002.
Construction is scheduled to begin this spring and be completed in 2009. The project will be funded by the Regional Transportation Authority and CTA bonds.
The CTA says more than 6,000 passengers start their El rides at the Howard station each weekday.