CTA customers using the upgraded Loyola station will now experience a refurbished ground-level station house with safer, more convenient access from the new plaza north of the station, as well as from Loyola Avenue on the west side of the station. The CTA also made critical repairs to the viaduct over Sheridan Road, providing concrete repairs, waterproofing, a new drainage system, painting/coating, track repairs along the viaduct and brighter lighting.
Other station improvements and added amenities include: new windows, flooring, lighting and interior finishes for a brighter, safer environment; additional bike parking; and installation of a new auxiliary entrance and turnstiles on the southwest side of the station, which was previously exit-only, to provide additional convenient access to the main stationhouse.
Loyola invested an unprecedented $6.9 million in real estate acquisition, tenant relocations, and streetscape improvements because the university believes the improvements are in the best interest of the broader Rogers Park community,
"The Loyola CTA Station is the front door to Loyola’s Lake Shore Campus and one of the busiest commuter stations on the north side," said Father Garanzini. "The important structural and safety renovations made to the station were critical to ensuring the safety and well-being of everyone who passes through it each day, and we are delighted with the end result.”
The Loyola station work is part of CTA’s Red Ahead program, a $1 billion comprehensive initiative to maintain, modernize and expand the Red Line – Chicago’s most-traveled rail line. Collectively, these projects are part of Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s Building a New Chicago program, which is updating infrastructure that's critical to the city – and includes improvements that will help ensure that CTA continues to serve customers as effectively as possible. In 2012, the Loyola Red Line station had more than 1.8 million station entries.