“This is an historic opportunity to promote community engagement in a once-in-a-generation project on Chicago’s South Side,” said Emanuel. “This project combines the talents of a world-renowned artist with an effort to create jobs and provide on-the-job training and skills development for both workers and students.”
Built in 1969, the 95th Street station serves as both a train terminal and an integrated bus terminal, serving about 20,000 customers on an average weekday. The station is one of CTA’s busiest, with 24-hour Red Line service and more than 1,000 CTA and Pace bus trips on a typical weekday. These buses connect Far South Side communities to the CTA rail network; there are roughly 300,000 people who live within walking distance of the CTA bus routes serving the 95th/Dan Ryan Terminal.
The new station will create a better, safer and more accessible pedestrian environment, with wider sidewalks and larger waiting areas for increased passenger comfort. Wider bus lanes and increased spacing between bus bays will reduce congestion and improve traffic flow.
“This investment will provide for a much safer station for South Side residents” said Federal Transit Administrator Peter Rogoff. “No longer will transit riders, including children, be forced to run a dangerous gauntlet of parked and moving buses to get where they need to go.”
The 95th Street project is part of more than $4 billion in transit investment being made by Mayor Emanuel.
Though the construction schedule has not been finalized, the 95th Station is expected to remain open throughout the construction project.
Funding is provided through a variety of federal, state and local sources, including a Federal TIGER grant, TIFIA loan, Federal Bus Livability grant, Federal Formula funds, State of Illinois Jobs Now funds, and CTA funds.