NEW L STA­TION OPENS IN THE LOOP

Ran­dolph/ Wabash to close this week­end

Chicago Sun-Times - - CITY BEAT - BY TAY­LOR HARTZ Email: thartz@ suntimes. com Twit­ter: @ Tay­lorJHartz

The new Wash­ing­ton/ Wabash CTA L sta­tion is set to open Thurs­day af­ter more than two years of con­struc­tion.

With the new sta­tion’s open­ing, trains will be mak­ing their last stop at the Ran­dolph/ Wabash sta­tion on Sun­day at 2: 30 a. m.

All Brown, Green, Or­ange, Pink and Pur­ple line trains will now by­pass Ran­dolph/ Wabash for the new sta­tion.

Lo­cated on Wabash Av­enue be­tween Madi­son and Wash­ing­ton streets, the new el­e­vated sta­tion com­bines two cen­tury- old stops in the Loop — Ran­dolph/ Wabash and Madi­son — which closed in March 2015 when con­struc­tion be­gan.

To make room for the $ 75 mil­lion project, parts of Wabash Av­enue from Wash­ing­ton to Madi­son Streets were closed be­fore re­open­ing in March.

The new Wash­ing­ton/ Wabash sta­tion “will cre­ate a fully ac­ces­si­ble gate­way to the Loop and all the at­trac­tions in Mil­len­nium Park,” Mayor Rahm Emanuel said in a state­ment.

CTA ad­vi­sories noted that the sta­tion will also in­clude wider plat­forms, bright LED light­ing, se­cu­rity cam­eras and new dig­i­tal dis­plays.

En­trances to Wash­ing­ton/ Wabash will be on the south side of Wash­ing­ton Street about 100 feet north of Madi­son Street and on both sides of Wabash Av­enue, where el­e­va­tors will be lo­cated be­tween Wash­ing­ton and Madi­son, mak­ing the sta­tion ac­ces­si­ble to all.

Ser­vice at the nearby Adams/ Wabash stop will con­tinue as usual.

FOR THE SUN- TIMES

The new Wash­ing­ton/ Wabash CTA L sta­tion is set to open on Thurs­day af­ter more than two years of con­struc­tion.

| TAY­LOR HARTZ

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