CTA began its $240 million renovation on the Red Line's 95th Street/Dan Ryan Station on Chicago's South Side.
"You know this is a tremendous success when there are this many people on this side of the microphone versus the other side of the microphone," Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel said.
Emanuel said the project will create more than 700 construction jobs.
The new station will better accommodate the large crowds, according to CTA about 20,000 passengers uses this terminal in cycles, via Bus and trains. The remodel version will look more like an airport terminal than a CTA train stop.
"And I think it will have a sense of openness and safety that the current terminal struggles to achieve on a daily basis," CTA Chief Infrastructure Officer Chris Bushell said.
Modernizing 95th Street Station is a prelude to extending the Red Line train south to 130th. That plan involves running trains in the median of I-57 for a bit, then they'd turn south and run alongside existing Union Pacific track to 130th. That project would cost billions and displace more than 100 homes, but would also add four new station stops to an area traditionally reliant on buses for mass transit.
"There's a great demand for fast, efficient rail services. We want that for every resident of the city," Claypool said.
The terminal will remain open for the duration of construction, which is expected to be complete in 2016. Details on the project can be found http://www.transitchicago.com/95thTerminal/
Story From: ABC 7 Chicago