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CTA gets $20 million grant to upgrade station at 95th and Dan Ryan

The CTA's 95th Street statiDan Ryan Expressway. File photo.

The CTA's 95th Street station on the Dan Ryan Expressway. File photo.

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Updated: June 19, 2012 5:54PM

There’s some good news and bad news for CTA riders at the South Side’s busiest L station.

The 95th Street station will soon be less crowded for riders waiting for trains and buses.

But that means additional construction in 2014, even after the CTA shuts down the Red Line branch on the South Side for five months beginning in May 2013.

The mayor’s office on Tuesday announced the transit agency has received a $20 million federal grant to improve the terminal at 95th and the Dan Ryan Expressway, which is used by an average 20,000 customers on weekdays.

Officials say the project will reduce pedestrian and bus congestion, reduce travel times, improve accessibility and create jobs on the South Side.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel called it a “huge win for the city of Chicago.”

The CTA submitted a proposal for the grant and was awarded $20 million. The total cost of the project is $140 million. The rest of the cost will be supplemented by CTA funds, and the agency said it’s working to get additional project funding, which will include federal, state and local sources.

The CTA is in the early stages of planning and design for the project, which will begin by 2014 after the completion of the South Side Red Line reconstruction.

The station opened in 1969 and has “reached capacity and current conditions do not allow for optimal bus operations and pedestrian movements,” CTA spokeswoman Molly Sullivan said.

Construction details aren’t set yet, but the station will be open throughout the project, Sullivan said.

The 95th Street Terminal is one of the key hubs in the transit system. It’s one of the busiest stations in the entire CTA system, serving 20,000 daily L passengers, along with 13 CTA bus routes, five Pace bus routes, 10 Greyhound and Indian Trail intercity buses and paratransit service.

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