Thursday, August 25, 2011

Senator Dick Durbin on Loyola Station renovation

The Loyola CTA Station will soon see major improvements, ensuring the safety of passengers and pedestrians, as the result of $11 million in federal funding, U.S. Senator Dick Durbin said today.

Durbin joined local elected officials, representatives of the CTA and Loyola University, and members of the Rogers Park community at the Loyola CTA Station to announce $18.5 million – including $11 million in federal funds – to begin immediate repairs to the dilapidated Loyola CTA Station and to conduct an environmental study on the extension and modernization of the Red and Purple Lines. The design work for the Loyola CTA station project is already underway and construction is slated to begin in the spring of 2012.

Durbin, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, secured $10 million in federal funding for the project in the fiscal year 2010 Transportation and Housing Appropriations Bill, and $1 million in the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act (SAFETEA-LU).

“This project is the result of a federal, state, and local public-private partnership which has brought together the Federal Transit Authority, the CTA, Loyola University, and the local community in order to make desperately needed improvements to this station and bring it back to a state of good repair. Thousands of students and commuters use this station every day, and this funding will ensure their safety and make certain that the station is able to continue serving the transportation needs of this community for years to come,” Durbin said.

At the Loyola CTA Station, the federal and local investment will help stabilize existing infrastructure, make strategic upgrades to the existing station, and redirect passenger flow for pedestrian safety. The project will include upgrades to the viaduct and improve lighting and visibility. It will also move the station entrance farther north, and create a plaza in front of the reoriented station entrance, increasing safety for pedestrians by keeping them away from vehicular traffic. Funding through the SAFETEA-LU legislation will be used for land acquisition, and roadway and pedestrian improvements around the station.

Read more at Loyola Student Dispatch - Loyola L stop receives federal funding for facelift.

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