Jefferson Park Southbound Platform Closure Begins October 22
Beginning on Monday, October 22, the southbound/Forest Park-bound El platform at the Jefferson Park Blue Line station will be closed for construction. This work is being conducted as a part of a $25 million renovation to the Jefferson Park CTA terminal.
Construction activity will take place during daytime and nighttime hours. There will be some noise and dust while the work is being performed as well as truck and construction equipment traffic.
Work on the southbound platform is anticipated to be completed by November 12. You may sign up to receive email or text message updates on specific CTA bus and rail routes on the CTA’swebsite.
Jefferson Park Transit Hub Construction Now Underway
The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) announced late this week that upgrades and updates to the Jefferson Park Blue Line terminal are now scheduled to beginning Monday, October 1.
The Jefferson Park Terminal is the fourth busiest station along the O’Hare branch. In 2017, it provided more than 2.1 million rides. The modernization of the nearly 50-year-old transit hub will create a modern terminal that is safer, brighter, cleaner, more comfortable, and easier to navigate. The $25 million renovation project will include bus and rail upgrades, such as:
- Replacement of the bus terminal, making it ADA complaint by widening the loading islands and adding audio assistance;
- New bus and rail station canopies and improved signage;
- New LED lighting and additional security cameras;
- Repairs and refinishing of all station and platform surfaces, along with exterior painting; and
- Architectural and art enhancements, including the installation of custom windbreaks at the bus terminal with the design provided by conceptual artist Jamie Pawlus.
The rehabilitation work will be done in two phases. Beginning on Monday, October 1, crews will begin the work on phase 1.
Phase 1 – North Bus Terminal Renovation
To renovate the north bus terminal, The CTA will temporarily close the north bus terminal to rebuild the bus bays and implement other improvements. This work includes removing the existing pavement, canopy, and signage. Crews will then replace the drainage, all signage, and all lighting. Finally, the CTA will install new canopies, ADA-compliant bus boarding islands, and new security cameras.
While the north terminal is closed, the south terminal will remain open at all times. During the closure, boarding locations for bus routes will be moved; some routes will board at a temporary stop on Milwaukee Avenue.
New bus boarding locations are available on the map below or on the CTA’s website:
Phase 1 – Northbound Rail Platform Work
To allow for the construction on the rail station, starting Monday, October 1, all outbound Blue Line trains to O’Hare Airport will bypass the northbound side of the station platform. Riders heading to O’Hare will need to take a Loop-bound train to Montrose and transfer to an outbound train to continue their trip to O’Hare.
Work on the northbound platform is anticipated to last approximately three weeks.
Phase 2 – South Bus Terminal Renovation
Work on the renovation to the south bus terminal will begin after the north bus terminal renovation is complete. The CTA has not provided a tentative start date for this work at this time.
Phase 2 – Southbound Rail Platform Work
Starting Friday, October 19, all inbound Blue Line el trains heading south to the Loop and Forest Park will bypass Jefferson Park. Riders heading to the Loop should board an O’Hare bound train and transfer back to a Loop-bound train at Harlem.
Work on the southbound rail platform is anticipated to last approximately three weeks.
The Jefferson Park Transit Center’s rail station renovation is expected to be completed by the end of 2018. All bus station renovation work will is expected to be completed by summer of 2019. Please allow extra travel time during the work.
During construction, some street parking along Milwaukee Avenue will not be available due to the temporary placement of bus stops and to ease area traffic congestion.
Throughout the renovation of the Jefferson Park Transit Center, all businesses near the facility will remain open for customers. I encourage you to continue to support your neighborhood businesses.