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CTA to begin next phase of Wilson Station project


The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) this week will start the next phase of construction for the $203 million project to reconstruct the Wilson Station.

The project involves reconstructing a 91-year-old southbound station platform, in addition to reconstructing a southbound track along the Purple Line Express. The project is one of the largest station projects in the agency's history, according to a CTA statement.

Expected to decrease slow zones and improve reliability, the project encompasses 2,200 feet of elevated tracks, and will involve relocating and reconstructing all related signage and supporting infrastructure.

To accommodate the reconstruction, the southbound Red and Purple Line Express trains will share a single track for a year.

CTA officials expect the project to be completed in late 2017.

Contact Progressive Railroading editorial staff.

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