The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) debuted the new Illinois Medical District (IMD) Blue Line station Aug. 31 after the completion of a $23 million renovation and modernization project.
The two-year project entailed improvements to the stationhouse and its concourse, in addition to upgrades to the station-to-platform ramp, allowing the transit center to offer increased accessibility and a better customer experience.
“This new station will deliver a modern and accessible CTA experience to the thousands of patients, medical personnel and students that travel to the Illinois Medical District and Near-West Side every day,” Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel said. “By investing in a 21st Century, world-class transit system we are building a stronger future for all of Chicago, its neighborhoods and its residents.”
The project also improved station and platform lighting, installed new security cameras and implemented new CTA Bus and Train Tracker displays.
Crews installed new flooring, wall and ceiling finishes at both auxiliary entrances along with latest fare-payment equipment and customer assistant kiosks.
“Under Mayor Emanuel, the improvements like those made at our IMD station – including safer, cleaner and more modern facilities – will better link thousands of riders to work, school and leisure,” CTA President Dorval R. Carter, Jr. said. “CTA remains committed to providing our customers with a world-class transit system, which is why we continue to improve accessibility systemwide for our customers and strengthen the vital transit connections to this busy medical district.”