Press Room

New Mezzanine at CTA Clark/Division Station is Officially Open

July 2014

More than two months ahead of schedule, the new mezzanine at the CTA Clark/Division Red Line Station is officially open. Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Senator Dick Durbin were alongside F.H. Paschen for the unveiling.

“Having world-class infrastructure is a key focus for any world-class city,” said Mayor Emanuel. “This is the first major renovation of the Clark/Division station, and the first new mezzanine built since the Red Line subway opened during World War II. These kinds of investments in our infrastructure are critical to improve the quality of life for Chicagoans and to keep our city competitive in the global economy.”

“Chicago has one of the oldest and largest mass transit systems in the nation,” said U.S. Senator Dick Durbin. “I commend Mayor Emanuel for making the rehab of the city’s CTA stations a top priority. The $41 million the federal government invested in the Clark/Division CTA station upgrades will increase safety and soon make the station more accessible to all CTA passengers, including people with disabilities.”

With over 2.5 million passengers using the station in 2013, the new mezzanine was a much needed renovation to the 70-year-old station. Major improvements include new elevators and escalators, granite flooring and stairs, decorative wall and ceilings, energy-efficient lighting, security and customer assistance kiosks, communication and speaker systems, new street-level entrances, and bike ramps and rack.