Implementing an integrated approach to solve passenger and pedestrian safety issues with an expanded CTA terminal.

95th Street Terminal Expansion Study
Chicago Transit Authority
Chicago, IL

Wight & Company, as the architecture/engineering lead of the CWC Transit Group joint venture (CWC), was selected by the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) to provide conceptual engineering and planning for the replacement of the 95th Street Terminal located in the median of the Dan Ryan Expressway at the south end of the Red Line.

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Project Challenge

Station access is accommodated through vehicle and pedestrian bridges over the Dan Ryan Expressway, which does not meet current CTA standards for passenger safety.

Our Solution

The project team worked with the CTA to develop alternatives to the station area in the planning study. A series of collaborative design and sustainability charrettes were conducted to set the stage for the project. CTA extended CWC’s services to complete the feasibility analysis and to complete the conceptual design of the station and associated structures. Structural, civil, and transportation engineers worked closely with designers to develop a dynamic station concept that meets the needs of the clients and passengers.

The scope of services for the project included:     

  • Structural analysis
  • Topographic survey
  • Preliminary drawings
  • Phasing and constructability analysis
  • Sound wall study
  • Evaluation of elevated station facilities
  • Evaluation of bus bridge
  • Zoning/coding requirement
  • Platform extension
  • Cost analysis
  • Station architectural updates
  • Visualization studies
  • Feasibility study report

As conceived and developed, the terminal’s concept reflected a flexible and highly creative approach within CTA’s site constraints and design criteria. Notably, the project was designed and estimated to work within the established $240 million project budget. Challenges were overcome through a collaborative and engaging process, and resulted in a concept of significance to both CTA and its ridership.

Public Engagement
Several public meetings were conducted to inform the public of the progress of the 95th Street Station project. The project team worked with CTA to develop the public meeting materials and helped to conduct public outreach.