CTA 95th Street Terminal Improvement
The existing 95th/Dan Ryan Terminal is an intermodal transit hub that connects commuters to 13 bus routes, and it serves as the terminus of the Chicago Transit Authority's (CTA) Red Line. The 9.4-mile Dan Ryan Branch of the CTA Red Line ends at the 95th Street Terminal. This station is integral in connecting residents in Far South Side communities and suburbs to jobs throughout the region. The design of the current terminal leads to overcrowding of passengers and congestion for bus traffic utilizing the station. Due to station configuration, many passengers use terminal areas for street access, posing safety risks to commuters.
The project will rehabilitate the current 95th Street Bus and Rail Terminal, which dates from 1969, with an expanded modern facility. As part of the CTA 2013-2017 Capital Improvement Plan, the Dan Ryan Branch is being fully reconstructed. This project consists of a redesign of the existing terminal to provide more space and improve mobility of passengers in and around the station. Specific project improvements include:
- Expansion of the North Station through construction of ground level retail and additional passenger areas
- Construction of a new, 3-story South Station (two levels above ground and one platform level below)
- Increased lighting and security cameras
- Expansion of sidewalks and bus lanes to reduce congestion
- Full wheel-chair accessibility
- Traffic signal improvements to increase the number of peak hour buses capable of circulating the terminal
- Sound panels at platform level to reduce noise in the terminal
In its current state, the 95th Street terminal can no longer serve the nearly 5.5 million rail and bus passengers who transfer at the station. Through the specific improvements bulleted above, the project will enhance commuter safety and extend direct transit access to the 350,000 residents of the study area. This project is also part of a larger, coordinated effort from the CTA to reduce emissions. According to CTA, combined with other ongoing CTA projects, the 95th Street terminal project is expected to help sustain an annual offset of 19.2 million auto trips, 118.3 million annual auto miles, and 4.9 million gallons of motor fuel. Construction of the project is expected to generate 650 jobs alone, while the completed project is estimated to facilitate $288 million in economic development. According to the CTA, the TIFIA financing of the 95th Street Terminal Improvement allowed for the realization of these benefits with a net present value debt savings of approximately $28 million, while permitting a more flexible repayment schedule and opportunities to increase project scope.