The Red Line won’t be the only major CTA rail line to receive some much needed attention in the coming years—the Green Line is expected to get some improvements via a recent $1.1 billion commitment from the U.S. Department of Transportation. While a majority chunk of the funds will be used for renovating a number of stations, replacing aging rails, and erecting a new flyover along the Red Line, the mayor has announced that the Garfield Green Line station will be receiving a major overhaul starting in 2018. Dubbed the Garfield Gateway project, the updated station will feature new landscaping, extended platform canopies, public art, and other improvements. In addition, new benches, bike lanes, and pedestrian crossing signs will be installed outside of the station.
The city is making the investment in the old station in hopes that it will help spur new investment in the Washington Park community. The Garfield Gateway project will invest $2 million to a fund to assist local homeowners and developers renovate vacant homes. The mayor says that the program will help bring 200 jobs to the area and see the renovation and of up to 50 residences.