Please join Mayor Richard M. Daley and me as we mark the official opening of the NEW HOWARD EL STATION! The ribbon cutting will take place tomorrow, Saturday, March 28th, 10:00 a.m., at the main entrance to the new station, which is located at 7519 N. Paulina Street, immediately north of the CTA parking garage at Gateway Centre.
The new station opened last June, and just last week the Howard Street entrance to the new station re-opened after an eight-month rehabilitation, bringing the entire project to near-completion. The only item left remaining are repairs to the Howard Street viaduct, which will be completed by this summer.
This marks Mayor Daley’s second appearance in our neighborhood this year. The Mayor was on hand in January for the grand opening of the 49th Ward’s new firehouse.
The new el station features four escalators and two elevators, with a large canopy overlaying expanded platforms and four sets of newly laid tracks. A state-of-the-art communications system extends throughout the station, and the station is fully accessible, with features to assist the hearing and visually impaired. In an effort to encourage bicycling, a large area bike storage area is an added feature to the new station.
The newly refurbished entrance on Howard Street side was designed to appear much like it did over 100 years ago when the el station first opened. Beautiful wood doors and antique period lighting greet commuters as they approach the station. The station entrance is bright and airy, and incredibly well lit in the evening. Security cameras are discretely, but visibly, placed throughout the station entrance.
I look forward to seeing you at Saturday’s celebration!