The Loop’s last original station house at Washington & Wabash, which first opened all the way back on November 8, 1896, is finally set to close in order to make way for the new Loop Superstation that was first announced in 2013.
According to DNAinfo’s original report, the new station will be expected to serve nearly 13,400 daily entries when completed, making it the 5th busiest CTA station in all of Chicago during the week. The new modern design of the Washington-Wabash station is a pretty sharp contrast to the current station, which has long been outdated to say the least.
The current century-old station, although charming, can simply no longer handle the needs of today’s public transit, and continuing to improve the city’s infrastructure, especially around downtown, has been a top priority for Mayor Rahm Emanuel throughout his time in office.
The estimated cost for the new Loop Superstation is around $75 million, and when the project is completed sometime in 2016, the station will serve the Brown, Green, Orange, and Pink lines.