CTA completes rehab project at Oak Park Avenue Green Line station

Murals featuring Oak Park landmarks and tourism attractions also installed

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By Graham Johnston

The Chicago Transit Authority recently completed a rehab project to clean up the Oak Park Avenue Green Line station. The Station Renewal Program is CTA initiative to send "Renew Crews" with a wide range of skills and trades to stations to fix as many problems as possible at one time.

The crew made numerous repairs to crumbling concrete, loose boards on the platform and missing or broken signage at the station. Murals featuring Oak Park landmarks and tourism attractions were also installed on walls riders see entering and exiting the platform.

Oak Park's Green Line station was opened in 1962 when the tracks were elevated. It replaced the original ground-level Oak Park Avenue station, which opened in 1901.

Here's a full list of the work the crew completed at the station.

  • Repaint the door and repair the concrete at the closed Euclid Ave entrance
  • Remove weeds along the South Blvd embankment wall and sidewalk
  • Repair damaged concrete exterior wall under the station house windows
  • Re-caulk the aluminum windows and storefront on the station house
  • Repair or replace damaged brick at the station entrance
  • Inspect and clean lights, repair as needed
  • Inspect doors and locks throughout station, service/repair as needed
  • Install new "push"/"pull" signs on front doors
  • Clean top of Customer Assistant booth, remove surplus or unneeded brackets or fixtures inside booth
  • Clean tile inside station house, repair missing/damaged tiles as needed
  • Add mural to north wall in paid area
  • Paint floor drain cover in station house paid area
  • Repair concrete flooring at base of escalator inside station
  • Regrout between tiles on stairs to/from the platform, as needed
  • Clean tile walls along stairs/escalator, repair missing/damaged tiles as needed
  • Remove old decals and clean tape and adhesive residue from surfaces, as needed
  • Repair concrete flooring at top of stairs/escalator on platform, as needed
  • Repair or replace passenger heaters on platform
  • Install perforated metal mesh vandal shield over glass on platform windbreaks
  • Replace recycling bins on the platform
  • Repair/refurbish benches and sandboxes on platform, as needed
  • Remove loose concrete from old C&NW commuter rail platform at track level
  • Replace wooden platform deck boards as needed
  • Repair/replace roofing cover at track level at east end of the platform
  • Clean debris, remove weeds from track area
  • Inspect and clean gutters and downspouts throughout station, repair as needed
  • Repaint all garbage cans and sandboxes on the platform
  • Repaint railing at the west end of the platform
  • Inspect and clean or replace missing, damaged, outdated, or vandalized signage, as needed

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Kc from Oak park  

Posted: September 3rd, 2012 7:44 AM

Bus schedules in the bus shelters would be quite a useful improvement...but not to be.


Posted: September 2nd, 2012 6:16 PM

You hit the nail on the head mmds, the Oak Park, Ridgeland, and Austin stations are still not in compliance with the ADA.

mmds from Oak Park  

Posted: August 31st, 2012 9:42 PM

I'd gladly forgo many of these improvements, as lovely as they are, to (1) make the stations handicapped accessible or, at the very least, have another option to reach the platform when the escalator is broken (which happens a lot), and, oh yeah (2) have more reliable service between Oak Park and Chicago (to and from).

K Dec  

Posted: August 31st, 2012 6:41 PM

And how long before the thugs vandalize and carve gang symbols everywhere?

M.Berg from Oak Park  

Posted: August 31st, 2012 5:13 PM

In reply to C. Jennings: The escalator SHOULD always be going upward because people are much less likely to need assistance going down than up. I say, keep it as it is.

C. Jennings  

Posted: August 31st, 2012 4:36 PM

What's with the escalator? It's always running upward. How about reversing it in the late afternoon so folks coming home can use it! Or at least shut it off so you can walk down it.

Bemused Commuter from Oak Park  

Posted: August 31st, 2012 10:47 AM

Aside from murals, the Ridgeland Station received the same treatment this summer. One improvement I'd love to see is the removal of the enormous freestanding Prairie Style sign the village put up inside the Ridgeland Station with a map for the (now defunct?) free circulator bus. All the sign does now is take up space and block commuters' view of approaching buses. Visitors would be better served by a sign on the platform that said: TOURISTS GET BACK ON THE TRAIN AND GET OFF AT OAK PARK AVE.


Posted: August 31st, 2012 10:09 AM

How about installing walk/don't walk signs on the north side of South Blvd crossing Austin? And how can a busy intersection at a CTA stop be lacking such an "amenity".

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