The fully enclosed glass and metal stairways and transfer bridge make an architectural and industrial statement in the growing West Loop neighborhood.
The CTA has opened two new stations within three weeks of each other. The first was Oakton-Skokie on the Yellow Line in Skokie, Illinois, on April 30, and today the Morgan Green/Pink Line station opened (without fanfare). A grand opening will likely happen June 1.
Notice the artistic bike parking. This was the result of a competition held by the Department of Cultural Affairs in 2009. All three finalists had their designs manufactured and installed here. I think they will function well as bike racks, but the one on the northwest corner of Morgan and Lake Streets (shown above) has the lowest capacity. The plastic wrapping hasn’t been removed, perhaps to keep them shiny for the upcoming grand opening.
The new style of CTA’s information screen.
The accessible station has a fully enclosed transfer bridge, excellent for photographing trains and downtown. Other amenities include information screens with weather and Train Tracker. These use a new screen design that features no advertisements. Stairways and the station house are also fully enclosed. To make room for the bike parking and the station houses (on the southeast and northeast corners), both Morgan and Lake Streets were narrowed. This has the effect of shortening crosswalk distances.
A Green Line train arrives at the new Morgan station. Notice the opaque or tinted canopy.