By Tracy Swartz
11:58 AM CDT, June 17, 2011
Transportation officials on Friday unveiled the new LaSalle/Congress intermodal station, which they say will provide easier connection between the Blue Line, Metra and CTA buses.
The center, which is set to open Sunday, features a covered connection between the Blue Line and the LaSalle Metra station, an elevator and a stairway to the Metra platform and a covered, lighted bus terminal that will now serve the No. 145-Wilson/Michigan Express and the No. 36-Broadway buses.
New transportation commissioner Gabe Klein and CTA chief operations officer Peter Ousley announced the station opening at a press conference Friday. Both stressed the importance of making public transit more accessible.
The $5.2 million project was funded federally and with $1.8 million in tax increment financing, or TIF, money intended to promote redevelopment in certain area of the city. Construction on the terminal began 15 months ago, Klein said.
Starting Sunday, the No. 145 and 36 buses will no longer operate on Harrison Street between Financial Place and State Street, or on Dearborn or State Streets between Harrison Street and Congress Parkway because of the new service to the intermodal station.
When construction on Congress Parkway is completed, likely the end of next year, the Nos. 36 and 145 will end their runs at the intermodal station, the CTA said.
Both buses currently end their runs at Wells and Harrison Streets.
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