After Block 37 debacle, what is fate of Washington Red Line station?
After the official opening of the new entrance at Howard about two weeks ago, I saw CTA President Ron Huberman talking to what appeared to be an agitated passenger. So I went to listen in.
That passenger was asking Huberman about the Block 37 debacle. And one thing the passenger asked was if/when the Washington station of the Red Line -- now closed for about two years during the construction of the "superstation" -- would open.
As you can see from the photo, Huberman patiently tried to explain what was going on at Block 37, even taking the time to draw a diagram of how the station would connect the Blue and Red Lines. But Huberman did say that reopening the station depended on finding new funding.
Later, a CTA spokesperson said:
"It is the CTA’s intent to reopen the Washington Station but we don’t yet have a timeline or budget as both are tied to future plans for the Block 37 project. The tunnel connection to Block 37 is right by the Washington station so the station will be impacted by the plans for airport express service. As you know, the CTA plans to work with the City on an RFP for a private sector partner to assist with the next phase of that project. We need to get further along with that piece of the project before final decisions are made for Washington."
After Huberman finished talking to the passenger that day, the guy just walked away in disgust, saying "So basically, we're screwed." He's the passenger in the photo. And I later learned that the passenger is none other than frequent commenter and CTA critic, Kevin B.