The complete rehab of the Wilson Red Line station is a good opportunity for it to be a "Model of our energy future," according to the blog CTA Station Watch. It says:
The design and reconstruction of the Wilson CTA station offers a unique opportunity to combine renewable energy with historic site renovation to create a “green and golden” transportation model that would not only be an enduring asset to the Uptown community but could also set a high standard for future public infrastructure investment in Chicago.
Easy to overlook given its dilapidated condition is the fact that the station has already achieved two significant environmental victories. First, it serves 5,600 incoming passengers each weekday and weekend ridership is growing as ever more people choose public transit, bikes, walking, taxis and carsharing over private car use. Second, having weathered many storms, the 90-year-old Gerber building with its grand lobby and terra-cotta façade still exists!Read the entire article here with its suggestions of solar panels, rain gardens and bike racks. We especially found appealing the suggestion that Uptown's big three theaters (Uptown, Riviera and Aragon) follow the Wilson station's lead in reducing energy costs. It's an intriguing way to think about the implications of the rehab and what it can mean for all of Uptown for the next century.
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