It's an improvement 110 years in the making!
Ever since the Wilson L became a double-level station back in 1907, people who were not able to use staircases were simply out of luck. No accessibility options were available to them, at Wilson or at any station in Uptown.
That changes Wednesday, as the elevators and escalators go into service at Wilson as part of the renovation of the station.
"The new, permanent Wilson station main entrance on the south side of Wilson Avenue will open.CTA will continue the completion of the rest of the station, tracks, and entrances/exits for another few weeks.
The new main entrance will be staffed and include fare vending machines, digital train arrival signs, and an elevator, escalator and stairs between the stationhouse and platform. With its opening, the Wilson station will be accessible to customers with disabilities.
The entrance on the north side of Wilson Avenue will temporarily close to complete its construction and conversion to a farecard-only auxiliary entrance. All station access will be through the new main entrance on the south side of Wilson Avenue during this phase of construction.
There are no changes to boarding or exiting trains."
As we mentioned last week, the workers will pour the asphalt on the west side of Broadway next week, completing the street reconstruction, and are in the process of aligning the four new tracks that were built as part of the renovation of the station.
Fireworks animation courtesy of Best Animations.com.