I mean, it's a definite upgrade, by right by that story they have a link to how the new Washington-Wabash station opened (called the "gold standard" by hizz onner himself) earlier this year that cost $75 million. I'm not saying the cost for each station would be the same, but if it cost $75 million to basically construct a new one and $200 horsefeathering million to renovate Wilson, then why the horsefeathers go with the $200 million option?*
This one has a breakdown of recent station costs:http://www.chicagotribune.com/redeye/ct ... story.html
Cermak-McCormick Place Green Line stop in the South Loop
Cost: $50 million paid for with tax-increment funds, taxpayer money intended to spur redevelopment in communities
Features: The new station, expected to open later this year, will have elevators and covered canopies.
Washington/Wabash stop in the Loop
Cost: $75 million paid for with federal funds
Features: The new station, a combination of the Randolph/Wabash and Madison/Wabash stops, will have escalators, elevators and bike racks and is expected to open in 2016.
California, Damen and Western Blue Line stops on the West Side
Cost: $33 million paid for with local, state and federal funds
Features: Work being completed this year includes stationhouse and platform repairs. The Damen and California stations, which are not accessible for riders with disabilities, will not receive elevators or escalators in this project. The Western stop is already accessible.
Clark/Division Red Line stop in Old Town
Cost: $50 million paid for with federal funds
Features: The project, which is expected to be completed next year, includes a new mezzanine at LaSalle and Division streets, two new elevators and three new escalators.
Wilson Red Line stop in Uptown
Cost: $203 million, paid for with federal, state and TIF funds
Features: The station, expected to be done in fall 2017, will have a main entrance and two auxiliary entrances, elevators and escalators, more security cameras and better lighting.
95th Street Red Line stop in Roseland
Cost: $240 million, paid for with federal grants, state funds and CTA bonds
Features: The station, expected to be done in 2017, will have buildings north and south of 95th Street, additional escalators and elevators and expanded platforms.
I mean, something like 95th makes sense since it's a terminus and has a massive amount of daily traffic and bus services and the like, so if its something like that or Howard or Belmont, the Wilson numbers make more sense (makes me wonder how much the Fullerton makeover cost).
*We all know why.