You’re likely to notice the CTA’s new 95th Street terminal even if you never set foot inside. The ultralong building is an eye-grabber wedged in the middle of the busy Dan Ryan Expressway.
Bright red walls wrap around the terminal, seemingly holding together its disparate pieces like a taut ribbon. The entrances on the terminal’s flanks jut outward at a sharp diagonal. Through color and shape, the building asserts itself amid the ear-splitting rush of cars and trucks that whoosh through the Ryan’s brutal concrete trench.
But a CTA terminal isn’t a piece of sculpture. How well does this building serve its 20,000 daily rail and bus commuters and the scores of CTA, Pace and Greyhound buses that use it on the average weekday?
Pretty well, it turns out.