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Chicago Transit Authority awards contract for Red Line South project

The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) has awarded a $43.8 million contract for station improvement work related to the Red Line South reconstruction project, one of the largest reconstruction projects in CTA history.

Scheduled to begin in spring 2013, the project calls for rebuilding the 43-year-old Red Line South — including all track, ties, ballast and drainage systems — from Cermak-Chinatown to 95th Street, CTA officials said in a prepared statement.

The station work involves renewing and improving eight stations along the project's footprint, including painting and lighting, bus bridge improvements, and new roofs and canopies at some stations.

F. H. Paschen, S. N. Nielsen and Associates L.L.C. submitted the lowest bid for the station work component of the project.

"We are looking forward to providing our south Red Line customers with improved stations that are cleaner, brighter and better than they have been in years," said CTA President Forrest Claypool.

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