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5/3/2005



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CTA to outline Brown Line station projects



On May 9, the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) will hold a public meeting to discuss planned renovations at the Kimball, Kedzie, Francisco, Rockwell and Western rail stations as part of the Brown Line capacity expansion project.

The authority plans to lengthen platforms at the stations to accommodate eight-car instead of six-car trains. CTA also will make stations accessible to passengers with disabilities, build wider staircases, add more entrances and exits, and install more turnstiles.

During construction, CTA will temporarily close some stations to remain on schedule.

The $529.9 million project includes rehabilitating 18 stations, upgrading or replacing traction power, and reducing slow zones.

Running between downtown and Chicago’s northwest side, the more than century-old Brown Line is CTA’s third-busiest rail line, serving more than 66,000 passengers daily.



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