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Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel earlier this week joined Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) and Chicago Department of Transportation officials to unveil design plans for a new Green Line station on the city's near west side.Located at Lake Street and Damen Avenue, the new station is designed to improve public transit options for nearby residents, visitors to the United Center sports arena and businesses along the Kinzie Industrial Corridor.The stop will be the fourth new station added to CTA's rail system since 2011, agency officials said in a press release. CTA built similar "in-fill" stations — or stations that close the gap between existing stops — along the Green and Pink Lines in 2012 and 2015.Architecture and design firm Perkins Will created the design plan for the new Damen Avenue station, which will feature a new grand staircase and escalator. The stop also will include a glass bridge to facilitate connections between inbound and outbound train platforms while orienting visitors to nearby destinations and attractions, CTA officials said.Work on the station's foundation is scheduled to start later this year and on the station house in spring 2019. Funded through the Kinzie industrial tax increment financing measure, the new station is slated to open in 2020.
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