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5/24/2004



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CTA begins Lake Street Station improvements


Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) recently began a $15 million renovation project at its Lake station on the Red Line. The station has not been renovated since it was built in the early 1940s.

The authority is rebuilding the station’s mezzanine and platform between Lake and Randolph streets to include ceramic tile walls and ceilings, brighter and more energy-efficient lighting and an expanded mezzanine level public area to create additional turnstile space. CTA also will add one escalator between the platform and mezzanine levels, and refurbish two escalators between the mezzanine and street levels, enabling them to operate 25 percent faster than existing escalators, according to CTA.

The platform’s cityscape design will be similar to the design incorporated at three other recently rehabilitated Red Line stations.

Expected to be complete by early 2006, the project is being funded by the Federal Transit Administration and Illinois FIRST.



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