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CTA kicks off Red Line rehabilitation project


On March 24, Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) began rehabilitating the Dan Ryan branch of the Red Line.

The $282.6 million project includes upgrading power, signal and communications, and renovating stations along a nine-mile stretch between Cermak-Chinatown and 95th Street.

CTA plans to compete the project in three phases. The first phase includes replacing track, installing a temporary signal system and replacing third rail from Cermak Road to 95th Street. Scheduled to begin in August, the second phase includes building two and upgrading two substations, demolishing one substation, installing a permanent signal system, and finishing third rail replacement. During phase three, CTA will install new floors, enhanced lighting, refurbished platform canopies, customer assistant kiosks and improved signs at seven stations, and well as replace eight escalators and install two new elevators.

The project is scheduled to be complete in 2006.

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