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CTA Plans $492 Million Blue Line Overhaul

Michael Hamrick - Thursday, December 05, 2013

Wicker Wire: Mayor Emanuel announced this morning at the Logan Square Blue Line El Stop that a huge renovation is in the works for the CTA's Blue Line. "Your New Blue" as the project is called will upgrade 13 tracks, stations and signals as well as eliminate slow zones and add 4G internet connections to the line's subway tunnels.

According to a report published by the Chicago Sun-Times today, the O'Hare Blue Line is the fastest growing of all of the system's lines "so this investment reflects an investment in the city" said Emanuel this morning. The Blue Line will stay open throughout the project. Stations may see temporary closures and closures over the weekends but the line cannot be closed because closing a line to the airport isn't possible.

The project is expected to take 4 years to complete and is also expected to cost $492 million dollars. 

The first stations to be impacted will be: Damen, Western and California. However no start date has been announced.

For additional details:

$492 Million Overhaul of Blue Line Could Cut Trip From Downtown By 10 Minutes [Chicago Sun-Times]

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