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California Blue Line Station Closed For The Next 42 Days

By Chuck Sudo in News on Sep 4, 2014 1:30PM

Image courtesy Chicago Transit Authority

CTA Blue Line riders who use the California station need to find alternatives through mid-October. As of 1 a.m., the California Blue Line station is closed for the next 42 days so the transit agency can conduct an extensive renovation to the station house, train platforms and other elements.

The station, which opened in 1895 will see its wood flooring replaced with granite; new bike racks; public art installations and improved lighting and signage. While the station is closed, Blue Line riders will still be able to access the train via the Western and Logan Square stations; each are accessible to riders with disabilities.

CTA has also added service to the #56 Milwaukee Avenue bus route on weekdays and weekends. Overnight, customers can connect to the Western and Logan Square stations via the temporary #N56 California Station Owl route, which will serve only those stations.

This is all part of CTA's $492 million "Your New Blue" project to renovate the O'Hare Branch of the Blue Line from Grand Avenue to the O'Hare station.