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The City Has Finished Rehabbing 5 North Side CTA Blue Line Stations

By Rachel Cromidas in News on Nov 28, 2016 7:39PM

Damen Blue Line CTA Station / Wikipedia

The city just finished rehabbing five North Side CTA Blue Line stations under its ongoing, $500 million CTA rail modernization program.

This particular phase of the project, dubbed "Your New Blue" by officials, cost $43 million and include the rehabbing of the Addison, Irving Park, Montrose, Harlem and Cumberland stations. The Addison station in particular now has an elevator and is accessible to people with disabilities. The city rehabbed other North Side Blue Line stations, Damen, Logan Square, California and Western, in 2014. It's the first time the O'Hare branch of the Blue Line has been overhauled since it was built in 1984.

"The upgrades to these stations, which had a combined 5.5 million station entries last year, will provide a more pleasant customer environment and complement other Blue Line improvements that have enhanced service reliability and customer comfort," CTA president Dorval Carter said in a statement.

In addition to a new elevator, the Addison Station now has an extended stationhouse and an enclosed stairway. The stations all have improved platforms with new lighting and painting.

The CTA's reconstruction efforts aren't slowing down yet. The CTA is about to embark on a massive Red Line Extension that will create four new Red Line stations from 130rd Street to 95th Street.