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September 1, 2014

California Blue Line station to undergo major renovation programme

The California Blue Line station is set to undergo a major renovation programme from 4 September to 16 October, as part of the Chicago Transit Authority's (CTA) 'Your New Blue' upgrade project in the US.

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The California Blue Line station is set to undergo a major renovation programme from 4 September to 16 October, as part of the Chicago Transit Authority’s (CTA) ‘Your New Blue’ upgrade project in the US.

The $492m project seeks to deliver significant improvements to the O’Hare branch stations of the Blue Line.

As part of the programme, the station will receive enhancements such as structural repairs, new platforms and bike racks, as well as improved lighting and signage.

In order to ensure reduced travel disruption during this period, the CTA has provided buses on the Milwaukee bus route, which will run in parallel to the Blue Line.

"The CTA offered riders free shuttle buses during weekend track work that began in March as part of the upgrade to the Blue Line’s O’Hare International Airport branch."

Travellers will be able to access Blue line trains from nearby Western and Logan Square stations.

CTA is also planning to operate additional buses on this route during all service hours on weekdays and weekends to serve more passengers.

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CTA spokeswoman Tammy Chase said: "The CTA offered riders free shuttle buses during weekend track work that began in March as part of the upgrade to the Blue Line’s O’Hare International Airport branch."

"But it will not be offering free shuttles during station shutdowns. In this case, there is good complementary bus service."

Following the completion of the renovation work at the California station, improvements on Damen Station will begin from 20 October 20 until 22 December.

The project aims to update a total of 13 Blue Line stations, which will serve more than 80,000 customers.


Image: California Stop, Blue Line in Chicago, Illinois, US. Photo: courtesy of Daniel O’Neil.

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