Blue Line reconstruction to begin in Chicago

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Chicago’s subway operator (CTA) is to begin the next phase of $4 billion improvement programme.

CTA is to start work on a $492 million reconstruction of the Blue Line O’Hare branch, the first phase of which will include the replacement of wooden rail ties on the Milwaukee elevated track between Damen and Logan Square – an original section of line that opened in 1895.

The modernisation of the 12.5-mile Blue Line branch follows an earlier $425 million reconstruction of Chicago’s Red Line South last year.

CTA president Forrest Claypool said: “Your New Blue represents a huge investment in CTA riders and visitors traveling to Chicago via O’Hare and the many vibrant communities along the North and Northwest Sides.”

The four-year ‘Your New Blue’ programme will see 13 stations upgraded, track an signals work, the installation of a new water-management system and improvements to the traction power system.

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