City Plans Four-Year, $500M Renovation Of Blue Line To O’Hare

CBS Chicago

CHICAGO (CBS) — On the heels of a major overhaul of the Dan Ryan branch of the Red Line, the CTA is planning a nearly half-billion-dollar upgrade of another busy train line: the Blue Line to O’Hare International Airport.

CBS 2’s Mike Puccinelli reports the city and the CTA plan a 4-year, $492 million reconstruction project – the first overhaul of the O’Hare Blue Line in 30 years.

The announcement comes less than two months after the CTA finished rebuilding the Red Line South – replacing the tracks and renovating stations south of Roosevelt – which forced a five-month shutdown of every station along the Dan Ryan branch.

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Mayor Rahm Emanuel said the renovation is a much-needed project for one of the CTA’s busiest lines, and will make the Blue Line “world class.”

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