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100 CTA Stations to Get 'Facelift': Emanuel

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Sept. 20, 2011: Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel said Tuesday 100 stations will be cleaned, repaired and painted during the next 12 months via a new CTA renewal project, partly funded by savings gained from transit authority cuts.

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Mayor Rahm Emanuel and CTA president Forrest Claypool are giving rail stations a makeover.

Emanuel said Tuesday 100 stations will be cleaned, repaired and painted during the next 12 months via a new CTA renewal project, partly funded by savings gained from transit authority cuts.

"With this new Station Renewal program we'll have cleaner, brighter, more functional stations for CTA riders,” Emanuel said in a statement.

Crews of trade workers dubbed the ‘Renew Crew’ will focus on repairs as a team, Emanuel said, to create "a cleaner, brighter and more appealing station."

First up is the Logan Square Blue Line station followed by the Blue Line's California station. The full renewal schedule and an area for customers to comment on the work will be posted on a CTA web link.

“This is sort of a SWAT team approach to comprehensively address all the outstanding issues at a station at once -- cleaning, repairing and improving rather than the piecemeal approach used previously,” Claypool said in a statement.

Each station's specific needs will determine the type of work that will be done, he said, including painting, new lighting, repairs, power washing walls and ceilings, replacing signs and landscaping.

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