City Unveils Plans for Improvements at 2 CTA Blue Line Stations

City officials unveiled plans Tuesday to rehabilitate two Chicago Transit Authority Blue Line stations on Chicago's Northwest Side.

The Blue Line is the second busiest of the CTA, with the Sun-Times reporting it has not seen any major changes since it was extended to O'Hare International Airport in 1984.

In all, the "Your New Blue" project will eventually upgrade 14 stations, including two announced Tuesday: at Belmont and Jefferson Park.

Renderings show that the Belmont station would get a new canopy over the entrance, as well as improvements to the stationhouse and platform, costing a total of $17 million.

A similar plan is under way five stops away at the Jefferson Park Transit Center, where $25 million will go towards replacing the stairs and escalators, as well as the installation of new lighting, among other changes.

In addition to those improvements, the CTA will also replace and repair tracks and modernize signals along the 12-mile stretch of the Blue Line.

When all is completed, the "Your New Blue" project, which costs roughly $492 million, is expected to save travelers up to 10 minutes on a round trip between downtown and O'Hare, according to Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel's office.

Emanuel announced the latest round of upgrades, as well as a preview of projects for the Division, Chicago and Grand stations, Tuesday morning. 

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