July 22, 1999

Construction will begin Friday, July 23, on a new entrance to the CTA's 35th-Bronzeville-IIT Green Line station at 34th Street, just east of State. An exit gate at the site will close Friday until it is replaced with a high-barrier gate that allows customers both to enter and exit. The project is expected to be completed in mid-August.

New technology involving the CTA's automated fare collection system allows for the conversion of exit-only gates to entry/exit capability. Last fall, the CTA opened the first of several such entrances, providing customers at six stations with more flexibility and options when using the CTA system.

The high-barrier gate being installed at 34th will permit CTA customers with Transit Cards, Transfer Cards or passes to gain entry to the 35th-Bronzeville-IIT station from the north without having to go an extra block to the primary entrance at 35th. The new entrance will be particularly helpful to students and staff at the Illinois Institute of Technology, which has its campus north of 35th Street.

Until construction at 34th Street is completed, all customers will continue to enter the station at 35th. The 35th Street entrance is fully accessible and will continue to serve customers paying their fares with currency or coins, as well as those with disabilities who require an elevator to reach the platform.

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