May 19, 1999

The Chicago Transit Board, at its monthly meeting today, announced the CTA has entered into an intergovernmental agreement to install bus shelters at two locations on Chicago Park District property.

The CTA has negotiated permit agreements with the Chicago Park District to authorize the installation of bus shelters at the northeast corner of Jesse Owens Park located on 89th Street and Jeffery Boulevard, and on the west side of Damen Avenue at 61st Street at Lindblom Park.

"We're proud to be able to work with the Chicago Park District to install bus shelters at locations that will serve to protect CTA customers and park patrons from the elements," said CTA Board Chairman Valerie B. Jarrett.

CTA President Frank Kruesi said, "Bus shelters may be structures you notice only in passing, but they mean much more to our customers along their routes. The CTA customers who ride the #6 Jeffery Local, #14 South Lake Shore Express and the #48 South Damen bus routes will especially benefit from these new bus shelters located near the Jesse Owens and Lindblom Parks."

The CTA is entering its final phase of a $1 million Bus Shelter Program to install 100 additional bus customer shelters in the Chicago area and will continue to replace the acrylic panels of existing shelters that have deteriorated because of aging or vandalism.

There are now 1,056 bus passenger shelters at the 12,210 bus stops located throughout the CTA system. These shelters are made of aluminum frames, have clear glazed acrylic panels which sit on a concrete slab and are topped with a translucent dome to protect customers against sun, sleet, rain and snow.

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