Customers to Use Relocated Stairway at Brown Line’s Chicago Avenue Station on Monday Afternoon

February 9, 2007

CTA is advising Chicago Avenue Brown Line customers that on Monday afternoon, February 12, the auxiliary exit stairs on the northbound platform will be open for service in a different location, approximately 50 feet from the current location. To accommodate the work currently underway as part of the Brown Line capacity expansion project, CTA is temporarily relocating the auxiliary exit stairway for the next six months. The existing auxiliary exit stairs will close at 9 a.m. on Monday.

The relocated stairway will exit onto Franklin Street, rather than the current exit onto Superior Street. The stairway that allows customers to enter and exit on Chicago Avenue and the stairway leading from the southbound platform are not affected at this time.

The #11 Lincoln/Sedgwick and #66 Chicago CTA buses that provide direct service to the Chicago Avenue station will not be affected.

Plans for renovating Chicago Avenue station include building a new accessible stationhouse across the street from the existing stationhouse. Additional work includes: installing brighter lighting, tactile edging on the platforms, and accessible turnstiles; elevator installation; widening platforms and upgrading the public address system.

Throughout the Brown Line construction project, slow zones and single track operation are periodically necessary near construction activity so, as a general rule, rail customers should allow extra travel time. Information on the Brown Line capacity expansion project can be found on the CTA's web site at www.transitchicago.com or www.ctabrownline.com

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