January 17 CTA Brown Line Community Meeting Postponed

January 13, 2006

The Chicago Transit Authority has postponed the Brown Line community meeting scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, January 17 at Swedish Covenant Hospital ? Anderson Pavilion. The meeting will be rescheduled for a later date.

The meeting was originally scheduled to discuss the planned Brown Line renovations of the Kimball, Kedzie, Francisco, Rockwell and Western rail stations.

This purpose of the Brown Line project is to increase capacity and therefore improve service. Currently, during rush hours customers often cannot squeeze into a crowded train and must wait, sometimes for several trains. Platforms will be lengthened to accommodate eight-car trains instead of the six-car trains currently in use which will allow many more customers to board.

In addition to increasing capacity, Brown Line stations will be made accessible to people with disabilities as part of CTA's ongoing commitment to making its system accessible to all customers. Other improvements such as wider stairways, additional entrances and exits, and more turnstiles will ease congestion during busy hours, and upgrades to traction power equipment and the signal system are also included in the project.

Information on the Brown Line capacity expansion project can be found on the CTA's web site at www.transitchicago.com or at www.ctabrownline.com.

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