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Tuesday, December 29, 2009

CTA to open new elevators at Brown Line Belmont, Fullerton Stations

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The newly installed elevators at CTA's Belmont and Fullerton stations will soon be available for customers' use by the end of 2009. The elevator at Belmont will go into service on Tuesday, December 29 and the one at Fullerton will begin operation on Thursday, December 31.

"CTA continues its efforts to make its system easier to navigate for everyone who uses buses and trains to travel throughout the CTA service area," said CTA President Richard L. Rodriguez. "Modernizing the system and making it accessible to customers with disabilities makes CTA a viable and convenient travel option for customers now and in the future."

With the elevators at Belmont and Fullerton, a total of 91 out of the 144 CTA rail stations will be accessible to customers with disabilities. All CTA buses and trains are accessible.

The elevators at Belmont and Fullerton were installed as part of the CTA's larger $530 -million Brown Line capacity expansion project, which is designed to increase capacity and accessibility and bring 18 stations along the line to a state of good repair.

Belmont and Fullerton are the last of 18 stations renovated through the project. The two stations have remained open during construction and they are scheduled to be fully complete by the end of 2009.

Renovations at the Brown Line Belmont and Fullerton stations include brighter lighting, tactile edging, Braille signs and wheelchair accessible turnstiles, an upgraded public address system and expanded platforms.

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