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CTA to Complete Some Blue Line Slow Zone Work Early

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The Chicago Transit Authority will finish work on a portion of the Blue Line sooner than expected. Train service between the O’Hare and Rosemont stations is expected to go back to normal by early Thursday morning, four days ahead of schedule. Bus shuttles between the stations have been in place since the work began earlier this month. CTA spokeswoman Noelle Gaffney says fixing the line’s deteriorated rails and spikes have eliminated a major slow zone.

GAFFNEY: We’ll be able to resume speeds of 55 mph in this area, and for our overall slow zone project, in under a year, we’ve eliminated 50 percent of the slow zones. We’ve gone from having more than 22 percent of the system in slow zones to just over 11 percent.

The last phase of Blue Line work will begin next month between the Jefferson Park and Addison stations.

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