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$86 million going toward Red Line construction

The Chicago Transit Authority announced Friday the worst stops on the Red Line will see an $86 million dollar facelift beginning this summer. Leaky roofs, delapidated platforms, rotting wooden timbers and out of date security cameras will all be fixed at seven stations on the North Side. Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin said $80 million of the $86 million to be used for the project is from the federal government.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel tried to contextualize for reporters this morning just how old these stops are by listing the years each stop was built.

"Jarvis, 1908. Granville, 1908. Thorndale, 1915. Berwyn station, 1916. Argyle, 1908. Lawrence, 1923," he said.

The Granville stop will be the first to be worked on, starting June 1st, followed by Morse, Thorndale, Argyle, Berwyn, Lawrence and Jarvis. Each station will close for about six weeks for construction, but CTA officials said no adjacent stops will close at the same time. Forrest Claypool, president of the CTA, said these stops are literally the worst stations in the system.

The project is just part of the $1 billion dollars of federal and local money announced in November for CTA improvements. That money will also go toward refurbishing the 95th street station, and other track work.

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