Downtown Red Line station to undergo major renovations

March 26, 2008 5:23:40 PM PDT
For the first time since it opened in the 1940s, the Red Line station at State and Grand is undergoing some major renovations.On an average weekday, 8,000 passengers use the station.

Officials say the improvements will make it more welcoming for regular passengers and for visitors riding the Red Line.

The $67 million project will include new turnstiles, elevators and an escalator. New flooring and lighting will also be installed.

"It's not as well lit as we'd like to see. It doesn't have the modern amenities of a larger entrance area, LCD information panels, state of the art security cameras. All of those things that really transform the quality of transit is not part of the station today," said Ron Huberman, CTA president.

The project will result in lane restrictions on both State Street and Grand Avenue.

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