Mayor Lightfoot looking to make nearly $50M in CTA upgrades

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) - Mayor Lori Lightfoot is asking the City Council to okay the investment of nearly $50 million in tax increment financing (TIF) funds to complete upgrades at four CTA train stations.

The first project that would make improvements is at the Western Avenue Brown Line Station, which would include new elevators, upgraded lighting, mechanical equipment, signage, and platforms. The project would also repair the  station’s public plaza and adjacent bus turn-around.

There would be similar upgrades at the California Avenue Blue Line Station and the 43rd Street Green Line Station.

The fourth project would replace rails on the Forest Park branch of the Blue Line between Ashland and Damen. That would be entirely funded with TIF money.

The other projects would be a mix of TIF, CTA and state funding.

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