Francisco station on the Brown Line reopened to rail
service at 4 a.m. on Friday, March 9, 2007.
Francisco is the fourth newly renovated station
to reopen as part of the Brown Line capacity expansion
project. Kimball station, which also closed
with Francisco on September 15, reopened for
service in January 2007. In August 2006, the Kedzie
and Rockwell stations reopened for service following
a six-month temporary closure.
A major portion of the reconstruction has been completed
at Francisco including the complete rebuild of the
historic station house and installation of a ramp which
now makes the station accessible. Along with
a wheelchair accessible turnstile and tactile edging
on the platform, additional customer amenities include
brighter lighting, windbreaks, security cameras, benches
and a new public address system.
Construction crews continue to work to complete construction
even after the station opens for service. Additional
work includes installing permanent station signs, original
artwork, windows and continuing work to build a new
auxiliary entrance at Sacramento on the west end of
the station. (read