Kedzie station reopened for customer service on Wednesday,
August 16, 2006, two days earlier than originally planned.
Customers at Kedzie and Rockwell will find new glass
station houses, new longer platforms to accommodate
eight-car trains when the project is completed, new
benches and brighter lighting. In addition, an
auxiliary exit at the west end of the Kedzie station
at Spaulding Avenue has been converted into an entrance
as well, for added customer convenience.
Among the most notable features are the stations’ accessible
features including a ramp, tactile edging and wheel
chair turnstiles. With the opening of Kedzie
and Rockwell, the number of accessible rail stations
on our system increased. Currently, more than half
of our 144 stations are accessible. As
the Brown Line Capacity Expansion project progresses
the other stations on the line also will become accessible.
These were the first two stations to re-open as
part of the $530 million Brown Line Capacity Expansion
project designed to relieve congestion, provide for
future growth by increasing capacity and improve service
delivery, customer comfort and safety. Overall,
the expansion project includes the rehabilitation of
18 Brown Line stations and upgrading or replacing traction
power, signal and communication equipment.