Rockwell station, as well as the Kedzie station,
reopened for customer service on Wednesday, August
16, 2006, two days earlier than originally planned.
Customers at Rockwell and Kedzie will find new glass
station houses, new longer platforms to accommodate
eight-car trains when the project is completed, new
benches and brighter lighting.
Among the most notable features are the stations’ accessible
features including a ramp, tactile edging and wheel
chair turnstiles. With the opening of Rockwell
and Kedzie, 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.