Good morning, Blue Line riders: The Damen station has reopened after weeks of improvement work! Here a couple of pics from right when we opened the station at 4 o’clock this morning.
Historic masonry, canopy, railings and other historical elements were preserved, maintaining the character and feel of this original 1890s ‘L’ station and transit centerpiece to the Wicker Park neighborhood–but the platforms and station interior were essentially rebuilt, the station building made more spacious, and you’ll find the station lit throughout with bright, energy-efficient lighting.
The renovated station includes these improvements and features:
Station House Entry/Plaza:
• Repainted elevated structure
• Upgraded lighting, including new LED lighting on elevated structure
• New concrete paving
• New bike racks
• Restored historic masonry walls and entrance canopy
• New LED lighting
• Renewed interior wall and ceiling finishes
• New granite flooring
• New stainless steel Customer Assistant’s booth
• Improved signage, wayfinding and other communications amenities
• New wood deck with tactile edge
• Rehabilitated historic canopies
• New or rehabilitated historic railings
• New LED lighting, windbreaks, benches and signage
The Your New Blue project is the largest investment in the Blue Line’s O’Hare branch since it opened 30 years ago and is providing faster commutes, more reliable service and a more welcoming environment for Blue Line riders. In addition to rehabilitating 13 stations, Your New Blue includes repairing track infrastructure and upgrading power and signal systems along the O’Hare branch, which serves about 80,000 passengers each weekday. Your New Blue is part of more than $5 billion of transit investment begun under Mayor Emanuel since 2011.
Learn more about this and the Your New Blue series of improvements to the O’Hare Branch of the Blue Line at http://yournewblue.com/
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