Kimball Brown Line station reopens

The temporary closure of the Kimball Brown Line terminal has ended, according to the CTA.

The terminal, 4755 N. Kimball Ave. closed about 2 a.m. July 13 and had been scheduled to reopen about 4 a.m. Monday during a track reconstruction project.

CTA officials had said Sunday the closure would continue through Tuesday morning, then announced early this morning on Twitter the station had reopened.

Prior to the re-opening, Brown Line trains were starting and ending service at the Kedzie station, less than a half-mile southeast of Kimball, officials said.

The Brown Line operates to Loop elevated stations, via the Ravenswood branch and the North Side main line tracks adjacent to the Red Line.

Crews are replacing about 700 feet of track, deteriorated ties and other components that are 50 years old, as well as the power and signaling systems along the three sets of tracks that extend into the station, officials said. The work is budgeted at $4.6 million.

The Kimball terminal serves about 4,188 boarding passengers on an average weekday, according to CTA statistics for this year. Brown Line weekday ridership averages 60,760.

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