Jumping out of the stimulus gate: Dearborn subway work to create 400 jobs
About 400 people will find jobs fixing slow zones after work begins in the Dearborn subway this month. Those jobs are being paid for by $56.6 million in federal stimulus funds under a contract approved at the March CTA board meeting.
Kiewit-Reyes was awarded the contract to renew approximately 36,000 feet of track in the Blue Line Dearborn subway tunnel. Last fall, the CTA eliminated slow zones in the Red Line subway tunnel and on the north end of the Blue Line O'Hare branch.
The most recent slow zone map shows that the Dearborn subway has the highest portion of slow zones on the Blue Line at 14.1%. Overall, 7.3% of CTA track is in a slow zone -- just under 100,000 linear feet of track. In the summer of 2007, when the CTA began aggressive slow zone repairs, more than 22% of track was in a slow zone.
The Dearborn subway work will be primarily weekend work, with single tracking during the work period, said a CTA spokesperson. More detail should be released soon.