- Associated Press - Friday, July 10, 2015

CHICAGO (AP) - Transit officials in Chicago have announced a new plan to speed up Purple Line Express trains between downtown and the northern suburb of Evanston.

The $30 million project will replace aging rail and track ties along a 3 ½-mile stretch on Chicago’s North Side. Work begins this month and is expected to be finished in November.

Currently, the express line’s 13,000 daily riders must endure “slow zones” in spots where the track has deteriorated so much trains can’t move at normal speeds.

The section of track, between the Lawrence and Jarvis stations, hasn’t undergone major rehabilitation since the early 1970s.

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