After many rider complaints, the CTA board today approved a plan to extend the canopy roofs on the Belmont and Fullerton station platforms — to almost three times its current length.
The current canopy at each station is 128 feet long, the length of two-and-a-half train cars. The new lengthened canopy will cover the equivalent of a six-car train, about 320 feet.
Longer canopies were in the original plans, but were cut due to budget constraints. At last September’s Coffee With Ron (former CTA prez Huberman), CTA Tattler asked whether the canopies would be lengthened. Huberman told us then that there was an $8 million contingency fund, and that the CTA hopes to be able to lengthen the canopies using those funds.
Says current CTA President Richard Rodriguez: “We knew we wanted to offer back some amenities that our customers
really needed and wanted. The increased ridership on the Brown Line demonstrates more customers
are using the Line and extending these canopies will help protect them
from the elements and make their commutes more pleasant.”
This project will cost $5.5 million for both stations. On an average weekday, the Belmont station records 12,064 entries and Fullerton 12,717.