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Chicago transit line reopening after $425M upgrade

CHICAGO (AP) — Passengers are getting their first chance to ride on a newly constructed Chicago Transit Authority line following a months-long, $425 million renovation.

The CTA's Red Line South was set to reopen Sunday morning.

A 10.2-mile stretch of the line through Chicago's South Side was closed in May. The railroad was rebuilt and eight stations along the rail line got upgrades.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn say it's one of the largest transit projects in the country, and that it was completed on time and within budget. They also say the project created 1,500 jobs.

Passengers should now experience a faster, smoother ride. Officials say the improvements should reduce the travel time between 95th Street and downtown by about 20 minutes.

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