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RTA approves funds for Rosemont station study

By Tracy Swartz, @tracyswartz

RedEye

8:59 AM CDT, April 9, 2014

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The Rosemont Blue Line stop, which claims one of the CTA's fastest-growing riderships, may be getting more amenities.

The Regional Transportation Authority, the funding arm for CTA, Metra and Pace, approved funding for a $250,000 study of how to improve access to the Rosemont stop and use adjacent land for transit-oriented development, the RTA said Tuesday.

The 30-year-old station saw its ridership jump 9.5 percent, from 1.7 million entries in 2012 to nearly 1.9 million entries in 2013.

Part of the Rosemont station's increase in ridership has been credited to the Rivers Casino in Des Plaines, which opened in August 2011. The casino offers free shuttle service to and from the Rosemont stop.

The Rosemont study is being funded by $200,000 in federal dollars and $50,000 from the RTA.

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