Thursday, November 15, 2012

CTA awards second contract for Red Line South reconstruction

CTA awards second contract for Red Line South reconstruction CTA flickr

The Chicago Transit Authority awarded F. H. Paschen, S.N. Nielsen and Associates, LLC, a $43.875-million contract for station improvement work related to the Red Line South reconstruction project.

The project, which begins in spring 2013, will completely rebuild the 43-year-old Red Line South, including all track, ties, ballast and drainage systems, from Cermak-Chinatown to 95th Street. The station work will renew and improve the eight stations along the project footprint, including painting and lighting, bus bridge improvements and new roofs and canopies at some stations.

"We are looking forward to providing our south Red Line customers with improved stations that are cleaner, brighter and better than they have been in years," said CTA President Forrest Claypool. "From cosmetic improvements and repairs to more substantial upgrades, like three new elevators at the Garfield, 63rd and 87th street stations, we are committed to giving our customers a new south Red Line experience."

Paschen met the CTA's target of 40 percent Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) participation by engaging the services of 13 DBE subcontractors.

The overall estimated budget for the project, including design, construction and additional CTA service, is $425 million. The project is part of more than $1 billion in federal, state and local funds being invested in the Red Line, the system's busiest.

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