Monday, April 30, 2012

Seven CTA Red Line stations to get $86 million renovation

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An $86 million Chicago Transit Authority Red Line renovation project will involve seven stations: Jarvis, Morse, Granville, Thorndale, Berwyn, Argyle and Lawrence. The funding comes from a mix of federal and local resources and will generate approximately 250 full-time equivalent jobs.

Funding for the North Red Station Interim Improvements is part of the CTA's $1 billion Red Line Capital Investment initiative announced in November 2011 by Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn, Chocago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Sen. Dick Durbin and CTA President Forrest Claypool.

In addition to the North Red seven stations improvement project, the $1 billion Red Line investment will include a number of other projects on the Howard branch of the Red Line, including a complete reconstruction of the Wilson station (est. $200 million); major station rehabs at Sheridan, Bryn Mawr and Loyola stations (costs TBD); Red and Purple viaduct improvements and electrical substation improvements.

The project work at these stations will include viaduct repairs, platform repairs or replacement, station waterproofing, lighting improvements and new station house finishes, such as floors, doors, windows and lighting. These improvements will increase the safety and comfort of CTA passengers, while enhancing the appearance of the station and surrounding structures.

These stations are among the oldest in the system, some of them nearly or exceeding 100 years old. The forthcoming Red and Purple Modernization Project (RPM) will extend these advancements in the coming years.

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