CTA announces sweeping Red and Purple Line project

Written by David C. Lester, Editor-in-Chief
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Federal Transit Administration

Chicago Transit Authority is beginning work to replace 100-year-old infrastructure.

The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) today announced the agency will begin on May 16 the first of two phases of major station and track reconstruction between approximately Lawrence and Bryn Mawr stations, as part of the agency’s transformational $2.1 billion Red and Purple Modernization (RPM) Phase One Project.

RPM will rebuild the 100-year-old Lawrence, Argyle, Berwyn and Bryn Mawr Red Line stations and tracks. The new stations will be modern, larger and fully accessible stations that will include elevators, wider platforms, and vastly improved amenities. CTA will also rebuild the century-old track structure between the four contiguous stations, which will provide a smoother, more comfortable and more reliable ride.

The work beginning in May will also include reconstruction of century-old CTA track structures that will provide a faster, smoother and quieter ride for customers. New track, support structures, bridges, and viaducts will be built along the approximately 1.3-mile segment between Leland and Ardmore Avenues, eliminating many deteriorated structures in the community.

Learn more about RPM online at transitchicago.com/RPM and sign up for project alerts at transitchicago.com/RPMalerts.

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