CTA’s Red Line station improvement project set to begin

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Chicago Transportation Authority's Red North Interim Station Improvement project will begin Friday, June 1, resulting in the temporary closure of the Granville station for up to six weeks.

Granville is the first of seven stations that will be temporarily closed for several weeks this year while crews perform much-needed capital maintenance work to the stationhouses, platform, adjacent tracks and trackbed and viaduct.

Stations along the north Red Line are some of the oldest on the system, with most being built in the early 1900s and in need of being rebuilt from the ground up. This $86-million project will not only improve the quality and experience for riders and neighbors, it also will provide a life-extension for the seven stations that will last for many years until a more comprehensive reconstruction plan is approved and fully funded.

The work is part of Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s Building a New Chicago program, which is updating infrastructure that’s critical to the city and includes improvements that will help ensure that CTA continues to serve customers as effectively as possible.

The Granville station will receive improvements to the viaduct over the street, the trackwork through the station, the station house and the platform. Enhancements will include:

• Concrete repairs, painting and sealing/coating of the viaduct
• Upgraded lighting under the viaduct
• Masonry repairs and new tuckpointing on the station house exterior
• New windows, doors and exterior lighting on the station house
• New station house interior finishes (i.e. walls, flooring, ceiling), lighting and signage
• Improved station house interior layout/circulation
• Sidewalk repairs and new bike racks outside of the station house
• Refurbished platform foundations, decking, fixtures and furnishings
• Refurbished canopy structure

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The prototype 5000-series rail cars will return on CTA's Red Line beginning Monday, February 14. The rail cars most recently operated on the Yellow and Purple lines and have been previously tested on all other lines. CTA is testing the 10 prototype rail cars to ascertain how they perform when operating in the conditions that CTA's rail fleet is subjected to throughout the year. The prototypes were tested on the Red Line in spring 2010. CTA is running the trains on the Red Line again because it is the rail system's busiest line and the agency wants to test the cars during winter conditions under heavy ridership. The prototypes must successfully complete testing before the agency gives approval for the full order to be manufactured. The rail cars offer a variety of new features and state-of-the art technologies designed to benefit CTA customers. Each car will have seven networked security cameras, an event recorder system similar to a black box on an airplane and door sensors that will detect obstructions better than CTA's current rail fleet. The trains will accommodate more customers per car and provide more room for customers carrying backpacks, packages, luggage, strollers and bikes because of an aisle-facing seating configuration. The cars have 38 seats and space for two wheelchair positions and added support poles and hand straps in the center of the car for standing customers. Other amenities include: - An LED station indicator map with lights that move in conjunction with the train's location and electronic destination signs - widened to increase the size of the text that improves readability - both inside and outside of the rail car. - Interior electronic destination signs showing the next stop, date and time, and can be used to display a text version of stored audible announcements made to customers - for example, when a train is delayed waiting for signal clearance. - Regenerative braking that returns braking energy to the third rail for reuse to help power other trains and on-board electrical systems. An alternating current propulsion system that converts the direct current energy in the third rail to AC for the traction motors. AC propulsion systems provide a smoother ride.

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