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CTA Kicks Off The Massive RPM Project With Public Meetings This Week

The CTA will be holding a series of open house meetings this week hosting residents that will be affected by the largest public works project the area has seen.

The Red Purple Modernization (RPM) project kicked off this week with preparatory track work between Thorndale and Montrose. This is the first of three stages that will rebuild the Lawrence, Argyle, Berwyn and Bryn Mawr stations as well as prepare tracks which will act as a station bypass during construction. They will also begin constructing temporary stations at Bryn Mawr and Argyle.

According to the CTA, during this first stage residents can expect:

  • Continuous weekend work, starting late Friday evening and concluding early Monday before the start of morning rush period. The weekend work will occur most weekends from the weekend of Jan. 24-27 into the spring.
  • Depending on the type of work being performed, there may be station closures at Granville, Thorndale and Bryn Mawr or bypassed stations between Wilson and Howard. If a station is bypassed, trains will not make stops at specific stations, requiring passengers to skip stations and then transfer to a train operating in the opposite direction to get off at their desired stop. Shuttle buses will be provided during weekend station closures.
  • Periodic street, alley and parking lane closures, including some weekend closures.┬áIn affected areas, free alternative parking locations will be provided and residential and business garbage and recycling pickup will be maintained.
  • Overnight construction that will include noise, vibration and dust. The loudest work will be performed during daytime hours, when possible, and the contractor will use specialized equipment such as temporary sound barriers.

To address community concerns, CTA will hold open house meetings this week that residents can attend anytime within a scheduled four-hour timespan. Alderman Harry Osterman will make brief presentations at 6 pm during evening events and at 9:30 am at the morning ones. Residents can RSVP on Facebook for the open house pertaining to the area their residence is located within. They are as follows:

  • Meeting for businesses between Foster and Leland
    Tuesday, January 28, 9:30 am – 1 pm at Furama, 4936 N. Broadway
    RSVP on Facebook
  • Meeting for Residents between Foster and Leland
    Tuesday, January 28, 4 pm – 8 pm at Furama, 4936 N. Broadway
    RSVP on Facebook
  • Meeting for businesses between Foster and Thorndale
    Thursday, January 30, 9 am – 1 pm at St. Ita’s Church, 5500 N. Broadway
    RSVP on Facebook
  • Meeting for Residents between Foster and Thorndale
    Thursday, January 30, 4 pm – 8 pm at St. Ita’s Church, 5500 N. Broadway
    RSVP on Facebook

If you have any questions about the RPM project, please email ally@48thward.org.


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