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CTA Red Line Modernization Project To Be Discussed At Community Meeting Tomorrow

Alderman Harry Osterman announced in a weekly email that tomorrow he will hold a community meeting to discuss the upcoming CTA Red Purple Modernization (RPM) Project that is expected to begin in two years.

The meeting will be held on Wednesday, April 18 at St. Ita Social Hall, 5500 N Broadway at 6:30 p.m. According to the Alderman; his office, the CTA, and the local chambers of commerce are planning to address the impacts on businesses and residents from this project which should begin in 2020. Both the project’s scope and timetable will be outlined.

“The RPM project is an important and necessary development in our community. Each weekday over 22,000 residents use these and the other stations in our ward to access the Red Line,” said Alderman Harry Osterman in a statement released last year.  “The embankment and viaducts that make up this section of the Red Line are significantly deteriorated and difficult to maintain. Additionally, none of these stations are currently ADA accessible and they will need to be fully reconstructed to accommodate this, making one of the great assets in our community accessible to more of our residents.”

It was reported back in April, 2015 that both the Berwyn and Lawrence stations would close for 18 months during the initial phase of construction. Thorndale, Bryn Mawr, Argyle and Wilson stations should remain open.

During the 18-24 month second phase of the project, not only would both Berwyn and Lawrence stations remain closed, the Argyle station would temporarily shut down as well. In addition, Bryn Mawr would only be open to south-bound riders. A possible temporary stop at Foster/Winona may be opened to ease the commuter burden.

CTA is promising that the RPM Project will provide a smoother, faster commute that will be able to accommodate the increasing number of riders.

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