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CTA Secures $1.1 Billion To Rebuild Red Line, Some Area Stations Could Close For Years

cta1With CTA red line riders at an all time high, the demand for the service is expected to grow further. Unfortunately, the century-old infrastructure is showing its age and and has reached its useful life.

This past weekend, it was announced that the CTA secured the $1.1 billion in funds needed for the Red and Purple Line Modernization Program (RPM). The project would be the largest undertaking in CTA history and will rebuild the aging red line here in Edgewater.

“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 on Monday.  “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.”

According to the CTA, the RPM project will completely rebuild the Lawrence, Argyle, Berwyn and Bryn Mawr stations and all the tracks and support structures for more than a mile adjacent to the stations.

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.

The CTA also said that 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. However during construction, residents and business owners (especially those near the tracks) will likely experience construction headaches including noise and street closures.

Alderman Osterman said, “My office will work closely with the Edgewater Chamber of Commerce and Uptown United to ensure our local businesses surrounding the stations are supported leading up to, during, and after the construction.”

Construction is expected to start late 2018. An estimated 6,000 jobs will be created for the project.


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