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CTA Unveils Rebuild of North Red Line Including New Stations

CTA Unveiled a plan that calls for a reconstruction of the red line from Belmont to Howard which includes a near complete rebuild of the Lawrence, Argyle, Berwyn and Bryn Mawr stations. The construction will also include rebuilding all tracks, support structures, bridges, and viaducts between Leland and Hollywood Avenues. The new stations will include all modern amenities including elevators for those with disabilities. The new tracks and signals are promising to increase speeds and reliability.

ctaThe purple line parallel to the red line is also included in this plan, namely the section North of Belmont where the purple, red and brown lines all intersect. Currently trains have to wait for one another to pass which causes many delays in an area that 150,000 rides pass each weekday.

“These projects are the next steps in our overall vision to rebuild, modernize and expand the entire Red Line,” said CTA President Forrest Claypool. “We’re already kicking off Red and Purple Modernization by beginning reconstruction of the Wilson station this fall and continuing progress on the South Side by starting the new 95th Street Terminal this summer, following the successful completion of the Red Line South reconstruction last year. With both the Red and Purple Modernization and Red Line Extension projects, we’ll replace outdated infrastructure with a modern, efficient rail, and build more than five miles of new track. Together these improvements will offer CTA customers faster, more reliable service, and increasing access to quality rail transportation for thousands of future riders.”

cta2Rush hour riders have increased a whopping 40 percent over the last 5 years alone, making the red line the busiest Chicago train route. The trains also travel through some of Chicago’s most densely populated areas with an aging train line forging right through. Most tracks and bridges along the red line are over 100 years old and the signs of decay are evident, especially in and around the non-station viaducts. Alderman Harry Osterman stated,The Redline has served our community for close to 100 years. This next phase of work helps ensure reliable service for the next 50-100 years.

The project could start as soon as early 2017 with the first phase which covers the purple/red/brown lines intersection north of Belmont. That first phase is said to have a price tag of 1.7 billion. The CTA is currently conducting environmental assessments in order to qualify for federal funding. Once this is completed the CTA promises multiple opportunities for residents to be a part of the process.


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