Red Line North Station Improvements
UPDATE / 22 July, 2012: As you are aware, the CTA is in the process of tackling some much-needed capital maintenance work at seven rail stations along the north branch of the Red Line. Station improvement work began on June 1st and is scheduled to be completed by the end of the year. The Granville Station is now complete, and the Morse Station will be closed thru mid August. Read more for an estimated timeframe as to when you can expect to see work starting at your station. In general, station closures will last no longer than six weeks. All work is expected to be complete by the end of this year.
For more information and ongoing updates on the project visit the CTA’s Red Ahead website.
This year the CTA is tackling some much-needed capital maintenance work at the following seven rail stations along the north branch of the Red Line:
- Bryn Mawr
These stations 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. We want to be good stewards of the infrastructure we have now, while we continue to plan for the future and pursue additional funding for a more comprehensive reconstruction plan.
The $57.4 million project will not only improve the quality and experience for riders and neighbors, it also will provide a life-extension for these stations that will last for many years.
The rehabilitation of these seven stations is not part of the Red & Purple Modernization Project (RPM), which is currently in the early stages of planning and will require several more years of planning and identified sources of funding. Funding for the Red North Station Interim Improvements is part of the agency’s $1 billion Red Line Capital Investment initiative announced in November 2011.
In general, project work at these stations will include: viaduct repairs, platform repairs or replacement, station water proofing, lighting improvements and new station house finishes (i.e. floors, doors, windows and lighting).
When is work starting at my station?
In general, preliminary work will begin in late-April with the first temporary station closure scheduled for May 11. Station closures will last no longer than six weeks. All work is expected to be complete by the end of this year.
The following is an estimated* timeframe as to when you can expect to see work starting at your station. Please note that this schedule has been updated (as of 04/20/2012):
Station Temporary Closure Beginning…
- Granville Friday, June 1, 2012
- Morse Friday, June 29, 2012
- Thorndale Friday, August 17, 2012
- Argyle Friday, August 24, 2012
- Berwyn Friday, October 5, 2012
- Lawrence Sunday, October 14, 2012
- Jarvis Friday, November 9, 2012
*We say “estimated” because as hard as we try to keep things on schedule, weather and other outside factors beyond our control can cause minor delays that then create a ripple-effect on following start/end dates.
For more information please visit the CTA’s Red North web page.
Contractor Approved for Rehabilitation Work at Seven Red Line Stations
Stations to receive a face-lift until rail line’s long-term plans are determined
The Chicago Transit Board today approved the awarding of a design/build contract to Kiewit Infrastructure Co. to rehabilitate the following seven rail stations on the North Main Line branch of the Red Line: Jarvis, Morse, Granville, Thorndale, Berwyn, Argyle and Lawrence.
The work will provide a life-extension for the seven stations until a long-term capital improvement plan is determined for this portion of the Red Line. Project work will include: viaduct repairs, platform repairs or replacement, station water proofing, lighting improvements and new station house finishes.
“CTA rail stations are a gateway to the surrounding community. These interim improvements are important because we cannot postpone repairs which need our immediate attention. The CTA wants to be good stewards of the infrastructure we have now, as we continue to plan for the future and pursue additional funding,” said CTA President Forrest Claypool. “This contract will allow us to quickly address some much needed capital maintenance work, while also improving the quality and experience for our riders and neighbors.”
The rehabilitation of the seven rail stations is not part of the Red & Purple Modernization Project (RPM), which is currently in the early stages of planning and will require several more years of planning and identified sources of funding.
Kiewit Infrastructure Co. was awarded the contract to through a competitive bid process. Design work is expected to begin in the next few weeks. Per the terms of the contract, construction is expected to conclude in early-2013 and is not to exceed $57.4 million for services, labor and materials.
As construction plans are finalized, CTA will provide customers with detailed information related to any impact on rail service.
Funding for the station rehabilitation project is from the Federal Transportation Administration (FTA) and is part of the $1 billion Red Line investment project. The $1B capital investment is a combination of state, local and federal funds, which will support other Red Line projects including: track and station renewal along the Dan Ryan branch; the rebuilding of the Clark/Division and Wilson stations; and several other track, substation and station renewal projects along the North Main Line branch.