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Red North Station Interim Improvements

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(Project work completed December 2012)

CTA recently completed the process of tackling some much-needed capital maintenance work at seven rail stations along the north branch of the Red Line. Work requiring the temporary closure of these stations occurred between June and December 2012.

The stations targeted as part of this project 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. This interim improvement project allowed us to make the capital repairs necessary to ensure we are 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 $86 million project ($57.4 million contract awarded to contractor Kiewit Infrastructure) has not only improved the quality and experience for riders and neighbors; it has also provided 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 included: viaduct repairs, platform repairs or replacement, station water proofing, lighting improvements and new station house finishes (i.e. floors, doors, windows and lighting).

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Q&A

When did work occur at my station?

All seven stations are now open following six-week temporary closures between June and December 2012, which allowed crews to perform the necessary interior, exterior and track and viaduct work . All work was completed on time and within budget.

 

Station When it was closed...
Granville June 1 - July 13, 2012
Morse June 29 - August 10, 2012
Thorndale August 17 - September 28, 2012
Argyle August 24 - October 5, 2012
Berwyn October 5 - November 16, 2012
Lawrence October 19 - November 30, 2012
Jarvis November 1 - December 13, 2012

  

What changes were made to my station?

Work varied depending on the needs of a station, but in general, some of the work completed as part of this project included:

Station houses:
  • New windows, doors and exterior lighting
  • Exterior tuck pointing
  • Improved station layouts
  • New turnstiles
  • New interior finishes (tile, floor, walls and ceiling)
  • New signage and interior lighting
  • Site improvements including sidewalk repairs and new bike racks
  • Security camera system will be maintained and/or modified

 

Trackwork:
  • New waterproofing and drainage system
  • New track in area of viaduct
  • Repair concrete trackbed and walls

 

Viaducts:
  • Concrete repairs to station viaducts
  • Painting/coating in viaduct areas
  • New, brighter lighting under viaducts

 

Platforms:
  • Platform deck structure and foundation replacement
  • Platform fixtures, furnishings and canopy improvements
  • New customer communication system

 

For specific information about work at your station, see individual details listed below.

 

What happens to these interim improvements when the Red and Purple Modernization (RPM) project is implemented?

The reason we spent money on interim improvements is because we could no longer postpone repairs that needed our immediate attention. We want to be good stewards of the infrastructure we have now, as we continue to plan for the future and pursue additional funding.

Generally, we expect these interim improvements to be followed by implementation of the RPM project with new structures that will have a significantly longer useful life. That work could be many years away based on availability of funds and the completion of the planning and approval process.

 

What’s happening at the Wilson Station?

The planned reconstruction of the Wilson Red Line station is slated to begin in fall 2014, and will replace the badly deteriorated station that was built in 1923 and will provide a new transfer point between the Red Line and Purple Line Express.

 

Why isn't Sheridan, Bryn Mawr or Loyola on the list?

We plan to make improvements to each of these stations; however, each has a separate plan:

The $1B Red Line investment will also help fund station improvement project work at the Sheridan and Bryn Mawr stations. However, these two stations will require more intensive engineering and so will need to be designed separately and completed separate from the interim repairs made to the seven stations receiving the interim repairs. 

Working in conjunction with Loyola University Chicago, we were able to provide similar interim station improvements at the Loyola station. This work was separately designed and constructed in order to interface with Loyola’s plans to construct a new plaza adjacent to the station. These improvements began in the middle of 2012 and were completed the summer of 2013.
 

 

Station Details

Information on the specific work slated for your station is outlined below. You can jump to your station with these links:

 


 

Jarvis

 

Scheduled station closure:

Now open! 

 

Upcoming events that will affect service at Jarvis:

Jarvis Station Service Alerts

What we’ve done to improve Jarvis:

The Jarvis station received improvements to the viaduct over the street, the track work through the station, the station house and the platform. Other enhancements included:
 
  • Concrete repairs, painting and sealing/coating of the viaduct
  • New waterproofing and drainage system on the viaduct
  • Upgraded lighting under the viaduct
  • New trackbed, ties and rails on the viaduct and through the station area
  • Masonry repairs and new tuckpointing on the station house exterior
  • New windows, doors and exterior lighting on the station house
  • New station house interior finishes (i.e. walls, flooring, ceiling), lighting and signage
  • Improved station house interior layout/circulation
  • Sidewalk repairs and new bike racks outside of the station house
  • New platform foundations, decking, fixtures and furnishings
  • Refurbished canopy structure
 
Download the Jarvis Project Overview (PDF)
 

 

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morse

 

Scheduled station closure:

Now open!
 

Upcoming events that will affect service at Morse:

Morse Station Service Alerts

What we’ve done to improve Morse:

The Morse station received improvements to the viaduct over the street, the trackwork through the station, the station house and the platform. Other enhancements included:

 
  • Concrete repairs, painting and sealing/coating of the viaduct
  • New waterproofing and drainage system on the viaduct
  • Upgraded lighting under the viaduct
  • New trackbed, ties and rails on the viaduct and through the station area
  • Masonry repairs and new tuckpointing on the station house exterior
  • New windows, doors and exterior lighting on the station house
  • New station house interior finishes (i.e. walls, flooring, ceiling), lighting and signage
  • Improved station house interior layout/circulation
  • Sidewalk repairs and new bike racks outside of the station house
  • New platform foundations, decking, fixtures and furnishings
  • Refurbished canopy structure
 

Download the Morse Project Overview (PDF)

 

Photo Gallery

 


Granville

 

Scheduled station closure:

Now open!
  

Upcoming events that will affect service at Granville:

 

What we've done to improve Granville:

The Granville station received improvements to the viaduct over the street, the trackwork through the station, the station house and the platform. Other enhancements included:

 
  • Concrete repairs, painting and sealing/coating of the viaduct
  • Upgraded lighting under the viaduct
  • Masonry repairs and new tuckpointing on the station house exterior
  • New windows, doors and exterior lighting on the station house
  • New station house interior finishes (i.e. walls, flooring, ceiling), lighting and signage
  • Improved station house interior layout/circulation
  • Sidewalk repairs and new bike racks outside of the station house
  • Refurbished platform foundations, decking, fixtures and furnishings
  • Refurbished canopy structure
 
Download the Granville Project Overview (PDF)
 
Photo Gallery

 


Thorndale
 

Scheduled station closure:

Now open!
 

Upcoming events that will affect service at Thorndale:

Thorndale Station Service Alerts

 

What we’ve done to improve Thorndale:

The Thorndale station received improvements to the viaduct over the street, the trackwork through the station, the station house and the platform. Other enhancements included:
 
  • Concrete repairs, painting and sealing/coating of the viaduct
  • New waterproofing and drainage system on the viaduct
  • Upgraded lighting under the viaduct
  • New trackbed, ties and rails on the viaduct and through the station area
  • Masonry repairs and new tuckpointing on the station house exterior
  • New windows, doors and exterior lighting on the station house
  • New station house interior finishes (i.e. walls, flooring, ceiling), lighting and signage
  • Improved station house interior layout/circulation
  • Sidewalk repairs and new bike racks outside of the station house
  • New platform foundations, decking, fixtures and furnishings
  • Refurbished canopy structure
 
Download the Thorndale Project Overview (PDF)
 
 
Photo Gallery

 


Berwyn

 

Scheduled station closure:

Now open!
 

Upcoming events that will affect service at Berwyn:

 

What we’ve done to improve Berwyn:

The Berwyn station received improvements to the viaduct over the street, the trackwork through the station, the station house and the platform. Other enhancements included:
 
  • Concrete repairs, painting and sealing/coating of the viaduct
  • New waterproofing and drainage system on the viaduct
  • Upgraded lighting under the viaduct
  • New trackbed, ties and rails on the viaduct and through the station area
  • Masonry repairs and new tuckpointing on the station house exterior
  • New windows, doors and exterior lighting on the station house
  • New station house interior finishes (i.e. walls, flooring, ceiling), lighting and signage
  • Improved station house interior layout/circulation
  • Sidewalk repairs and new bike racks outside of the station house
  • New platform foundations, decking, fixtures and furnishings
  • Refurbished canopy structure
 
Download the Berwyn Project Overview (PDF)
 
Photo Gallery

 


argyle

 

Scheduled station closure:

Now open!
 

Upcoming events that will affect service at Argyle:

 

What we’ve done to improve Argyle:

The Argyle station received improvements to the viaduct over the street, the trackwork through the station, the station house and the platform. Other enhancements included:
 
  • Concrete repairs, painting and sealing/coating of the viaduct
  • New waterproofing and drainage system on the viaduct
  • Upgraded lighting under the viaduct
  • New trackbed, ties and rails on the viaduct and through the station area
  • Masonry repairs and new tuckpointing on the station house exterior
  • New windows, doors and exterior lighting on the station house
  • New station house interior finishes (i.e. walls, flooring, ceiling), lighting and signage
  • Improved station house interior layout/circulation
  • Sidewalk repairs and new bike racks outside of the station house
  • New platform foundations, decking, fixtures and furnishings
  • Refurbished canopy structure
 
Download the Argyle Project Overview (PDF)
 
 
Photo Gallery

 


Lawrence

 

Scheduled station closure:

Now open!
 

Upcoming events that will affect service at Lawrence:

 

What we’ve done to improve Lawrence:

The Lawrence station received improvements to the viaduct over the street, the trackwork through the station, the station house and the platform. Other enhancements included:
 
  • Concrete repairs, painting and sealing/coating of the viaduct
  • Upgraded lighting under the viaduct
  • New station interior finishes (i.e. walls, flooring, ceiling), lighting and signage
  • Improved station house interior layout/circulation
  • Sidewalk repairs and new bike racks outside of the station house
  • New platform foundations, decking, fixtures and furnishings
  • Refurbished canopy structure
 
Download the Lawrence Project Overview (PDF)

 

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Photo Gallery

This photo gallery shows work from all stations that are undergoing work as part of this project:

 

System Status

 

Trains:

Red Line Normal Service
Blue Line Planned Work w/Station(s) Bypassed
Brown Line Normal Service
Green Line Normal Service
Orange Line Normal Service
Purple Line Normal Service
Pink Line Normal Service
Yellow Line Normal Service

Buses:

Routes with Current Alerts (View All):
 

Slow Zone Work Ahead

Did you hear?
The Chicago Transit Board approved an amendment, which has a maximum value of $15 million, to extend the scope of work already in the Red North Station contract to address additional slow zones, viaduct repairs and other structure repairs.

What does this mean for you?
It means fewer service disruptions in the future and reduced travel times once work is completed in early 2013. By removing approximately 7,000 track feet of slow zones, travel times will be reduced by 2-3 minutes.

Why & how is CTA doing this?
We recently reached a point in the design/build process where our engineers determined that performing this additional work would be the most efficient and cost-effective strategy.

We’re piggybacking the additional slow zone and viaduct work to coincide with station rehabilitation work that already requires track closures and reroutes. 

 

 

 

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