CTA To Hold Two Red and Purple Modernization (RPM) Transit-Oriented Development Plan Meetings

October 16, 2017

Community meetings will discuss preliminary concept plans aimed at stimulating economic development following transformational construction project.

The CTA today said it will hold two open house meetings to provide community members the opportunity to discuss redevelopment concepts for properties near the Red Line following the completion of the Red and Purple Modernization (RPM) Phase One program.

CTA will hold its Red-Purple Bypass project area in Lakeview Public Meeting:

  • Monday, October 23, 6p.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Location: The Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted Street Hoover-Leppen Theatre - Third Floor Chicago, IL 60613
  • How to get there: This location is served by the CTA Addison Station (Red Line) and CTA Bus #8 Halsted, #36 Broadway and #152 Addison
  • This facility is accessible to people with disabilities

Note: This meeting was rescheduled from Oct. 18 because of a Chicago Cubs playoff game that evening.

CTA will hold its Lawrence to Bryn Mawr Modernization Area Public Meeting (Broadway from Leland to Ardmore avenues):

  • Wednesday, November 8, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Location: The Edge Theater, 5451 N. Broadway, Chicago, IL 60640
  • How to get there: This location is served by CTA Bryn Mawr station (Red Line) and CTA bus #36 Broadway, #84 Peterson, and #92 Foster.
  • This facility is accessible to people with disabilities.

The CTA encourages community members to attend these meetings in order to learn more about CTA’s proposed Transit Oriented Development (TOD) plan to promote redevelopment in the RPM Phase One project areas, which include portions of Lakeview and Uptown/Edgewater. Community members will have the opportunity to learn more about the proposed TOD plan, review the area planning principles, consider redevelopment site concepts, talk one-on-one with the CTA planning team and provide feedback on the overall vision for the redevelopment plan.

RPM Phase One, announced in 2014, will rebuild the Lawrence, Argyle, Berwyn and Bryn Mawr rail stations and more than a mile of adjacent tracks and track structure, as part of a long-term plan to rebuild the Red and Purple lines and stations north of Belmont to Linden station in Wilmette. RPM Phase One also includes the construction of a Red-Purple Bypass where the Red, Brown and Purple Lines intersect north of Belmont station to improve reliability and increase capacity in its busiest rail corridor. CTA has announced previously that it will acquire a limited number of properties for construction, some of which will be available for development after construction is completed.

These meetings are the second of three rounds of public meetings on the TOD plan in in both the Red-Purple Bypass area and the Lawrence to Bryn Mawr area). The first round of meetings took place late spring 2017. Additional meetings will be likely be held in Spring/Summer 2018. 

TOD plan development began this year and will continue through mid-2018 as part of the Federal Transit Administration’s Pilot Program for Transit-Oriented Development. CTA received a $1.25 million federal grant as part of the program. CTA has partnered with the Chicago Department of Planning and Development, elected officials, and the consultant team, Solomon Cordwell Buenz (SCB), to engage with stakeholders on the plan.

For more information on the plan, visit: http://www.transitchicago.com/news_initiatives/planning/rpmodernization/todplan.aspx.

CTA anticipates major construction work for RPM Phase One will begin in 2019. Construction is estimated to last 4 to 5 years into the early 2020s. For more information on the RPM project, visit: http://www.transitchicago.com/rpmproject/.

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