CTA’s Red and Purple Modernization (RPM) Phase One Project’s North Belmont Red-Purple Reconstruction Community Meeting Rescheduled for Oct. 16

October 9, 2023

October in-person public meeting rescheduled with new date, location due to ADA access

The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) today announced the Red and Purple Modernization (RPM) Phase One Project’s North Belmont Red-Purple Reconstruction in-person community meeting has been rescheduled to Monday, Oct. 16 at 5:30 p.m. at the Center on Halsted, 3656 N Halsted St. due to availability of an ADA-accessible venue.

During the meeting, CTA and RPM contractor Walsh-Fluor will provide the community with updates and impacts on upcoming work between Belmont and Addison Red Line stations beginning this fall.

WHEN: Monday, October 16

Center on Halsted, 3656 N Halsted

5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Translation services will be available upon request via email: rpm@transitchicago.com.

Register for the meeting here. Previous registrations for the public meeting will not be affected by the change in date and venue.

Final major stage of North Belmont Red-Purple Reconstruction (fall 2023 through 2025)

With the completion of the Red-Purple Bypass and the new southbound Red and Purple line tracks, CTA can move on to the next phase of work. CTA’s RPM project contractor, Walsh-Fluor, will rebuild 0.3 miles of northbound Red and Purple Line elevated track structures between Belmont station on the south to the stretch of track between Newport and Cornelia avenues on the north.

  • Reconstruction of southbound tracks began in late 2021 and will be completed late 2023.
  • Reconstruction of northbound tracks will start late 2023 and is expected to be completed in 2025.

RPM Phase One Overview

RPM Phase One Project includes three major components:

  • Reconstruction of the Lawrence, Argyle, Berwyn, and Bryn Mawr Red Line stations into larger, 100 percent accessible stations; and replacement of track structure totaling six track-miles (ongoing).
  • New Red-Purple Bypass construction (completed in 2021) and the reconstruction of Red and Purple Line track structure between Belmont and Newport/Cornelia (ongoing).
  • Installation of a new signal system on 23 track miles between Howard and Belmont that, similar to roadway traffic signals, will improve train flow and service reliability (ongoing).

The Red Line and RPM

The CTA’s Red Line is CTA’s busiest rail line, historically providing more than 67 million rides a year and serving some of the most densely populated neighborhoods in U.S.

The RPM Program, which will be done in multiple phases, will rebuild the 9.6-mile stretch of Red and Purple Line track structure and stations on the North Side that are a century old. RPM will replace aging infrastructure; increase CTA’s capacity to increase train service as needed; and improve our service for customers with more reliable, comfortable service. Future phases of RPM have not yet been announced and are currently unfunded. For more information on RPM Next Phases, please visit transitchicago.com/rpm/next-phases.

Learn more about RPM online at transitchicago.com/RPM and sign up for project alerts at transitchicago.com/RPMalerts.

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