refresh & renew

As part of our ongoing efforts to provide you with a healthy and comfortable ride, in 2022 the Refresh & Renew (R&R) program is planning more than $3.5 million in a variety improvements. This includes more extensive repairs and upgrades at 28 stations, and painting and/or lighting improvements planned for 92 additional stations. 

Through the end of 2022, our R&R crews will be making repairs at various rail stations around the city to provide you with a more welcoming transit travel experience

The scope of work being performed will vary by location, but can include:

  • Deep clean power washing of all surfaces (all locations)
  • Painting (all locations)
  • Lighting upgrades
  • Improved platform amenities
  • Renewal of finishes and fixtures
  • Utility and plumbing line repairs
  • Removal of outdated fixtures and equipment
  • Permanent repair work
  • Updating of old/damaged signage
  • And more!

Many of you have already seen the results of this program. As the City was beginning to re-open last year and to help welcome back new and returning riders, we accelerated and expanded this cyclical maintenance program, resulting in our crews making improvements to nearly 90% of our rail stations last year touching 127 rail stations, of which 35 received more extensive work.


R&R crews are performing station improvement work beginning this spring and will be continuing their efforts through December 2022. The following are the stations that will receive extensive improvements this year:

  • Red Line: Chicago, Addison, Sox-35th, Cermak-Chinatown, Fullerton, Roosevelt
  • Blue Line: Addison, Oak Park, Harlem (O’Hare Branch), Washington, UIC-Halsted, Harlem (Forest Park Branch)
  • Green Line: Oak Park, Ridgeland, 51st, Morgan, California, Central, Roosevelt, 35th-Bronzeville-IIT
  • Brown Line: Kedzie
  • Pink Line: California
  • Orange Line: Midway
  • Purple Line: Central, South Boulevard
  • Yellow Line: Dempster-Skokie
  • Loop Elevated: Harold Washington Library-State/Van Buren, Quincy 


The following are before/after photos of some of the stations that have been refreshed and renewed: