refresh & renew

As part of our ongoing efforts to provide you with a safe and comfortable ride, an estimated $6.5 million in improvements and repairs are planned for 29 rail stations this year under the 2023 Refresh & Renew (R&R) program.

This program is a key initiative outlined in the “Meeting the Moment” Action Plan, to improve the customer experience at our stations, ensuring our customers a safe and clean ride. 

From spring through fall, our R&R crews will be making repairs at various rail stations around the city to provide you with a safe and 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  • Removal of outdated fixtures and equipment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!


R&R crews are performing station improvement work beginning this spring and will be continuing their efforts through December 2023. The following are the stations that will receive extensive improvements this year:

  • Red Line: Sox-35th, Howard, Sheridan, Addison, Clark/Division
  • Blue LineJefferson Park, Irving Park, Belmont, Logan Square, Division, Monroe
  • Green Line: Laramie, Cicero, Indiana, 35th-Bronzeville-IIT
  • Brown Line: Armitage, Chicago, Francisco, Montrose, Irving Park, Addison
  • Pink Line: 54th/Cermak, Pulaski
  • Orange Line: 35th/Archer, Halsted
  • Purple Line: Linden, Main ST.
  • Loop Elevated: Washington/Wells, Merchandise Mart


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

System status snapshot
‘L’ route status
Red Line
Normal Service
Blue Line
Normal Service
Brown Line
Normal Service
Green Line
Normal Service
Orange Line
Normal Service
Pink Line
Normal Service
Purple Line
Normal Service
Bus routes w/alerts
Elevator alerts