Red Ahead: Red & Purple Modernization
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RPM and workforce opportunities

Winter 2019

We believe that investing in CTA infrastructure investments goes hand and hand with investing in our communities. Historically, CTA projects have served as catalysts for economic development and job creation in Chicago’s neighborhoods.

From community meetings and job fairs, to meet-and greets between Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBEs) and prime contractors, we strive to make a positive community and economic impact with every transit dollar we invest.

The Red and Purple Modernization (RPM) Phase One Project will create construction and other project-related jobs. We plan to devote training and employment resources to attract and engage individuals from economically disadvantaged areas to become a part of this transformational project.

We are early on in this process, as many of the construction and related project jobs are not expected to be created until 2020-2021, when major construction work will be under way. Currently we are in the outreach process with a variety of construction trade unions that will play an important role in RPM. Through partnerships with trade unions, it is our goal to connect potential worker candidates with construction trade training and apprenticeships that could potentially lead to work on RPM.  We also anticipate partnering with workforce assist agencies throughout the City of Chicago to ensure that candidates have the necessary construction trade training to gain access to training and jobs.

We and the RPM prime design-build contractor, Walsh-Fluor Design Build Team, will hold or participate in job fairs and related events in the next few years. We will update this site and our partners as events are planned.

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RPM Phase One: CTA’s workforce goals

We are committed to creating opportunity through training and jobs throughout the RPM Phase One project. To that end, we have set the following participation goals:

  • Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Goal: 10% of total labor hours. WIOA is a dislocated worker program that offers employment and training services in the construction trades for eligible workers who are currently unemployed. 
  • RPM Apprentice Goal: 15% of total labor hours
  • Economically Disadvantaged Area Goal: 35% of total labor hours. The creation of the economically disadvantaged area goal will create opportunities for individuals in zip codes where the median income is less than $40,000. See if your zip code qualifies.


Upcoming events

  • To be announced.

Construction trade union partners training and apprentice opportunities

NOTE:  The section provides information on the application availability, training and skills necessary to succeed in the apprenticeship programs offered by construction trade unions. We will update this page regularly as we bring on new partners and provide updates on where and when to learn more about how to be a part of RPM.

  • 134 Jump Start Program, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 134. Click here for more information.
  • IBEW Trainee Program registration. Click here.

Workforce assist agency partners

NOTE:  The section provides information on a variety of workforce assist agency partners that will provide pre-apprentice training to interested applicants with gaining entry into the construction trades, potentially leading to employment on RPM.

  • Information to come.

Stay informed! For general questions about RPM and to sign up for project e-mails, email us at


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