RPM construction has begun

December 2019

Better CTA service is coming! We've broken ground on the transformational Red and Purple Modernization (RPM) Phase One Project, with work beginning on a key component of RPM, the Red-Purple Bypass north of Belmont station. The bypass will allow for more trains, less congestion and a less cramped commute to work. We have also begun preparatory work for the Lawrence to Bryn Mawr Modernization project, another major part of RPM Phase One. 

The modernization project has many steps, and it is important to know when and how you or your business may be affected.  Sign up for construction impact alerts in your community here. Click here for Construction Activity Notices related to this project.

Red-Purple Bypass

We broke ground on the Red-Purple Bypass bridge in October 2019. The bypass will be completed in 2021 and will carry Kimball-bound Brown Line trains over Red and Purple Line tracks north of Belmont, easing train congestion and improving service for our customers.

After we finish the bypass, we will begin rebuilding the century-old Red and Purple Line tracks underneath the bypass, between Belmont and between Cornelia and Newport. The new Purple and Red Line tracks will be completed by the end of 2024, providing a smoother and more comfortable ride for our customers. See the latest construction activity notices by clicking here.

Red-Purple Bypass track foundation construction, November 2019

Lawrence to Bryn Mawr Modernization

We will begin major reconstruction of Lawrence to Bryn Mawr in late 2020 or early 2021. Ahead of that, there’s plenty of work under way or coming in 2020 to get ready for this historic project.

In 2020, we will:

  • Build temporary rail stations at Argyle and Bryn Mawr to serve customers while Lawrence, Argyle, Berwyn and Bryn Mawr are closed for reconstruction. We expect to close these four stations at the start of major construction, either in late 2020 or early 2021 – we will provide the community and customers with notice in advance of the closures.
  • Perform trackwork that prepares our Red and Purple Line tracks to run service on two train tracks while we’re rebuilding the other two, as part of our promise to continue to provide train service during the entire construction period.
  • Hold meetings with the public on what work is coming and when, and get your feedback and answer your questions.

See the latest construction activity notices by clicking here.

Advance utility relocation work and property demolition

In 2018, we began the pre-construction phase of Red and Purple Line Modernization (RPM) Phase One, which included property demolition and relocation of utility lines and equipment. It was necessary to complete this work before we could begin major construction of RPM Phase One work, which will include rebuilding four Red Line stations (Lawrence, Argyle, Berwyn and Bryn Mawr and adjacent track structure as well as constructing a new Red-Purple Bypass (RPB) north of Belmont station. The major construction work for Phase One began October 2019 and will be fully completed in 2025. 

We expect to substantially complete advance utility relocation work in 2020. Property demolition work was substantially completed in 2019. 

 

Construction activity notices (CANs)

As we work hard to modernize the system for our riders, we know that our construction can and does affect people who live and work nearby. This is why we provide advanced notice to communities in the RPM project footprint about work that we will be doing. Construction Activity Notices (CANs) that we have issued for RPM Phase One work can be found here (scroll down the page). They are also emailed to affected residents and businesses and physically posted in work site areas.

 
 

Latest News

Lawrence to Bryn Mawr Modernization: Retaining Wall Demolition and Restoration 5701-5927 N. Broadway 03/30/2020

The contractor Walsh-Fluor will be conducting retaining wall demolition and restoration work in the alley east of 5701-5927 N. Broadway. During work hours the alley may be intermittently blocked and there will be various noise impacts. Delivery access will be maintained and garbage pickup will be maintained. Download Document

Red-Purple Bypass: Delivery of Materials at 3400-3414 N. Sheffield Avenue 03/25/2020

The contractor Walsh-Fluor will be receiving a material delivery at 3400-3414 N. Sheffield Avenue. During work hours there will be parking restrictions on the west side of N. Sheffield Avenue between 3400 to 3414 N. Sheffield Avenue. Download Document

Lawrence to Bryn Mawr Modernization: Drill Shaft Foundation Installation at 1058 W. Montrose Avenue 03/24/2020

The contractor Walsh-Fluor will be conducting drill shaft foundation installation in the parking lot behind 1058 W. Montrose Avenue. During work hours their will be various noises due to the construction work. Download Document

Lawrence to Bryn Mawr Modernization: Micropile Drilling Installation at 5801-5927 N. Broadway Avenue and 5845-5855 N. Broadway Avenue 03/24/2020

The contractor Walsh-Fluor will be conducting micropile drilling and installation in the alley east of 5801 to 5927 N. Broadway Avenue and 5845 to 5855 N. Broadway Avenue. During work hours the alley will be closed, there will be parking lane closures on the east side of the street between 5845-5855 N. Broadway, the alley and associated residential parking lots will be accessible for local traffic only from W. Ardmore Avenue, and there will be various noises due to the construction work. Download Document

Lawrence to Bryn Mawr Modernization: Duct Bank Installation work on 5817-5853 N Broadway Avenue and W. Ardmore Ave and N. Broadway 03/20/2020

The contractor Walsh-Fluor will be conducting Duct Bank Installation work on W Ardmore Avenue between N Broadway Avenue to W Winthrop Avenue, the alley east of 5817-5853 N Broadway Avenue, and on N Broadway Avenue between W Ardmore Avenue to W Bryn Mawr Avenue. During work hours their will be street, sidewalk, parking, and alley impacts along with various noise impacts. Download Document

Lawrence to Bryn Mawr Modernization: Tree Removal W. Ardmore Avenue between the CTA tracks and N. Winthrop Avenue 03/12/2020

The contractor Walsh-Fluor will be conducting tree removal work on W. Ardmore Avenue between the CTA tracks and N. Winthrop Avenue. During work hours parking lanes within the work zone will be closed, sidewalks within the work zone will be closed, and there will be noise while work is being performed. Download Document

Red-Purple Bypass: Sewer Inspection 3345-3353 N. Clark Street 03/10/2020

The contractor Walsh-Fluor will be conducting sewer inspection work at 3345-3353 N. Clark Street. The parking lanes within the work zone may be intermittently closed during stated work hours. Download Document

Red-Purple Bypass: Sewer Inspection 947-949 W. Newport Avenue and 952 W. Newport Avenue 03/10/2020

The contractor Walsh-Fluor will be conducting sewer inspection work at 947-949 W. Newport Avenue and 952 W. Newport Avenue. The parking lanes within the work zone may be intermittently closed during stated work hours. Download Document

Lawrence to Bryn Mawr Modernization: ComEd Overhead and Underground Utility Work at 5601-5659 N. Broadway and 1118-1144 W. Bryn Mawr Avenue 03/10/2020

ComEd will be conducting Overhead and Underground Utility Work in the alley behind 5601-5659 N. Broadway and the alley behind 1118-1144 W. Bryn Mawr Avenue. During work the hours the alley will be intermittently closes, alley access from W. Hollywood avenue will be prohibited however the alley will be accessible for local traffic only from N. Broadway. Download Document

Red-Purple Bypass: Parking Restrictions 3400-3414 N. Sheffield Avenue 03/09/2020

The contractor Walsh-Fluor will have materials delivered. During delivery there will be parking restrictions on the west side of N. Sheffield Avenue between 3400 to 3414 N. Sheffield Avenue. Download Document

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Note: The above includes only Construction Activity Notices related to the RPM Program as an added courtesy during the program, and does not include those related to regular maintenance to our structure or tracks, even in the area of where RPM work is taking place. Other types of Construction Activity Notices are distributed locally, only.