Red Ahead: Red & Purple Modernization
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RPM Pre-Stage Work Happening in Summer 2020

We are getting closer to starting construction of four new stations and tracks between Lawrence and Bryn Mawr as part of the Red and Purple Modernization (RPM) Phase One Project!

Ahead of that work, we need to build new track interlockings at Montrose and at Thorndale on the Red and Purple lines this summer that will allow us to provide Red and Purple Line service during new station and track construction (2021-2024) – and some of this work will have temporary impacts to CTA Red and Purple Line service in 2020.

This work was originally planned to be performed over many weekends this year, but will instead be performed over two three-week periods to lessen the overall impacts of the work and to complete this initial trackwork before Labor Day.

June 5-29:

  • We will reroute trains to combine Red and Purple services onto two tracks to build the new interlocking – which allows trains to safely switch tracks at Montrose.
  • During this period, there will be no southbound service at Lawrence and Argyle on nine non-contiguous days.
  • There will be additional skipped station stops on the weekends.
  • During these periods, weekday Purple Line Express trains will run on the same tracks as the Red Line.

Community impacts

  • Condensing the work into a three-week period reduces some impacts on the community, rather than stretching the work out over dozens of weekends throughout the year.
  • There will be fewer days of large equipment being moved in and out of the neighborhood.
  • This approach increases our flexibility to perform noisiest work during daytime hours and not in overnight hours.
  • There will be street and alley closures, noise, nighttime lights at street and track level, parking lane and sidewalk closures, dust, and truck traffic. There will be crane lifts on June 7, June 19 and June 28 that will require closure of Ardmore Ave between N Broadway and N Winthrop. More information can be found here
  • More construction information can be found here:
  • We will provide alternative parking for affected residents.

CTA Red/Purple Line track interlocking construction at Thorndale July 17-Aug. 9

  • From July 17-Aug. 9, we will build a new rail interlocking at Thorndale. That work will have similar community impacts.

  • Service impacts will include no southbound service at Granville, Thorndale and Bryn Mawr for one week, and no Howard-bound service at those stations for two weeks.

  • On some weekends, Granville, Thorndale and Bryn Mawr stations will temporarily be closed and alternative bus service will be provided.

Construction updates for the community

Lawrence to Bryn Mawr 4-week outlook June 25, 2020

Red-Purple Bypass 4-week outlook June 25, 2020

RPM construction has begun

RPM Phase One Project overview: 2020

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

Lawrnece to Bryn Mawr Modernization: Comcast Cutover from W. Argyle Street to W. Balmoral Avenue 07/08/2020

Comcast will be conducting cutover work in the alley east of the CTA track from W. Argyle Street to W. Balmoral Avenue. During work hours residents on the west side of N. Winthrop Avenue may experience service interruptions. Download Document

Lawrence to Bryn Mawr Modernization: Micropile Drilling and Installation at 4208 to 4364 N. Kenmore 07/06/2020

The contractor will be conducting micropile drilling and installation work in the alley west of 4208 to 4364 N. Kenmore Ave and on W. Montrose Ave between N. Clifton Ave and N. Kenmore Ave. Access to the alley behind N. Kenmore Avenue from W. Montrose Ave will be prohibited until the work activity is completed, the alley will be accessible for local traffic only from W. Buena Ave, there will be sidewalk & parking impacts on W. Montrose, garbage and recycling will be maintained, and noise impacts​ Download Document

Red Purple Bypass: AT&T Cutover at 553,612,622,626,628 West Barry Avenue 07/05/2020

AT&T will be conducting cutover work at 553,612,622,626,628 West Barry Avenue. During work hours AT&T customers within the limits listed above may experience a 10 minute service interruption. Should an AT&T customer experience a service interruption, it will be a one-time impact and the customer will not experience any other impacts for the remainder of the work. Download Document

Red Purple Bypass: AT&T Cutover at 802, 812, 822 West Belmont Avenue 07/05/2020

AT&T will be conducting cutover work at 802, 812, 822 West Belmont Avenue. During work hours AT&T customers within the limits listed above may experience a 10 minute service interruption. Should an AT&T customer experience a service interruption, it will be a one-time impact and the customer will not experience any other impacts for the remainder of the work. Download Document

Red Purple Bypass: AT&T Cutover at 541 and 738 West Briar Place 07/05/2020

AT&T will be conducting cutover work at 541 and 738 West Briar Place. During work hours AT&T customers within the limits listed above may experience a 10 minute service interruption. Should an AT&T customer experience a service interruption, it will be a one-time impact and the customer will not experience any other impacts for the remainder of the work. Download Document

Red Purple Bypass: AT&T Cutover at 3038 and 3162 North Broadway Avenue 07/05/2020

AT&T will be conducting cutover work at 3038 and 3162 North Broadway Avenue. During work hours AT&T customers within the limits listed above may experience a 10 minute service interruption. Should an AT&T customer experience a service interruption, it will be a one-time impact and the customer will not experience any other impacts for the remainder of the work. Download Document

Red Purple Bypass: AT&T Cutover at 3167 and 3212 North Halsted Street 07/05/2020

AT&T will be conducting cutover work at 3167 and 3212 North Halsted Street. During work hours AT&T customers within the limits listed above may experience a 10 minute service interruption. Should an AT&T customer experience a service interruption, it will be a one-time impact and the customer will not experience any other impacts for the remainder of the work. Download Document

Red Purple Bypass: AT&T Cutover work at 3155 North Orchard Avenue 07/05/2020

AT&T will be conducting cutover work at 3155 N. Orchard Avenue. During work hours AT&T customers within the limits listed above may experience a 10 minute service interruption. Should an AT&T customer experience a service interruption, it will be a one-time impact and the customer will not experience any other impacts for the remainder of the work. Download Document

Red-Purple Modernization: Lead Abatement at 1042 to 1058 W. Montrose Avenue. 06/29/2020

The contractor Walsh-Fluor will be conducting lead abatement at 1042 to 1058 W. Montrose Avenue. During Work hours there will be parking restrictions within the work zone, sidewalk closures within the work zone will alternate between the north and south sides of W. Montrose Avenue, crews will abate existing columns of the CTA tracks near ground-level using various tools, and crews will collect paint chips, debris and dust and dispose pursuant to Illinois EPA Guidelines for Hazardous Waste. Download Document

Lawrence to Bryn Mawr Modernization: Retaining Wall Coring at 5001-5069 N. Broadway 06/29/2020

The contractor Walsh-Fluor will be conducting retaining wall coring in the alley behind 5001-5069 N. Broadway. During work hours the alley may be intermittently blocked, delivery access will be maintained, the contractor will maintain garbage pickup, and there will be various noise impacts. 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.