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Check out Santa on the Windy City Gantry


As new track bridge construction continued to and south of W Lawrence Avenue in December 2022, Santa (and the Grinch!) made a surprise guest appearance.

RPM scholarship applications now being accepted

Elevating_Futures_Scholarship_LogoCPS students: Learn more about scholarships available to students who want to pursue construction and engineering college educations. See our press release here.

Applications are due March 1, 2023.

Red-Purple Bypass repair work is completed

The CTA’s Red-Purple Bypass has improved commutes for rail customers since it was put into service in 2021, increasing service reliability and reducing delays on the Red, Purple and Brown lines. The contractor that built the bypass, Walsh-Fluor, has completed repairs of cosmetic “spalling” that occurred earlier this year during a period of freezing and thawing that led to small cracks and loosened concrete. The spalling posed no safety risk to the structure, trains or customers.

The work included removing and regrouting all of the “anchor rods” – the metal elements that connect the noise barrier to the concrete bridge -- so that no water or ice can enter them this winter. The work also included repairing existing spalls. The repairs were performed at the contractor's expense.

RPM temporary station wins architecture award

On Sept. 16, 2022, the CTA proudly announced that the temporary Bryn Mawr Red Line station received the Lerch Bates People’s Choice architectural award in the “Civic” category from the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Chicago chapter. The station, designed by EXP, an engineering and design firm, and built by contractor Walsh-Fluor Design-Build Team, was selected as the winner by the public in open voting from the finalists’ designs chosen by Chicago Architecture Center’s Docents  in a round one jury review from over 125 projects submitted.

The station was built to serve rail customers during construction of the agency’s $2.1 billion Red and Purple Modernization (RPM) Phase One Project, which includes rebuilding Bryn Mawr and three other Red Line stations into fully accessible, modern facilities. Upon receiving this award, the Bryn Mawr temporary station joins an esteemed list of CTA stations that have received architecture awards and recognition, including the Garfield Green Line station, 95th/Dan Ryan Red Line, Washington/Wabash Loop, Cermak-McCormick Place Green Line and Damen Blue Line.