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Please join us at the third and final round of public meetings for the CTA’s Transit Oriented Development Study for the Red-Purple Bypass Area (RPB) and Lawrence to Bryn Mawr Area (LBMM). We have put together recommendations based on the community’s input, following a year-long public engagement process that helped build consensus and inform the plan.

Red-Purple Bypass Area

Tuesday, May 15, 2018
6:30-8:00 p.m.

Presentation at 6:30 p.m. followed by an open house

The Center on Halsted
3656 N. Halsted Street
Hoover-Leppen Theatre – Third Floor
Chicago, IL 60613

This location is served by the CTA Addison station (Red Line) and CTA Bus #8 Halsted, #36 Broadway and #152 Addison. This facility is accessible to people with disabilities.


Lawrence to Bryn Mawr Area

Wednesday, May 23, 2018
6:30-8:00 p.m.

Presentation at 6:30 p.m. followed by an open house:

St. Andrew Greek Orthodox Church
5649 N. Sheridan Road
Chicago, IL 60660

This location is served by the CTA Bryn Mawr station (Red Line) and CTA Bus #84 Peterson, #136 Sheridan/LaSalle Express, #147 Outer Drive Express and #151 Sheridan. This facility is accessible to people with disabilities.

About the plan

The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA), in conjunction with the Chicago Department of Planning and Development, is continuing its redevelopment study for sites surrounding the Red and Purple Modernization transit construction project (RPM Phase One). This Transit Oriented Development (TOD) study is separate from the RPM Phase One construction project, but is being developed concurrently. The purpose of the study is to encourage specific, community-supported redevelopment strategies for portions of the land impacted by the RPM Phase One project that may remain after construction.

Because the TOD study is community-driven, we rely on your input. These meetings are the third and final round of public meetings for the RPB and LBMM study areas. At the meetings, we will confirm the outcomes of the second meeting and provide residents and business owners with an opportunity to:

  • Review the recommendations based on the year-long public engagement process
  • Provide comments to the CTA and the consulting team prior to publication of the final report
  • Learn what comes next

We look forward to seeing you. If you have questions or need additional information, you may contact us at or visit

If you require an interpreter, including sign language services or other accommodations at either meeting, contact Jeff Wilson, CTA Government and Community Relations Director, at least five days prior to the meeting at (312) 681-2712 or

Para información en español, llame al (312) 681-2712
Customer Information: 1-888-YOUR-CTA (1-888-968-7282)
TTY: 1-888-CTA-TTY1 (1-888-282-8891) or relay


Pre-construction work begins Spring 2018

In 2018 we will be performing a great deal of prep work that must be done before major construction begins on RPM Phase One, including some property demolition and relocation of utilities in the area of the Red-Purple Bypass (RPB) project and along the Lawrence to Bryn Mawr Modernization (LBMM) project corridor.

Leading up to and during this preparation work, we have been conducting extensive outreach and working closely with neighbors, members of the surrounding community and local elected officials to advise of upcoming work and what to expect. 

RPB pre-construction work

Beginning in March 2018, pre-construction work associated with the bypass project commences with the demolition of 10 buildings along Wilton Avenue and then Clark Street, followed by the start of advanced utility relocation work. Demolition of the remaining four buildings is expected to be complete by Fall 2018.

Additional details and maps outlining pre-construction work are available for download:

  • RPB Pre-construction property demolition (.pdf)
  • RPB Pre-construction utility relocation work (.pdf)

Project work on Cubs game days

All of the major exterior demolition work will be completed by Monday April 9, in line with our agreement with the local community that we’d get much of the work done ahead of the Cubs’ opening home game at Wrigley Field.

To minimize impacts to Wrigleyville as baseball season begins, the last of the Spring demolition work (cleaning up debris, etc.) will be limited on days in which Cubs have home games:

  • Day games @ Wrigley: No demolition or utility work with heavy equipment
  • Night games @ Wrigley: Project work will conclude approximately two hours prior to the start of game.

LBMM pre-construction work

Beginning Summer 2018, advanced utility relocation work will commence prior to major construction work beginning on the LBMM project. Due to the extensive amount work required along this roughly 1.5 mile corridor, this portion of pre-construction work is expected to be complete by Summer 2019.

Additional details and maps outlining LBMM pre-construction work, including the presentation from the April 18, 2018 community meeting are available for download:

  • LBMM community meeting presentation - 04/18/18 (.pdf)
  • LBMM Pre-construction utility relocation work (.pdf, updated 5/23/18)


Selection of qualified contracting teams

In December 2017, the CTA selected three qualified contracting teams to develop proposals to design and build the RPM Phase One Project, which will significantly modernize, improve accessibility, and increase rail service in Chicago for decades to come.

Those teams are:

Chicago Rail Constructors

  • F.H. Paschen, S.N. Nielsen & Associates LLC – Design-Builder, Joint Venture Member
  • Dragados USA, Inc. – Design-Builder Joint Venture Member
  • Milhouse Engineering & Construction, Inc. – Design-Builder, Joint Venture Member
  • Dragados S.A. – Guarantor for Dragados USA
  • Parsons Transportation Group, Inc. – Designer

Kiewit Infrastructure Company

  • Kiewit Infrastructure Co. – Design-Builder
  • Kiewit Infrastructure Co. – Guarantor
  • HDR Engineering, Inc. –  Designer

Walsh Fluor Design-Build Team

  • Walsh Construction Company II, LLC – Design-Builder, Joint Venture Member
  • Fluor Enterprises, Inc. – Design-Builder, Joint Venture Member
  • Walsh Construction Group, LLC – Guarantor for Walsh Construction Company II, LLC
  • Fluor Corporation – Guarantor for Fluor Enterprises, Inc.
  • Stantec Consulting Services Inc. – Designer
  • EXP U.S. Services Inc. –  Designer


CTA has issued draft documents to the selected shortlisted proposers. Proposals will be due in late 2018. CTA will evaluate the proposals based on the best value to CTA comparing the technical criteria to the price proposed.

Throughout 2018, CTA will continue to work closely with the local communities, including residents, business owners and elected officials, to provide regular project updates and will work to minimize impacts to service and neighboring communities. CTA expects major construction of this project to begin in 2019.


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