New! CTA launches first-ever RPM Small Business Educational Series to train small businesses on how to get work on RPM
New! RPM hosts first 'Meet the Contractor' public meetings; publishes FAQs from six public meetings
Learn how your business could participate in RPM!
CTA has announced an exciting new educational series that will provide training and assistance to Small and Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (SBEs and DBEs) so they can compete for work on the CTA’s Red and Purple Modernization (RPM) Phase One Project. The RPM Small Business Educational Series will begin later this month and continue through September. Space is limited, and CTA encourages businesses to sign up now for the series of classes, which will be held on both the south and north sides of the city. CTA has offered similar series of classes, including the Green Line Small Business Initiative series in 2017, which provided training to businesses so they could compete for work on Green Line station upgrade projects, and in 2018 the Your New Blue Small Business Educational Series for Blue Line station projects.
To learn more and register, click here!
Answering your questions about RPM!
We are grateful to everyone who has been taking part in the transformation of CTA’s Red Line! Thank you to all of our customers and neighbors who attended our recent “Meet the Contractor” meetings for the CTA’s Red and Purple Modernization (RPM) Phase One project.
Through six meetings with more than 200 businesses and residents in the Edgewater, Uptown and Lakeview communities, we introduced the RPM project’s contractor, Walsh-Fluor, to the public and provided an update about the project. Equally important to us was to hear from everyone, which is why we dedicated time at each of these meetings to answering questions that ranged from parking to temporary station plans to street closures.
While we couldn't answer all questions because we’re still working on project design and construction schedules, please know that our work is not yet done. We will provide project updates later this year for both the Red-Purple Bypass area work as well as the Lawrence to Bryn Mawr project work. We look forward to updating you soon to help you prepare for the changes to come.
Below are links to summaries of the meetings we held and (new!) answers to the questions we heard from you..
1. Lawrence to Argyle Business Meeting, Somerset Place Apartments, 5009 N Sheridan Road, May 21, 2019, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
CTA's Jeff Wilson introduces Walsh-Fluor to Uptown small businesses, May 21, 2019. More than 30 people attended and learned that station reconstruction work will begin at Lawrence and Argyle in late 2020 to 2021 and new stations will reopen in 2024. CTA will have a temporary station constructed at Argyle to provide rail access to customers. Summary of questions and answers here.
2. Lawrence to Argyle Resident Meeting,The Edge Theater, 5451 N. Broadway, May 22, 2019, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Walsh-Fluor Project Manager David Shier explains the timeline for station and track reconstruction to residents near Argyle and Lawrence Stations. More than 30 residents attended to ask questions about construction timing, parking impacts and more. Summary of questions and answers here.
3. Berwyn to Bryn Mawr Business Meeting, St. Ita's Catholic Church, 5500 N. Broadway, May 23, 2019, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Walsh-Fluor Project Manager Mike O'Donnell explains the timeline for station and track reconstruction for the Berwyn and Bryn Mawr stations. More than 30 representatives from local businesses and community organizations attended to ask questions about construction timing, parking impacts, support for businesses affected by construction and more. Summary of questions and answers here.
4. Berwyn to Bryn Mawr Resident Meeting, St. Ita's Catholic Church, 5500 N. Broadway, May 23, 2019, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Nearly 90 residents attended the meeting to learn about station and track reconstruction at Berwyn and Bryn Mawr, the contractor's plan to provide alternative parking to affected residents and other mitigation efforts to minimize the impact on local residents. Summary of questions and answers here.
5. Red-Purple Bypass Resident Meeting, The Center on Halsted, Hoover-Leppen Theatre 3rd Fl, 3656 N. Halsted, May 29, 2019, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Local residents of the Red-Purple Bypass asked questions about the construction of the new rail bypass in Lakeview. CTA provided an overview of the plan for construction, which will begin this fall, and plans to return to the community this summer with additional detail about timing and impacts. Summary of questions and answers are here.
6. Red-Purple Bypass Business Meeting, 19th District Police Station, 850 W. Addison, May 30, 2019, 11 a.m.
Walsh-Fluor's Mike O'Donnell provided a bypass construction overview to Lakeview business owners and community leaders. Summary of questions and answers is here.
Additional project materials from May 2019 meetings:
Project area map