Red Ahead: Red & Purple Modernization

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Update: Summer 2018

CTA has begun Phase One of the Red and Purple Modernization Program, which will rebuild four of the oldest Red Line stations (Lawrence, Argyle, Berwyn and Bryn Mawr). Phase One also includes the construction of a Red-Purple rail bypass north of the Belmont Red/Purple/Brown CTA station that will allow CTA to significantly increase the number of trains it can run, allowing us to ease overcrowding and meet ridership demand.

Currently, we’re in the pre-construction phase of the project, which includes property demolition and utility relocation work that needs to be performed ahead of starting the actual track/station demolition and reconstruction work in the second half of 2019. In Spring 2018, we demolished a small number of properties in the project footprint and will complete the remaining property demolition this fall.

PH_CM_20180706_RPB2_ComEd_Top_and_Mast_Arm_New_Service_Pole_116This summer we began the process of coordinating with utility providers to move power and other utility lines from overhead to underground so that the ‘L’ tracks can be rebuilt and larger stations can be constructed. That work will continue until next summer. The impacts to the community will include occasional temporary alley and street/lane closures, and we’re providing notice to local communities as the work occurs.

At the end of 2018, we’ll select a contractor who will design and build the project. We expect major construction to begin in the second half of 2019, with station closures/impacts tentatively expected to begin in 2020 or 2021.

We are deeply committed to keeping you informed about this project and meeting with local residents, business owners and community groups regularly about this project to provide project updates and answer questions.

Selection of qualified contracting teams

CTA plans to award a contract to a contracting team to design and build RPM Phase One by the end of 2018, and we are well into the thorough, lengthy process it takes to find the right contractor for the project.

In December 2017, the CTA selected three qualified contracting teams to develop proposals to design and build the RPM Phase One.

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

We will evaluate the proposals based on the best value, comparing the technical criteria to the price proposed.

Throughout and beyond 2018, we'll 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.