Red Ahead: Red & Purple Modernization

What's new?

CTA holds Red-Purple Bypass construction kickoff meetings 7/31 and 8/1 ahead of the start of Red-Purple Bypass construction Fall 2019

We’re breaking ground on the Red-Purple Bypass this fall! To provide you with information about what’s coming, we held construction open house meetings during daytime and evening hours with information for each work zone in the Red-Purple Bypass Project Area. Check out our press release here. For materials from the event, click here. What we talked about:

  • Street and alley closures
  • Alternative parking
  • Garbage pickup
  • Proximity of column foundations to homes, garages and businesses
  • Construction equipment staging
  • Construction schedule

We will continue to keep you informed as construction dates are finalized. Please keep in mind that, as with all construction projects, exact dates are subject to change. If you weren't able to make our meetings but want information -- no sweat! Just click here for meeting materials or email us at and we'll be glad to talk with you.





We brought on 14 talented, hard-working college and high school interns to work on this project and take the lessons they learn back to the classroom and with them as they progress in their careers.

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May 2019: RPM hosts first 'Meet the Contractor' public meetings; publishes responses to audience questions  


Thank you! 

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. Scroll down for links to informational project materials!

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 introduces Walsh-Fluor to Uptown businesses, May 21, 2019

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 MeetingThe 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 Meeting19th 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