CTA Red & Purple Modernization Project
As we move closer to making future ‘L’ improvements as part of the Red and Purple Modernization (RPM) Phase One project, we are performing track improvements next to the Red Line Addison Station. This is important work to ensure our tracks are in good shape in that location ahead of beginning the RPM work. There will be impacts to your community, though we will do our best to keep them to a minimum. We thank you for your patience.
Dates: Weekdays and Weekends
Friday, March 8 through Monday, April 1, 2019
Work Hours: Continuous (Daytime and Nighttime)
Location: Southbound CTA Red and Purple Line tracks between W. Waveland Ave. and W. Cornelia Ave.
Work Activity: Trackwork
Local Impact: • There will be noise while the work is being performed.
Noise may include:
- Beeping from backup alarms on maintenance equipment and vehicles
- Power tool noises (including jackhammers)
- Equipment engines and diesel generators
- Flagging horns
- Material handling noises
- Railroad personnel communication
- Construction activity will take place during daytime and nighttime
- Residents will see an increased presence of Contractor personnel at and below the CTA structure between Waveland and Cornelia Ave. throughout the project.
- Barricades will be installed at various locations for resident and Contractor
- Intermittent street and sidewalk closures may Alleys may also be partially blocked during construction activities.
- Rail service may be affected at times. To receive emails or text messages regarding a specific CTA bus/rail route, please sign up for CTA Updates at transitchicago.com/updates.
- Curb lanes may be temporarily closed during the
If you have any questions or concerns about the RPM Project, please contact: RPM@transitchicago.com
or leave a message for callback: 1-331-303-2499
What work is being done and why is it necessary?
As part of our ongoing investment to improve rail service, the CTA will make track improvements on the Red Line at Addison to eliminate slow zones and to minimize the potential for existing track conditions to evolve into future slow zones during construction of the Red and Purple Modernization (RPM) Phase One Project (see reverse side for more information). The track improvements
near Addison will provide smoother rides by replacing aging track equipment and will improve service reliability over the long term. The work will be completed before the start of the Cubs baseball season.
Impacts to Addison station and CTA Red and Purple Line service
- Red and Purple Line service will continue throughout the work period with occasional delays to service
- Shuttle bus service will be in place at Addison the weekends of March 8-10 (late Friday night through late Sunday night) and March 30-April 1 (midday Saturday thru early Monday morning) because there will be no trains stopping at Addison during these weekend periods
- For three weeks (late Sunday, March 10 – midday Saturday, March 30): Addison station will remain open for southbound Red Line service only, but there will be no northbound service at Addison. People riding northbound trains to Addison, or who board northbound trains at Addison, will need to:
→ Use the Sheridan or Belmont stations to board northbound trains
→ Board a southbound train at Addison, alight at Belmont and cross over to the other platform to board a northbound Red Line train
→ Note: As Sheridan station is not accessible, customers who require an accessible station will have to use Belmont or Wilson stations to enter, exit or transfer
Impacts to the community
- Work is required to be performed 24/7, including noise from vehicles, tools, horns, material handling and railroad personnel communications
- Increased contractor personnel at and below the CTA structure between Waveland and Newport
- Barricades installed at various locations for resident and contractor safety
- Intermittent street closures and alleys may be partially obstructed
- Curb lanes to be temporarily occupied with contractor equipment as the work progresses
- Occasional sidewalk detours
How can I reach CTA if I need assistance or have a question about this work?
• Email us at RPM@transitchicago.com or leave a message for callback: (331) 303-2499
Coming Soon: A Better CTA Red and Purple Line
Information for residents and businesses in Red and Purple Modernization (RPM) footprint
WINTER 2019 UPDATE
What is the CTA’s Red and Purple Modernization (RPM) Program?
CTA is beginning the first phase of the Red and Purple Modernization Program (RPM), a transformational, multi-phase project that will rebuild the nearly century-old North Red Line from Belmont to Howard and the Purple Line from Belmont to Linden in
Wilmette, including all track structure and rail stations. As we rebuild, much needed capacity (train service) will be added in this growing residential corridor to accommodate current and future riders, and to deliver faster and smoother rides with less crowding and more frequent service.
What’s Phase One?
CTA has begun Phase One of RPM, which includes building four new, accessible, modern Red Line stations to replace aged stations at Lawrence, Argyle, Berwyn and Bryn Mawr and all new track structure to
improve train speeds and reliability.
Phase One also includes the construction of a modern rail bypass – the Red-
Purple Bypass — north of Belmont Station where Red, Brown and Purple Line trains intersect at a rail junction built in 1907 that requires trains to stop to allow other trains to pass. The new bypass will relieve major constraints that currently existing on CTA to add train service to relieve chronic
overcrowding on trains and delays throughout the rail system.
Has construction begun?
CTA in 2018 began the relocation of utility lines in both the Red-Purple Bypass and Lawrence to Bryn Mawr project areas to relocate overhead power and communications lines underground and to shorter poles. CTA has completed most of the small number of property demolitions necessary for the project and will complete the remaining demo work by March 2019. Major construction is expected to occur in late 2019 through 2025.