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.
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).
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
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. Major construction is expected to occur through 2025.