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First Phase Of Red Line North/Purple Line Overhaul To Begin In 2017

By Chuck Sudo in News on Apr 17, 2014 2:15PM

Photo credit: Stephanie Barto

Chicago Transit Authority officials have what they termed a “major announcement” planned for Thursday regarding extending the Red Line south branch. On Wednesday CTA said the long-awaited rehab of the Red Line’s north branch and Purple Line would begin in 2017 with renovations of four stations.

The Lawrence, Argyle, Berwyn and Bryn Mawr stations will be modernized and equipped with elevators. The tracks serving the stations will be replaced to eliminate the slow zones that often plague that portion of the line.

CTA is set to modernize the entire north branch of the Red and Purple Lines at a cost between $2 billion and $4 billion. This first phase will cost $1.1 billion and will be partially funded by federal funds.