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CTA Red & Purple Modernization Project to Cost Nearly $2B

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If you're a CTA Red or Purple line user, start planning now for longer commutes. Yesterday the CTA announced the Red and Purple Modernization Project (RPM)—what it calls "the largest capital improvement project in CTA history." The CTA, which isn't known for its hyperbole, makes this claim under the shadow of the project's potential $1.9 billion price tag. This is an aggregate cost of various projects already underway—including $203 million Wilson Station Renovation and the contested Red-Purple Flyover slowly moving forward at Belmont Station—as well as various other proposed projects, including the complete rebuilding of the Lawrence, Argyle, Berwyn, and Lawrence stations, all of which are included in Phase I of the project.

For now, the CTA will continue to assess public feedback for the massive project. On Thursday, May 14 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Broadway Armory at 5917 N Broadway, the CTA will be holding a public meeting regarding the first phase of the project. An environmental assessment and public meeting for Phase 2 is expected to be announced in the coming months.

The CTA will also be accepting written comments through May 29. Those wishing to provide feedback can e-mail LawrenceToBrynMawr@transitchicago.com or send a letter to: Chicago Transit Authority, Strategic Planning, 10th Floor, Attn: Lawrence to Bryn Mawr Modernization Project, 567 W. Lake St., Chicago, IL 60661

Benjamin van Loon